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With our busy lifestyles, the last thing we want to worry about is a clogged toilet. An occasional issue can be solved quickly, but constant backup can be messy and frustrating, not to mention embarrassing for any house guests you may have.

Here are some reasons to look into to solve your problem:

  • There’s something stuck in there – This seems like a no-brainer, but over the years, just about anything can be the cause of a clogged toilet. Whether it’s a household product or a child’s toy, anything solid that becomes stuck will likely be the issue. Another common clogging issue are feminine hygiene products. Placing a covered garbage can next to your toilet can help encourage guests (and yourself) to not flush those products – which could ultimately be the cause of your nightmare! Encourage the people in your household that the only things that should go down the toilet are bodily waste and toilet paper – no tissue or paper towels!
  • You’re using too much toilet paper – You have probably heard this before, but yes! It is true. Not all toilet paper brands dissolve in a way that works well with your plumbing. If you know a foreign object isn’t lodged in your toilet, consider your toilet paper brand OR try flushing mid-way through for smaller flushes.
  • Your tank needs more water – If your plumbing has a problem with incoming water supply, the tank may not be filling up fully. This results in an inadequate amount of water coming into the bowl when you flush. Check the knob on the water supply line to ensure it is open all the way.
  • Your water is too hard – Hard water is fully of minerals like calcium. Over time, those minerals build up inside the drainpipe. You may need to get the drain replaced and invest in a water softener.

If the plunger isn’t working, or you notice that you’re having to use it more often than necessary, call a professional. While many issues can be solved by unclogging a foreign object or changing the type of toilet paper you are using, some issues are beyond the average consumer and expert help is needed to prevent further damage.

Contact us today to help assist you in solving your toilet issues!

A stubborn clog can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you are not having any luck with a plunger. If you have ever been in this scenario, a snake may be your best bet. A plumber’s snake, or drain snake, is a tool that reaches down to remove clogs. Snakes are a ‘meet in the middle’ of the household plunger and a more extreme solution such as a rooter.

While snakes are more powerful than a plunger, they are also more difficult to use. If you use one improperly, you risk tearing up your pipes or creating leaks. Here’s what you need to know about using a plumbing snake:

  1. Dress appropriately: wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Depending on how extreme the clog is, this process may get messy. 
  2. Consider removing the p-trap: the p-trap, or p-bend, is thee curving piece of pipe beneath the sink. It connects the sink to the greater drainpipe system in your home. The reason it’s curved it to help prevent sewer gasses from rising through the sink and into your home. You can remove this manually with your hands or with an adjustable wrench.
  3. Manually thread the snake into the pipe: insert the head of the snake into the drain. 
  4. Begin uncoiling the snake using the handle: Keep the handle close to the entrance of the pipe. The less slack the snake has, the more force you’re directing into the pipe. Rotate the handle. Don’t try to rush or rotate too quickly. If you feel pressure, you may have encountered the obstruction. 
  5. Once you reach the obstruction, move, or rotate the head back and forth: try to break up the obstruction as thoroughly as possible, but don’t jam the snake into the walls of the pipe. 
  6. Pull the snake out and re-assemble the sink components: check the snake for any remains and clean it off. 
  7. Check the sink: the snake should have successfully removed the obstruction and solve the clogging issue. If you still have a clog, consider trying the snake process again. 

 If you understand how to use the snake, always consider this as an option. If you continue to have issues and need professional help, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Have you noticed standing water in your basement? Experiencing floor drain backups? Here is what you need to know.

For homes that don’t have a basement floor drain, drain line clogs can cause backups in the lowest fixtures of the home, like ground-level tubs, sinks, or showers.

As we’re nearing the middle of summer, if you haven’t gone through your summer home plumbing maintenance checklist yet, it’s time to remove it from your to-do list! Making sure you spend time going through this checklist each summer will warrant all is running smoothly before the craziness of life and weather begin again in the fall.

Check out our list below!

As the colors begin to change and the leaves start to fall, we know that fall is underway and winter is right around the corner. Which means there’s no better time to do some routine maintenance on your water heater to prepare it for the upcoming months. Inspecting your system can alert you to any problems which may need to be repaired, and can provide you with peace of mind because you know your water heater will work reliably all season long.

While we may want to hold on to warm temps as long as possible, the transition to cold weather is right around the corner and you don’t want to be left unprepared. Taking the time to prep your outdoor plumbing now will be beneficial in the long run.

Follow these tips, and give us a call if we can help in any way!

Storms are unpredictable, and so is their damage. After the storm passes, make sure to inspect any damage left behind.

Summer is here!

With plumbing being the system of pipes and pumps that brings water to us and sends it away are essential to basic sanitation and nutrition, it remains one of the most important utilities to care for.

Ensure that you and your home are ready with these plumbing tips.

Spring cleaning your home is a very common practice this time of year. A little TLC, deep cleaning, and organizing around the house. But have you thought about spring cleaning your plumbing fixtures? These oft-forgotten areas can be home to dust particles, bacteria, or worse.

The benefits of caring for your water heater are clear, but it’s also very easy to forget and neglect water heater maintenance - until it’s too late. But with a little preventive maintenance, you can keep the hot water flowing and extend your water heater’s lifespan.