Common Sink Drain Problems In The Spring

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Spring has sprung and it’s never felt any better! Just like every other season, however, you may run into all sorts of problems with your home plumbing system in the coming months. As headache-inducing as these problems are, you’re going to pay the price if you’re not aware of them and how to act should they occur. Keep reading to learn about some common, seasonal sink drain problems and how to fix them!

Clogged Drain

Is water draining down the sink slowly? It’s a tale as old as time. Back in March, we outlined different ways to unclog your shower drain, and you can follow all of those solutions to clear your sink drain. Use a drain snake, pour some boiling water, call an expert — do what you have to do. Doing any or all of those things will likely solve the problem if you’re just dealing with one sink, but if several sinks are clogged, that’s a symptom of a deeper issue. When in doubt, contacting a drain specialist is the best course of action.

Rusty Water

Brown, rusty water coming out of your faucet(s) is never a welcomed sight. This problem can occur at any time during the year, but it’s most prevalent in the spring due to increased sedimentation. As off-putting as it appears, rusty water usually is not a health risk. In fact, your water will likely clear up after letting the faucet run for a few seconds. If the rust doesn’t go away, you’re going to have to flush your pipes out. Consult these instructions on how to get rid of sediment in your pipes.

Pipe Sweating

We talked about pipe sweating in a previous blog post, so if you followed our instructions, great! If you didn’t, there are still steps you can take. If you notice water sitting on the outside of your pipes, you’ll want to wipe the water up and insulate your pipes. As long as there isn’t a crack or leak in your pipe(s), insulation is the best way to stave off pipe sweating. This is more of a problem with your pipes than a sink drain problem, but it’s still important to take into account.

Call An Expert To Solve Sink Drain Problems

If you’re struggling to resolve any of these sink drain problems, please reach out to All County Sewer & Drain to do the work for you. We won’t stop until everything is back in working order!

Why You Shouldn’t Use Over-The-Counter Drain Cleaners

Clogged pipes may seem like something you can tackle on your own, but don’t be fooled; you may be doing more harm than good. We understand the convenience of going to the store and picking up some quick-fix cleaning products — we’ve all been suckers for it at one point or another! However, we urge you to seek professional service to unclog your pipes if you really want to get the job done. What’s wrong with over the counter drain cleaners? Here are the reasons:

They Can Damage Your Pipes

Drain cleaners designed to clear your pipes can actually damage them? Yes, it’s more than possible. Most liquid cleaners are basic on the pH scale, which means the alkaline liquids eat away at substances getting in the way of water flow. They are admittedly great at clearing blockages and buildups, but if you repeatedly use these cleaners over time, they will start to corrode your pipes because of how basic they are. Store-bought cleaning solutions are great if you’re in a pinch, but you will start to see their negative effects after prolonged use.

They Are Toxic

Because these cleaners are so basic, they are extremely dangerous and volatile. You’ll want to avoid coming in contact with any cleaners that you may use as they can irritate or even seriously harm any part of your body they touch. They can cause burnt skin, eye pain, or even shortness of breath, in some cases. On top of that, whatever you do, do not mix these cleaners with anything, including other cleaners, as the mixture can emit deadly gases. As effective as drain cleaners are, it’s not worth using them given the serious threats that they pose.

They Are Only A Short Term Solution

Yeah, you can use them in emergency situations, but over-the-counter drain cleaners are more remedies than an actual solution to the problem. Your water flow may go unobstructed for the time being, but that won’t stop subsequent buildups from causing issues again. If you must tackle a clogged drain by yourself, you should use a drain snake and pull the gunk out of your drain instead of flushing it down with liquid solution. Our number one suggestion is to hire a drain cleaning specialist, like the ones at All County Sewer, to diagnose the problem with your pipes; they can use professional-grade tools to clear the blockage and keep your pipes safe.

You should avoid buying over the counter drain cleaners for the aforementioned reasons and get in touch with a team of professionals if you have any issues. If you’re ready to make a call, please consider calling All County Sewer & Drain to get everything working again!

Frozen Pipes: Everything You Need To Know

Your pipes are like the arteries of your home; they help transport everything exactly where they need to go. If something were to happen to those arteries, such as frozen pipes, for instance, then that would shake the entire foundation of your home.

Winter is just around the corner, which means it’s time to refresh yourself on the best seasonal practices to take care of your home. With the ever-frigid temperatures this season, your pipes will be at risk of freezing, and that could be disastrous for a home. Keep reading to learn how to protect your home and prevent frozen pipes. 

The Risks

You probably hear about frozen pipes all the time, but what’s actually so horrible about them? Besides just the headache of having to fix something in the house, they pose a serious threat to you and your family’s safety. If your pipes freeze, the water inside them will, as well, and the water will start to expand. The enormous amount of pressure created inside your pipes almost guarantees a burst or rupture. If it gets to that point, it’ll cost you somewhere in the thousands of dollars to repair the pipe itself and all the havoc it wreaks. If left untreated, your house could suffer from serious flooding and could put residents’ health at risk.

