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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

Stinky Drains and Smelly Water – What is Going On?

Bathrooms and kitchens can create strong smells in the modern home, but what do you do when there is a stink and no discernible source?  The first place to check is your sink. So here’s what to look for and a few ways to deal with it. Dry p-drain: The simplest and most common reason a sink drain might stink is that your p-drain is dry. It’s called a “p-drain” not because of what goes down it, but because of its vaguely “p” shape. The fix for this is simple. Just turn on the faucet for about 30 seconds to allow water to collect in a pool in the p-drain. The water acts as a barrier and stops sewer gas from traveling up the drain and into your house. Clog or Biofilm Buildup: Biofilm is a nasty black-gray substance that builds up over time along the walls of your drains from [...]

By |2018-02-27T14:13:54+00:00March 1st, 2018|Drains|0 Comments

Drain Do’s and Don’ts

There’s no telling what we’ll find when we make house calls for bad drains. The most common problem cause of drain problems is just a lack of knowledge about what drains can really handle. So we wanted to share our tips to help you know and love your household drains. Toilets Flush what you produce not any products, if you get our meaning. The drain in a toilet is designed to handle only small amounts of toilet paper and bodily waste. Don’t flush medication, hygiene products, paper towels, or big heaps of toilet paper.  These products will very often get stuck in the trap or line and cause a blockage.  Also, we all experience times when we "go" more than normal.  If you happen to experience one of these times, it's best to go ahead and flush "midway through".  That way the larger amounts of paper and waste aren't all [...]

By |2018-02-01T16:32:31+00:00February 1st, 2018|Drains|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

5 Key Elements to Commercial Contract Plumbers

If you own or manage any type of commercial property, you know that plumbing problems can occur when you least expect them. General wear and tear on commercial property plumbing happens much faster than with the plumbing in typical residential home. A savvy property owner or manager will have a quality commercial plumber on call for any emergency that might occur. Below are the important qualities to look for in a commercial plumbing contractor to help all those who are in search of one. Level of Commercial Experience The plumbing equipment and configurations within a commercial property are larger and more complex than in residential properties. The plumbing company you hire needs to have the experience and expertise to deal with the complexity of commercial properties. Repairs and Installation A simple repair call may turn into a major system replacement. You don’t want to have to call in a second [...]

By |2017-11-07T13:31:59+00:00November 7th, 2017|Commercial Plumbing|0 Comments

Garbage Disposal DIY Tips – Roto Rooter Bloomington

A garbage disposal is a relatively simple appliance that generally operates trouble-free for long periods of time. Unfortunately, however, garbage disposals do break down entirely. Sometimes, you can handle most repairs yourself by simply pushing the garbage disposal reset button. Other times, there may be a clog you need to clear out. But what causes a disposal to clog? Most often, clogs caused by how the ground food waste reacts to water or lack of water after the disposal unit has ground it up and sends it on its way into waste line. When a garbage disposer clogs, you will often find the problem is in the trap found on the waste discharge side of the disposal. This is also known as the P-Trap where the pureed food can push through to the waste system while also trapping any sewer gasses that might try to come into the home through the pipe. The [...]

By |2017-10-04T19:59:59+00:00October 4th, 2017|Garbage Disposals|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