Many plumbing companies offer services for residential buildings and other smaller structures, and if you were to look in the phone book you would likely find dozens of plumbers in your area who could do a competent job fixing anything in your home. Drain cleaning and plumbing in larger structures, however, like apartment buildings, nursing homes, hotels and industrial complexes, simply can’t be handled by your average mom-and-pop plumbing company.
Apartment buildings, in particular, can run into problems like main sewer lines clogged by grease and debris, and specialized, expensive drain cleaning equipment is often needed to take care of this kind of maintenance.
If you are an apartment building or rental property manager who needs to take care of maintenance for a complex with many units, it’s very important to remember that most plumbing companies will not have the equipment or experience to properly clean your drains or handle other large projects. While you have fewer options regarding which plumbing or drain cleaning company you go with, however, you will still have several local options to choose from when it comes to servicing your apartment or rental complex.
Initially, start your search by phoning local drain cleaning companies and asking them if they are equipped to handle large sewer lines that are fed by multiple lateral lines from other units. In apartment buildings, a common problem is layers of grease building up in the sewer line and causing clogs (especially if the apartments themselves are set up with garbage disposals in the kitchen sinks).
In this case, nothing less than a sophisticated, specialized high-pressure water jet system will do when it comes to cleaning the main line. Regular sewer snakes and augers simply can’t handle these kinds of jobs.
Secondly, ask for references from other clients from any drain cleaning or plumbing company you are considering for your apartment complex. If the company is professional and does quality work, they will have no problem providing you with a list of clients who can vouch for their service. It’s also important to make sure that you ask whether the company’s employees are paid by commission or by the hour. While not all commission workers are dishonest, these type of workers are more likely to overestimate the amount of work that needs to be done in order to get a larger paycheck.
Finding a competent and professional drain cleaning and plumbing company for your apartment building shouldn’t be too time consuming. Just use common sense, research local companies before settling on one, and keep track of the work they are doing and what kind of fees they are charging. The vast majority of apartment drain cleaning companies are very competent and professional, and it’s a vital service that you can’t do without.