Water Heater Replacement

All of us have water heaters, but most of us don’t think about our water heater until we have a problem. Below we have listed some things to consider if you are looking to either maintain or replace your water heater.

Maintaining Your Water Heater

All of us take our water heater for granted, until we have to take a cold shower. To extend the life of your water heater you should perform regular maintenance throughout the year. Most of the tasks are easy. Below we have listed some DIY tasks you can perform to extend the life of your water heater.

  • Lower the temperature:Look at the tanks thermostat, if it is set to the default 140 degrees, lower it to 120 degrees. This is a one-time task which will help with your utility bill and prevent your unit from overheating.
  • Test your T & P valve:The valve on top of your unit helps relieve pressure in the event there is too much built up. To test the valve lift it up and let is snap back in place. You should hear gurgling water. If the valve fails to snap back or you do not hear gurgling have it replaced.
  • Do a flush:To remove sediment from the bottom of your water heater tank and to help your heating efficiency you should drain several gallons from your tank.

Replacing Your Water Heater

If you start to notice issues with your water heater, especially if it is old that should be a good indicator that you should have it replaced. As of April, 16th 2015 there were new energy efficiency standards that went into effect. So what does this mean and how will these new standards affect you?

  • Unit Cost/Installation Cost Increases: New technology is always more expensive, but they will provide you with more heating efficiency. The cost increase is between 20-40% more than the standard models. This also increases the cost of installation based on equipment size and the complexity of the installation.
  • Utility Bills Decrease:With the new energy efficiency standards you will have a decrease in your electric bills. On average you can save up to 16% or more with your electric bills.

New Installation

No one likes to pay for plumbing repair is new installation services. We completely understand, however a water heater is a necessity. If you need your water heater repaired or replaced contact Metro-Rooter today. We will look at your problem and let you know the best option for you based on your budget and needs. We will always work with you and provide you with honest feedback and the most economical route to take.

Regardless of your plumbing emergency Metro-Rooter is the plumbing company Jacksonville residents have trusted for over 30 years. If you need your water heater repaired or are in need of a new one to be installed, contact us today (904) 695.1911. We are available 24/7 for all of your plumbing needs.

Ways to Conserve Water

Water conservation should always be something we should strive to do, both for our wallets and as a good steward for the environment. Living in Jacksonville we get a significant amount of rain each year and there are many ways we can limit our water consumption. Below are a few tips we implement to do our part.

Water Conservation – Plumbing Tips

  • If you have an older toilet and shower head, think about replacing them to low flow/energy saving models. These new energy efficient products use half the water of traditional models.
  • Toilet flappers are notorious for wasting significant amounts of water. You should consider replacing your toilet flapper every year, as they typically wear down quickly and are the most common cause of a running toilet.
  • Always check your faucets for any plumbing leaks or slow drips. If you notice a slow drip you will want to repair it. A leaky faucet can waste up to 100 gallons of water per day. Most faucet leaks are due to the (O-Ring, Corroded Valve Seat, Worn Out Washer, Loose Parts or Worn Out Seals).
  • If you have a sprinkler system make sure you have each zone set to a timer control. Also make sure your sprinklers are adjusted to only hit your grass or flower beds. You don’t want your sprinklers hitting the street or driveway and not your grass.
  • Stop letting your faucet run, when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. You can waste over 5 gallons of water.
  • Take showers rather than baths. A 5 minute shower will use 15-25 gallons of water. An average bath will use almost 40 gallons of water. You can cut water consumption in half by taking a shower.
  • Take advantage of gifts mother-nature provides. When it rains put out buckets to collect rain water. This way you can use this collected rain water to water your plants and shrubs, rather than using a hose or your sprinklers.
  • If you have hanging plants use ice cubes to water them rather than pouring water in them. When you pour water in a plant you will have run off, verses ice cubes will slowly melt giving the plant time to absorb and soak up the water.
  • If you boil water for cooking use only the amount you need. Also if you are boiling hard boiled eggs or leafy green vegetables. When you are done, let the water cool and you can then use that water for your plants.
  • If you are buying new grass or shrubs, purchase the kind that requires less water for maintenance.

