A household drain has only one purpose in life: to move water from point A to point B. 

But when water starts returning to point A, or bursting through an underground pipe to points C, D, E and beyond, the result can be unpleasant, to say the least. 

So how can you prevent drain clogs before they cause you headaches, and cost you money?  Let’s have a look: 

  • Check your sink and tub stoppers at least four times a year for hair and bio-film buildup.
  • Once a month, fill each sink in your home to the brim – one at a time – and then pull up the stopper. The volume and weight of the water will help flush the drain.
  • Every couple of weeks pour an organic drain cleaner down each of your drains.  Products like Bio-Clean (which we carry!) work much better than chemical drain cleaners and won’t damage your fixtures or pipes.
  • Never pour oil or grease down a drain…instead, use a jar that you can later discard.

But should a clog occur anyway, try using a plunger first, but don’t use a plunger after applying a chemical drain cleaner.  Chemicals can damage steel and iron pipes, eventually causing them to leak or burst. Plus, chemicals can splash back and harm you. 

You can also treat a clogged drain with about one cup each of baking soda and distilled white vinegar.  Let that mixture sit for about a half hour, then pour a tea kettle full of boiling hot water down the drain.  If that still doesn’t solve the problem, try repeating that procedure. 

And, of course, when all else fails, just pick up the phone and call Connor Plumbing.  We’ve been solving residential and commercial drain problems for a very long time, and we’d be happy to assist you, too.  Plus, we guarantee your 100% satisfaction. 

Let’s say, for the sake of discussion and comparison, that you hired a carpenter to build a new deck for your home.  You’ve saved your money for the occasion, got a great price on the project from a local carpenter, and now it’s time to get down to business.

On the morning the project is set to get underway, a young man you guess to be about 18 years old rings your doorbell and later announces himself as your carpenter.  Then reality check number one hits you squarely in the jaw:  you forgot to ask how much building experience he had.  It also occurs to you that, yes, you got a great price, but the carpenter never even came out to look at your property before quoting the job.  Instead, he based his quote solely on the dimensions you provided and a couple of photos of the work area you emailed to him.

Still, he’s here, the wood’s already been delivered, so how badly can all this turn out?  Well, before you have time to answer your own question, the carpenter further adds to your growing fears by telling you how pleased he is for this opportunity to build his very first deck, “but boy do I wish I had all the right tools – oh well, somehow I’ll manage.”

And what do you have?  Buyer’s remorse, big time, even before the first nail is hammered.  The very same buyer’s remorse that can – and will – befall you if you hire the wrong person or company for a drain cleaning job they’re simply not equipped to handle – either from lack of experience, skill, or having all the necessary tools.

The fact is, not all clogged toilet problems are alike, and neither are those that cause drains to clog.  Sure, sometimes all it takes is a plumber with a plunger, snake, and auger to clear things up, but often times, a great deal more is required.

So, to help you avoid paying for the same job two or more times, here’s our advice before choosing a drain cleaning company:

  • Ask friends and neighbors for recommendations.
  • If you’re not satisfied with the above, go online and browse local service providers, checking carefully that drain cleaning is one of their core services.
  • To further ensure that the job can be handled by whichever company you decide on, verify that they have the following advanced drain cleaning equipment:
  • CCTV camera for in-line video inspection – that helps pinpoint the exact location and extent of the problem if it the clog can’t readily be cleared.
  • High-powered water jetter to bust up even the most stubborn of clogs.

Finally, and for your ultimate peace of mind, hire a drain cleaning company that also has extensive experience in drain line repairs and replacement.

Just for the record, Connor Plumbing has all the drain clearing experience, skill, and equipment for any size job and any size home.  Drain cleaning isn’t one of our “other” services, it’s one of our “core” services.  Having a problem right now?  Give us a call and let’s get it solved.

 

There are a number of household emergencies a homeowner can face including, of course, a  clogged sewer line.

At best, a clogged sewer is a nuisance – one you’ll want to remedy as quickly as possible.  Better yet, and with proper maintenance, most sewer problems can be avoided.  That includes flushing only what you’re supposed to down your toilets, pouring no grease down your drains, and periodically using an organic liquid cleaner like Bio-Clean (available at Connor Plumbing) to help clear and prevent clogged sewers and drains.

What are the Signs of a Clogged Sewer?

  • Drain Noise: Strange noises coming from your drains are a key indicator that your sewer is nearly clogged. You will notice noises in drains when other lines are draining.
  • Slow Drains: You’ll notice a sewer drain clog in the making when waste water can’t drain as fast.
  • Sewer Odor: Sewer gas is not only unpleasant, it’s potentially dangerous as it can cause dizziness, nausea and, in extreme cases, asphyxiation.

Clogged Sewer Causes

Your sewer can become clogged or blocked for a number of reasons, including:

  • Tree and plant roots.  The deeper these roots grow into the soil, the more apt they are to work their way into any crack or fissure in their path. The juncture of two sewer pipes, particularly older pipes that may have settled and separated a bit, are particularly susceptible to root invasion.
  • Other less frequent causes of sewer line breaks are settling of the ground, nearby construction, or incorrect installation.

At Connor Plumbing we are sewer cleaning and repair experts.  Better yet, we have advanced equipment to help us diagnose and solve any sewer or drain problem.  With our in-line video inspection cameras, for example, we can pinpoint the exact location and extent of the problem, which often leads to a faster and more affordable solution.

So if you’re currently experiencing a clogged sewer or drain problem, or even suspect you might be, contact Connor Plumbing for prompt and accurate problem diagnosis and a guaranteed upfront price to get the job done.

         
 

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