Gibson's Heating and Plumbing
Serving Northeast Indiana,
Northwest Ohio & Southeast Michigan


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Frequently Asked Draining Clearing Questions


If I have need rooter service, do I have to call one of those national rooter chains?

No. We would recommend that you call a qualified, trained and certified plumber. Why?
The water pipes inside and outside your home can be very delicate. Older style pipes have a significantly shorter lifespan. In an older home, pipes wear thin from the inside out making them appear sound but in fact are very brittle. An unqualified and unskilled rooter company could cause extensive damage to your pipes and your home.

The highly trained and certified technicians at Gibson’s Plumbing & Heating will take the time to properly diagnose the problem and utilize the right tools and techniques to solve the problem. Utilizing video technology we’ll even show you the problem before the repair even begins. Should there be an issue of a broken pipe or other unforeseen problems after we begin the job, our expert plumbers can immediately take action. Can the other guys? We’re not sure…and we don’t recommend that you take a chance.

What happens when roots get inside drain lines?

If left undisturbed, roots from shrubs and trees will completely fill a pipe with multiple hair-like root masses at each point of entry. These root masses quickly become clogged with toilet tissue, grease and other debris flowing from your home to the main sewer, resulting in reduced flow, slow running drains and in most cases a complete blockage.
Once roots have entered the pipe, they continue to grow and expand, exerting considerable pressure at the crack or joint. This increased pressure often breaks the pipe and may result in total collapse, which requires repair or replacement.
Some pipe materials are more susceptible to root intrusion than others. Clay tile pipe is easily penetrated and damaged by tree roots. Concrete pipe and PVC pipe may also allow root intrusion, but to a lesser extent than clay pipe. PVC pipe usually has fewer joints and the tightly fitted joints are less likely to leak as a result of settlement around the pipe.

How can I prevent clogged drains?

Do not rinse fats or cooking oils down the kitchen sink.  Liquid fats solidify in the cold pipes and create clogs.  To help prevent clogs, fit all your tubs and shower drains with a strainer that catches hair and soap chips, and clean the strainer regularly.

What causes my kitchen sink and washing machine drains to clog?

In most homes, the kitchen and laundry drains are connected. When the lint from the laundry drains meets the grease buildup from soap and food products, a nearly solid substance is formed, causing blockage.  Using filters and strainers will help, but you’ll also need to get the drains snaked periodically as well.

What can I do about a sewer line blockage?

The main culprit is tree roots, and once they’ve blocked the line, there is very little you can do.  A Gibson’s plumbing professional can snake the line to get it as clear as possible, and then use RootX. RootX’s patented combination of chemicals helps promote and speed up the natural decomposition of the dead roots. This unique ability to perform both the root killing and removal function while being environmentally safe is exclusive to RootX. RootX does not contain Copper Sulfate or Metham Sodium which are both harmful to the environment and to bacteria and fungi, which normally decompose dead roots in the sewer line. Also, these two chemicals have harmful effects on waste water treatment plan biology.  But odds are the sewer line will most likely need to be replaced.

Are caustic liquid drain openers harmful to pipes?

We discourage the use of caustic liquid drain openers as they are bad for pipes as acid will eat them. If a plumber needs to perform service, back splash can cause acid burns that can be very dangerous. We recommend using BioClean. It’s great for long term maintenance, it won’t fix the problem right away but it will break down waste and not harm the environment.

What is water jetting?

Water Jetting is a quick, economical and environmentally safe method of clearing drain and sewer lines. Water is propelled under varying amounts of pressure scrubbing away years of built up sludge, grease, grim, scale and other debris on the inside walls of the pipes. There is no better way to get your pipes draining like they did the day they were installed, short of replacing them completely. With a special root cutter jet head we can cut away any roots that have infiltrated the pipe.

In the unfortunate event your sewer pipe or drain can’t be cleared, as it may be broken we can help with that too.



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 Live operators – no answering machines
 Convenient appointments made around your schedule
 Friendly, uniformed technicians
 We use floor protectors and thouroughly clean the work area
 We listen to your needs & talk in non-technical language
 We follow up to make sure you are 100% satisfied
 We stand by everything we do – NO EXCEPTIONS!

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