drain clog

June 2015 plumbing tip. Drain clog first line of Defense

The strainer is your first line of defense for keeping your drains clog free.  A large majority of residential drain clogs are due to hair getting into the drain.  The stainer, as pictured here, will do a pretty good job of capturing the hair before it enters the drain.  These strainers. for tubs and showers can be purchased for around a $1 at your local hardware store.  Even cheaper, your plumber will likely have a few laying around in his/her van.  If you ask, he or she will likely give you one for free.  A cheap investment that prevents having to clear the drain.  If you do need to clear the drain, see our plumbing tip blog from November 11th,  2014, "shower drain cleaning made easy"

 

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Plumbing tip May 2015

Here's our plumbing tip for May 2015.

Unclog you p-trap yourself.  All sinks have a p-trap.  That is, it's literally shaped like a P, and it traps sewer gas.  Water remains in the U shape, creating a "water-tight" block that the sewer gas cannot penetrate.  So, the sewer gas is "trapped" in the pipe.  It's also where hair freqeuntly gathers, and clogs the drain.  Clearing the p-trap is simple:

1. With a channel locking wrench and a a bucket in hand, locate the p-trap

2. Place the bucket under the trap to collect the standing water in the trap

3. Use the channel locks (pliers) to loosen and remove the trap "U" joint

4. Remove debri

5. Put back together

Drain cleared. 

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