Tips & Tricks

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Drain Right Drain Cleaning & Plumbing, Inc. would like to offer a few basic plumbing and drain cleaning tips for those who like to do basic plumbing maintenance that is necessary to maintain a healthy plumbing system.

First we must advise you that most plumbing and even drain cleaning should be done by a professional who is qualified and properly insured. Plumbing can not only be very confusing but it can also be dangerous. If not done right, you can cause thousands of dollars in property damage.

Please make sure of a few things before you get started:

  • check your local code on any project you do
  • make sure you are familiar with everything before you jump into the project
  • feel free to give us a call for advice or help if you are unsure of anything. On this page we will discuss only basic plumbing maintenance and preventive tips.

Drain cleanersHazardous Chemicals

Did you know that a lot of drain cleaners on the market today contain acid that can and will cause corrosion to your drainage system? A safer alternative that will save you money in the long run is to hire a plumber to clean out your drain.

Clogged sink

In most cases, if you have a clogged sink you may need to use a machine or call a plumber to unclog your drain if it's clogged in the wall. One common blockage you can fix yourself is if the p-trap is blocked.

In this case all you need to do is:

  • Place a short bucket under your drain and slowly loosen your trap nuts until water starts to drain out .
  • Once the water is done draining, you can take out the u-shaped part of the trap and remove debris.
  • Put back together, being careful not to cross-thread the nuts and make sure you only hand tighten the drain (only on PVC or ABS slip joint drains). If it is a chrome p-trap, then you may need to use a adjustable wrench to tighten it.
  • Test for leaks and if the drain blocks again, it is probably blocked in the wall. At this time you may need a professional.

Preventing Drain Blockages

Even though your drain system seems to be able to handle a certain amount of solid waste, the more you put down your drain, the faster it will get clogged.

Kitchen sinks:

This is probably the most commonly abused drain in the house. As a rule of thumb, unless it's stuck to your dish, don't put it down the drain, and never dispose of any food waste in garbage disposal. A disposal is meant to chop up all the food that comes off your dishes in order to help your sink drain after washing a large load of dishes. Avoid dumping any oil or grease down the drain as well.

Toilets and the main sewer:

The only thing other than human waste that should go down the toilet is toilet paper. In a lot of cases, something as small as a Q-tip can cause a toilet clog or blocked sewer drain. Because a lot of sewer lines have a web of tree roots growing in them, a paper towel or a sanitary wipe can stick to the roots and remain in the drain for a very long time. You can understand how this can cause a back up.

Sewer Gas Smell in the house:

If at any time you smell gas in the house, you should call a plumber right away, as you may have a gas leak. In some cases, though, a gas smell can be as simple as a floor drain being dried out. P-traps are on all plumbing fixtures and drains as a section of pipe that is shaped as a u and it is meant to hold water in it at all times. This trap acts as a barrier to keep all the sewer gas from traveling up your pipes and into your home from the city sewer. If the p-trap on any of your drains has dried out, just pour a small amount of water in each drain to make sure they are holding water.

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