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4 Simple Drain Clog Prevention Tips
Posted by Administrative User

September 10, 2013

Drain clogs are one of the most common plumbing problems in houses and residential buildings. Clogs can occur for several different reasons and, while all clogs cannot be prevented all the time, there are some simple tips you can use to reduce the chance that you will have a major clog.

1. Limit What You Drain
Most drain clogs aren’t caused on one day by one thing that gets dumped down the sink. Rather they are a result of a build-up of sludge and grease in the pipes that restricts the flow of water until eventually it simple plugs the entire pipe.

The biggest culprits are grease and oil, which can include cooking grease or oil, as well as greasy and oily products. Never pour hand lotion, creams or moisturizers down the sink, even if you are rinsing them down with warm or hot water. Some moisturizing soaps and body washes can actually contribute to sludge in your pipes as well.

2. Use A Drain Cover
A drain cover with a screen is a very low cost investment that prevents materials and hard objects from getting into the drain. These covers should be kept over the drain when the sink is not in use as well as when you are using the sink. The drain screen can easily be cleaned after each use to keep the water flowing freely.

Make sure you also clean the drain cover after each use to prevent the trapped particles from falling back into the sink on the next use. Clean it with paper towel and don’t make the mistake of rinsing it with water, this just puts all the debris back into the sink and down the drain.

3. Don’t Rinse Solid Particles Or Items Into The Sink
Your kitchen sink drain or the bathroom sink is often a place to wash objects and items. In the kitchen this includes food, coffee grounds or even dirt and soil from various items. In the bathroom you may be in the habit of cleaning the hair out of your brush under running water or rinsing cleaning supplies into the sink.

Any type of solid items, including food, tea or coffee grounds, hair and small particles of dirt and debris can stick in the sludge on the pipes and contribute to a clog. Hair is particularly bad for causing clogs since it becomes like a net in the pipe trapping more debris.

By cleaning these items away from the sinks in your home you eliminate this issue entirely.

4. Rinse Out Your Sink Regularly
Boiling water poured down a sink on a weekly basis is a simple, effective and non-harmful option to keep your sink drain flowing. Do not use commercial drain cleaners or drain chemicals as these may actually cause corrosion and leaks over time.

Boiling water will help to liquefy any grease or residue without any harmful chemicals, literally flushing out the pipe. If you notice the sink is draining slowly you can also add baking soda to the water to help create a foaming solution that is not going to damage the pipe.

Keeping your drains clean and your pipes flowing freely doesn’t take a lot of work. Talk to the family and get everyone to start using these tips to prevent those costly clogs.

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Understanding And Detecting Slab Leaks
Posted by Administrative User

September 10, 2013

In North Texas underground leaks can be a major issue for home and business owners. Unfortunately the soil in the Metroplex and surrounding areas is actually partially to blame for this problem. Other major issues, depending on where you are located, are a combination of poor drainage, low lying areas and water that tends to pool on the surface of the ground rather than effectively drain.

After a period of rainfall in the winter the soil absorbs the moisture and becomes saturated. This changes the support that the soil provides to the slab, usually not in a uniform way, and the weight on the slab combined with softer soil causes it to shift. While you may not notice this in your home or business, the change in the pressure on water and sewer lines can cause the pipes to crack, separate at a joint or to bend. Then, in the hot, dry summer months the ground hardens and tightens, further damaging the pipes with constant contraction and shifting.

Adding to the soil shifting and heaving problem is the issue with the types of trees that grow so well in the area. These trees tend to have very rapidly spreading roots that expand to find additional sources of water. A leaking pipe is the perfect trigger to cause the invasive roots to wrap around the pipe or even get into the pipe, further damaging or completely clogging the line.

Detecting water leaks under the foundation is not as easy as you may think. In the case of a very slow leak you may not notice anything other than a water bill that keeps gradually getting bigger and bigger. However, sometimes the water leak is significant and you will see water on the surface around the foundation of the house or in low lying areas of the yard. This is typically a sign of a very sizeable leak that may be costing you thousands of dollars if left unrepaired. If the hot water lines are leaking you will not only be paying for the additional water that is leaking back into the soil but you will also have a much larger electrical bill than you are used to seeing.

If you have concerns about your water lines, have any changes in water bills or water and electrical bills, notice lower water pressure than normal or any signs of water pooling unusually in your yard it is important to have your lines checked. New technology allows plumbing companies to use specialized equipment to detect leaks through cameras and very sensitive equipment to locate and repair the problem, protecting your foundation and saving you money.

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