Drain cleaning can mean different things to different people.  Having owned a drain cleaning service company for the last 7 years I have caught on to it……Almost

Different demo graphics, areas…. that’s the difference.  Someone living in rural Maine will have a septic system and someone living in the city of Portland will be hooked up to the cities main sewer system.

But the catch is, if the person calling used to live in the country and had a septic system and now lives in the city and are on city sewer, it can get really confusing, so I’ve come up with a system, and this may make no sense to anyone but me.

Septic system means country

septic tank

Sewer system mean city

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Now wasn’t that easy?

But there are the people out there that want to try and confuse me….Not intentionally, but they may have moved from Iowa and have totally different drain cleaning lingo.

Regardless of the geography, drain cleaning service is drain cleaning service and the same tools are used.

If your main sewer line in Portland is clogged we snake it.  If you main septic pipe is clogged we snake it. Or roto rooter, or cable the line or when the line is really clogged we high pressure hydro jet.

If your toilet is clogged we auger it or snake it.

If you sink is clogged we auger it or snake it.

Septic systems need to be pumped by a sewer pump truck.  It is then brought to the treatment plant for processing.

Sewer lines are gravity fed to the sewer pump station, they are then pumped to the city sewer that is connected to the treatment plant for processing.

Hope this ramble helped with any confusion you had with drain cleaning.

Next week the confusing differences between plumbers and drain plumbers.

~Northeast Sewer & Drain Service







Northeast Sewer & Drain Service

172 Flaggy Meadow Road
Gorham, ME 04038

Office (207) 839-6839

Thank you, 2 small kids and no toilet is very inconvenient..Thank you for coming right away and fixing it.

– Julie T. 

Justin was courteous and very knowledgeable he worked quickly to get my problem fixed. Making this single mother of three relieved that a clogged toilet wasn’t the end of the world.

– Angela C. 

Thank you Justin for jetting the milk line at my farm in Gorham.

– Walter Young 

Thank you Northeast Sewer for fixing our drain problem with Aceto Construction, our closing went on as scheduled 🙂
Thanks again

– The Bachmans 

I am a first time homeowner and needed a new sewer line installed, heart stopping when I had no knowledge of such things. I called northeast sewer everyday for a week with questions and concerns. They televised my line and showed me exactly where the break was (pretty amazing) I could see it on the screen!! Fixed it in one day!!

– Teran

Justin and Kelly are the owners, and they could not have been better to work with. I had a 120 year old BRICK (yes, brick) sewer line collapse and they diagnosed the problem, involved the city and fixed it for less than I was expecting to pay. I learned that they own and operate their own excavating equipment which means jobs are done more quickly and less expensively than others. I am a raving fan, and have already referred them out.

– Matt Tasker  
Merchant Services

Thank you Ryan and Kelly for your help with my flooded basement. I am deaf and have a hard time communicating sometimes, but Kelly was able to communicate with me through text and e-mail Northeast Sewer figured out my problem and worked late into the night to corrected it, Thank you very much.

– Roseanne C. 
Cape Elizabeth

hired Northeast Sewer to inspect my main line with their sewer camera because our basement kept getting water. We had roots in our line. Northeast removed the roots put us on a yearly maintenance plan and we haven’t had a problem since. Thank you.

– Jeff C. 

I just wanted to compliment your plumber, Justin, who came to our home this evening. He was a professional and absolutely fantastic. He explained everything to us and fixed our problem efficiently and with accuracy. Thank you so much. We will look to you in the future for our sewer and drainage needs.

– Kelly and Beth Hoffman

I’m a widow living on a fixed income, Northeast Sewer & Drain not only charged a reasonable price, but gave me another 10% for being a Senior Citizen, I’ve told all my Senior friends.

– Helen W. (Age 70.) 

Thank you Northeast! We needed help on a Saturday afternoon and you answered your phone, & came quickly. Ryan was courteous & very knowledgeable. He was able to fix our problem very quickly too. You have great service, thanks again! 🙂 We are happy customer! Thank you Northeast Sewer…

– Gail M. 

I want to thank the 2 gentleman who came last Friday morning and fixed my downstairs’ toilet. They knew what they were doing, not like some so-called professionals. They let you know what was going on. Very pleasant people to have working at your house. If I have a similar problem next time, I’m going to call Northeast Sewer & Drain first!

– Ellen P. 

A great big thank you to Justin and Kelly Dearborn from Northeast Sewer & Drain Service for fixing the plumbing issues we had at our house yesterday. Despite Allen Heplers best efforts we needed to call in the professionals! Thanks for getting there so quickly, Justin and fixing our mess! Hey friends call them if you need some plumbing work. They are great!

– Christine Iaconeta Hepler 

Northeast Sewer & Drain replaced my crushed sewer line in one day, I was not inconvenienced at all. Reliable service at a price I could afford. Thanks!

– Bill M.