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The Kitchen Sink is Clogged…Now What?

The bad news is that your sink is clogged. The good news is that you can fix it the same way you clogged it – by putting things down the drain. This time, though, we’ll put the right things down there. (Check out our handy article on “Drain Do’s and Don’ts” to keep your sink clog-free!) Pressure and Suction Grab your trusty plunger for this trick. If you have a double sink, block the unclogged drain with some kind of covering that can provide a slight seal. Fill the clogged sink halfway with water, then use a plunger to push and pull, forcing pressure and suction down the drain to dislodge whatever is clogging it. Soda and Vinegar Not only will this unclog your sink, it will also freshen it up. Soda and vinegar are great natural cleaners, but if you need their help to move matter out of your [...]

By |2018-04-05T12:34:43+00:00April 5th, 2018|Sink Clog|0 Comments

The Dos and Don’ts of Drains

Whether you live in a house or an apartment, you’ve likely had to deal with drainage problems at some point in time. Clogged drains can be frustrating and if not dealt with correctly and properly, a costly nuisance. Getting educated on the dos and don'ts of drain usage and cleaning can definitely save you a headache in the long run! Kitchen Drains The first step to a clean kitchen drain is having a full understanding of what should absolutely never go down it! It easy to toss scraps down the drain whenever you cook, but when food and greases end up in your kitchen sink, it can lead to all kinds of potentially costly problems, including leaks, unpleasant smells, noises, and poor drainage.  All food scraps should be tossed scraped into a wastebasket before the dishes get to the sink.  The disposal is only intended to handle the remaining bits [...]

By |2017-11-30T21:00:28+00:00January 2nd, 2018|Drains, Sink Clog|0 Comments

3 Tips to Prevent Clogged Bathroom Drains

There’s nothing more inconvenient than a clogged bathroom drain while you and your family are trying to get out the door in the morning. Water that refuses to wash down the drain is unsightly and can create a foul stench that will have you running for the hills! To keep your drains running properly and to avoid odor, you can follow these three tips: One of the biggest culprits of a clogged bathroom drain is hair in the shower. Long hair, short hair, dog hair—it can all lead to buildup that will eventually clog your drain. Remedy the problem by using a drain cover that will catch hair before it slips down the drain. These can be purchased from any hardware store. (And just remember to empty it regularly!) The easiest way to treat a clogged drain is to avoid having one in the first place. Regular cleanings of your [...]

By |2017-11-30T14:08:44+00:00December 1st, 2017|Drains, Maintenance, Sink Clog|0 Comments

Tales of A Plumber – Why Hire

A clogged toilet or broken water heater can ruin’s someone life; well at least from the customer’s point of view. While it’s true these situations can be disastrous, making matters worse by trying to DIY when one has no plumbing is even scarier than the clogged commode. What Goes Down With that said, most of the plumbing woos plumbers encounter on any given day are usually completely avoidable. Unfortunately, homeowners like to throw caution to the wind and they’ll flush plastic, cardboard and even super-thick Handi-Wipes down the toilet, and then wonder why it’s overflowing on the floor. Close encounters with human waste is risky business. If your toilet is clogged, please call a plumbing professional. Hairy Situation While it’s true everyone sheds hair in the shower, most people tend to forget that they need to clean their drains on a regular basis; not only when the water reaches knee [...]

Avoiding Backups – Debunked

As a homeowner, there are probably a lot of things you wished you would have known before moving in. Along with the joy of homeownership comes the oftentimes overlooked possible plumbing woes that can occur. Below we’ve debunked several “myths” to help you ward off plumbing faux-pas. “My sink is clogged...Grab the plunger.” DIY blockage-unclogging is not always as straightforward as you may first think. If done incorrectly, it can even prove to be disastrous. After unsuccessfully clearing the clog, you may think that the next logical step is to reach for drain cleaner. So, you pour it in and wait. After seeing that nothing happened, you then reach for the plunger again. Unfortunately, you may have forgotten to wear eye and skin protection, which can cause irreversible skin and eye damage. It can even cause blindness. NEVER use a plunger with a chemical drain cleaner. Keep in mind that [...]

By |2017-07-30T18:38:57+00:00August 15th, 2017|Maintenance, Sink Clog|0 Comments

The Hairy Problem with Clogged Drains

Hair is probably the most common cause of clogged shower drains and bathtubs. It only takes a little bit of hair to completely back up your drain warranting a call to your local plumber. And since this situation can be expensive to rectify, knowing how to prevent the problem is a good idea. Prevention is Key  Whether you have a family of five or are flying solo, sooner or later you will probably run into this dread problem. Fortunately, if caught early, correcting a clogged drain is relatively easy to do. To keep your water flowing down the drain, you need to invest in a hair-catching tool. You can easily find these tools at your local hardware store. The simplest of models fit directly over your drain and catch hair in a wire mesh while allowing water to flow freely. When the mesh is full of hair, you simply remove [...]

By |2017-07-30T18:39:14+00:00August 8th, 2017|Sink Clog|0 Comments

Roto-Rooter’s Pipe Shield Protects Your Pipes and Your Pockets

Have you ever bought a drain cleaner to remove a clog? It was nice that it worked for that time, but then you find, just a few days later that the problem has come back. You would then go and pour more of the solution down the drain. Have you ever considered that these drain cleaner products may not have (you) the customer’s best interest in mind? It seems rather odd that there would be a product that would only solve the problem temporarily. There has got to be a better product! Well luckily, there is. Roto-Rooter’s Pipe Shield, will solve the problem. This ingenious solution does not simply take care of the problem today, no it helps prevent fats, greases, soaps, and detergents from building up in your pipe. This is the easiest and most affordable way to keep your pipes clean. You could continue to have to buy [...]

By |2017-04-01T19:46:36+00:00April 7th, 2017|Sink Clog|0 Comments

If Your Sink is Clogged, Do Not Panic. Try These Three Steps

There are three things you cannot avoid, and those are death, taxes, and clogged drains. Clogs are bound to happen, but if it happens to you, here are three steps to take immediately. 1: During your morning routine you notice that your sink is not properly draining. What can you do? The first step is not to panic, as most bathroom sinks get clogged with hair, toothpaste, or other general use items over time. To self-assess the situation, remove the sink strainer or drain plug. Next, fill the sink halfway with water and take your plunger to it. A pro-tip from Roto-Rooter is to plug the sink’s overflow drain with a cloth or rag to help improve plunger suction. Give your sink a few forceful plunges and then give it time to drain. If this doesn’t fix the problem, go to Step 2. 2: The next step can get pretty [...]

By |2017-03-03T12:51:23+00:00March 24th, 2017|Sink Clog|0 Comments