Dealing With A Clogged Drain

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Clogged drains are the most common household plumbing problem that we see on a daily basis.

Overall, hair is the more promenade issue that causes stoppages. Hair blockages causes slow drains and messy back ups. Eventually, Causing your sink, tub and toilet to be unusable until the drain is cleared. Overtime, these build ups can cause mainline blockages in your sewer pipes.

In return, would be more difficult and expensive to fix.

 

What I Shouldn’t Do To My Clogged Drain

As you’ve heard, most plumbers will tell you they’d rather you didn’t use those drain cleaners. Usually you find these on the selves at your local super market. Overtime, These products are not effective and could damage your pipes.

Even worse, if you have a septic tank, these chemicals can damage its bacterial environment and lead to costly repairs or even total replacement.

Luckily, there is an alternative to those caustic drain cleaners. The best way to deal with hair clogs is with preventive maintenance.

 

What Can I Do To Unclog My Drain?

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In the end, the best way to avoid this hassle and expense is to prevent hair from entering the pipes in the first place.There’s a surprisingly easy and inexpensive way to do it—a drain filter.

 

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Also called drain covers, drain screens, drain protectors, drain strainers or hair catchers, they fit over or inside your bathroom drain before it enters the pipe.

 

Additionally, we have provided you with pictures. There are a few different popular styles to choose from.

 

 

 

As shown above, these items can easily be purchased from your local hardware store.

Home Depot is a great hardware store to find these products.

In the long run, if you maintain your drains and consider some variable options, in the future it could save you a great deal of money.

After all, who doesn’t like saving money?

 

 Already dealing with a clogged drain? Call the experts here at DrainBusters Plumbing for immediate assistance.

Our Facebook also gives great tips for ongoing problems for your household and specials.

 

 

 


Plumbing DIY Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

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Every homeowner should own these 5 tools when it comes to tackling your own DIY plumbing tasks. From clogged sinks and showers. Replacing old pipes. These 5 tools will allow you to tackle the majority of household plumbing tasks. You can buy all of them for less than $150 combined, which is less than you’d spend on a plumber for single visit.

 

Watch this video on the top 5 DIY plumbing tools.

If all else fails, we at DrainBusters are here to help!!!  Schedule online or give us a call.


Clearing Blockage Using Hydro-Jetting

 What is Hydro-Jetting?

Also called drain jetting, hydro jetting makes use of a high-pressure hose with a specialized nozzle connected to a machine. This equipment produces a powerful stream of water that is capable of breaking up all types of drain clogs. Also, used for cleaning slow sewage lines.

The amount of pressure can start from 4,000psi (pound-force per square inch) and reach around 35,000psi, which is already considered very potent.  Hydro jetting is done when the problem can no longer be resolved using the traditional sewage cleaning method.

Repairing a blocked sewer line can be done in two ways. Plumbing snakes are mainly used for minor clogs or occasional blockages. Such as, accumulation of hair, dirt and other materials that can still be dealt with using snakes or augers.

Also, hydro jetting is done by a professional and is the ideal choice for heavy sludge and deposits that have accumulated over time, including tree roots.

Benefits of Hydro Jetting:

  • Can clean the entire pipe and remove minerals, grease, and other debris along the walls as well, making the occurrence of blockage less likely in the future
  • Can enter hard to reach areas without risking damage to PVC pipes
  • More economical since it can delay the need for another plumbing service, thus reducing expenses over the long term

Check out the video below by the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) demonstrating how hydro jetting is done:

In some instances, even the use of hydro jet equipment may no longer be advisable if the sewer line has been damaged with age. Depending on the extent of the problem, it may already need a temporary or permanent replacement. This is the importance of consulting with qualified plumbing experts so you can be assured that your pipes are receiving utmost care and attention.

