One Call Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

What to Do When Your Drains Stop Up

Family Washing Hands At Kitchen Sink

One of the most frustrating issues for a homeowner to deal with is when a fixture or sink won’t drain properly. You could be doing something as simple as brushing your teeth when suddenly you notice your bathroom sink is backing up with water. Or you could be taking a shower when it turns into something that resembles a bath instead.

Chances are, you’ll look for a quick solution, such as chemical, store-bought drain cleaners. But we encourage you to contact our professionals instead.

“Why Not Use Store-Bought Drain Cleaners?”

After all, it seems like these drain cleaning chemicals would be the easiest way to unclog backed up drains, right? But half the time, they don’t actually work. This is because the chemicals in drain cleaning liquids may be formulated to dissolve some types of clogs, but not all of them—like grease. Chemical drain cleaners might only move the clog further down the drain.

There are other reasons to avoid these chemical “solutions,” too. They’re highly toxic and can wear down the lining of your pipes if used too often.

“So, I Can Never Relieve Clogs on My Own?”

Well, we …

Signs of Sewer Line Problems

Split Drainage Pipe With Roots

Your home’s sewer line is its method of removing waste and wastewater from your plumbing and moving it to the civic sewer system. This is something we all know but may take for granted.

Sewer lines are typically buried under the ground in your yard, keeping them safe from damage and from inclement weather. Due to being out sight, though, they’re often out of mind. This means that when trouble arises, it may not be immediately obvious.

This means it’s important that you know how to spot the signs of trouble with your sewer line, so you can call for help from a professional plumber right away. What are these signs, though? Read on to find out!

Puddles in Your Yard

A leak from your sewer line can, understandably, produce puddles in your yard. If it hasn’t been raining recently and you don’t have a broken sprinkler system head, then there’s a good chance you’re looking at the product of a sewer line or main water line leak—both of which require a call to the pros.

Excess Greenery

The plants and landscaping in your yard will use a leaking sewer line as …

The Best Way to Fend Off Sink Clogs

Water Flowing Down Sink Drain

There’s no doubt that one of the most annoying things for homeowners to deal with is when a plumbing fixture or sink in the home isn’t draining as it should. You might be simply brushing your teeth when suddenly you have to deal with a backed up sink. Or perhaps you’re taking a morning shower when suddenly it looks like you’re drawing a bath instead.

You’d probably like a quick fix, and we get it! But this isn’t always the best idea. Keep reading to learn more about how to not only prevent drain clogs from forming in the first place, but also what do when drain clogs do happen.

The Most Common Sink Drain Clogs

First off, it’s helpful to know what types of things most commonly clog up sink drains. When it comes to your bathroom, hair is an extremely common culprit for not only the sink, but also the bathtub drain. And too much toilet paper can clog up your toilet as well, which is a whole other story.

In the kitchen, FOG is a common culprit. This stands for fats, oils, and grease. FOG hardens as …

What to Do When Your Drains Stop Up

Family Washing Hands At Kitchen Sink

One of the most frustrating issues for a homeowner to deal with is when a fixture or sink won’t drain properly. You could be doing something as simple as brushing your teeth when suddenly you notice your bathroom sink is backing up with water. Or you could be taking a shower when it turns into something that resembles a bath instead.

Chances are, you’ll look for a quick solution, such as chemical, store-bought drain cleaners. But we encourage you to contact our professionals instead.

“Why Not Use Store-Bought Drain Cleaners?”

After all, it seems like these drain cleaning chemicals would be the easiest way to unclog backed up drains, right? But half the time, they don’t actually work. This is because the chemicals in drain cleaning liquids may be formulated to dissolve some types of clogs, but not all of them—like grease. Chemical drain cleaners might only move the clog further down the drain.

There are other reasons to avoid these chemical “solutions,” too. They’re highly toxic and can wear down the lining of your pipes if used too often.

“So, I Can Never Relieve Clogs on My Own?”

Well, we …

“Help! All My Drains Are Stopped Up”

Clogged Drain

Drain clogs are among the most common service calls our team receives. When it’s just one drain, you may be able to relieve it with a plunger and a little bit of elbow grease. When all the drains in your home are stopped up, however, then you have a much more serious problem on your hands—a sewer line drain clog that requires professional Durham, NC drain cleaning.

“Wait, Can’t I Just Buy Liquid Drain Cleaner?”

Sure, you can, but if the problem has already reached the point that all your drains are stopped up, this won’t do you very much good at all. Besides, we don’t recommend store-bought drain cleaners to clean out clogs at all, no matter how minor. The main reason for this is because these liquid drain cleaners use corrosive chemicals to do their job.

The chemicals used will eat through whatever is clogging your pipes (albeit, temporarily, because it doesn’t actually remove the clog) but it won’t stop there. Prolonged use of these store-bought solutions will degrade your plumbing itself, to the point that you’ll likely need to replace some or all of it earlier than you otherwise would have.

These chemicals …