Preventative Measures

So you want to be proactive; where should you start? Our number one recommended tip is to have a professional install pipe insulation. It’s a cheap (especially compared to repairing a burst pipe) yet effective solution to ward off frozen pipes — insulation traps heat and keeps your pipes warm at all times. Pay extra attention to pipes in unheated areas of your house like your garage or attic. Aside from that, we suggest setting your thermostat to a warm, consistent temperature throughout the winter and letting your faucets drip when you’re not home.

Emergency Solutions

Uh oh, you just discovered you have a frozen pipe. Should you panic? No, panicking will not help and disaster can still be prevented! The situation may be less than ideal, but only a cool head will see you through it all. You can obviously tell if your pipes are frozen if there’s little to no running water when you turn on the faucet, but also look out for frost forming on your pipes or strange odors as other telltale signs. To alleviate the pressure built up in your pipes, turn off all running water immediately and find a way to heat the pipe up. Plug in a space heater or hairdryer, wrap the pipe in newspaper and duct tape it to serve as emergency insulation — anything you could possibly do. 

If you’re ever unsure of how to respond to frozen pipes, it never hurts to call an expert. The drain specialists at All County Sewer and Drain will do anything we can to help you in your time of need. Contact us today!

Drain Cleaning Tips You Wish You Knew Sooner

Some of the most common causes of drain clogs in private homes include chemical concentrations, food product buildup, and grease accumulation. When these things are at their worst, it may even require professional cleaning to remove the clogs. However, your best-case scenario is eliminating these clogs using various at-home methods and tools without needing to spend money on a professional cleaning service.  So, let’s take a look at some of the most effective DIY drain cleaning techniques you can use to mitigate the effects of clogs.

Hot Water

Due to its simplicity, simple hot water cleanse is often overlooked. However, it could be all you need to remove your clog and return your drain to peak performance. By flushing the drain pipes with hot water, it can dislodge clogged materials and built-up gunk through the combination of force, water pressure, and heat. To achieve the best results, you should run the hot water through the clogged drains for about fifteen minutes and if it all goes according to plan, the bare heat and pressure from the water will remove the buildups affecting your drain.

Homemade Liquid Cleaners

You may have a unique situation that can’t be remedied by the typical drain cleaning method. In this scenario, you may want to try clearing the drains using homemade mixture solutions. Similar to commercial chemical cleaners, they can break down and dislodge drain pipe buildup, however, the difference is that they do not come with the same risk of pipe damage or deterioration from extended use. One of the most common at-home mixtures is the simple vinegar and baking soda combination and chances are, you already have these items in your pantry. When combined, they react to break down loose materials within the pipes without having any effects on the structure of the surrounding pipe walls. 

Sugared Sodas 

Another commonly overlooked drain cleaning tip due to its strangeness involves soft drinks and while unconventional, it can be quite effective. Sugary sodas like Coca-Cola and Pepsi can resolve common drain clogs similar to the homemade solutions mentioned previously. Soda applications can break through clogged debris thanks to the dissolving agents included in them, especially phosphoric acid. Surprisingly, these agents may even be more effective than chemical cleaners which proves that when it comes to effective drain cleaning, unconventional solutions can be the best option. 

So, these are just a few drain cleaning tips that most homeowners may not consider but certainly should in the future. For more information, feel free to contact All County Sewer & Drain at (800) 834-3102!

How To Prepare for Drain Cleaning Service

One of the most valuable services for your plumbing system is drain cleaning. It can get rid of clogs that you may not have been aware of as well as help your plumbing equipment work more efficiently. However, one thing that most homeowners are not aware of is that for drain cleaning to work at its best, there are a few steps you should follow to get your system prepared. So, below we will discuss how to best prepare your plumbing system for drain cleaning services.

Create An Easy Access Point

First, you will want to clear a path between your front door and the drain to allow the plumber easier access to your system. Typically, you want to have at least three feet around the drain in question so that all the drain cleaning equipment can be brought in and out smoothly.

Remove Unnecessary Items Around The Access Point

You will also need to remove the items around the access point where the plumber will be working. For example, if you keep the toiletries under the sink, or cleaning supplies near the kitchen drains, then you should remove these items to allow for maximum safety and efficiency.

Dispose of Sewage

Anytime sewage begins to bubble through your drains, it becomes evident that you will need your drains cleaned. However, before you can reach out for drain cleaning services, you need to contact your local waste removal company as it will be hard to identify drain issues if the access point is blocked by sewage.

Avoid Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners are dangerous and can be very bad for your pipes, while even eroding your plumbing system over time. However, if you are considering cleaning your drain on your own, try using a half cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar. Then, block your drain with a stopper and after fifteen minutes wash it out with hot water. Keep in mind that this may not get rid of your clog completely, but it will make it easier for a professional to remove the rest of the obstruction.

Unfortunately, drain problems can sometimes hide bigger issues. It could be a damaged pipe or even a sewer line failure. Luckily, at All County Sewer and Drain, they have the equipment to pinpoint exactly what your issue is and where it is located. Their sewer cameras give them a clear view of what is going on in your pipes allowing them to provide the best course of action. If you have any further questions about their drain cleaning service, give them a call today at 1 (800) 834-3102!