 

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Common Water Problems and the Systems Used to Treat Them

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Water used for domestic and industrial purposes should undergo proper treatment, depending on what it is intended for. A contaminated drinking water, for example, may cause gastrointestinal and stomach illnesses, which may lead to various diseases, including diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, polio, and dysentery. This may lead to severe sickness or in worst cases, even death. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), contaminated drinking water has approximately caused over 500,000 diarrheal deaths yearly.

A wide range of water problems can occur in both domestic and industrial places. Some of the most common include the following:

  • Presence of suspended or colloidal solids in surface waters (e.g.: rivers, lakes, and oceans) in the form of dirt, dust, or decayed vegetation. – Experts recommend integrating a robust chemical addition system with a slightly overdesigned clarifier or the use of ultrafiltration (UF) to minimize the amount of material in the feed water.
  • Bacteria in raw water feed – Gravity clarification followed by an oxidizing agent such as chlorine or peroxide.
  • Hard water caused by calcium (limestone) and magnesium salts which can coat equipment fixtures, plug pipes and scaling equipment, and even cause sludge in the washing machine – Use of cold or warm lime process addition to precipitate and lessen the hardness. Water softeners are used extensively both in homes and for industrial purposes. Another alternative is reverse osmosis.
  • Odor in water is caused by many factors, including organic matter, excessive chlorination, presence of sulfate reducing bacteria, septic discharge seepage, leak in fuel oil tank, and industrial waste.

Most of the time, activated carbon filter and/or chlorination and de-chlorination can be used to treat water odor. For naturally occurring smell that is caused by decaying organics, experts suggest aeration system and repumping.

Wherever you are getting your supply of water, there is always that risk of facing water problems. Before buying any water treatment system, make sure that you have already performed the necessary water analysis. Talk to an expert and find out the water treatment you need for your specific water quality problems.


Chemical Free Water Conditioning Technologies

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

One of the most common problems facing pipes and home appliances is the buildup of limescale from hard water, which contains dissolved mineral such as calcium and magnesium ions. Over time, your pipes can be totally blocked with these deposits. When this happens, the flow of water may be restricted and may cause serious damage to equipment. Furthermore, your dishwashers and other machines run the risk of overheating. Expect more energy to be used for your hot water and heating systems as well. In worse cases, this may lead to shorter life expectancy of your appliances. Because of these risks, some companies offer chemical free water conditioning technologies as an option for both residential and commercial buildings.

What are water softeners and how do they work?

Water softeners use salt and ion-exchange resins that are coated in a sodium solution to allow calcium and magnesium ions to migrate out of the solution, replacing them with sodium ions. If you do not want to add salt or chemicals to your water, this is when salt-free softener or chemical free water conditioners become an alternative.

The functions of chemical free water conditioners include:

  • Removal of calcium and magnesium ions in hard water
  • Prevention of scale formation due to mineral buildup in hot water boilers and pipes
  • Help in the gradual dissolution of the scale, depending on the extent of damage the heating system has incurred
  • Prevention of rust inside pipes
  • Protection of on-demand water heaters and other sensitive home appliances from mineral build-up

What are the benefits of using chemical free water conditioning technologies?

  • Eco-friendly because they produce zero discharge and there is no need for electricity
  • Easier to maintain
  • Natural alternatives
  • Easier to clean showers and appliances
  • Compact in physical design
  • Longer life expectancy for your water heater and appliances
  • Faster and more effective results

Softened or conditioned water brings positive benefits to your family’s well-being, provides better drinking water if you have pets, and allows you to feel softer, healthier skin and hair when you bathe. Most noteworthy, you can save on installation costs and maintenance since most chemical free water conditioning technologies require less of these usual requirements. Talk to a specialist and find out the best water conditioning technology suited for your home.


Highlights of the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers successfully presented the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium on October 19-22 at the Hotel Bonaventure Montreal in Quebec. The event was the second largest-attended symposium in ASPE’s history. It is also the first time that the event was held outside the US.

Hundreds of participants from the plumbing design industry gathered to witness the first-ever, two-day product show, learn the inner workings of networking, and connect with colleagues and experts in the field.