We all can do our part to conserve water. A little can go a long way. If everyone did their part we can collectively make a huge dent in limiting our water consumption.

Jacksonville Plumbing Repair Company

At Metro-Rooter we always look for ways we can help to conserve water and be good environmental stewards. If you would like additional tips on ways to limit your water consumption or recycle oil, etc…we can help.

If you have a Jacksonville plumbing problem that you need professional assistance with, call us today.

How Emergency Plumbing Situations Arise

Emergency Plumbing Causes

Your home’s appliances have a shelf life. Over time they will eventually fail and they have the potential to cause significant damage to your home. To protect your home you should conduct regular inspections and maintenance of your appliances to keep them in working order and stave off any issues that could compromise your home. Learn how common household appliances have the potential to flood your home and when you should reach out to an emergency plumber.

Dishwasher Flooding Causes

  • A faulty pump or broken seal can allow water to leak under your dishwasher undetected.
  • A crack or tear in the inlet hose can allow water to escape and pool under the dishwasher.
  • The spray arm in your dishwasher can become cracked or warped, causing water to spray towards the bottom of the door where there is no gasket to keep water in. This can cause water to leak out onto your kitchen floor.
  • Overloading your machine with too much soap or detergent can allow sudsy water to escape your dishwasher.
  • The dishwasher’s door gasket can be compromised, creating a loose seal and allowing water to escape.

Toilet Flooding Causes

  • If your wax seal is compromised between your floor and the base of the toilet, it can cause water to escape every time you flush. This will result in water escaping around your toilet and potential damage to you sub floor.
  • A toilet that is cracked can allow water to escape onto your bathroom floor.
  • The water valve that connects to your toilet can be compromised and begin to leak.
  • A clogged toilet whether from human waste to a foreign object can back up your toilet and cause it to overflow.

Washing Machine Flooding Causes

  • Your water supply hoses can develop a leak and flood your laundry room.
  • The washing machine drain hose can split over time, which will allow water to leak when the washing machine drains the excess water prior to the spin cycle.
  • Drain pump seal can crack with age and allow water to drip out.
  • Excess detergent can cause the washing machine to overflow.

Water Heater Flood Causes

  • The water heaters temperature pressure relief valve and/or drain valve can develop a leak over time.
  • Heating element gasket can leak in electric water heaters.
  • The water heater supply pipes can cause water to drip and pool around the water heater.
  • Lastly your water heater tank can fail due to corrosion. This could potentially flood your garage and/or house.

When to Call an Emergency Plumber

With regular inspections you will notice when a problem arises. If you notice water dripping or pooling you should contact a Jacksonville emergency plumber immediately. Being per-cautious is always the right course of action to take to protect your family and your investment. A small leak can become a HUGE problem over time, potentially causing significant damage to your homes structure and mold growth.

On the other hand if you have catastrophic failure and water is flooding your home, your first step should be to find your homes main water valve and turn it off. This will help stop any further water from entering your home, and could significantly limit the amount of damage to your home. You should then contact an emergency plumbing contractor to come out and fix your problem.

Jacksonville Emergency Plumbing Contractor

If you are in need of emergency plumbing services due to water intrusion from an appliance, toilet, pipe, etc…contact Metro-Rooter today for all of your plumbing needs. We are one of the largest plumbing companies in Jacksonville and are available 24/7 for all of your plumbing and septic needs. Call us today (904) 695-1911.

Common Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing Leaks

All of us will experience a Jacksonville plumbing emergency in our home or business. Typically these emergencies will come in the form of a water leak. If you have a water leak in your home it is common for the leak to occur from a leaking faucet, toilet, water heater, washing machine hose, or a cracked or broken pipe. If a leak is undetected you could be wasting upwards of 22 gallons of water per day, not including the damage that could be occurring to your home.

