With all the reasons for a drain to get clogged, many people may not know how wild and domestic animals can contribute to the problem. In some cases, they can cause a drain to clog to the point where you may need to call a plumber. Here are few ways animals can cause a clog or cause damage to the pipes in your home.
They get stuck:
Probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of animals clogging drains is when they get stuck and die. Animals can access pipes through un-screened vent stacks or pipes that are open to the outside of your home. Some of these animals may even show up in your home through toilets or sinks if they are small and fast enough to survive the journey.
By making nests:
Animals sometimes build nests either in the drain pipe or on top of …Read More
The kitchen drain has gone from draining slowly to being completely blocked. Water is standing in the sink and you’re contemplating what to do next. Do you grab a plunger or bottle of drain unclogging chemicals? Here is what you need to know about drain clogs and the various options for clearing the drain.
Anatomy of a Drain Clog
There are two types of clogs you’ll contend with around the house:
Soft clog – This is normally found in your bathroom sinks and consists of hair and skin cells. The clog makes the drain run slowly but often doesn’t stop it completely. The clog can usually be pulled out bit by bit to clear the drain. The clog doesn’t solidify into a hard mass so they tend to be easier to remove than the other type of clog.
Hard clog – This clog is made up of material that compacts …Read More
If you have a restaurant, the odds are good you have to have some type of grease interceptor in the kitchen. Depending on where you are located, this could be a simple box near the three-well sink or a big pit under the floor of the cleaning area. It is meant to keep all the grease from the kitchen from getting into the water supply and making it harder to purify at the water treatment center. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for in regards to this plumbing device with information on when you need to contact commercial plumbing services to take care of the problem.
A grease trap needs to be cleaned out every four to six weeks. It is a nasty job and is often overlooked or not done completely. If you notice water backing up into the sink, you need …Read More
If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your water heater, it might be time for a new one. This is particularly true if it’s been at least 10 years. Studies show that most water heaters only have a life span of about 10 years. Luckily, most water heaters will give you some warning before they break down for good. Here are some signs that your water heater might be on its last legs.
Puddles Under the Tank
As your water heater ages, the tank begins to weaken and the gaskets begin to deteriorate. When both of those things happen at the same time, you may notice small puddles of water begin to form under your water heater. That’s usually one of the first signs that your water heater is about to break down. If you see puddles under your water heater, check the fill valve located at the …Read More
If your home relies on a well as its water source, it is important that you understand how your well works and symptoms of problems so you can have it serviced before your well stops working completely. One of the most important components of your well is its well pump. Here are some common signs of a failing submersible well pump:
Pump Runs Continuously
When a pump is not able to maintain the pressure and properly pump water, it may begin to run continuously to try to overcompensate. One sign that your pump may be running around the clock is an unusually high electric bill. If the problem lies with the impellers, which propel the water up, sand, debris, or small pieces of plastic may begin running out of the faucet mixed in with the water. If your well pump is showing signs of running continuously, it is in your …Read More
A garbage disposal can definitely make life easier when it comes to cleaning up after a meal. However, if you want your garbage disposal to keep working properly, you need to make sure you’re using it the right way and treating it with care. Follow these
Do: Run the water while running the disposal.
Make sure you have the water turned on and running at a steady stream while you’re running the disposal. This way, the chopped up food particles will flow freely through the pipes and are less likely to cause a clog. Use cold water, not
Don’t: Grind up fibrous foods.
Fibrous foods like citrus rinds and nut shells should not go down the garbage disposal. They’re …Read More