All home and business owners will experience plumbing problems every now and then. While most of these problems start out as minor inconveniences, they can turn into major issues if not handled appropriately. Maintain the integrity of your plumbing system with these tips for dealing with sink, toilet, tub, and drain clogs:
Use Boiling Water and Baking Soda
A number of individuals turn to store-bought products like Drano at the first sign of a clog. Unfortunately, these products rarely break down the clog. Instead, they tend to make the problem worse by causing damage to the lining of your pipes. Consider pouring three to four cups of boiling water with one cup of baking soda down clogged sinks, toilets, or tubs to help break down small clogs without damaging your pipes.
Plunge the Drain
Plungers are not just for toilets. When boiling water and baking soda do not sufficiently eliminate clogs, consider plunging the pipe. This will help bring debris and hair to the surface so they can be easily removed.
Call a Plumber
While many hardware stores offer “snakes” to help break up and retrieve large clogs, it’s best to leave such invasive plumbing tasks to a professional. Improper snaking methods can push the clog deeper into your sink, toilet, or tub, making the problem worse and increasing the risk of damage. When all other methods fail, contact your professional plumber for more information on your clog removal options.
With several years of experience, the qualified technicians and plumbing specialists at John's Sewer & Pipe Cleaning, Inc. are devoted to providing high-quality services to Boston residents. We even provide 24-hour emergency services seven days a week. For more information on drain repairs, sewer inspections, and catch basin cleaning, give us a call at (781) 569-6695.
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Your pipes, drains, and sewer lines can be easy to take for granted, until you are experiencing a problem. While some drains and sewer lines can malfunction due to their age or integrity, the things you do on a daily basis may also increase your risk for a number of potential problems. Continue reading for more information on how grease negatively affects your drains and sewer lines.
Many individuals tend to pour leftover grease down their kitchen drains under the assumption that it will flow down into the sewer lines just like any other liquid. However, grease and oil will actually stick to the inside of your drain, slowly building up along the pipe’s surfaces until it causes a major blockage. Avoid pouring grease down your drains, and consider wiping greasy dishes with a paper towel before placing them in the sink. In the event that you forget and accidentally pour grease down your drain, you can mitigate the damage by pouring a quart of boiling hot water down the pipe. You may also consider adding baking soda and vinegar to break down any fats and prevent unpleasant odors.
It is important to contact your local plumber at the first sign of a problem to prevent grease clogs from getting worse and causing major damage. Signs of a potential problem include slow water drainage, gurgling sounds, and a sour smell coming from your drains.
Whether you are experiencing a drain clog, leaky pipes, or a problem with your main sewer lines, the experienced technicians with John's Sewer & Pipe Cleaning, Inc. are here to help. We also offer sewer inspections, grease trap cleaning, and drain repair. Learn more about our services by contacting our Boston office at (781) 569-6695.