Your home is your largest investment, and with any investment you want to protect it.  So conducting regular checks is important, and when a problem is identified you will want to deal with it immediately. Small plumbing leaks will eventually become large plumbing leaks, which can cause significant damage and potential health hazards. Below are some of the more common leaks that can occur.

Faucet Leaks

Probably the most common leak that all of us have experienced is a leaking faucet. The constant drip even after you turn the faucet to “off” can be frustrating and cost you money. The average faucet can drip over 10 times per minute. This means you are wasting around 2 gallons of water per day and up to 700 gallons per year. This is the most common service call we receive at Metro-Rooter on a daily basis.

Having a leaky faucet can cost you money, however it typically does not cause damage as it is contained to the sink. However, you can also get leaks under the sink. When this happens water can pool on the floor of the cabinet causing damage, and over time mold can grow.

Regardless of the faucet leak you are experiencing Metro-Rooter can assess the problem and address it before the problem can take a turn for the worse.

Toilet Leaks

The majority of toilet leaks occur between the tank and the toilet bowl. This normally doesn’t cause a leak, rather just a running toilet. However if your toilet isn’t sitting flush on the floor this can cause water to escape when flushing. If this happens water can puddle around your toilet and over time can cause damage to your sub floor.

Water Heater Leaks

Many of us take our water heaters for granted. As the source of hot water for bathing, washing dishes, laundry, etc…we rely on our water heaters daily. Having a water heater leak is not an uncommon occurrence, but it should be addressed immediately as a small leak can grow into a large leak. You should inspect your water heater monthly just to make sure there are no leaks. In the event you notice any standing water or your hot water supply diminishes it could be a sign of a leak.

In the event your hot water heater is leaking or is no longer producing hot water contact Metro-Rooter. We specialize in water heater repair and replacement services.

Washing Machine Hoses

Most of us have washing machines in our homes. When a leak occurs with the hoses you can have a significant flood on your hands. The good news is that all of this can be prevented by doing routine inspections. At least every 1-3 months you should inspect the hoses behind your washing machine. If you notice and cracking, rust, loose hoses or any moisture on the hoses they should be replaced to prevent a bigger issue from occurring.

Leaking Pipe

Plumbing runs throughout our homes, underneath the slab, sub-floor, walls, attics, yard, etc…a leak can occur at anytime, anywhere. It is always good to be proactive. Inspect your walls, ceiling, yard, flooring, tile, appliances, valves, toilets, faucets, etc…to make sure you have not leaks anywhere in or around your home. Prevention is always the best strategy when trying to protect your home from water damage.

In the event you feel you may have a leak, go out to your water meter and write down the number you see. Abstain from using any water for 2 hours, then go check the water meter again. If the number changed water is escaping from somewhere. If this occurs it would be wise to contact a licensed plumber in Jacksonville to inspect your homes pipes.

Plumber in Jacksonville FL

Metro-Rooter is one of the largest plumbing contractors throughout Northeast FL. If you feel you are in need of plumbing repair services or you have an emergency plumbing situation that needs immediate attention, call us today (904) 695-1911.

Jacksonville Septic Tank Red Flags

Many homes in Jacksonville FL, particularly in rural areas, are not connected to any of the sewer systems in the city. Thus, they rely on large septic systems to remove all kinds of household waste. One of the biggest problems with septic tanks is that their cost of installation is high. However, if you properly clean and maintain your septic tank on a periodic basis, the benefits will exceed the costs exponentially.

If you have a septic tank installed in your home, you need to be on a lookout for any possible signs of septic tank issues. Remember that prevention is better than cure. Here’s a look at 6 red flags that indicate that your septic tank needs repair or replacement (depending on the extent of damage):

Water Pooling

One of the first signs that your septic system needs a light tune-up is pooling water. This can occur in any area of your home, but it frequently occurs in your lawn. Pooling water indicates that the tank is full. If the septic pump is working properly, the water remains out of sight. As solid waste particles start building up, they clog drain field pipes. This causes wastewater to rise up to the surface of your drain field.