They also held technical education sessions aimed at helping plumbing industry professionals at all career levels learn new skills. Participants can use each session for license and certification continuing education requirements. The topics discussed include:

  • Fundamentals
    • Reclaim System Design
    • Introduction to Plumbing Theory
  • Fire & Life Safety
    • The Newest Innovations in Medical Gas Design
    • Incorporating Design, Construction and Commissioning Into Your Water Safety Program
  • Materials & Equipment
    • Piping Considerations for ANSI/ASHRAE 188-2015
    • Chemical-free Water Conditioning Technologies

The all-day Intermediate Plumbing Design program focused on commercial kitchen design and included topics such as:

  • Natural gas and domestic water distribution
  • Storm drainage design
  • Review of kitchen equipment

The Product Show allowed the attendees to engage with various manufacturers and see the latest products in the market. Some of the exhibitors include Zurn, Nibco, Plumbing Technical Services, Corzan Piping Systems, CSA Group, Liberty Pumps and many others. This was an ideal avenue for the participants to discover the latest advances in plumbing system design methods.

The 2019 ASPE Technical Symposium will be held on October 24-27 in Pittsburgh. Plan your attendance now and get solutions to your practical problems, learn new plumbing techniques and carry with you innovative ideas to bring back to your office.


Home for the Holidays: Time for Your Plumbing Wish List

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Kids are looking forward to their gifts. Family members are coming. Guests are paying a visit. Undoubtedly, this is your household’s busiest time of the year. Well, not to mention the preparations you make every morning and the tasks waiting for you at home from work. Before you get involved with all the chaos surrounding the holidays, make sure to add plumbing preparations to your to-do list.

 

We have prepared a list of items that are worth checking out to ensure that everything goes smoothly according to your plans and nothing will spoil the celebration.

  • Is your water heater functioning? Does the pressure relief valve operate properly? If you have not flushed your water heater tank for a year, try it now to remove sediments and deposits.
  • To save on time and energy, simultaneously replace the anode rods (as this requires draining of water), or what is sometimes referred to as sacrificial anodes, because they help keep water heaters survive for a longer time.
  • Dispose of grease and other debris properly. While this will require additional time and energy, consider the costs you will have to incur if your drain gets clogged.
  • Consider putting a mesh strainer over your shower drain and kitchen and bathroom traps to stop unwanted materials from blocking water passage.
  • Double check your toilet’s handles, flappers and flush valves. The bathroom will be one of the most visited areas. Take care to ensure that guests will not come running out because of clogged toilets or foul smells. Regularly keep an empty wastebasket inside the bathroom to discourage guests and children from flushing unwanted items through your plumbing system.
  • Insulate exposed pipes. If your family is planning to leave home for some time, turn on your outdoor faucets and drain the pipes. This is to prevent trapped water from freezing.

If you would rather seek the assistance of a professional, schedule a maintenance check with a plumbing expert to ensure that every possible plumbing issue is accounted for. Now it’s time to prepare your holiday wish list.


Slab Leak Detection and Repair

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

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Leaks are a household’s common plumbing problem. Once we hear running water from the bathroom or see a dripping faucet, there is already a clear manifestation of water leak. However, not all leaks are visible right away. A slab leak may just be waiting to be recognized. Slab leaks are pipe leaks in the concrete foundation of a home. They usually occur in older homes and have the potential to be costly and cause huge damage if left unnoticed.

Here are some slab leak signs that you should pay particular attention to in order to prevent unnecessary major slab leak repairs:

  • Warm spots on the flooring
  • Increasing water bills
  • Water building up around the foundation
  • Damp carpet or flooring, particularly in the basement; or presence of mildew or excessive mold
  • Sound of water running even when all water is turned off

Some of the most common causes of slab leaks include a shift in the ground, faulty wrapping of the pipes, nicked line, poor pipe installation, and pipe erosion, which may result from electrolysis (happens when the copper in the pipes interacts with mineral in the soil beneath a home).

