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Plumbing Myths Exposed

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Your home’s plumbing system plays a significant role in keeping your life running smoothly. When it fails, you wrestle with the inconvenience of lost service and your daily routine is turned upside down. This post exposes common plumbing myths and preventive measures to extend the life of your home’s plumbing system and appliances.

If It’s Not Broken, Don’t Fix It

One of the biggest plumbing myths is if your plumbing is working, there’s nothing to worry about. While a faucet may occasionally drip or your toilet flushes slowly, they still perform their intended functions. However, these problems are signs of underlying issues that have significant consequences when ignored. For example, a dripping faucet not only wastes hundreds of gallons of water, it also leads to high water bills. As time passes, the drip can wear out the internal faucet mechanism and cause pitting or staining of other plumbing fixtures, such as your sink basin. A sluggish toilet is a sure sign that you have a blockage or obstruction in your sewage lines. It may work now, but could fail in the future, leading to unexpected sewer problems and costly repairs. At worse, it may result in sewage backing up into your home, a problem you want to avoid.

Noisy Water Heaters Need Replacement

When a water heater starts making banging and popping noises, some homeowners panic. Most often, the banging sound coming from your water heater is caused by sediment that has built up in the storage tank. Not only will sediment cause those spine-tingling sounds, it also reduces the efficiency of the appliance and leads to high utility bills. Annual water heater maintenance will prevent sediment build-up and keep your appliance quiet and performing at peak efficiency.

Other Common Plumbing Misconceptions

These common household plumbing practices can also cause more harm than good.

  • Toilet bowl tablets save time and labor. Toilet bowl tablets contain bleach and are designed to sit inside the toilet tank. Although some homeowners like the concept of a self-cleaning toilet, these tablets could destroy the internal flushing mechanism of the toilet in a matter of months. The labor you save with these tablets will eventually be spent on additional repairs in the future.
  • Cleanliness is king. Excessive use of household cleansers wreaks havoc on your septic system. Too many chemicals upsets the balance of microorganisms needed to break down solid waste. If your plumbing system fails, expect a hefty repair bill to restore service.
  • Ice cubes sharpen garbage disposal blades. Although putting ice cubes in your garbage disposal helps clean the blades, it does not sharpen them. The best way to sharpen your garbage disposal blades is by scheduling a service call with your local plumbing contractor.
  • Regular use of liquid drain cleaners keeps your drain lines clean. The corrosive nature of these products will degrade your drain lines over time, until they eventually fail and start to leak.

For answers to your plumbing questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

Maintenance of Your Home Drain Pays Off

Friday, September 25th, 2015

It’s okay if you don’t like to think about drain maintenance. After all, drains are where everything smelly and unpleasant in your plumbing usually goes. But, they still need a little care and attention if you want to avoid truly messy problems in your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and other areas. Here are the down-and-dirty details on drain clogs and what to do about them.

Drain Clogs and Causes

Obviously a clogged drain isn’t a good thing – it causes overflowing water, nearby moisture problems and a nasty stink. But what happens when a drain clogs? Some problems are obvious: putting too much solid waste down a drain will clog it. Forcing an object down a drain where it doesn’t belong is another recipe for disaster. So is the big kitchen no-no of putting grease down a sink drain, where it will sit the trap until the drain is blocked.

But there are other, more insidious drain problems that happen over time. Biofilms can build up in even the cleanest drains and eventually cause problems with water flow. Dirt and particles can settle in pipes near drains and slowly block them. Food and hair can join together to form impermeable barriers…and suddenly you’ve got problems. This is why ongoing maintenance is important.

Tips on Drain Maintenance

  • Wipe off plates and pans into the garbage.
  • Never put non-disposable materials down the drain.
  • Clean up those hair mats and check bathtub stoppers for build-up every few months.
  • Running a mix of hot water and vinegar down pipes can help improve water flow. Avoid using chemical cleaners except in emergencies.
  • Avoid putting raw veggies, coffee grounds or rice down your garbage disposal.
  • Don’t mix chemicals and pipe work: if you’ve poured drain cleaner down pipes, don’t start messing with wrenches or plungers. Leave the pipes alone for at least a day to avoid getting splashed with toxic chemicals.

For answers to your questions or if your drains need some extra attention, contact The Pink Plumber today!

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Experiencing a Drain Clog? Uncover the Causes

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Do you experience frequent drain clogs in your home? They’re not only a nuisance, but a drain clog can be sign of bigger problems deep inside your home’s plumbing system. If you notice that your drains are slowing down or you’re hauling out the plunger one too many times, call a plumber for help.

If the drains in your home routinely get backed up, here’s what you should check for.

Bathroom Clogs

The most common cause of a drain clog in either the bathtub, shower, or sink is hair and soap residue. It’s common for hair to get washed down drains when you shower or wash your face. All by itself, hair can cause problems. It gets tangled up inside the pipes and creates a stoppage that can slow down water as it moves through the pipes.

Soap residue from bars of soap, body wash, or shampoo also clings to the sides of pipes, eventually building up a layer of soap scum that can stop the flow of water. Combine soap residue with hair, and you’ve got a recipe for a plumbing disaster—or at the least, a nasty clog.

To clear a clog from the bathroom, you can try to remove hair from your drain if it’s close to the surface. But for a comprehensive solution to the problem, hire a plumber to address the depths of the pipes and rid them of hair and residue.

Toilet Clogs

One source of toilet clogs that will make you happy—meaning, it’s a simple problem—involves toilet tissue. Kids tend to wad up a bunch of toilet paper and forget to flush it. As water saturates the paper, it grows in volume, making it harder to flush. If you think this is the only source of the problem, keep working at it with the plunger. Otherwise, call a plumber to help you identify if the problem is due to one of the kids flushing something other than tissue down the toilet or if the toilet has malfunctioned.

Kitchen Clogs

In the kitchen, one of the most common drain clog problems is due to one thing: grease. Once grease, or fats, go down the drain, they solidify, creating a blockage that refuses to allow other food items and water to safely pass. Or if you routinely put foods like potatoes, celery, or egg shells down the drain—in other words, hard, stringing, or absorbent foods that the garbage disposal can’t break up—the cause of the clog is probably due to food buildup in the pipes. A plumber can use a powerful plumber’s snake to penetrate through the clog and clear the drain.

With professional help, you can safely combat a drain clog and clear out the plumbing.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

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