Odors and Stench

You can easily determine if your septic pump needs repair by using your sense of smell. Household wastewater consists of water from your kitchen and bathroom sinks, bathtubs, dishwasher, clothes washer and toilet. The solid waste and leftover combine with wastewater to create a foul-smelling sludge. If you notice any stinky smells around your septic tank, it means that the sludge has clogged up the drain and you need septic tank repair services.

Slower Drains

Ever time your drains become slow; it is not only inconvenient but also indicates that your septic tank needs to be pumped. If your septic pump is damaged, leaking or is getting too full; toilets also start to drain slowly, despite using a plunger.

Sewage Backup

The last thing any homeowner wants to see is sewage backing up into their toilets, sinks and bathtubs. Overly full or faulty septic pumps cause this. It is worth noting that sewage issues, water pooling and foul smell are all inter-related. In many cases, all of these problems exist simultaneously.

Improved Grass Health

As the septic pump develops faults, the grassy area above your drain field will appear more healthy and greener than ever. This is because the liquid from your septic tank rises up and irrigates the grass, making it lush and green. While it may be good for the external appearance of your home, you will need to invest in pump cleaning or replacement in the long run.

Concentrated Nitrate

The final red flag includes unhealthy level of nitrates. Overly full systems can cause excessive levels of nitrates and bacteria to soak into the soil and the surrounding well water. To check how healthy your water is, simply test it.

Proper and regular septic pump maintenance:

  • Ensures proper drainage of your home wastewater
  • Improves the life and efficiency of the tank
  • Saves you from bearing expensive damage repair bills

Septic Tank Repair Company in Jacksonville FL

If you are noticing any of the above red flags or if your septic system is not performing properly you should contact a septic tank contractor for further inspection. Metro-Rooter is one of the largest Jacksonville Septic Tank contractors in NE FL. We specialize in septic tank pumping, service, repair, and installation. If you need immediate assistance, contact Metro-Rooter today for all of your septic tank service needs (904) 695-1911.

Common Jacksonville Plumbing Problems

A home is typically the largest investment you will make. It is important to protect that investment by making sure your home’s plumbing is in proper working order. Like most of us you never think about your plumbing until an issue arises. Some of the most common plumbing issues are clogged drains, backed up sewer lines and broken or compromised water lines. Below are some helpful tips to assist you when that emergency plumbing situation shows its ugly face.

Clogged Drain

Clogged drains are the most common plumbing problem that a typical homeowner will experience. The good news is that it is a project that typically does not require a professional Jacksonville plumber to fix.

What causes most of the clogged drains?

If you have a clogged drain in your bathroom, they are commonly caused by hair, dirt, soap debris, etc.…that build up in the drain pipe. Over time this build up will restrict the flow of water, in turn, causing the water to puddle in the sink and not drain properly.

If your kitchen sink becomes clogged the usual culprits are food residue, cooking oil or grease, soap residue, etc… The best way to prevent the chances of your kitchen sink being clogged is to never pour oil or grease down the drain.

What to do if you discover a clogged drain

The good news about clogged drains is that they are not difficult to fix. If you bathroom sink is clogged remove the drain stopper and insert a small snare to hook the obstruction and pull it out. Most bathroom sink clogged drains are usually just a few inches away from the main drain.

The kitchen sink can be a little more of a process; however it can be just as easy. First use a pot of boiling water and pour it down the drain. This will help loosen up any debris that is stuck in the pipes. Then use a sink plunger to help break up the obstruction. If this does not work, you may need to call a plumber in Jacksonville.

Cracked or Broken Water Line

A cracked or broken main waterline can be difficult to spot. Typically you may not know you have a problem until you receive your water bill. There are a few indicators that may help you identify if you have a broken main waterline. You may notice a patch of grass in your lawn that may be much greener than the rest of your lawn. You may notice puddling in your grass or as indicated earlier you may notice a significant spike in your water bill. You may also notice a decrease in water pressure and/or sediment sneaking into your water.

When should you replace your main water line?

