Posts Tagged ‘Drain Cleaning’

The Top 5 Most Common Causes of Drain Clogs

Monday, September 28th, 2020

bubbling-drainIt’s almost impossible to avoid all drain clogs, although you can take cautionary steps, put in drain screens, and schedule regular drain cleaning from a professional plumber in Santa Barbara, CA to prevent most of them. But you know that one day you’ll find yourself with a stopped up drain that you can’t fix with a plunger or a simple drain snake. That’s when you can call our plumbers to clear the drain quickly and safely. (Don’t use chemical drain cleaners, please—they can damage the drainpipe.)

To help you better understand what you may be up against, and what you can do to prevent it, we’ve listed the five most common causes of clogged drains.

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Why Do I Have Multiple Clogged Drains in My Home?

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

root-clogged-pipeA single clogged drain in Santa Barbara, CA is an annoyance. Sometimes, the clog is a basic one that a sink plunger can remove, or a simple drain snake. Tougher clogs require the work of a professional plumber, not chemical drain cleaners. (We can’t emphasize enough that these bottles of acidic chemicals are both dangerous and ineffective when it comes to drain cleaning. Leave them on the shelf.)

But when more than one drain in a house is clogged, that seems … suspicious. Did they somehow develop the exact same stoppage near their drains at the same time? It sounds unlikely, because it is. Multiple drain clogs are warnings that there are other problems deeper down in the plumbing system that needs plumbers to investigate. Let’s take a look at why you may have this particular trouble in your drains.

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Is a Drain Snake or a Hydro-Jetter Better for Clearing Clogs?

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramIf you have a clogged drain in your house, you’ll probably reach for a plunger first to try to clear it. That’s a good idea. For simple clogs, a basic plunger can often take care of the problem. But if the plunger doesn’t do the trick, or the clog comes back only a short time later, what’s the next step? It’s not using chemical drain cleaners! Those are potentially hazardous for drainpipes and don’t take care of obstinate clogs.

The best option is to use either a drain snake or a hydro-jetter. Or, more specifically, call a professional plumber to use a drain snake or hydro-jetter. Although you can find basic hand-cranked drain snakes from stores, the tool we’re talking about is a powerful motorized device that only a plumber can operate effectively. And hydro-jetters aren’t commercially available since they’re dangerous in untrained hands (and too expensive for consumer use).

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5 Safe Drain Unclogging Methods (#5 Is the Best!)

Monday, April 27th, 2020

drain-in-metal-sink-waterThe last thing you want to deal with in a hectic life is handling a clogged shower or sink drain. Unfortunately, these nuisances are among the most common in homes, and even with the best prevention methods, they’ll still crop up to annoy you and bring parts of your day-to-day life to a halt.

There are solutions, of course. One of them is not chemical drain cleaners. These acidic chemicals are dangerous for drainpipes, and they’re dangerous for you and other people in your household. They aren’t that effective either, meaning you’ll end up paying a lot more in the long run for less thorough solution.

Below we’ve listed five safe methods to get rid of that pesky sink or shower clog.

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Plumbing Smells Icky? It Might Be…

Monday, February 17th, 2020

girl-pinching-noseWhat do you want most from your home’s plumbing system? For it to work. And not just to work. You want it to work unobtrusively, without drawing any attention to itself. The toilets flush, the drains drain, the taps turn on… no fuss, no mess, no smells.

It’s that last one we’re looking at today, because plumbing that’s become stinky is no fun at all. Nobody wants foul odors drifting around their house. But when plumbing is in bad shape, this is often one of the side effects. Most of the time, icky smelling plumbing is a warning that you need to schedule repairs of some type. Below are reasons you might have bad-smelling plumbing.

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Ways to Give Your Pipes a Longer Lifespan

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

plumbing-leakWe tend to think of the piping in a household plumbing system as something that will last for as long as the house does. This isn’t remotely true. Pipes age and chemicals and minerals in the water can age them faster. Older pipe materials, such as cast iron and galvanized steel, are more susceptible to failure than plastics and copper, so if you live in a home built before 1970, you may be facing major pipe problems already. In these situations, extensive repiping is the best solution.

In this post, our focus is what you can do right now to protect the pipes you already have to ensure you won’t need to have repiping done for many years. These tips will help your pipes enjoy longer lives.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Plumbing System Pristine

Monday, December 10th, 2018

plumber-and-homeowner-inspecting-drainMany of the plumbing problems you’ll encounter in your life can all be avoided with a bit of due diligence. Whether it’s leaks or clogs, there are reasonable steps you can take to avoid them from happening in the first place. Here are five things you can do to avoid most plumbing problems:

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Why Do I Need Regular Drain Cleaning?

Monday, November 26th, 2018

clearing-of-blocked-drainDrain cleaning isn’t something that anyone’s excited to have done. It’s certainly not the most interesting thing, either. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary for the health of you, your family, and your plumbing system. But drain cleaning is only as effective when done by a professional. We’ll explain why that’s the case.

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