What Are Drain and Plumbing Vents?

Monday, June 4th, 2018

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If you see this, you may have clogged drain vents.

What do you think of when you hear about the vents in a home? You probably think of the air vents in the rooms, or possibly the venting for gas-burning appliances that moves toxic combustion products safely away from the house. Those are crucial vents.

But your plumbing also has vents, and they’re just as crucial for the proper working of your plumbing system and the hygiene of your home. People often don’t know much about these plumbing vents, so we’re going to give you a short overview of them and also look at some potential drain and plumbing vent problems. If you run into any plumbing troubles, make sure you call a professional plumber in Sanford, FL to help out. Vent troubles can’t be fixed with DIY attempts.

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A Few Unusual Causes of Drain Clogs

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Orlando Drain ServicesWhat causes the majority of clogs in household drains? There are a couple of usual suspects: hair, food waste, grease, fats, soap scum, and small objects like bottle caps accidentally tipped over into the sink. When people call us for a plumber in Orlando, FL to unclog a drain, we often find ourselves dealing with one of the typical drainpipe blockers. No problem, we’ve got the best equipment (like hydro-jetters) and some of the best-trained plumbers around to clear out that drain in no time.

Of course, life is often weird, and plumbing can be extremely weird. Drains can collect some strange things down in them that lead to tough blockages. We’ve been in the business for a long time—more than 40 years—so we’ve come across some bizarre drain cleaning issues. We can take care of them all, don’t worry about that, but we’d like to go over some of the odder reasons a drain can become clogged.

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Why Are My Drains Making Gurgling Sounds?

Monday, February 12th, 2018

water-down-drainWhen you pour water down any drain of your house, you’ll expect to hear nothing more than a swish as it vanishes down the drainpipe. But if you hear a gurgling noise soon after, like someone blowing air through a straw into a glass of water, you may wonder if it means anything is wrong.

You’re right to feel concern. A gurgling drain can mean a minor issue, but it could also warn of much larger plumbing troubles. To find out for certain what needs to be done, call a licensed plumber in Altamonte Springs, FL to look into the mystery of the gurgling drains.

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These Are the 4 Main Causes of Drain Clogs

Monday, January 1st, 2018

The year 2018 is here, and one thing we can predict for certain about it: our plumbers are going to be dealing with plenty of drain clogs.

Drain clogs are a basic fact of life in plumbing. Any home can take steps to prevent them—in fact, this post will talk about that a bit—but avoiding them all the time just isn’t possible. So much material can go down the drains in a homdrain-with-chain-pluge that may lead to stopping them up that we could make a list of drain clog sources that was just about small plastic pieces from toys and packaging material.

For this list, we’re going to limit ourselves to only the four most common reasons drains might clog. We’re focusing only on clogging that occurs right down in the drain itself, not sewer line issues such as root infiltration. We also won’t include pipe-misalignment, which sometimes occurs in older homes, because this is a pipe replacement issue, not a drain cleaning one.

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A Closer Look at the Problem of Sewer Line Corrosion

Monday, November 20th, 2017

broken-sewer-pipeThe sewer line that connects the drains of your plumbing system to the municipal sewer line that runs down the center of the street is one of the most important parts of your household plumbing. Of course, it’s not actually inside the house itself and it’s entirely hidden from your sight down in a trench. This pipe is built to endure for decades without trouble, but many sewer lines are over 50 years old and made from out-of-date material such as cast iron and galvanized steel. This puts the pipeline in serious danger of corrosion, leading to leaks and breaks.

A damaged pipeline jeopardizes the sewer system of house and can mean catastrophic problems. You need to have professionals repair, and in most cases, replace the sewer line if it’s suffering from corrosion.

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Some Facts You May Not Know about Hydro-Jetting

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramDrain cleaning is one of the most important services that any plumbing contractor can provide. We take special pride in the equipment we use for drain cleaning and the skill of our plumbers at handling the job. We can take care of the worst clogs stopping up drains in both commercial and residential plumbing, and we can use drain cleaning as a preventive measure to help keep away clogs and other drainage problems in the future.

Our main tool for handling great drain cleaning in Orlando, FL and throughout Central Florida is the hydro-jetter.

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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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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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Watch Out for These Warnings Your Toilet Needs Repairs

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Did you know that the toilets in your household account for, on average, 40% of your home’s indoor water use each year? Yes, that’s a lot! Most people assume that the shower might be the major source of water use, but the amount of water used per flush in toilets add up fast. This is one of the reasons we strongly recommend homeowners install low-flow toilets and other fixtures.

We bring this up as a reminder of how important the toilet is to your home’s plumbing. Yes, its function is vital, but it also uses immense amounts of water. Any time there’s a plumbing issue with a toilet, it needs to be resolved ASAP! And often, those problems can be tough to detect—or easy to ignore. Below we’ve put together a list of some signs your toilet may need repairs. Contact our plumbers for the work.

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4 Signs You May Need a New Garbage Disposal

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Have you thought about replacing your kitchen’s garbage disposal? You probably haven’t, since this is one of those home appliances that people often imagine is immune to damage. But a disposal is a hard-working device that will eventually wear down to the point where additional repairs are no longer worth the effort.

To help you with the decision about whether you should get a new sink disposal unit installed, we’ve put together four signs warning about potential problems:

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