Do not ignore these slab leak signs. Do not act on your own as well. A plumbing professional can better manager this problem and would know the best way to execute the solution. They may use slab leak detection equipment such as water leak locator, acoustic equipment, radio detector for metallic pipes and other utilities, and an air system that can simultaneously detect pressure and leak.

In case you are wondering if slab leak insurance is possible, depending on your policy, it may or may not be covered. Most of the time though, if the insurer can prove that negligence is the culprit and not due to sudden and catastrophic leaks, they are likely to deny your slab leak claims. Put this additional inconvenience to rest and get in touch with a plumbing expert now.


Preventing Legionella from Invading Your Home

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

One of the most common environments where Legionella is in abundance is in both potable and non-potable water. The Legionnaires’ disease is a serious and sometimes even lethal lung infection or type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria; the other is Pontiac fever, which is a milder infection. The Legionnaires’ disease can be associated with varying symptoms such as cough, fever, lack of energy, loss of appetite, muscle aches, head ache, chest pains, and even diarrhea and nausea.

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Just by inhaling aerosolized Legionnaires’ disease bacteria (LDB) or drinking water contaminated with LDB, a person can develop the disease. This is why making sure that this type of bacteria is mitigated is vital if you want to protect the whole household.

The most common sources of LDB are water mist from cooling towers, humidifiers, showers, faucets, and whirlpool baths. More so, if the water is warm and stagnant; it provides ideal conditions for LDB’s growth (where the water temperature is between 32 to 40 degree Celsius or 90 to 105 degree Fahrenheit). The presence of other microorganisms can elevate the bacteria’s presence as well. Temperatures between 20 to 50°C or 68 to 122 degree Fahrenheit will allow the organism to multiply.

The US Department of Labor recommends specific preventive steps to stop the organism’s presence in your home:

  • Regularly clean evaporative condensers and cooling towers.
  • The temperature for water heaters should be at 60°C (140°F) and 50°C (122°F) or higher at the faucet.
  • Flush frequently unused water lines
  • Do not expose large water-storage tanks to sunlight.

While evidence shows that water systems used in homes are less likely to produce this organism as compared to larger systems that hospitals, workplaces and buildings often use, taking care of your family’s health should never be taken for granted.

 


Health Alert – Plumbing and the Risk of Water Contamination

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

A home is usually comprised of two types of plumbing systems, one for the household’s drinking-water supply and the other for waste disposal. A well designed, rightfully installed and properly constructed plumbing system will be able to minimize the risk of water contamination that may result from cross-connections of these two systems of pipes.
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While the risk of contamination may be greater in public, commercial or industrial spaces, the health risks of faulty plumbing in single-family domestic buildings should never be ignored, as both the occupants and the neighbors may suffer from the ill effects such condition may bring.

There are precautionary measures that may be helpful in avoiding water contamination:

  • Install a cross-connection device particularly if the household is using a heating boiler.
  • Periodic inspection and regular maintenance of cross-connection devices and/or pipes
  • Avoidance or elimination of cross-connections whenever possible
  • Installation of devices to protect against backflow, which may result from backpressure or backsiphonage, which happens when the water supply suddenly drops due to a negative, reduced or interrupted pressure in the supply piping

Examples of backflow devices:

  • Air gap (used mainly on tanks and faucets)
  • Atmospheric vacuum breaker (features an air inlet valve that draws in air to prevent possible water contamination from a residence to the city’s water mains)
  • Pressure vacuum breaker (used mainly on lawn irrigation systems)
  • Double check assembly (used on low hazard buildings
  • Reduced pressure principle assemblies (used on high hazard buildings)

Customers will have less to worry if they use a journeyman plumber, who has certification in cross connection control, and thus, can help provide the necessary backflow protection against any vulnerable cross connections on a property. Water contamination is a serious problem that my affect the whole community if a simple incident escalates into something worse due to negligence.