The P-Trap—That Curved Pipe under the Drain—Explained

Monday, August 28th, 2017

p-trap-with-hand-gripping-itYou can’t see most of the plumbing pipes in your house, and that’s a good thing! (Unless you want an industrial appearance for home décor and you don’t mind guests constantly tripping over exposed pipes.) However, there’s one important exception, and we bet it just popped to mind: the bent piece of drainpipe directly under your sinks. That is called the p-trap and it serves an important function in household plumbing. It’s an old invention using the power of gravity to help make homes more pleasant.

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Plumbing Problems You Should Never Ignore

Monday, August 14th, 2017

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanWe could make this a short blog post and simply write, “All of them!” Because it’s true: if you even suspect your household plumbing is experiencing a problem, no matter how small it may be, you should pay attention to it. Most of the time that means calling on professionals for plumbing repairs.

However, we want to spotlight a few specific problems that homeowners might ignore with their plumbing—and which they definitely shouldn’t. Each of these concerns could end up turning into much more expensive repairs or even trouble with water damage and a complete loss of running water. With professional plumbers like ours only a call away, there’s no reason to delay repair work.

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Why We Recommend Hydro-Jetting for Drain Cleaning

Monday, March 27th, 2017

water-down-drainOne of the most important jobs that we offer to our customers in Central Florida is regular and emergency drain cleaning. Drain cleaning services are the best way to remove major clogging and slow drains when they happen. It’s also an incredibly effective preventive measure for plumbing. Scheduling drain cleaning in Winter Springs, FL once a year helps to stop future clogs and also keeps away bad odors and other troubles in the drains.

There are different techniques to perform drain cleaning. A common tool that plumbers use is the motorized drain auger (a.k.a. a drain snake). This is similar to the hand crank drain augers you may use at times on simple clogs, only it’s much more powerful. We sometimes use drain augers to do the job, but our preferred method is hydro-jetting.

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A Checklist for Your Plumbing This Spring

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Tools_tools_house-smWe’re almost to the official start of the spring season (mark your calendars, if they aren’t pre-marked, for March 20). This means the time for spring cleaning. The term “spring cleaning” can mean plenty of things: it can apply to everything from your garden to the hard drive on your computer—much of which doesn’t really have anything to do with the season except that the name implies you’re getting a fresh start. After all, why not take the time in early spring to attend to some important cleaning and maintenance jobs?

But your plumbing definitely needs some attention that this time of year, since it goes through a lot of work over the winter. Even in sunny Florida, plumbing benefits from some spring check-ups and maintenance from professionals.

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Drain Cleaning on Your Own: Dos and Don’ts

Monday, November 28th, 2016

You’ve run into a clog in your sink, or another drain somewhere in your house. Annoying, right? And all too common. Clogged drains are the plumbing problem that pops up the most often, and it means the drain needs to be cleaned out. Plumbers offer excellent drain cleaning services, but you will probably want to try a few simple clog-clearing methods first. Below are some of the dos and don’ts for doing drain cleaning yourself.

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Drain Cleaning Service—Is Now the Time?

Monday, November 14th, 2016

A few months ago, we brought up the importance of drain cleaning and knowing when to schedule it. There are some definite warning signs you can watch out for that indicate the time for drain cleaning is now. But these are usually emergency situations, and drain cleaning professionals will come out to rescue you from the serious issue affecting the drainage in your home. (In some cases, this will require working with the sewer line for problems to solve even deeper problems.)

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My Drains Smell Icky… What’s Wrong?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Nobody wants their house to have an unpleasant smell of any kind wafting through it. Unfortunately, problems with drains or the sewer line can end up creating awful stenches in even the cleanest home. When you detect foul smells coming up from one of more of the drains in your home, there are a number of potential causes, ranging from minor issues you can solve yourself to major troubles that can threaten your plumbing system unless you schedule professional repairs.

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When Should I Schedule Drain Cleaning?

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Drain cleaning is a service that we strongly recommend homeowners schedule on a regular basis. If you have annual drain cleaning done as part of a general plumbing maintenance visit, it will do wonders for how well your plumbing system works in general. You’ll encounter almost no clogs or slow drains during the year, and the care given to the drainpipes will also help the piping material to last longer. It will also mitigate issues involving hard water.

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Too Many Drain Clogs? Here’s What You Can Do

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Drain clogs… they’re one of the unfortunate constants in plumbing systems. No matter how well you care for your drains, you’ll still run into clogs from time to time. But if you’re experiencing clogs more and more often, maybe you need to take some steps to help prevent them. We’ve listed a few below. If your serious clogging problem continues, you should contact professional plumbers to look into your drainage and sewer system to see if there are deeper issues that need to be remedied.

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The Drain Vent and Drain Vent Blockage

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

You probably associate the word vent in your home with the HVAC system that circulates air around the different rooms. However, your plumbing system also uses vents, and if something goes wrong with them, it can result in serious trouble for your drains and terrible odors in your house.

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