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

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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There’s Never a Better Time for Drain Cleaning!

Monday, November 20th, 2017

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramIn our last blog, we offered some cautions about how to protect your kitchen plumbing during Thanksgiving. Plumbers are often busy on the day after Thanksgiving handling trouble with clogged drains and broken garbage disposals, but if you follow our advice you should be free to enjoy time with your family over the weekend.

We’re putting this post up a few days before Thanksgiving, and it’s the right time for another reminder: scheduling routine drain cleaning. There is no better time of the year to have this service done for your home, whether you get it done right before Thanksgiving or in the days immediately after.

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Some Friendly Reminders about Your Plumbing This Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

thanksgiving-cornucopiaThanksgiving is often one of the busiest work periods for professional plumbers. With the amount of cooking and cleaning and disposal of food that happens in kitchens around this time of the year, clogs and busted garbage disposals are extremely common repair jobs. However, most of these problems can be avoided by taking the right precautions.

We’re always here to help you whenever you need emergency plumbing in Fullerton, CA or elsewhere in our wide service area throughout Southern California. However, we understand that you don’t want to spend time away from your family having to deal with a plumbing trouble. Below are some tips that will help you take good care of your kitchen plumbing at this time of the year.

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Drain Cleaning: Why We Like Hydro-Jetting!

Monday, October 9th, 2017

tapwater-running-down-drainDrain cleaning is an important plumbing service for residential and commercial buildings. Drain clogs are common hassles everyone expects to run into at some point, and drain cleaning from professionals is the best way to get rid of the tougher of the clogs that don’t react to standard plungers. (Please never pour chemical “drain cleaners” down your drains! They don’t work well and can damage the drainpipe.)

But drain cleaning is also a great preventive measure for plumbing. Our plumbers use special equipment to clean the drainpipe walls of the build-up or organic material and minerals that eventually create clogs as well as increased pressure inside the pipes. There are a number of different tools we put to use to do this job, but the one we favor the most—both for homes and commercial buildings—is the hydro-jetter.

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What’s the Best Way to Clear a Clogged Drain?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

drain-with-chain-plugYou’re dealing with a clogged drain in Anaheim, CA or any of the other areas throughout Southern California that our expert plumbers serve. A clog isn’t the most unusual problem that can assault your plumbing. It’s probably the most common. But it’s still a hassle, and can sometimes bring your day to a halt. So what’s the best way to get rid of that aggravating clog? Let’s take a look at your options:

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