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Clearing Clogged Drains For Businesses since 1949

GEM Plumbing & Heating offers routine drain cleaning to prevent clogged sinks, toilets, and more. Expert technicians provide regular maintenance and high-pressure hydro jetting.

Clogged drains can slow down operations. But GEM is here to help. Our commercial plumbers take care of drain cleaning so you can take care of your business.

Though we take every precaution, plumbing issues can be unpredictable. You can also rely on GEM’s 24/7 service for plumbing emergencies.

We Offer Complete Commercial Drain Cleaning Solutions

GEM is prepared to tackle all your drain cleaning needs. We offer several Clog Removal Options:

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Cable Machine Snaking

Clears tough clogs in your main drain line. Afterward, our Drain Vision system uses a camera to verify the drain is all clear.

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Toilet Augering

First, we check the seal and toilet mechanics. If the issue is in the drain line, our cable snake machine can get it out.

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Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting blasts high-pressure water through the pipe to remove large obstructions, like tree roots and years of sediment buildup. Treatment is followed by an inspection using a camera.

Common Causes of Commercial Drain Clogs

Clogged drains are common. Over time, slow buildup can turn into a more serious issue. GEM’s drain cleaning department has inspected many drains over the years.

Some of the most common culprits are tree roots, food scraps, oil, and poor maintenance.

Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line

As trees grow, their roots search for moisture. Often, a tree root will discover water and nutrients in your pipes. This will cause the tree roots to penetrate your pipes. This can cause major clogs, and even burst pipes, especially in older drains.

Food Scraps in Kitchen Drains

Even the smallest food scraps can create a blockage in kitchen drain pipes, clogging the entire drain. Make sure to always clear scraps before washing dishes in the sink.

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Oils &d Fats in Your Sink

Oils and fats used for cooking solidify when they reach room temperature. If those oils and fats are in your drain, they’ll harden and cause a blockage.

Poor Drain Maintenance

To best prevent clogs in commercial drains, regular drain cleaning is necessary. Over time, debris and sediment will collect and cause clogs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial Drain Cleaning

What are the benefits of professional drain cleaning?

Professional drain cleaning is more thorough, provides preventative maintenance, and provides a maintenance log to ease future diagnoses.

What are the advantages of regular drain cleaning?

Regular drain cleaning prevents clogs, eliminates the cost of repair from damage by clogs, and reduces odors from dirty drain pipes.

Are drain cleaners safe?

Drain cleaners can be safe. But, many chemical-based drain cleaners can be corrosive and damage your pipes. Corrosive chemicals include lye, hydrochloric acid, and trichloroethane. We recommend alternative drain cleaning solutions that do not contain corrosive chemicals. Or, turn to a professional drain cleaning service.

How do plumbers unclog drains?

GEM Plumbing has cutting-edge equipment for all of your drain cleaning needs. Our hydro jetting equipment uses a special pressurized water hose that clears and maintains your pipes to properly clean any type of debris from your drain system.

What happens during a drain cleaning service?

During a drain cleaning service appointment, a licensed technician will inspect your system. They will then run a drain cleaning machine through your drains and pipes to clear out the source of the clog. Once the clog has been cleared, the technician will ensure that your fixtures are all working properly, then run a final inspection through your drain system using a camera.

What causes a drain to clog?

Drain clogs are often caused by debris buildup. Depending on where the drain is located, the type of debris will range and may include food scraps, oil, hair, and even tree roots.


My drain is clogged, what do I do?

If your drain is clogged, try these steps to resolve the issue. Turn on the faucet and fill the sink partly with water. If you have a double kitchen sink, plug one of the drains with a wet rag. If you’re trying to unclog the bathtub, plug the overflow hole with a wet rag. Next, use a cup plunger to plunge the open drain. Work the plunger up and down several times, then pull it off. Repeat this step a few times. If your drain is still clogged, call GEM Plumbing for professional help. Remember, never use chemical drain cleaners as they can be extremely harsh and cause corrosion to your pipes.

How often should I have my drains cleaned and serviced?

We recommend cleaning your bathroom, kitchen, and utility room drains at least once a year. Hair, soap scum, toothpaste, grime, toilet paper and other bathroom products can build up in your bathroom drain system and cause serious damage to your drains over time. With soaps, fats, grease and food all going down the drain in your kitchen sink, the inner walls of your kitchen pipes can easily get clogged, causing unwanted backup, even if you run your garbage disposal regularly. Dirt, debris, and other messes from daily life can clog up the floor drains in your basement, laundry room and/or utility room, leading to poor drainage and the potential for flooding.

What is hydro jetting?

For serious clogs in your sewer or drainage systems, GEM Plumbing uses High-Pressure Hydro Jetting to clear the line. These water lines can be long runs of 100 feet or more, underground, and inaccessible for snaking.

Why is hydro jetting a better way to clean drains?

For serious clogs in your sewer or drainage systems, GEM Plumbing uses High-Pressure Hydro Jetting to clear the line. These water lines can be long runs of 100 feet or more, underground, and inaccessible for snaking. Hydro Jetting is a cutting edge drain cleaning service and the most effective method for drain cleaning available in the plumbing industry. This is the solution you need for tough clogs and dirty drains. The jetting technology uses water pressure and volume to clear our clogs and debris from household pipes. Compared to conventional snaking methods, Hydro Jetting is far more powerful and gives the best results. It also helps ensure that debris such as hair, soap residue, oil buildup, mineral deposits and more are permanently removed from your pipes.


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I would and will recommend them to everyone I know who can use their services. I also felt it was good value for the price. Thanks again GEM.

Roger S.

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Every interaction I have had with someone from Gem had been wonderful. Yesterday Bryan P and Anthony C came out to install dual units and they were so helpful, polite and respectful. They left my house looking beautiful and it was like they were never even there.

Michelle M.