Aug 29, 2011   //   by Daniel Cordova   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on 10 Easy Things To Do (And Not To Do) To Avoid Calling A Plumber

Plumbing problems can be a major pain, especially when they occur at the most unexpected, and sometimes most crucial moments.  For example, picture yourself having a nice holiday gathering at your home.  You’re right about to serve a wonderful dinner that you have slaved to cook for hours over the stove for, when all of a sudden your plumbing backs up!  What a mess!  Calling a plumber at a time like this might be your only option, but there are many ways to prevent this mess from ever occurring.  Below are 10 easy things to do (and not to do) to avoid calling a plumber.  Some of these may sound very trivial and some even completely obvious, but year after year, we find the same exact problems springing up in homes all around our general service area in Los Angeles County, with people disheartened by the damper it has put on their day.  So before that next big event at your home, or even just as a daily or monthly cleaning and prevention plan, remember these tips!

  • Don’t put grease down your drain!  Grease solidifies and clogs drains very easily.
  • Don’t use your garbage disposal as a trash can and dump large amounts of food & scraps down it, they build up and will either cause it to back up or breakdown.
  • Always turn on the water before turning on the garbage disposal, and keep it running for at least 30 seconds after turning it off to wash the waste down the drain.
  • Try to scrape off as much scrap food on plates and dishes into the trash, before rinsing in your sink, and especially before entering your dish washer.
  • Try to keep the area around your sink clear of any small objects such as utensils and other kitchen gadgets that can easily slip down the drain into the garbage disposal and/or pipes.
  • Don’t dispose of any paper towels, cleaning wipes, sanitary wipes, or sanitary napkins down the toilet.  These almost always cause toilets to clog.  (Tip: Avoid making these items available in guest bathrooms altogether, as guest bathrooms are usually the ones that get backed up first.)
  • Once every two weeks pour about 2 tablespoons of regular liquid dish soap (preferably w/ a degreaser) down the drain, followed by about 1 quart of boiling water.  This will help cut down the grease and buildup in your pipes to help avoid future clogs.
  • If you begin to notice the water pressure on any of your faucets getting low, try this: Fill a small sandwich sized baggie with vinegar.  Put the baggie over the faucet so the facet is completely submerged in the vinegar, and tie it down with a rubber band or two.  Leave it sitting over night.  That should break down the mineral build-up and clear the holes that caused the pressure to backup.
  • Don’t use liquid drain cleaner if there is already a clog!  Once the clog is past your drain, the harsh chemicals in liquid drain cleaner will sit in your pipes and eat away at them, which will eventually cause even bigger problems.
  • Instead, if you begin to notice a clog or water backing up, try this: Take out as much of the standing water as possible, then pour about 1 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by about 1 cup of vinegar.  The bubbling action should cut through most clogs.  Once the drain starts running, pour about 1 quart of boiling water down the drain to flush out the remaining material.

Just like your teeth, although prevention through brushing is always your best bet to avoid any problems, sometimes cavities still occur.  In this case, although you may follow each of these steps religiously (or at least just a few), problems sometimes still have their way of rising to the surface.  In this case, don’t hesitate or wait until the last minute, give us a call today to get your FREE ESTIMATE or click here to request service online today!  You don’t want to end up knee deep in brown water at your next big family gathering while the turkey is in the oven, so don’t forget these tips, or if you’re already there, give us a call as soon as possible!  We’re always on call to help serve all of your plumbing needs.  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We also do annual drain cleaning and inspections at a discounted rate.  Just give us a call and ask us how to get signed up!

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