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Holiday Plumbing Tips

The Holiday Season is a happy time. During the Holidays we enjoy visits from our friends, family and even Santa Claus. Although you love your friendly plumber, we don’t enjoy having emergency plumbing house calls. Here are a few simple tips to help keep your Holiday parties and pipes running smoothly: 1. Keep drains free of cooking oil and grease. Scrape food and grease from plates into the trash. Pour off cooking grease from pans and bake ware into a can. Let it cool before placing it in the trash. Collect turkey frying oil and take it to the local …

Clog Prevention Tip: Be Grease Aware

Families these days are eating healthier diets with less fried foods and fatty meats. Yet many people don’t realize we must remain diligent in preventing fats, oils and grease discharges down our drains. Cooking fats, oil and grease (FOG) are leading causes of clogged drains, back-ups, and sewage spills. Keeping FOG out of your drains will keep the plumber away, save you money, prevent embarrassing backups, and inconvenient messy cleanups. So where’s the grease? How can we trim the fat from our sewers and keep our pipes running smoothly? Below is a list of many typical pipe-clogging foods to avoid …

Clogged Drain

Many homeowners today prefer to fix minor clogs themselves. However, a clogged drain can become a challenge. Most times, for simple clogs, a plunger does the job. Second line of defense is usually a liquid drain cleaner, which is not very effective. However, a clog can be more involved and extensive. If you continue to plunge a clogged drain and use a drain cleaner with no relief, you may actually cause damage to your pipes. Without knowing the source of the problem, you will not find a solution. A clogged drain can result from tree branches, ancient piping, debris, or …

Drain Cleaning

As a homeowner, you know how important it is to keep the drains clean and free of debris. However, drain cleaning is not always as easy to do as one might think. And, liquid drain cleaners have proven to be very ineffective. Over the years, substances we pour down the drain eventually stick to the sides, and the drain becomes smaller. Grease and oil should never be poured into a drain. They are the main culprits of drain clogs. Outside drains can also become clogged by tree roots. As strange as this might sound, it’s not a rare occurrence. Tree …

Yard Drains

Yard drains require proper maintenance and regular checks to insure they are operating correctly. Yard drains prevent flooding in your yard, your basement, as well as your neighbor’s yard. The yard drains have a storage bin that is below the sewer line. When regular checking is done it’s easy to see when the debris is too high. Yard drains are easy to clean and maintain on a yearly basis, but you do want to be careful not to drop the grate inside the drain or drop debris into the sewer line. You, as a homeowner, are responsible for any yard …

My Sink Has A Gurgling Drain

Gurgling sounds made by draining sinks are the result of air trapped in the pipes. Usually, the presence of air in the pipes signifies the need for putting a vent in the pipe. Sometimes garbage disposals are clogged up with debris or sediment and pipes have air trapped behind the blockages. Whether the gurgling noises are due to your garbage disposal or other pipes, it is important to have a professional plumber come and determine the source of the problem. If a vent is needed, a professional plumber will handle the project correctly, installing the vent in the proper location. …

Hydro Water Jet Service

Hydro Water Jet Service is another method of cleaning a drain by sending a high pressure water blast through the pipes. Sometimes when a typical electric snake doesn’t work, the hydro water system will send enough pressure through the pipes to clear the blockage. Not every plumber has a hydro water jet system. If you need this service, when you call a plumber, inquire if they provide this service, since not every plumber has invested in this expensive equipment. If you have a Jacuzzi, hot tub, or even an in-ground swimming pool, you might need the hydro water jet service. …

Leak Detection

It’s not always easy to find a leak In a situation like this, the best option is to call a professional plumber, rather than to try and find the leak yourself. Leaks could be behind a wall, under a floor or ceiling. While trying to find the leak, you might cause some damage which will cost you money in the long run. A professional plumber will use a leak detection tool that allows easy detection of a leak. This is in contrast to the homeowner who doesn’t have adequate tools or equipment and may need to rip out walls or …

Sewer Backups

If you experience this problem, you know how messy and smelly a sewer backup can become. For help, many people call a local plumber who is equipped with the right tools to fix the problem. One of the biggest causes of sewer back-ups is a tree root that was in direct line with the sewer lines and grew into the sewer lines, creating a blockage. In many cases, you will need to call a licensed plumber to bring in an electric snake to clear the pipe. The electric snake spins at a speed so fast that it cuts away at …

Repair a Toilet Leak: Quick Action Required

In order to repair a toilet leak, first take the time to carefully assess the situation so you ensure you address the cause of the problem. An external toilet leak is usually a messy and relatively urgent problem. If left unattended, such a leak can have a number of undesirable consequences such as water on your floor, floor damage, odors, and/or wasted water. Thus, you should either repair it yourself or call a qualified professional plumber. External toilet leaks are typically either from the base of the toilet at floor level or from the middle, back of the fixture at …