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FAQs About Your Drains

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Most of us don’t give our drains a second thought – until we notice something unusual about them. At the end of the day, drains are an important part of your day to day life – so we want to make sure yours continue operating as smoothly as possible.

See below for some of the most frequently asked questions about drain cleaning that homeowners ask:

Why is water coming into my sink when I run the dishwasher?
Since there’s usually a connection between the dishwasher and drain from the garbage disposal, if food is left behind it can clog that connection. Before running the dishwasher – make sure your disposal is food free!

Are store bought liquid drain cleaners safe?
In short, not exactly. While they may provide a temporary fix – the reality is that over time the cleaner will actually erode and cause damage to your actual pipes. Opt for natural cleaning solutions to play it safe.

Why do I hear a gurgling sound in my sink after I flush the toilet?
Hearing this sound may not seem too alarming, but it can turn into a bigger problem if you let it persist. This noise is a common sign that the pipes aren’t properly vented – which can lead to blockage as well as slower water flow.

There’s a foul odor coming from my garbage disposal, help!
Odors generally come by a buildup of food debris. For an easy way to remedy the situation, try tossing a few ice cubes or orange peels into the disposal and letting it run for 30 seconds. This will help rid any debris, while providing a citrusy scent.

If you notice issues with your drains, get it taken care of as soon as possible! Contact us today to have one of our specialists come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.

Why Store Bought Cleaners Aren’t a Good Solution to Clogged Drains

While we understand the convenience of store bought cleaners for clogged drains, we strongly caution against them. Why you ask? Truth is that while yes they do technically work – it’s only a temporary fix. These cleaners are actually pretty detrimental to the longevity of your drain pipes!

These liquid cleaners are corrosive by nature, so the more you pour down the pipes the more they will erode the interior. The continue use of them will cause some significant long term damage. Over time, there’s a good chance you will have to replace your pipes due to the damage they have caused – and pipe replacement is significantly more pricey than a professional drain cleaning.

So what do you do when you have a clogged drain and not enough time to call our drain experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating? Luckily there are a few natural solutions that get the job done, without leaving your pipes in danger:

Vinegar and Baking Soda Solution:

Pour a cup of baking soda and white vinegar into the drain. It will fizz immediately and will help remove gunk, hair, and any grime that has built up. Let it sit and then flush it with several cups of boiling hot water.

Salt and Baking Soda:

Mix 1/2 cup of table salt with 1/2 cup of baking soda and pour down the blocked drain. Let this sit and then flush it with several cups of boiling hot water. Much like the above treatment, this salt, baking soda, and boiling water will create a chemical reaction that should dislodge even the toughest of clogs!

If your clog is even tougher to remove than anticipated, that’s what we’re here for. Contact us today to have one of our specialists come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.