Brooks Plumbing Co. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Drain Cleaning’

Keep Store-Bought Cleaners Away from Your Drains!

Monday, December 11th, 2017

water going down a drainDrain clogs are an unfortunate reality, and one that many homeowners have to deal with at some time or another. However, clogs are also one of those things that people address incorrectly. When a clog develops in a drain, most people reach for some type of store-bought drain cleaner to manage the problem. This is actually not a good way to deal with it at all. Keep reading to learn why you instead want to trust your drain cleaning needs to trusted Lakewood, WA plumbing professionals.

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Drain Cleaning: When Do You Need It?

Monday, August 21st, 2017

clearing of blocked hammered polluted black metal U siphon for wash basin, sanitary devices, plumbing fixtures red special means cleanser with bubbles. For labels of cleaners, printed materialsThe drain and sewer system of your Tumwater, WA home is one of the most important parts of your plumbing system, if not the most important part. If it isn’t well cared for, it can create serious problems for the entire plumbing system. Fortunately, though, it’s actually fairly easy to keep your drain system in good shape.

You need just remember to schedule drain cleaning services on a routine basis. But how do you know when it’s time to do so? Keep reading to learn some of the signs to look for, which indicate a drain cleaning session should be a priority for you.

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When You Need Drain Cleaning, Trust the Professionals

Monday, March 20th, 2017

drain-cleaningThe drains and pipes of your plumbing system probably aren’t something you think about a whole lot. That is, until something goes wrong with them. And even then, you’re likely tempted to go out and by a chemical drain cleaner, or perhaps even attempt drain snaking on your own to remove a stubborn clog.

First off, store-bought chemical drain cleaners can actually do more harm than good—clogging up your drains even further and even causing corrosion. Attempting drain snaking on your own—without the appropriate training, experience, or knowledge of how to use the tools involved—can end in property damage and personal injury. What you need instead are professional drain snaking services in Dupont, WA.

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The Problem with Store-Bought Drain Cleaner

Monday, October 31st, 2016

When your sink or bathtub has a clog, what’s your first instinct? If you are like the average homeowner, it’s likely to go get some store-bought chemical cleaner to use as a tool to eliminate the blockage. Products such as this are extremely popular, and correctly advertised as a “quick and inexpensive” way to relieve your clogged sink, shower, or bathtub.

However, our professional plumbers recommend that you not use them. Why is that, you ask? These chemical mixtures have a variety of severe side-effects that can actually hurt your plumbing, the people in your home, and the environment. Keep reading to learn about why we discourage store-bought drain cleaner.

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Signs of Long-Term Drain Clogs

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Clogs in your drain are hardly uncommon and residents of Lacey, WA will have to deal with them sooner or later. We usually recommend a professional plumber for such situations, though mild clogs can sometimes be undone by a store-bought solution. More troubling is the reoccurrence of clogs over the course of time, when it seems like every week or so you’re dealing with a back-up in your system. This is definitely a sign that something is amiss, and you definitely need a plumber to get ahold of the problem properly. Long-term clogs can be caused by damage to the pipes, from general corrosion, or from older clogs that weren’t cleared away properly (one of the reasons why we recommend professional service for every clog). Signs of long-term drain clogs can take on many forms, and can include the following:

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Do You Have a Drain Problem?

Monday, October 26th, 2015

The drain and sewer system in your home is perhaps the most vital component to a safe and happy household. It removes wastewater and similar contaminants from your house into the Olympia, WA civic sewer system. It likely sees daily use, which means that when problems arise, you need to address it as quickly as possible. The good news is that qualified professionals are standing by to help. But you still need to call them in and you can’t do that unless you can spot the signs that you have a drain problem. We’ve included a brief list of some of the more common symptoms below.

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Why Should I Use Professional Plumbing Services for Clogs?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Plumbing clogs are a common occurrence and residents of Olympia, WA may be tempted to address them with a store-bought solution. Most hardware stores sell drain snakes, for instance, and chemical cleansers are available in any supermarket. Unfortunately, those products adopt a one-size-fits all approach which doesn’t always solve the problem and may even create new ones. A professional plumber armed with specialized drain snakes can address your clog the right way and ensure that your pipes are functioning exactly as they should.

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Beware of the FOG

Monday, April 13th, 2015

It slides slowly down the insides of your drain, clinging as it goes. When it finally deposits, it hardens into a thick, impenetrable layer that will slow and eventually clog your drain. This slimy, sticky mess is what’s known to professional plumbers as FOG: fats, oils and grease. And once FOG takes hold of your drains, it’s very hard to get it out. But fear not: there is one highly effective tool against all FOG, and that’s professional drain cleaning. The plumbing experts at Brooks Plumbing know FOG well, and they have the training, expertise and tools to completely remove FOG from your drains and garbage disposal – all you have to do is give us a call.

