Different Types of Drains and Their Clogs

Different Types of Drains and Their Clogs

Clogged Toilet Repair Glendale, AZ

Bathroom sink drains may become clogged with hair, toothpaste, soap and grime. Christian Brothers provides many bathroom plumbing solutions and sink drains are one of the more common problems we solve. Cbrothers will remove the clog and thoroughly clean the entire pipe so your sinks will drain like new.

Sometimes we’re called to recover jewelry that fell into a sink drain. Normally, heavy jewelry will not wash past the U-shaped trap beneath the sink (called a P-trap). Most people can easily remove the P-trap by hand or with a wrench to retrieve foreign objects. Place a bucket beneath the P-trap to catch water. Wear gloves. Loosen the slip nuts on both ends of the P-trap and slowly remove the P-trap assembly. Dump the contents into the bucket. If the lost item is not inside the trap, it has traveled farther down the drain line. Do not run additional water.

Call Cbrothers your Phoenix plumbers, to have a service technician search your pipes with a fiber optic video inspection camera. We can also retrieve items lost down any other residential plumbing drain or commercial drain.

Shower and tub drains present their own challenges. The clog culprit is usually hair and soap buildup in the trap and drainpipe. When you’re taking a shower you should never see standing water in the stall or tub. Properly functioning drains should carry the water away almost instantly. If water covers the shower floor and your feet, you have a clogged shower drain, which will eventually become completely blocked. A service technician skilled in shower repair technique.

Kitchen drains clog over time. They run slower and slower as greases, soaps, fats and detergents build up on the inner walls of the pipes and eventually cause blockage. A Cbrothers service technician who specializes in kitchen plumbing jobs will use the proper sink machine to cut through the clog and remove all debris. Your kitchen drainpipes will be as good as new and to keep them that way.

Toilet drains are sometimes overwhelmed with toilet paper and even the occasional kid’s toy. Christian Brothers can solve the problem with a  machine that feeds a spinning cable into the toilet drain. The cable has special spring loaded blades on the tip that will cut through any obstruction while hugging the inside wall of the pipe and thoroughly cleaning it to restore full drainage and powerful flushes.

Floor drains are common in basements, laundry rooms and garages. They may also be found on patios and driveways as well as older bathrooms. These drains are equipped with a trap that should be kept filled with water to prevent odors and sewer gas from escaping. Test drains occasionally to make sure they are aren’t clogged and are ready to carry away water and prevent flooding. Dirt and debris can clog floor drains but Cbrothers can open them quickly to restore proper flow.

Main sewer lines are the largest drains in a home. All other household drains lead to the main sewer line. The main sewer runs underground from the house and connects to a city sewer line or a septic tank. Your main sewer line can become clogged from the debris those other household drains wash into it or by tree roots that penetrate pipe joints from surrounding soil.

If the main sewer line clogs, toilets and drains throughout your house will begin to backup. This is usually a very stressful situation for homeowners and it can happen at any time of the day or night. That’s why Cbrothers are your 24 hour plumbing company.

A technician using the proper machine will cut through the clog and clean the main sewer pipe right down to its inner walls. If the technician has any indication there is a problem with the main sewer line, he may perform a video inspetion to determine if the pipe is damaged or corroded. The technician will share the video with the homeowner and present options for a sewer line repair ao replacment if necessary.


Helpful Bathroom Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Helpful Bathroom Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Basic bathroom plumbing knowledge is very important for any homeowner. When you own a home, you also need to be prepared to deal with various concerns such as plumbing issues. Your pipes or other plumbing fixtures will break down at some point and need repair or replacement. 

When it does break down and it’s just a minor concern such as a leaky faucet, you can deal with it on your own especially if you have tools for the job. To reduce your plumbing repair costs, you need to have basic working knowledge of plumbing concepts.

This way, you can easily fix the minor plumbing issues that occur in your house from time to time. Here are some bathroom plumbing maintenance tips for you to keep in mind.