There are many reasons for a main line to break or crack. They can include:
1. Old Pipes that have gone through the normal wear and tear
2. Tree roots or a shift in soil that caused the pipes to crack or break
3. A repair job that was not done properly
4. Temperature changes

Broken Water Line – Now What?

If you know you have a broken main water line, your first step should be to turn off your main water valve. Your next step should be to contact an experienced licensed plumber.

Sewer Backup

Nothing can ruin your day more than a backed up toilet. After doing your business, you find out real quick that it will not flush. If a plunger doesn’t work, then it is time to call in the professionals.

What are some reasons for your sewer line to be clogged?

Here are a few common causes:

  • You could have a clog in your main sewer line which will prevent proper drainage.
  • A tree root can grow through or around the pipe, causing leaks and blockages.
  • If you have an older home you may have cast iron or clay sewer lines, which can break or collapse, obstructing the flow of waste water.

What should I do if I have a backed-up sewer line?

Regardless of the issue discontinue using your plumbing. Next contact a licensed plumbing contractor to remove the clog or fix your sewer line.

Plumber in Jacksonville FL

If you are experiencing any plumbing issues contact Metro-Rooter today. Since 1978 we have been helping Jacksonville residents with all of their plumbing and septic system problems. As one of the largest plumbing companies in Jacksonville we have the knowledge, expertise and resources to help you resolve any plumbing or septic tank repair. Call us today (904) 695-1911.

Signs You Have A Broken Pipe

Signs You Are In Need of Pipe Repair

As a homeowner your top priority is to make sure your largest investment is always protected. Nothing is truer when it comes to repairing a broken pipe in your home. Pipe repair is one of the most important Jacksonville Plumbing Services you may need in your home or business. These problems typically arise behind a wall or underneath a slab which makes it that much more difficult to identify without having a trained eye. There are many warning signs that can occur when you have a broken pipe. Below we have listed a few of the more common signs.

4 Common Signs of A Broken Pipe

  1. Low Water Pressure– This is typically the most common symptom of a broken pipe. You will notice low water pressure when showering, washing dishes, etc…If the pressure is low, that means water is escaping the pipe behind your wall or underneath your slab.
  2. Wet or Damp Walls & Floors– If you are noticing staining or damp drywall, loose tile on your shower walls, or damp concrete these are all signs of a water leak. You want to be diligent about addressing these issues ASAP. If left unattended it can cause significant damage to your home and mold growth, which in turn, can become a significant health hazard.
  3. Increase In Water Bill– A spike in your water bill can be a pre-cursor to a water leak somewhere inside and or outside your home. If you notice your meter continues to run even though the water in your home is turned off. You will want to inspect your entire home, to see if you can isolate the leak. A good indicator outside will be puddling or if you notice a patch of grass that is growing faster or greener than the rest of your yard.
  4. Water Contamination- You may notice sand, air or rusty colored water coming out of the faucet due to a crack or broken water pipe.

If you notice any of the mentioned warning signs you will want to have a licensed plumber to inspect your water pipes. You never want to ignore these issues as this can cause significant damage to your home and potentially even cause health issues if the environment is conducive to mold growth.

We understand no one wants to spend money on plumbers; however the problem may not be as serious as you may expect.

Plumber in Jacksonville: Metro-Rooter

If you notice you are in need of pipe repair to your home of office, you should make Metro-Rooter your primary choice for all plumbing and septic related services. As one of the largest plumbers in Jacksonville, we have the man power and experience to handle any plumbing related issue. Our licensed technicians are extremely knowledgeable and have the tools and experience to make the necessary repairs. If you feel you have cracked or broken pipes, our plumbers will thoroughly inspect your homes or businesses plumbing. Metro-Rooter also offers video inspection to determine if your plumbing has been compromised due to blockage or any other issue.

At Metro-Rooter we are just a phone call away. Whether it is an emergency plumbing situation, toilet repair, faucet repair or pipe repair we can help put your mind at ease with our fast and reliable service. If you are need or plumbing repair due to a broken pipe call us today (904) 695-1911.