Won’t Hot Water Work?

A lot of people will tell you to pour hot or boiling water down your clogged drain to get rid of the grease, but when it comes to FOG, hot water can actually make the problem worse. Why? Hot water melts FOG and pushes it further down the drain; when it cools, it simply re-forms the build-up, but it’s now much deeper in your plumbing system. A home remedy that may work, if the build-up isn’t significant, is a combination of baking soda and white vinegar, but if this doesn’t help, it’s time to call for a professional plumber for drain cleaning.

Tools for Drain Cleaning

Professional plumbers use two main types of tools to clean your drains and remove FOG build-up. The first type is an auger. Also known as a drain snake, augers come in a wide variety of types and widths, but the design of the tool is basically the same no matter what the size. Augers consist of cables that can be snaked down drains. Different types of heads can be attached to the auger, and many augers are motorized to maximize on the power. A second type of commonly-used drain cleaning tool is the hydrojet. Hydrojets are akin to small power washers for your plumbing. Like a power washer, hydrojets use water to scour your plumbing, dislodging FOG and clearing it from the drains.

Has FOG made its way down your drain? Call our experts today, and let them ‘lift’ the FOG with a professional drain cleaning for your Olympia, WA, home!

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Signs that You Need Professional Drain Cleaning

Friday, February 27th, 2015

When you clean out your bathroom, you try to get every nook and cranny. You can scrub the grout, bleach each corner of the tub, and reach behind the sink faucets with a small brush, but there’s one area of the home that you may never reach on your own: the drains. The drains extend all the way to the sewer line, and there is likely debris clinging to the lining of your drain pipes that you cannot clean yourself.

It’s important to remember as well that typical drain cleaning chemicals sold in stores are not a viable solution for clogged drains. In fact, these chemicals are some of the most toxic things available for homeowners to purchase. They are very harmful to your health if ingested and may cause injury to the skin and eyes. Furthermore, they can damage pipes, and they really don’t get rid of most of the things that lead to clogs.

Cleaning Slow Drains

Slow drains or drains that will not work at all deserve professional attention if a plunger will not do the trick. Plungers are some of the only safe items sold for drain removal, while plumbers have much larger equipment for clogs that are located further along in the pipes. As soon as you notice that your drains are not working properly—especially if it happens in multiple drains in the home—professional drain cleaning is the best option to keep backup from occurring.

Plumbing professionals have drain snakes that reach deep into the pipes to pull out clogs or to break up the blockage so that it can move down the pipes. Many experts use video cameras to assess the pipes in order to determine what type of tool to use and where the blockage is located, to repair the problem more accurately and quickly.

Schedule a Drain Cleaning

You may also choose to schedule drain cleaning in order to take preventive action against clogs. When there are minor blockages in your pipes, it may not be immediately apparent. But experts will inspect your pipes in order to make sure that there is no major blockage that could lead to a big clog in the future, and remove any blockage they can.

Call us today at Brooks Plumbing for quality drain cleaning in Tumwater.

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Tools Professionals Use to Clean Your Drains

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Chances are, you’ve had the misfortune to encounter a drain clog at some point in your life. If this happens in the shower, you’re left standing in a pool of dirty water. And if a drain clog occurs in a sink, even a small task like brushing your teeth becomes quite a chore. A lot of the time, homeowners rush out to buy anything that will make the clog disappear, including plungers and drain cleaning liquids.

While plungers are a great way to knock clogs loose from the drain and send them down the pipes, blockage further away from the drain opening may be too far for a household plunger. And chemical drain cleaning solutions are not safe for your pipes and are toxic to humans. Professional drain cleaning is the way to go for a particularly tough clog, using tools that won’t harm your pipes and take care of any type of obstruction. Let’s take a look at some of this equipment.

Small Drain Augers

For some clogs, a plumber will simply insert a drain auger into the drain opening in order to pull out the clog. These are long pieces of metal or plastic with a rigid or coiled end that will latch onto most types of clogs.

Large Motorized or Hand-Cranked Drain Snakes

Drain clogs that are located deep down in the pipes can affect multiple drains. Most plumbers are also equipped with large drain augers (or drain snakes) that can be fed through the pipes either via a crank or automatically with a motor. These may have a coiled end for clog removal, or additional detachable components. A plumber may decide to switch out the coiled end for a sharp tool to try and break up tougher clogs like tree roots and send them down the pipes.

Video Pipe Inspection

One of the most important pieces of equipment that professionals use is video pipe inspection. Before a plumber can begin to decide which type of tool to use, they must know the location and type of blockage. Technicians feed a long wire with a fiber optic camera at the end so they can view a live feed and decide on an appropriate course of action.

Looking for a quality plumber in Olympia? Call Brooks Plumbing for thorough professional drain cleaning services.

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