One Call Plumbing Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Drain Cleaning’

Preventing Thanksgiving Day Plumbing Problems

Beautiful mother and her daughter washing vegetables in kitchen sink

The family is on their way, the turkey is in the oven, the table is
set, and everything will go off without a hitch. It is Thanksgiving and
this is a time to focus on family, food, and fun. It most certainly is
not when you want to be worrying over an incredibly stubborn clog in
your kitchen sink.

Thankfully, if you do discover yourself faced with a sink filled with water that refuses to drain, you can rely on One Call Plumbing for help with your plumbing in Cary, NC. Our trained plumbers can get your issue fixed fast so you can get back to enjoying the important things.

In the interim, however, we also want to help you out by giving you a
few tips on what you want to avoid putting down your drain so you can
avoid that nasty clog, to begin with.

How To Avoid Holiday Clogs

Calls to help with drain clogs around the holidays are some of the
most common that plumbers encounter. No one enjoys making that …

Prevent Kitchen Sink Clogs with This One Tip

Mother Standing Over Kitchen Sink Washing Food With Her Young Daughter

There’s one tip out there that if every homeowner followed, there’d
be a lot fewer calls for clogged drains and drain cleaning. That is,
“don’t put FOG down the drain!” FOG is one of the biggest threats there
is to your plumbing system, which we’ll get to below.

Of course, when you do need effective and efficient Raleigh & Durham, NC drain cleaning, we are the team to call. But, we’d like to help you avoid problems with your kitchen sink to begin with, whether that’s through routine plumbing maintenance (which we recommend you schedule once a year) or alerting you to the dangers of FOG and other common drain clogging culprits.

But, What Is FOG?

FOG stands for fats, oils, and grease—you know, the byproducts of
many of the meals you likely cook in your kitchen. We understand how
easy, and therefore how tempting, it is to just dump your cooking
leftovers down the drain and be done with it, but unfortunately, this
can and does do a lot …

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 …

Prevent Drain Clogs with These Tips

Plumber Unclogging A Tub Drain With An Electric Auger.

You might not be surprised to learn that the #1 most common plumbing problem is the drain clog. Everyone has dealt with a clogged up or slow drain at some time or another. Our professional plumbers offer Durham, NC drain cleaning to rid homes of these clogs all the time.

But what if you could avoid drain clogs altogether? While we’re here
to relieve your drain clogs in the most effective ways possible (liquid
drain cleaners you can buy at the store are not the answer) we
also love to help our customers out. That means sharing some tips with
you to help you avoid plumbing problems to begin with.

Use Drain Covers or Drain Screens

There are a number of things that can get stuck down in your drains.
Soap scum, hair, and objects accidentally knocked down into drains are
among the most frequent sources of drain clogs. But you can stop most of
these from going down the drain by using a cover or a screen.

These drain covers are sold at any hardware or …

“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 …