Septic Tank Maintenance

Proper Septic Tank Maintenance

If your home has a septic tank system, you are familiar with some of the warning signs you may experience when it is not working properly. The system works as an onsite sewage treatment facility. If properly maintained, the septic system is efficient, odorless and prevents water from clogging up in your home.

Despite the initial installation costs, a septic system requires minimal maintenance and is made to last for a long period of time. However, the leach field (underground area that holds all the sewage drainpipes) may require treatment or service over time. It is also recommended that you pump out your septic tank every 3 to 5 years.

If you have a septic tank at home, here are a few ways as to how you can maintain the tank, improve its useful life and efficiency and save yourself from paying hefty tank repair or replacement bills:

Use Less Water

One of the most common mistakes homeowners with septic tanks make is that they flush too excessively. This is the worst thing that you can do to your tank. Excessive water can easily upset the delicate biological balance maintained within the tank and impair its ability to work wonders. In addition, discharging too much water into the system can cause the sewage to back up. Thus, it is best to conserve water when using a septic tank.

Avoid Excessive Household Chemicals

When using any household detergents, drain cleaners, bleaches of other chemicals, try not to use any of these chemicals in excess quantity. This adversely affects the bacteria action within the septic tank and prevents the wastewater sludge from breaking down and moving along the drain pipes.

Beware of What You Drain

There are some materials that do not decompose. They fill up your septic tank, plug the system and prevent water from draining. Some of these non-degradable substances include motor oils and fuels, fats and grease, disposable diapers, coffee grounds, nut shells, egg shells, sanitary napkins and contraceptives, filter tip cigarettes, paper towels, rags, chemicals and paints. Make sure you do not try to flush down any of these through your septic system.

Avoid Grease

Trying to drain grease down your septic tank can easily damage your sewerage system. Grease tends to plug sewer pipes within the septic tank and even plug the inlet. You can keep a separate container for your greasy waste and drop it off at one of our oil recycling centers located throughout Jacksonville.

Do NOT Poison your Tank

Within your septic tank, there are several different types of bacteria at work. They break down all metabolic and biodegradable waste and move wastewater along the drain. By washing down drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, floor cleaners, waxes, strippers, polishes and coating, the septic tank environment is contaminated. This prevents the flow of waste along the drains. You can however use small amounts of bleach for your septic system to maintain system health.

Every now and then, keep a check on common red flags that indicate that your septic tank or pump need repairs. If you feel that your wastewater is taking too long to drain, then it’s time to inspect your septic tanks and call in the experts.

Metro-Rooter is a Jacksonville plumbing contractor who specializes in plumbing and septic tank services for residential, commercial and industrial facilities. If you are in need of septic system advice or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed septic tank technicians call us today at (904) 695-1911.

6 Expert Tips to Ensure Proper Plumbing Maintenance

The biggest issue with home plumbing problems is that they sneak up on you at the worst possible time. Whether it’s the sound of dripping water keeping you up at 2am or a toilet clog ruining your morning, plumbing problems are annoying!

Additionally, most homeowners complain about how expensive the services of a plumber can be. But what they do not realize is that they ignored their plumbing system till things got worse. Just as the secret to healthy living lies in your own hands, similarly, ensuring proper plumbing maintenance and avoiding damages is up to you. Here are 6 ways to do just that:

Tip 1: Beware of Water Leaks

Minor water leaks can lead to much bigger problems. Always be alert and cautious to all signs and symptoms that may indicate trouble coming your way. Leaky faucets, rocking toilets, damp cabinets, water stains on drywall, loose tiles and low water pressure are all signs that there may be a leak somewhere in your pipes. Take fast and decisive action, before it’s too late.

Tip 2: Take a Proactive Approach

A leaky faucet is not just annoying. Moisture can and will build up within and underneath your sink, encouraging mold and mildew. This can lead to expensive plumbing and restoration costs. Take a proactive approach to plumbing. On a monthly basis, check for water leaks under your sinks, on and around your water heater, any drywall staining and loose tiles in your bathtub. Anything that seems out of the ordinary, call a Plumber in Jacksonville FL to inspect your homes plumbing.

