Saddleback Plumbing Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Drain Cleaning’

Professional Drain Cleaning vs. DIY Remedies

Monday, November 28th, 2022

Your drains are clogged or at least draining slowly. The shower fills up, your sink takes a while to go down, and it’s getting on your nerves. You may be tempted to run out and buy a bottle of the most recently-advertised drain cleaner you saw on TV, but is that really the best option?

To put it bluntly: NO. Drain cleaner isn’t the best option for actual drain cleaning. The solution looks attractive, but if you use a drain cleaner and call it a job well done, you don’t enjoy the benefits of professional drain cleaning in Orange County. Let’s explain.

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What’s Clogging Your Drains?

Monday, July 11th, 2022
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Drain clogs are a household problem that knows no season. You can expect a clogged or slow drain to materialize at any time of the year. It’s part of life with a household plumbing system.

One of the reasons clogs are common is that they have multiple sources. Many different materials or objects can collect inside a drain and stop the flow of water. Below we’ll look at the ones you’re most likely to encounter.

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Why We Don’t Recommend Using Store-Bought Drain Cleaners

Monday, April 4th, 2022
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Nobody likes a clogged drain, and most homeowners want to solve these problems as soon as possible. There are ways to clean your drains, but one of the most popular (and harmful) methods is using a store-bought drain cleaner. We’ll tell you why we don’t recommend using these cleaners and suggest some safer alternatives in this post.

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A Late Holiday Gift to Yourself: Drain Cleaning!

Monday, December 27th, 2021
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Getting your drains cleaned is probably not on your holiday wish list, but making a New Year’s resolution to get routine drain cleaning is a great way to say, “out with the old!”

Drain cleaning isn’t only for clogged drains—it’s an essential preventive measure to keep them from clogging in the first place. And if you’ve had holiday parties and family visiting from out of town, your plumbing had to work harder over the holidays and may have more accumulation of food and paper products than usual. That accumulation can cause slow drains that lead to clogs, odors, backups, or costly repairs.

You may be tempted to tackle slow sinks and clogs yourself by pouring chemical drain openers down the drain, but here are the cold hard facts: they rarely work. They leave most of the clog behind and can damage your pipes. And they’re extremely toxic. You can do better!

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The Slow Drain—It’s Not Clogged, But Don’t Ignore It!

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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The drain clog is one of the most common plumbing woes people run into. Everybody has dealt with a clogged drain and some point. Plungers can sometimes fix them, but if that doesn’t work, the next step isn’t to use chemical drain cleaners but to call for professional drain cleaning services in Orange County, CA. (Drain cleaners can cause damage to plumbing and leave behind most of the clog, making it likely to come back again.)

But what about the drain that isn’t clogged, it’s just gotten … a bit sluggish about draining out water? The slow drain is a plumbing problem that a surprising amount of people ignore. They may try a plunger,  but if that doesn’t clear the drain, they’ll try to work around it and hope maybe it’ll get better.

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What Is Video Pipe Inspection and Do My Pipes Need It?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
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We use the most advanced technology and tools available for all the plumbing services we provide. The plumbing industry moves fast with new advances, and we’ve been in the industry for almost forty years—there have been numerous big shifts in technology during that time!

One of the most important tool developments for plumbing is digital video and miniaturization technology that allows for video pipe inspection equipment. We often use video pipe inspection during a range of jobs. We’re going to explain in a bit more depth what video pipe inspections are and when you may need this service done for your plumbing in Laguna Niguel, CA.

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Safe Drain Unclogging Methods to Try Before You Call a Professional

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
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Is there any regular plumbing problem more irritating than a clogged drain? True, there are plenty of worse plumbing problems you can think of (or don’t want to think of), but the drain clog is a nuisance everybody has encountered at some point, and they happen too often for most of us. There are ways you can prevent drain clogs with tools like drain strainers and regular professional drain cleaning services—but today we’re going to talk about what you can do when you’ve got a drain clog.

Calling our plumbing technicians is a sure way to see that you have any clog removed. In some situations, the clog may be a deeper issue down in the sewer line, and this absolutely calls for experts who know their plumbing in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. But we know you’d like to exhaust all the safe unclogging methods you have at home first before you call, so we’re going to go through the steps.

(And we want to emphasize safe—because there are methods you might try that can seriously damage your plumbing or you!)

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What Is Causing the Clogs in My Drains?

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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The clogged drain is almost the definition of “household nuisance.” We’ve all dealt with one before, we know we’ll deal with more in the future. The good news is that unclogging drains isn’t difficult—as long as you know the right steps. Use a plunger or a hand-cranked drain snake. If that doesn’t fix the clog, don’t use chemical drain cleaners. Instead, call us for professional plumbing in Ladera Ranch, CA and we will remove the clog, thoroughly, quickly, and without damaging the drainpipes.

But drain clogs aren’t a singular problem—they’re the result of different problems. “What is causing the clogs in my drains?” is the right question to ask, because it goes a long way toward prevention of clogs in the future. So we’ll guide you through the most common sources of drain clogs.

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How a Professional Cleans Drains and Clears Drain Clogs

Monday, January 13th, 2020
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Drain clogs are one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners face. They’re “ordinary” in the worst way—they crop up often and can bring daily activities to a halt until resolved.

The standard way to zap a clog is with a sink plunger. A hand-cranked drain auger (a.k.a. drain snake) is another option that can work in some cases. A third choice many homeowners make is to pour a bottle of “drain cleaner” into the drain to eat away at the blockage. No matter what the labels on these bottles of drain cleaners promise, they are terrible for drains and for you. When you need a third option to clean a drain and clear a clog, call a plumbing technician in Irvine, CA.

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Drain Cleaning: It’s Great for This Time of Year

Monday, December 16th, 2019
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A topic that many professional plumbing contractors bring up at this time of year is how to prevent pipes from freezing in the winter. Well, for plumbing in Orange County, CA, that’s never a problem! But that doesn’t mean there a no seasonal difficulties for your plumbing in sunny Southern California.

One common plumbing trouble during the festive season is with clogged drains. Your kitchen plumbing probably just went through a rough work-out during Thanksgiving, and now it has more celebrations and visiting relatives and feasts to deal with. This often leads to homeowners calling for help to clear out clogged drains and jammed garbage disposals when they greet the New Year.

We want you to enjoy the holidays in peace, and we recommend you schedule drain cleaning if you haven’t already. Drain cleaning is a good idea each year, so why not get into the habit now when your drains need it the most?

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