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.


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.


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.

 


Top 8 Energy Conservation Tips When Heating Water

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

According to the US Department of Energy, water heaters are the second biggest contributors of electricity in the home. They account for almost 17% of a home’s energy use. The estimated average cost per hour of a water heater that uses 4,000 watts is $0.40 per kWh. If you regularly consume 2 to 3 hours of energy per day, that would result to $25 to $37 per month. It is a different matter during winter, when you probably have to heat more water for your bathing, cleaning or hand-washing needs.

Aside from buying low-flow shower heads and faucets, there are simple domestic strategies that you can employ to conserve energy when heating water.

  1. Reduce the temperature. Setting the thermostat to a moderate level, say 120 degrees Fahrenheit, can definitely lower the energy consumption by 3 to 5% without sacrificing the heater’s function. Sinks require even lower temperature (105 degrees F) for cleaning hands.
  2. Use a thermal insulator on the pipes to delay heat loss and control the condensation.
  3. Limit the hours of operation as much as possible. You can take short showers instead of the regular baths or simply try to reduce your time showering.
  4. Strategically place the heater near the most frequent areas of use to minimize piping heat loss.
  5. Install heat traps on the water heater tank if it does not have yet.
  6. Use cold water when doing laundry especially during the rinse cycle.
  7. Ask a plumbing professional to repair leaks from fixtures, appliances and hot water piping.
  8. Invest in a more modern and efficient water heater. There are new models of water heating systems that provide energy savings and improved performance.

Below is a video demonstrating the proper installation of a water heater wrap:

In case it has been determined that there is a need to replace your water heater, a plumbing expert should be able to provide you informative options suitable to your household needs.


Plumbing Problems? Beat Them While You Can

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Having immediate access to a wealth of information offering instant solutions to your plumbing problems, it may be easy to think that you can do all of them by yourself. Bear in mind though that what looks easy on the outside can really be complicated to someone who has no plumbing experience at all. As your doctor always tells you, still the best way to beat a sickness is to prevent its onset.

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Let us take a look at the most common plumbing issues household members experience and what can be done to avoid them:

  • Blocked drains. Regularly clean drains to avoid the accumulation of dirt, oil and grease deposits, and other debris. Always be mindful of what comes down your drain. If you think it will block the flow of water at some point, then just do not do it. Use mesh screens especially in the bathrooms to catch those falling hair. Learn how to use an auger or drain snake for simple de-clogging procedures.
  • Running toilet. Ever wondered why even after flushing, the flush tank does not seem to stop its sound? It may be that some parts of the mechanism have been disengaged or something has prevented the flapper from closing, causing the water to run intermittently. Due to wear and tear, it may be ideal to replace parts with new ones. The handle is usually the first one to break down due to its constant use.
  • Low water pressure. This problem usually results from a buildup of deposits or sediment on aerators or from the most difficult to identify: leaks. Regularly clean a shower head or faucet aerator and if you can spare, buy a water pressure gauge and check the actual pressure in your pipes.
  • Conduct a regular inspection of joints, where leaks most often occur, since they are the easiest to replace. Insulate taps or protect garden hoses especially in the winter. Install a shut-off valve to every water line or ask your plumber about ABS or PVC pipes for drains.

Do not wait for these problems to occur. The best way to prevent them from happening is to seek the advice of plumbing professionals to evaluate the entire house. They can see problems before they even occur, thus easing future stress and helping you save time and money in the process.


Five Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a House

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Buying a house is something that people should take seriously. After all, it is a huge investment that requires contemplative thinking so costly mistakes can be avoided. Whether you are starting a family or just need to relocate, a few tips can go a long way :

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  1. Conduct an ocular inspection of the house and the surrounding area. Check the location’s accessibility to major establishments, level of security maintenance, and whether it is prone to flooding or wildfires or near the fault line.
  2. Seek the assistance of a qualified professional. A licensed builder, a surveyor or an architect can find out about possible defects or problems that you may not be aware of. It will incur additional cost, but it might save you from being forced to spend on unforeseen expenses in the future that a professional could have found out in the first place.
  3. Negotiate and decide effectively. Try to get the best deal and always be in control of the situation. Don’t allow yourself to be pressured by others. They may mean well, but it will be you who will shoulder all the expenses and face the challenges along the way.
  4. Look for a trustworthy agent. Someone who can make constructive feedback without sacrificing his/her own personal intentions can make a lot of things easier for you.
  5. Compute, compute and compute. On the financial aspect, make sure that you can really afford paying for the house on a long-term basis. Bear in mind that aside from mortgage payments, you also have to pay for property taxes, remodeling and maintenance expenses, and other miscellaneous costs. Do not forget to get the best house insurance there is for protection in the event of a catastrophe or theft.

And while you are seriously doing these aforementioned tips, take a moment to smile and imagine the positive benefits of having your own home. Make it a memorable experience and believe that it will be one of the best decisions you will ever make in your life. Happy buying!


Solving the Problem of Water Leaks

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By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

You went out to enjoy the morning.  You checked your mailbox and came across your monthly water bill. All of a sudden, the world is spinning because you are not sure if the figure in the bill is right. It is normal to feel confounded by a sudden increase in you water bill, but before you go blaming yourself or the people within your household, try to analyze your water usage in the past month. The typical domestic uses of water include drinking, bathing, washing clothes and dishes, and watering the car or the garden, among several others. If there was no unusual activity that might have caused the sudden spike in water consumption, chances are you probably have water leaks.

Below are the most common causes of water leaks:

  1. Possible clogs in drains, toilets, gutters or in the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system
  2. Old plumbing system that has been eaten away by rust and other forms of corrosion
  3. Uneven or unregulated water pressure
  4. Rusting and sediment in water heaters
  5. External leaks caused by tree roots growing into your pipes
  6. Sudden extreme temperature changes
  7. Poor plumbing job

It is recommended that you seek the help of a qualified professional to ensure that the incident is resolved properly and does not happen again in the future. It will help you avoid unnecessary costs that may be incurred if you decide otherwise. You can seek the help of leak detection experts at Drain Busters Plumbing & Rooter if you think you have a plumbing leak in your home or office. They can do emergency plumbing, re-piping, drain cleaning, or burst pipe repair, depending on your needs.

Try to conduct regular checkups or maintenance of appliances, toilets, pipes, water heaters and gutters to avoid water leaks in the future. That way, you will not get dizzy the next time you open that mailbox and read your bill.