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.


Easy Steps for Disposing Your Wet Wipes the Right Way

DIY Wet Wipes (Why Flushing Regular Wipes Will Clog Your Drains)

Many homeowners knowingly flush disposable wipes, and it’s a common myth that these wipes won’t cause any problems. If you look on the labels of popular wipe products, you’ll find that many of them say that it’s safe to flush the wipes down the toilet.

While it’s possible for the wipes to make it past the toilet, the real problems occur beyond this point. Disposable wipes have been known to clog a home’s main sewer drain, which can result in thousands of dollars of repair work. Wipes can even cause problems for local water treatment facilities.

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If you browse popular plumbing forums, it doesn’t take long to find someone who has major plumbing problems caused by flushing wipes. After about a dozen wipes have combined into the shape of a softball, it’s usually too late, and you’ll likely need to pull out your wallet and pay the professionals.

The clogs created by flushing wipes can look very similar to softballs. Most homeowners are surprised to learn that it doesn’t take many wipes to create a significant clog. The damage begins the moment you flush the first wipe down the drain.

Understanding Flushable

A lot of people don’t have a decent understanding concerning what flushable really means. The reality is that many wipes are flushable, which is exactly what it says on the label.

The problem is that you shouldn’t always do something just because you can. Although you have the ability to successfully flush the wipes down the toilet, it doesn’t mean that it’s good for your septic system.

Manufacturers have performed many tests in laboratories, but the effects of disposable wipes in the real world can be significantly different than what is observed inside the laboratory. In many cases, you have to introduce a product to the real world to fully understand the effects that it will have.

Many manufacturers also advise consumers to never flush more than one wipe in a single flush. Unfortunately, some consumers flush several wipes at a time, and your home’s sewer pipes don’t always perform like the pipes in a laboratory test.

What is critical is the amount of time that a wipe needs to break down in water. If the wipe doesn’t disintegrate fast enough, it can get stuck and cause some major plumbing issues. For these situations, we offer toilet repair and drain cleaning.

Many of the top brands of disposable wipes have been tested, and every single brand that was tested failed the test miserably. The issue is that many wipes are flushable, but when tested for how dissolvable they are, they fail miserably. We always recommend throwing wipes in the trash, so you never have to worry about clogging up your home’s sewer system.

Wipes Clogging Sewer Utilities

In many states, sewer utilities have asked homeowners to never flush disposable wipes down the toilet. The use of pre-moistened wipes has skyrocketed, and it’s a trend that is causing major problems for local sewer utilities. Most of the wipes are used by potty-training toddlers.

It doesn’t help that many of these products are advertised as providing better cleaning than toilet paper. The influx of DIY wipes into the sewer system is jamming pumps and clogging pipes.

For many years, utilities have been struggling with a problem called ragging, which occurs when paper towels, dental floss, baby wipes and miscellaneous items are flushed down the toilet.

These are all items that should be thrown in the trash. A number of consumers love the soft, thick wipes because they feel better on sensitive areas. There is nothing with using these products, but you have to make sure you’re throwing them in the trash and not flushing them down the toilet.

Flushing DIY Wipes is a Costly Nightmare

If you’ve been flushing wipes and haven’t had any problems, then it’s only a matter of time before something goes wrong. Flushing inappropriate items has always been a problem, but with the many brands of disposable wipes released into the market, the problem has been getting worse.

As the wipes move through your septic system, they can get stuck in different areas. Over time, one stuck wipe catches another passing wipe, and eventually, your plumbing pipes become completely clogged with a wad of wipes the size of a softball.

Aging plumbing systems only serve to make matters worse. A number of older sewer systems are constructed of iron pipes, Orangeburg, concrete or clay.

Glendale, AZ DIY-wet-wipes-2These materials are known to be vulnerable to tree roots, so it’s not uncommon for roots to penetrate these sewer systems at the joints.

It doesn’t take long for the roots to form a web and spread out across the system, which provides plenty of opportunities for DIY wipes to get stuck and clog the system.

It’s true that some brands of wipes are less stringy and fibrous, so they’re less likely to cause problems for your plumbing system. However, to avoid any potential problems with clogged pipes, you should avoid flushing any wipe down the drain.

What to Do About It

If you’re trying to avoid all problems with wipes, you should never flush them down the toilet. It’s best to throw them in the trash. Maybe you’ve already been flushing wipes down the toilet for an extended period of time.

Depending on how long you’ve been doing this, there is a good chance that you don’t notice any signs of trouble. In many cases, there won’t be any symptoms until it’s too late.

A great way to prevent this problem from occurring is to allow us to perform some drain cleaning on your plumbing system.

We can also handle toilet repair if the need arises. A little bit of preventive maintenance can work wonders for your home’s plumbing system.

For memorable services in your Glendale, AZ home, call Christian Brothers Plumbing, Air Conditioning, and Electrical at 623-499-9794.