Mark Carpenter Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Drain Cleaning’

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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How to Put Your Plumber to Work for You

Friday, December 1st, 2017

plumber-door-listWhen you think of calling a plumber, is it usually because you have a broken appliance, leaking pipes, or some other type of major or minor repair issue? That’s certainly the approach you want to take with plumbing problems, as trying to do DIY work or turning to amateurs can create even bigger problems. You can trust to our plumbers to help you and deliver quality plumbing repairs every time.

However, plumbers can do much more for you than fixing things when they break. Below we’ve listed some ways you can put your local plumber to work for you with preventive measures and plumbing improvements.

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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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Make Some Spring Plumbing Checks

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

family-in-yard-before-frame-houseThe plumbing system in your home works hard every day, from the kitchen and bathroom fixtures to the water heater and the many pipes traveling through the walls and floors. To keep this complex system in great shape, it needs routine maintenance. We recommend customers arrange for drain cleaning at least once a year with our professionals; it’s a great way to prevent regular clogging from making your life unpleasant.

If you’ve already arranged for professional drain cleaning during the past year, there are some other checks you can make on your household plumbing to see if there’s anything which may require professional plumbing repair work in Clovis, NM. You don’t want to have a relaxing summer day ruined when part of your plumbing breaks, so follow our short checklist to see where you may need plumbing assistance.

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A Spring Checklist for Your Plumbing

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Plumbing_Pipe_Tube_Water_Pipe_Construction_Industry_Improvement_HouseWhen spring starts at the end of March (March 20 this year), homeowners start making preparations for the transition from the cold of winter to the heat of summer. These “spring cleaning” tasks apply no matter where you live, even places where the winters aren’t rough or the summers are mild. It’s just a good time of the year to take stock of a house and find out where repairs and replacements are needed.

The plumbing in your home will benefit from a spring check-up after all the work it did over the winter. Sometimes this check-up will require calling on a professional plumber for repairs or cleaning. Below is a checklist of steps to take to see where your home’s plumbing may need the assistance of licensed and experienced plumbers.

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