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

Do I Have a Minor Clog or a Major Sewer Line Problem?

Monday, July 30th, 2018

woman-with-plumberWe’d like to tell you that the issue you’re having with your drain is a simple clog and that all you need to do to fix it is to take a plunger, or a basic hand-cranked drain snake, and put in a few minutes of work. Presto! Done.

And sometimes this is the case. But it isn’t always, which is why we must keep you informed of the other possibilities for clogged up drains. There are signs to watch for that will help you figure out if you’ve got a minor clog slowing or stopping your drains—or something bigger like a broken or blocked sewer line. You need to have Clovis, NM drain cleaning service to fix this, or more extensive sewer line repair work.

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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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The Top 4 Reasons You Have a Clogged Drain

Monday, March 12th, 2018

tapwater-sink-drainWhen you think of problems with your home’s plumbing, what’s the first one that pops into your head? We’d bet it’s probably “clogged drains.” As professional plumbers, we’ve seen all types of drain clogs, and we know how common they are. Everybody runs into a clogged up bathroom sink drain or a shower that drains so slow the water is up past the ankles before the shower is over.

One of the reasons that drain clogs are so common is that there are many causes behind them. We’re going to list the top four reasons you’ve got a clogged drain making life a bit more difficult and much more annoying:

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Hydro-Jetting: A Great Way for Early-Year Drain Cleaning

Monday, January 1st, 2018

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramIn our previous post, we wrote about why it’s a good idea to have drain cleaning for the beginning of the year. After the holidays, the drains around your house will probably be in a poor condition—especially in the kitchen, where an immense amount of food waste and fats, oils, and grease has gone down the drains.

So you’ve decided on scheduling drain cleaning in January. You need to have this job done professionally. A hand-cranked drain snake won’t do the work, and pouring store-bought chemicals down your drains won’t do it and may even hurt your pipes. When you call on a plumber for the job, you want a professional with the best possible equipment. And this means hydro-jetting.

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After the Holidays Is a Good Time for Drain Cleaning

Monday, December 18th, 2017

drain-with-chain-plugWe’re coming up on the New Year, and once it’s 2018 it will be the end of the holiday season. When you’re cleaning up and putting away all the decorations, there’s another chore you may wish to think about doing: after the holiday is a good time to arrange for professional drain cleaning in Melrose, NM or elsewhere in our wide service area.

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What’s The Curved Pipe under the Drain Do?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

p-trap-with-hand-gripping-itThe most noticeable piece of piping in your household plumbing is a section of drainpipe located under your kitchen and bathroom drains. You see this pipe each time you open up the sink cabinet, and it’s one of the few pipes in your house that you’ll immediately detect leaks from. (For most other pipes, it takes professional leak detection services.)

But what does this curved pipe do? Why is it shaped like that?

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How to Tell You Need Sewer Line Repair or Replacement Service

Monday, August 14th, 2017

sewer-line-leading-to-lightThe sewer line for your home is buried in a trench underneath your property, which is just where you want it. In general, you want plumbing hidden from sight, and you especially want the sewer line that removes the wastewater from the drains and toilets kept hidden.

There’s one problem with this arrangement, however, which is that it makes it harder for you to recognize that the sewer line is damaged or blocked until it starts to cause serious issues like sewage backing up into your basement or crawlspace. You don’t want to be in that kind of unsanitary and unlivable conditions, and any repairs you may need at that point will be more expensive than they would’ve have been if you caught them early. In some situations, you may only need sewer line cleaning with hydro-jetting to solve the issue.

There are warning signs to watch for that will tell you it’s time to call for professional service for your sewer line in Clovis, NM.

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Start the New Year with Clean Drains

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Whether you make resolutions for New Year’s or not, you certainly have plans for what you want to get done during 2017. We have a recommendation for home improvement that you can get done easily and which will make life through the rest of the year a bit simpler. It’s professional drain cleaning. All you need to do is get in touch with our team of plumbers, and they’ll put you on the schedule at the earliest convenient time to give your drains a thorough cleaning.

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Liquid Drain Cleaners

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The drain clog is the most common trouble that people run into with their home plumbing. Everyone has experienced a slow or fully clogged sink or shower drain at some time or another. A plunger can often take care of a basic clog and get the water draining once more (although if these clogs are happening on a regular basis, you should have plumbers find out if there’s something wrong).

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