One Call Plumbing Blog: Archive for May, 2018

Liquid Drain Cleaners Are Not the Answer to Clogs!

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.

When you turn on a tap or faucet in your home to discover that water is backing up instead of properly going down the drain, your instinct may be to reach for a bottle of liquid drain cleaner you got from the store down the street. These are marketed toward homeowners and renters looking to quickly clear up a drain, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are effective at clearing up drains. In fact, our Wake Forest, NC plumbing experts can tell you—they are not effective at all.

The Problem with Chemical Liquid Drain Cleaners

The problem with chemical liquid drain cleaners is right there in the name: “chemical.” This leads to a number of issues, which we’ve highlighted below.

Most Chemicals Only Dissolve Some Clogs

This is the first thing you should know about chemical, store-bought drain cleaners—they’re formulated to resolve some (not all) sources of clogs. For instance, most can dissolve hair. But grease, grime, food particles, and even soap scum can be hard to completely remove for these “affordable” solutions. Therefore, the clog removal is temporary at best.

The Problem Can Get Worse

The fact is, some of the particles that the chemicals …

Should You Worry about a Running Toilet?

Toilet In Nice Bathroom

One of the most annoying problems you might face with your bathroom plumbing is a toilet that won’t stop running. The noise is a nuisance, and eventually the excess water you aren’t using will add up in water costs. A running toilet also means the inability to flush.

But if it’s a guest bathroom or a bathroom you don’t otherwise use on a regular basis, you may be tempted to wait and not worry about it too much. We urge you to reconsider. Be sure to call a professional Raleigh & Durham, NC plumber as soon as you notice a running toilet, as it can be caused by any of the following factors.

The Refill Tube is Malfunctioning

This is the component of your toilet that replenishes the water
within the tank. The top of this tube should always remain above water
level. If it doesn’t, however, then you might here intermittent running.

Float Ball Problems

The float ball is a small ball that sinks down when the tank empties
with a flush, opening up the inlet valve on the fill tube. When …