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For several decades and counting Hamilton residents have looked to John The Plumber to take care of their drain cleaning services. Our licensed plumbers know there are different reasons that drains will clog up, some more hazardous to your home than others. The Company has chosen to dedicate a direct service, “Drain Cleaning Services” to ensure Hamilton Residents receive timely, efficient and informative service. Below are some tips we think all families should know when it comes to their drains:
Ten Tips for Clogs and Blockages
1. Hair in your shower or bathtub drain
Purchasing a hair strainer and installing it on your drain will be of the best $10.00 you’ve ever spent (Home Depot, Plumbing Aisle!). These can be stubborn drains to clean; the strainer will save you time and quite possibly the frustration of a bigger clog to deal with.
2. Grease in your Kitchen Sink
Grease, even in small amounts will cause blocked drains over time. Many of you may remember your Granny pouring the bacon fat in a tin can, and then wiping out the pan with a paper towel before actually washing it in the sink? Turns out this is not an old wives tale, it’s necessary. Grease is one of the hardest types of blockages to clear.
3. Flushing Food down the Toilet
We all know better, yet we’ve all done it. Don’t do it.
4. Toys in the Toilet
I’m certain my own Mom is one of the thousands of frustrated mothers who probably had to call a plumber due to toilet plugged with a toy (or what I thought was a toy). Child proof caps on bathroom doors are a big help for this!
5. Sanitary napkins
FYI especially to the homeowners that have basement bathrooms connected to sewage pumps: These are the number ONE culprit! Drain cleaning service calls can get costly, and if a tampon plugs up your pump too many times, it will cause the pump to burn out, and cause a backed up drain.
6. Too much debris down the laundry tub drain
The laundry tub drain is often in the basement, and never near as pretty as the sink in your kitchen. Unfortunately the rougher look doesn’t make it stronger on wear and tear. Cleaning tools and paint brushes here seems reasonable I know, but it’s not – consider carefully what you allow to hit the drain.
7. Counter sloped piping
Amazingly, plumbing systems that have a section of their piping sloped the wrong way can manage to work correctly for years and years. If you spot this in your home, know what is still working will eventually clog, and you will definitely need a drain cleaning service, as well as a correction to the pipe.
8. Improper plumbing vents
Hold your thumb over a straw that is in your drink and pull it out. You will find there is still liquid in the straw until you remove your thumb. That is a good analogy for how your drain waste and vent system operates in your home. Plumbing fixtures that are not vented properly will not drain properly. There is a section in The Ontario Plumbing Code that addresses this.
9. Old galvanized or cast iron drains
These old types of pipes deteriorate from the inside, causing the opening in the drain pipe to collect rust and buildup. Eventually the entire pipe is full of sediment and debris. Most Hamilton neighborhoods have exceeded the expected lifetime of metal drainage, but if you haven’t, you should keep a close eye.
10. Tree Roots
If your pipe is made from cast iron, concrete, clay, asbestos or other non-plastic pipes the big beautiful maple tree in your front yard is quite possibly wreaking havoc on your drain services. Roots from trees are in constant search for nutrients and your drain pipe is a fuel source it will seek. As this can lead to your basement filling up with sewage, consider upgrading this drain to PVC (polyvinyl chloride).
TIP: Link to Ontario Plumbing Codes: http://find.gov.on.ca