Chemical Drain Cleaners: A Handy Yet Worrisome Drain Clog Solution

Chemical Drain Cleaners: A Handy Yet Worrisome Drain Clog Solution

Anytime you see your kitchen sink is draining water very slowly, or that water floods the bathroom, you surely know that action is required. One of the first things that comes you your mind is probably that there is an obstruction in the drain pipe. You probably don’t have the tools or skill to address the problem. Therefore,  you rush to the nearest hardware store and purchase some chemical drain cleaners as a solution. Chemical drain cleaners are affordable and easy to use, so it looks like you can get the job done without even physically touching the drain pipe at the end of the day. In reality, however, drain cleaners composed of chemicals are more problematic that they may appear to be. How Chemical Drain Cleaners work: Drain cleaning products are available in many different forms. Some examples are liquid, solid (stick), beads, powder, gel, or foam. All of these different forms all still work with more or less the same method. Once poured into a sink or drain, the cleaners produce chemical reactions with the clog (or debris) itself that is obstructing the flow of water. This chemical reaction generates heat that works to disintegrate accumulation of the debris inside the pipe. When this reaction occurs, the clog is broken down into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are easier for water to push through. This reaction only happens because most drain cleaners are made of strong chemicals. Examples of these chemicals are peroxide, lye, bleach, nitrate, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, or caustic potash.   High toxicity levels Unfortunately the aforementioned chemicals are also toxic. Inhalation of a...
Schedule When to Clean The Drain Before It Reminds You, and It’s Too Late!

Schedule When to Clean The Drain Before It Reminds You, and It’s Too Late!

Whether you live in a small community like the Village Westbury, or in a big city like New York,  it’s good to know how often you should clean the drain lines in your property. If you are like many, if not most homeowners, chances are you take care of regular household duties. These may include periodic maintenance of air conditioning, mowing your lawn, and cleaning the gutters before winter. Getting your plumbing installations checked, particularly sewer cleaning, however is often an overlooked part of these tasks. Checking your plumbing should be on your “to do” list. If it isn’t, a lot of bad things can happen from clogged or damaged sewer lines. A toilet overflow and groundwater contamination are not pleasant to deal with. When damage happens to your main drain pipe, repairs can cost thousands of dollars. Many times you can avoid these costs by doing a little maintenance once in three years or so. If you clean the drain lines in set intervals, it is a relatively small price to pay for peace of mind. How often to clean the drain lines in Your proeprty Similar to just about every other cleaning-job in the house, scheduling set intervals is a sensible answer. Sewer cleaning is typically done on an “as-needed” basis, or simply when there are symptoms of issues. How often you clean your drain lines depends on a few factors: If you have recurring clogs at relatively set intervals The size of your house or property is usually NOT a factor The type of waste being flushed down your drains (fat, oil, grease are not your...
Why You Should Fix Running Toilets In Mineola, Nassau County & Anywhere in NYC

Why You Should Fix Running Toilets In Mineola, Nassau County & Anywhere in NYC

Whether you live in the Village of Mineola, Nassau County, or anywhere in New York, you should fix running toilets sooner, not later. Problems with running toilets costs you more than you may imagine. A modern flush toilet is designed to be convenient, and more importantly hygienic. Many models have a lot of parts working together that create a proper flushing mechanism. This keeps the fixture itself clean and free from bacteria. The design of a flush toilet has not changed much since the late 19th century. This means you may encounter the same problem that your great grandparents did a long time ago: running toilets. You may have a running toilet if each flush does not end with the usual gurgle and quietness. If instead you get a hissing sound, with water keeps running into the bowl – that is running toilet. While the toilet can still flush without issues, the problem will become a major annoyance. When you and your family are lying in bed at night, you’ll hear that constant sound of running water throughout your home. Besides your annoyance, it will lead to you getting an unusually high water bill. That in itself is a great reason to fix running toilets in your home. Even if a running toilet is not leaking excessively, you will waste about 6,000 gallons of water per month. That equals about 72,000 gallons of water a year, or almost 200 gallons a day. This same average size leak will cost you around $70 per month, or almost $1,000 per year on your water bill. Fixing running toilets, even if you...
Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Precautions For Williston Park and Nassau County Residents

Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Precautions For Williston Park and Nassau County Residents

Whether you live in the Village of Williston Park, or anywhere in Nassau County, knowing some drain cleaning precautions can be helpful. Similar to most areas in Nassau County, the Incorporated Village of Williston Park also has its own set of regulations regarding plumbing in general, and sewer work in particular. Every plumber must comply with the rules as detailed in the Village Code. They must also hold a Master Plumber License issued by the Board of Public Safety, or other governing/licensing authorities the Village approves of.  Needless to say, all work must be in compliance with the code, or otherwise is regarded as unlawful. Know your limitations and your Village requirements Chances are you would not install your entire plumbing on your own. However, you may be tempted to try fixing some minor damage, or do some drain cleaning yourself. As long as you don’t alter piping layout, redirect water flow to another location, and use dangerous chemicals, you should be fine. Another thing to remember is that some plumbing work may be well beyond the limitation of your skills, knowledge, and experience. For example it takes a highly experienced technician to do the drain cleaning, even though no license is required. The job can also involve sewer line inspections using a specialized camera wired to a screen. Drain cleaning can also involve commercial-grade power washers to get the actual cleaning process done.All of these tools warrants drain cleaning precautions to avoid injury, and a job well done. In case damage is found, there can be some excavation and restoration of work area as well. Things you CAN,...
Finding Your Main Water Shut Off Valve If You Live In Valley Stream

Finding Your Main Water Shut Off Valve If You Live In Valley Stream

If you live in the Village of Valley Stream, or anywhere on Long Island, knowing where is your main water shut off valve is located can be very helpful.  In times of an emergency this can be vital information. For example, if you have a severely damaged or leaking water supply pipe in your house, the first thing you should do is to turn off the water. You can do this by turning the main shut off valve perpendicular to the pipe to which it is attached. This method works when the leaky pipe is located on the house side of the valve. The importance of locating your main water shut off valve Knowing the location of the main water shut off valve, and how to use it, can save you from having a flood. A leaky water line can flood your basement, bathroom, kitchen, or any room in which a major leak happens. If there is no water coming from the supply line, at least you can stop the flooding at the expense of not being able to use some water fixtures. Once you close the main water shut off valve, you can look for a branch line valve to isolate the leak. Finding your water valve before an emergency occurs is vital. So when you must turn the water off quickly, it’s best to know in advance exactly where to do that. So where is your main valve to shut any way? In most cases, the shut off valve is located in the basement or in the utility area. The valve is also usually installed just next...
Roots In Pipes Is A Common Annoyance In Floral Park And All Of Long Island

Roots In Pipes Is A Common Annoyance In Floral Park And All Of Long Island

If you live in the Village of Floral Park, knowing how to deal with clogging caused by roots in pipes, can come in handy. The neighborhood of Floral Park in Queens, NYC is adjacent to the Village of Floral Park. Both the neighborhood and the village itself are located in Nassau County. Since 1993, this village has been designated a “Tree City.” Trees are considered valuable assets (as they should be) in the village. There are literally thousands of trees decorating the streets, public spaces, parks, and private properties in Floral Park. With more of the bigger trees inside private properties, their roots can frequently cause plumbing problems. Needless to say roots in pipes is an all too common issue when there are many trees in your neighborhood. Tree roots penetrating into your sewer line does happen. The resulting consequences are often worse than what you may have in mind. It is only natural that tree roots are looking for moisture and water. Two things that your sewer line almost constantly provide. A sewer line is never constructed from one long solid piece of pipe. It consists of a number of pipes assembled together. The type of joints vary depending on the pipe material. The assembly may leave some gaps through which tree roots can easily enter. Roots and time are the enemies of your house sewer Over time gaps, cracks, or leaking joints can also develop or worsen. This particularly true if your pipe is made from clay, as most old sewers are. Once the roots get inside, and find what they are looking for, they multiply and...
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