Tip 3: Know What to Do

If you notice water puddling around a toilet, water heater or from underneath your slab; the first step is to shut-off the main water supply valve. If the valve is located in a dark and hard-to-reach place, keep a few tools nearby to help you shut it off in the event of a plumbing emergency. Then call Metro-Rooter and talk to one of our plumbing experts who can help diagnose the problem and send out one of our Jacksonville emergency plumbers to fix your problem.

Tip 4: Conserve Water

Almost all plumbing problems arise from excessive use of water. Whether you’re showering, cooking, washing clothes, watering your grass or gardening, you need water. Even if you need a glass of water, you’ll still have to run your tap. Conserve water where you can and this can help mitigate some problems, especially if you are on a septic system.

Tip 5: Know Your Piping Material

If you know the material of your pipes, you’ve already solved 80% of all your plumbing issues! For homes constructed before 1970, galvanized iron pipes were used. They tend to rust and corrode with time, causing a drop in water pressure and a red tint to appear in the water. Modern homes however, are equipped with pvc pipes, which can easily be fixed or replaced.

Tip 6: Use Appliances Properly

No need to flush over and over again, as the saying goes “if its yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down”. Similarly, there is no real need to use hot water for washing your clothes. Shut off all water-related appliances when they are not in use or when you are not home. This will help you avoid plumbing problems and help you save money on repair and utility bills.

For more tips and tricks on proper plumbing maintenance, please feel free to contact Metro-Rooter at (904) 695-1911!

Clogged Drains: Causes and Fixes

Almost every homeowner has experienced a backed up pipe, flooded kitchen or bathroom. Nothing ruins your weekend mornings like unclogging drains and trying to push accumulated water down the drainage pipe. If unchecked, clogged drains are not only a nuisance for your home, they can also lead to hefty repair bills and are one of the favorite spots for bacteria to grow. Here is your complete guide to clogged drains:

What Causes Clogged Drains?

There are a number of reasons why your drain pipe clogs up every now and then. In almost all cases, there are external contaminants that seep into your drainage pipe and cause the blockages. Some of the main factors that lead to clogged drains include:

Hair

The bathtub drain has always been susceptible to falling head and body hair. As individual hairs enter into the drain, they tangle with each other. The resulting watery hair sludge blocks your drainage pipe and prevents water from draining out.

Grease and Fat

After a heavy cholesterol-rich meal, the leftovers are sure to end up down your kitchen sink. Fatty and greasy food accumulates on the inner linings of your pipes and restricts the flow of water. This results in water accumulation and flooding of the drain.

Foreign Objects

Sometimes, heavy external objects can end up in your drains and lead to water clogging. If you have young ones at home, you probably have experienced a small toy getting clogged in a drain or toilet or a full roll of toilet paper ending up in your drainage pipe!

Unclogging Your Drain

They say that prevention is better than cure. If you want to avoid bearing heavy plumbing and repair costs, here are a few simple DIY tips for unclogging your drains. Make sure to use them at least once a week to keep your drain free from clogs:

Use Vinegar and Soda

This method does not work on tough clogs, but it does work wonders for smaller clogs and saves you the time and effort needed to take the clog monster out on your own.

  • Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain
  • Dump 1/3rd cup of baking soda immediately afterwards
  • Mix a cup of vinegar with hot water and pour the mixture
  • Flush the water-baking soda-vinegar mixture with more boiling water

Wire Hangars

Hangers offer a simple and effective way to get the boogeyman out of your clog. Unwind the neck of the hanger and straighten out the two elbows. Make sure to retain the hook part. Gently insert the hooked part into the drain and take out whatever is causing the clog.

If the clogs persist or if water starts to leak from your walls you will want to contact a licensed plumber in Jacksonville FL. At Metro-Rooter we specialize in clogged drains and all things related to the repair of your plumbing!