Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog : Archive for April, 2018

Should I Call One of Those Big Rooter Companies to Clean My Drains?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

bubbling-drainAn occasional clog in one of your drains is a nuisance, but usually it can be taken care of with a plunger, a hand-cranked drain snake, or a call to your local professional plumber. But if you have a larger problem with your home’s drains and you want extensive drain cleaning done—something you should arrange once a year—what kind of contractor should you call?

Your first instinct may be to call one of the big rooter companies that operate nationwide. These companies have extensive exposure and the large advertising budgets to make themselves sound indispensable—the only choice if you need drain cleaning. So are these people your best choice?

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Some Odd Causes of Drain Clogs

Monday, April 9th, 2018

What are the leading causes of drain clogs? Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Fats, oils, and grease—most often a problem for kitchen sink drains
  • Hair—big trouble for sink and bathroom drains
  • Soap scum build-up
  • Hard water deposits—which often requires installing a water softener
  • Small objects accidentally tipped over into the drains

When our plumbers are called on for drain cleaning in Clovis, NM or elsewhere because of a clogged drain, it’s usually one of the above problems, or a combination of them, that we have to deal with.

But drains clog for more reasons than this. There are a few unusual problems plumbers sometimes run into. As a break from lists of “common causes of [fill in plumbing issue here],” we have a list of uncommon causes. You still need to watch out for these ones, however.

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