Dealing With A Clogged Drain

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Shower Drain Clogged?

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.

 

 

 


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.


3 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Clearing A Clogged Sink

By Arnold Obat

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Whether you like it or not, you are going to have and experience draining problems at your home. One such problem is clogged sinks. If you have experienced a clogged sink, whether it’s in your bathroom or kitchen sink, then you know how annoying it can be. Luckily, you can easily break up any blockage at your home yourself without necessarily seeking the assistance of a professional plumber. However, there are a few dos and don’ts of clearing a clogged sink that you should know before embarking on your drain cleaning process. This post will highlight the top mistakes you should avoid when clearing a clogged sink.

Avoid Buying Drain Cleaners from Your Local Grocery or Hardware Store

In most cases, drain cleaners offered at your local grocery or hardware store work on slightly clogged sinks. Furthermore, if these drain cleaners do end up working you will find that the sinks will be unclogged for a very short time maybe a day or two. With that in mind, it’s very important that you avoid getting your drain cleaners from your local grocery or hardware store. If you are not sure about a drain cleaner, simply get in touch with a professional plumber and he or she will assist you accordingly.

Avoid Pouring Hot Water & Vinegar on Your Clogged Sinks

One thing I would like to point out right away is that this method actually does work when it comes to unclogging your clogged sink. However, it does have a very big negative and that is the fact that if you pour hot water and vinegar on your clogged sinks it will eventually end up damaging your drain pipes,  leading to leaks thus bringing about other unwanted drainage problems that will definitely cost you a lot of money to fix. Furthermore, pouring hot water on your clogged sink can only makes matters worse because in some cases, especially when you use hot water alone, it ends up sitting on the bottom of your sink without doing anything, therefore, making matters worse.

Avoid Using Excessive Force When Plunging

Using excessive force when plunging is another drain-cleaning mistake you should avoid when clearing a sink. When you exert too much force when unclogging your sinks, it can result in you damaging your home’s drain line connection, which ultimately leads to leaks that as we all know causes serious plumbing issues that need extensive work that in most cases end up costing you a lot of money. While still on matters force, avoid using a drain bladder when unclogging your sink as it too brings with it excessive force or pressure.

Conclusion

There you have it, 3 drain-cleaning mistakes you should avoid when clearing a clogged sink. All-in-all, always remember to get in touch with a professional plumber if you are not sure on how to go about clearing a clogged sink. If you happen to have any questions regarding this topic, feel free to interact with us in the comment section below or simply contacting one of our professional plumbers and they will assist you accordingly.