Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

Chemical Drain Cleaners Aren’t Your Friend

Monday, September 6th, 2021

bubbling-drainIt is one of the biggest annoyances that you can encounter. You are in the midst of making a meal and you notice that the kitchen sink starts to back up. Running the garbage disposal doesn’t help so it is time to take more effective measures. If your next step is to break out the chemical drain cleaner we’d like you to reconsider. This route is likely to leave you disappointed.

If you are struggling with stubborn clogs in the kitchen or in other drains in your home, there are better and more effective options than a chemical drain cleaner. Your best choice would be to reach out for a professional drain cleaning in Santa Ana provided by a trained plumber. Let us explain why.

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Hydro Jetting: What It Is and Why It Works

Monday, July 12th, 2021

blocked-pipe-woman-on-phoneThere is a clog hindering the drainage of wastewater in your home. You need something that will take care of that clog and get rid of it so you can go about your day. Here’s where we need you to pause though. If you were about to hunt down a chemical drain cleaner to address that clog, we want you to know there is a safer, more effective option available to you: hydro jetting.

Hydro jetting is one of the most effective ways to clear your drains of clog-causing debris. That said, this isn’t a solution that you should be attempting on your own. Hydro jetting involves the use of a powerful jet of water and, if it is done improperly, this can end up harming your pipes! When it comes to effectively handling clogged drains, you should always work with a professional plumber in Riverside, especially when it comes to using a hydro jet.

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The Flooded Bathroom: Emergency Steps!

Monday, July 29th, 2019

closeup-of-surface-of-waterWe’ve sometimes written about emergency plumbing situations and how to handle them, such as when a toilet starts to overflow. In this post, we’re going to address a broader situation, which is flooding in a bathroom, regardless of its source. Because of the large amount of plumbing pipes, drains, and fixtures in a bathroom, it’s the room in a home most likely to experience flooding from a plumbing accident. The flooding can be due to an overflowing toilet, or it might be a broken water supply line or someone who forgot to turn off the bath.

Whatever is the cause, here are the steps to take to mitigate the damage and prevent injuries:

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Getting Rid of Drain Flies (Because You Definitely Want To!)

Monday, March 11th, 2019

drain-and-spoonYou may have had this happen to you before in your home, or maybe it’s happening now: small flies buzzing around the drains in your kitchen or in your bathroom. Although these flies don’t bite, they’re definitely unpleasant to have around and don’t exactly contribute to the alluring beauty of the interior of a house.

These flies are often known as drain flies or sink flies. They don’t belong to any individual species, and there are over 2600 different species found around the world. Most are tiny, with slightly furry bodies that make them look something like moths. As we mentioned before, they don’t bite humans and aren’t known to carry harmful diseases. But you definitely want these pests out of your home. How do you do that?

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Thanksgiving Plumbing Precautions

Monday, November 19th, 2018

thanksgiving-cornucopiaAsk any plumber what the busiest day of the year is for their business, and you’ll hear the same answer: “The day after Thanksgiving.” While most people think of this day as “Black Friday,” when special sales bring holiday shoppers flooding through the doors, for plumbers this is “Grease Friday,” when homeowners are dealing with the consequences of kitchen plumbing that couldn’t handle the chores of Thursday night’s feasting.

Although we’re glad to have your business, we know you don’t want to spend part of your holiday weekend calling a plumber in Fontana, CA to fix clogged drains. We want to help you avoid this sort of trouble, and we have a few steps and precautions to follow that will help make this Thanksgiving as trouble-free as possible. (Sorry we can’t help you with great turkey-cooking tips!)

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Drain Cleaning in the Fall Is Highly Recommended!

Monday, November 5th, 2018

cleaning-drain-illustrationSouthern California isn’t at the mercy of seasonal extremes. We don’t have to give you advice about winterizing your home’s plumbing, and the problem of frozen pipes is nothing you’ll need to worry about.

But there are some seasonal jobs that can help your plumbing, and one of them is to schedule preventive drain cleaning for the house in fall—preferably before the end of November. You only have to call a professional plumber in Santa Ana, CA or elsewhere to arrange for the job. (Yes, this job takes professionals. Just pouring caustic chemical solutions down the drains won’t clean them, and it may damage them.)

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FAQ About Drain Cleaning

Monday, June 18th, 2018

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One of the important plumbing services we offer is professional drain cleaning. It’s also a service that people often have questions about: Should they schedule drain cleaning only for removing a clog or should it be done more often? Do they really need professionals for this job? We’d like to address these questions and a few others so you’ll know when (and why) to schedule drain cleaning in Corona, CA with our experienced plumbing team. We don’t charge by the hour, we charge by the job!

Is drain cleaning necessary for every clog?

No. There are some basic clogs you can clear out with a plunger or a simple hand-cranked drain snake. If neither of these work, or the problem returns frequently, you’ll need more extensive drain cleaning work from professionals to tackle the problem.

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Important Caution: Don’t Flush Cat Litter!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

cat-sleeping-on-radiatorThis is a post for all our cat-loving clients out there. It’s one of the big misunderstandings about plumbing that doesn’t get enough attention. You’ve probably heard a list of various items that shouldn’t be disposed of down a toilet: paper products aside from toilet paper, sanitary wipes, dead goldfish, and any type of trash that normally goes into the trash can. (And don’t pour chemical “drain cleaner” into a toilet either. If you can’t unclog a toilet with a plunger, call a professional plumber for drain cleaning in Fullerton, CA.)

Here’s another item to add to the “do not flush” list: cat litter.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Drain Cleaning

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Handling drain cleaning in San Bernardino, CA and elsewhere in our wide service area is one of the most important jobs we do. Below we’ll go over a few of the questions customers often ask about this service, how it works, and why it’s important.

Q: Are drains clogs usually minor?

A: They can be. However, it’s risky to assume that any drain clog is as simple as a hair clog or a buildup of grease and soap scum. Drain clogs can indicate more serious problems down in the drainage system, such as a broken or clogged sewer pipeline, root infiltration in the sewer line, or blocked drain vents. If these larger issues aren’t dealt with, clogs could soon be in every household drain and sewage may start to flood into the lower parts of the house.

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Is a Professional Plumber Necessary for Hydro-Jetting?

Monday, February 12th, 2018

plumbers-toolsYou can rely on a licensed and professional plumber in Corona, CA to handle any service you may need to repair, upgrade, or maintain your home’s plumbing. You’ll have a hard time finding a wider range of plumbing services in Southern California than what we offer: everything from basic fast fixes to full trenchless sewer line replacements.

But we hear what you’re thinking: “Do I need a professional for every plumbing job?” Maybe you think you can get by with some tools and an online guide. Or perhaps your friend knows a guy who says he can get those drains cleaned super-cheap. We’ll admit that there are some simple fix-ups you can do yourself, like putting in a new washer for a faucet. But anything more complex must be left to a licensed plumber with the right tools—yes, even if you go buy the tools yourself!

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