Proper Bathroom Plumbing Maintenance

Remember that your toilet isn’t a landfill or garbage can. Don’t flush sponges, hygienic pads, baby diapers, paper towels, cotton balls or other stuff down the toilet. You won’t like it once your toilet is clogged.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Open the faucet a bit to prevent the pipes from being frozen or bursting during the cold winter months. This will reduce the pressure in the pipes and prevent it from bursting and creating a mess in your home.

Noisy Pipes

In case the water pipes are exposed and being noisy, you can just anchor them. Make sure to use material that won’t cause friction to the pipes.

Wash the Septic Tank

Septic tanks should be washed every 5 years to keep it in great shape and to prevent sediment buildup. Unmanageable tank buildup will cause the tank to back-up or fail. Cleaning the septic tank may be expensive, but cleaning up sewer back-up is definitely more expensive. If you want to avoid such costs, it is best that you clean the septic tank.

Drain Filters

Your drains should have drain filters to prevent the drainpipes from getting blocked by debris. It is important that you clean debris from the filters as frequently as needed. It is also important that you completely understand your plumbing tools. You need to know how to use them before you do any repair. Conduct some research and read about plumbing tools before using them. Plan everything in advance, so you don’t make any costly mistakes.

Following these maintenance tips can help you avoid serious problems with your bathroom plumbing in the future. Learning how to deal with minor plumbing concerns on your own can certainly help you save a lot of money. By following the tips stated here, you can reduce your plumbing repair costs.

You don’t want to add any unnecessary costs when it comes to your plumbing system. Learn more about the basics of plumbing and you will definitely save a lot. You will also not experience any hassle. If you don’t have any idea about the job or if it is a serious concern, it is best that you call a professional plumber to do the job for you.

Our plumbers have the tools, experience, knowledge, and skills to fix various plumbing problems for you. Call Christian Brothers anytime to schedule licensed trained insured plumbing for your home.

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Follow the 2016 Bathroom Trends

3 Bathroom Trends to Watch for in 2016

Renovating a home is always exciting, and for many people there is no better project than the bathroom. For some, the idea of a day spa in their home is the ultimate goal, while others simply want a more efficient bathroom at their disposal.

Glendale, AZ 2016 Bathroom Annual TrendsWhatever the reason for the renovation, it’s clear that bathrooms will definitely be the renovated room of choice in 2016.

If you’re tired of looking at the same old bathroom day after day and believe it’s time for something new, here are some of the latest bathroom trends for 2016.

Water-Efficient Toilets

For many bathrooms, older toilets are the source of gallon after gallon of wasted water. If a toilet was manufactured prior to 1993, chances are good it’s using almost four gallons of water per flush.

However, if you decide to install a low-flow toilet in your home, you’ll only use about one gallon of water for each flush. To make these toilets even more attractive, they now come in almost any color imaginable to fit almost any bathroom.

Anti-Fogging Mirrors

If there is one thing that annoys almost anyone when taking a bath or shower, it’s having a mirror that fogs up when being used. As a result, you not only have to hold your razor in one hand, but a towel in the other in order to keep the mirror clear.

But with the creation of anti-fogging mirrors for bathrooms, shaving and other tasks are now much easier to handle. Along with being installed inside shower stalls, these mirrors are also being incorporated into medicine cabinets as well.

Open Shelving

In many bathrooms, storage space is a problem. While bathroom cabinets often have cleaning products and other items stored inside them, the trend in 2016 is quickly becoming to have open shelving units in the bathroom.

By doing so, items such as towels, deodorants, and other things can be much easier to access, while cleaning products and other things can be stored elsewhere. To make the shelving look even better, designers are incorporating many contemporary designs into the latest bathroom shelving.

If you’re ready to try these and other trends in your Glendale, AZ bathroom in 2016, pick up the phone and call Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical at 623-499-9794. When you do, you’ll be well on your way to fulfilling all of your bathroom renovation dreams.