Drain Cleaning in Castro Valley, CA

24 hour drain cleaning services for tubs, showers, sinks, toilets & more

Clogged drain? No problem.

When you’re ankle-deep in standing water during a shower, your toilets are constantly overflowing, a sink stoppage has rendered your kitchen unusable, and your dishwasher is leaking all over your kitchen floor, it might be time for a drain cleaning.

The good news is that you’re already in the right place. Smart Choice plumbing offers fast and reliable drain cleaning in Castro Valley, California and throughout Silicon Valley. Our drain cleaning service is even available 24 hours a day, so if your toilet suddenly backs up in the middle of the night, don’t sweat it. Just give us a call and your work is done.

Since drain problems can sometimes be sewer problems in disguise, we also offer sewer inspection and sewer repair services.

You’re in the right place if:

  • Flushing your toilet causes overflows
  • You need a plumber to unclog your shower drain
  • Your bathtub smells like sewage
  • Your drain traps aren’t doing their job
  • Your sewer system keeps backing up
  • You need a patio drain cleared
  • You don’t want to worry about what’s going down the drain

Why are my Drains Clogged?

It shouldn’t be a surprise that most drain clogs come down to a physical blockage. Blockages range from residue and sludge build-ups, to larger objects like diapers and feminine hygiene products, and even tree roots.

When things like cooking oil, hair, food, or other items build up inside your drain lines, they eventually turn into stoppages that either completely backup or slow down your home’s draining process. At this point, most homeowners turn to over-the-counter drain cleaners advertised in their local retail stores for a solution, not knowing that they might inadvertently be making heir problem even worse.

In reality, knowing the cause of your clogged drains can be a big help when it comes to clearing it. For example, drain clogs caused by fats can be broken up with a solvent before we resort to physical pressure, thereby putting less pressure on your drain pipes and minimizing your drain failure risk. That’s why we we offer camera inspections for chronic, recurring clogs that can’t be fixed with straightforward methods.

dirty shower drain with bacterial growth on it
Drain cleaning in Castro Valley begins with a P trap inspection

Castro Valley’s 24/7 Emergency Drain Cleaning Service

No one plans for a backed up drain. Drains can clog at any time for a wide variety of reasons, which is why we’re proud to offer 24 hour emergency drain cleaning in Castro Valley and throughout Castro Valley’s surrounding cities.

Instead of resorting to an ineffective and potentially dangerous chemical solution, why not call Smart Choice Plumbing? With plumbing experts fully equipped to handle even the most challenging of drain issues, we will clear your drains safely, effectively, and in record time.

Using the most modern plumbing technology, like live video inspections of your drains using a camera-tipped snake, we’ll allow you to see the clog with your own two eyes. Advanced warning though, what you see may not be pretty.

After we identify your problem, our skilled technicians will work with you, the homeowner, to find the best solution. This usually involves some kind of rooter service, such as snaking or hydro-jetting the clog out from a clean out drain installed somewhere on the exterior of your home.

If you’re dealing with a recurring sewer lateral clog, it’s also worth exploring the possibility of trenchless sewer replacement. Upgrading an old sewer line will mean fewer clogs and more reliable drainage for years to come. If it makes more sense to repair your existing system, our team of qualified plumbing technicians can handle any and all sewer repairs in Castro Valley as well.

Common Causes of Drain Clogs

There are many different ways to clog a drain:

  • Hair
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Other sanitary products
  • Dirt
  • Food waste
  • Toys
  • Small objects
  • Grease
  • Calcium, mineral, and other hard water deposits
  • Tree roots
  • Miscellaneous debris

According to the Castro Valley Sanitary District, fats, oils, and grease are a substantial cause of sewer issues in and around the city, causing sanitary system overflows. Instead of pouring them down the drain, the city recommends that you collect oil in a compostable container and place it in your green waste bin, or pour grease directly into your green waste.

Determining the exact cause of your drain clog helps us choose the best option for unclogging that drain line. For example, standard drain cleaning equipment often isn’t strong enough to remove tree roots, and it requires extra steps to prevent regrowth. Knowing the real causes behind your clogged drains can help keep your plumbing system healthy, save money and frustration, and catch other plumbing issues before they become big problems.

rubber duck - a foreign object that can be lodged in drains

Why Call Our Plumbers for your Clog Repair Needs?

  • We offer fast, professional service 24 hours a day and 7 days a week
  • Our plumbers are fully trained, licensed, insured, and bonded
  • We care about results and want to earn your business for life
  • We respect your property and will cleanup after your service
  • We offer fair, affordable pricing for all work
  • We are one of the most trusted companies in Castro Valley for drain cleaning services
  • We are local to Castro Valley but service cities throughout the East Bay and South Bay.

Drain Cleaning Services We Offer

  • Main drain cleaning
  • Kitchen sink clog repair
  • Bathroom sink clog repair
  • Laundry room and wash room sink drain repair
  • Toilet clog repairs
  • Sewer cleaning
  • Exterior drain clearing
  • Floor drain cleaning
  • Storm drain cleaning
  • Shower drain cleaning
  • Bathtub drain cleaning
  • Drain camera and sewer camera inspections
  • Overflow repair
  • Drain pipe water jetting
  • Obstruction clean outs
  • And more

Sewer and Drain Cleaning in Castro Valley and Beyond.

Our service area doesn’t end with Castro Valley. We are a full featured plumbing service available for work in Hayward, Union City, San Jose, Milpitas, Sunol, and more.

plumber in Castro Valley clears drain blockage

Don’t Use Chemical Drain Cleaners

wrench tightening a drain P trap

There’s a reason that most plumbers won’t touch chemical drain cleaners–and it’s not because it threatens their livelihood.

Over-the-counter drain cleaners are actually bad for your families health and for the health of your home’s pipework. Not only do chemical drain cleaners NOT dissolve everything in your drains, but they are also corrosive to older cast iron and copper pipes, and can cause real damage to them. The result is that your drain will likely leak and need replacement much sooner if you are a regular user.

For those looking for a greener solution, don’t be afraid to use a plunger. Plungers work just as well on sinks, showers, bathtubs, and floor drains as they do on toilets. Just make sure you create an airtight seal with the plunger head, and block anywhere that might let air escape before applying pressure.

Drain Snake Vs. Hydro-Jetting

Drain Snake

A hand-operated drain snakeSnaking a drain with a hand auger, plumbing snake, or drain snake has been the go-to method for unclogging tough drains for several decades. The long, steel cable capped with a coil can effectively displace clogs in older pipes and first-time clogs, though more aggressive methods may be necessary for other kinds of drain clogs.


our team uses the latest technology like hydro-jetting for drain cleaningHydro-Jetting is the industry standard in drain cleaning, and it works by blasting out the clog with a jet of pressurized water from a specialized hose fed into the drain clean out. This blast effectively flushes out even the worst of clogs – and years of residue build up along the way. It’s generally the best drain cleaner for a wide variety of jobs, though the equipment’s size can be a problem for tighter spaces and the strength of the high pressure water can damage significantly older pipes if used incorrectly.

Benefits of a drain cleaning

  • Long term solution
  • Cleans out years of build up
  • No toxic/harmful chemicals necessary
  • Removes any potential stoppages

When you need a drain cleaning in Castro Valley, Call Smart Choice Plumbing, and we’ll get your drains flowing again in no time!

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