A Sewer Snake Is Your Drain Cleaning Best Friend

A Sewer Snake Is Your Drain Cleaning Best Friend

If you’ve been living in a house long enough, you will find yourself dealing with some sort of plumbing drain problem sooner or later. If that is true for you, then you know a sewer snake is not a menace, but your friend! Among all the possible plumbing issues, a clogged sink or drain is one of the most common. You’ve probably done some preventive measures, but it is bound to happen at some point in time anyway. Fortunately a minor clogged sink is easy to repair, and you don’t even need to purchase an expensive specialty tool to get the job done. The ubiquitous sewer snake should cover your needs in most cases. The Six Typical Types Of A Sewer Snake In its basic form, a sewer snake (also referred to as plumber’s snake, snake auger, or drain auger) is a hand-operated drain-cleaning tool. It consists of a long flexible metal cable, and a crank, that allows it to reach a clog inside a drain pipe. It can either push the clog through the pipe or pull it out. A sewer snake comes in at least 6 different styles and types, as follows: 1. Cable Augers This is the most basic form of a sewer snake. It is comprised of a flexible rod, a corkscrew attached to the end of it, and a handle or crank. It must be operated manually by turning the crank to push the rod out into the clogged pipe. As you turn the handle, the rod rotates and tries to grab the clog. You can continue pushing to let the rod pierce through...
What Is A Shower Trap And How It Prevents Drain Clogs

What Is A Shower Trap And How It Prevents Drain Clogs

A shower trap is a necessary plumbing fitting to prevent drain clogs inside a shower stall. In plumbing terminology, the term “shower trap” refers to a bent pipe installed between the initial horizontal drain line and the secondary horizontal line. Every water fixture in your house is directly connected to a secondary drain pipe. However, before wastewater enters the main drain line, it must travel through the trap. In certain water fixture, such as a kitchen sink, the trap sits just after a garbage disposal. This trap bends downward to resemble the letter “U” or “P” when inspected from a right angle, hence the term P-trap. A trap has 3 components Proper plumbing installation calls for every water fixture, including a shower, to be trapped. Just like any P-trap installed in other fixtures a shower trap prevents sewage gas, or any foul smell, in the main drain from entering the shower room. Sewer gas tends to rise, so eventually it can reach other areas inside the house. In its basic form a shower trap is comprised of three parts: Inlet (vertical) pipe through which wastewater from the shower drain enters the trap. The downward-bent pipe; it always contains water that acts as an airtight seal. Stagnant water in the pipe is displaced with wastewater coming out from the inlet pipe. Outlet (horizontal) pipe that directs wastewater towards a house stack, then the main house drain. Eventually, to a public sewer treatment plant or septic system. Without a shower trap, gases along with contaminants from sewer facilities will enter the inlet pipe and the house, causing odors and serious health...
How To Prevent And Unclog Toilet Blockages And Clogs

How To Prevent And Unclog Toilet Blockages And Clogs

How to unclog toilet blockages is not on the top of anyone’s “to do” list, or “know how to do” list either. But when needed, it can be a simple task taking only minutes, or a complicated ordeal requiring a professional. As house cleanliness is an inseparable part of a healthy lifestyle, preventing and clearing a toilet clog is a big part of that. You can sweep a dirty floor, wipe clean a kitchen counter-top, and throw away spoiled foods, but you cannot always tell when your toilet is about to get clogged. Let’s all admit a toilet clog is one of those things we go into denial about, especially when we hear those weird gurgling sounds. Let’s also admit that there are very few things more unpleasant and unsanitary that a water-backup from our toilet bowl. Some causes of a clogged toilet A clogged toilet ruins our floors, bathroom rugs, and puts a damper on the mood all around the house. If you are like most people, a clogged toilet is an almost inevitable occurrence in your house. There are times when somebody throws away something that doesn’t belong in your toilet, and flushes it down the bowl. For example toys, plastics, cigarette butts, cardboard toilet paper rolls, and what have you. Sometimes immediately, other times over time, those items will get stuck in your toilet, drain pipe, or somewhere in the S-bend or U-bend toilet trap. Even small objects, like Q-tips, which should go down as you flush, can stick to the pipe and build up a stubborn obstruction. Do not try to flush over and over...
Clogged Bath Tub Drain Prevention And Cures

Clogged Bath Tub Drain Prevention And Cures

Many a  clogged bath tub drain is preventable. But before we get to clog prevention, let’s understand the plumbing itself. Every bath tub is connected to its own drain pipe. Similar to other plumbing fixtures, a bath tub is not invulnerable to clogging. Between the drain pipe and the actual tub, there is usually (but not always) a p-trap to prevent sewage gas from entering the house. A P-trap contains a small amount of water to create an impenetrable seal through which there can be no exchange between the gas inside the pipe and air inside the building. The P-trap also helps to catch any unsuitable or large objects before they enter the drain system. When you pull on, or flip up, the tub drain stopper, water should flow down the drain pipe quickly without problems. In some cases, the water cannot drain fast enough. This is due to either due to a faulty tub drain cover, or a partial or full clog in the pipe. If the problem persists after you replace tub drain cover, chances are something in the pipe is obstructing the flow of water. The base of a bath tub (where the bath tub drain is located) is usually at a lower position than a toilet or sink, so when a main drain line is clogged (completely or partially) large volumes of wastewater from a sink and a toilet can flow back up into bath tub. The actual clog itself may exist in a much deeper location in the plumbing system, and can lead to serious damage. The point is that when water backs up...
A Blocked Outside Drain Can Cause Flooding And Damage

A Blocked Outside Drain Can Cause Flooding And Damage

An outside drain serves a unique purpose, different than other drain lines inside a building. A blocked outside drain can create havoc for a homeowner. A typical plumbing drain system consists of a network of pipes, which at the end of the run, connect to the city sewer system. All the water faucets, including in the bathrooms and kitchen, drive wastewater to the house sewer line. A house sewer usually runs beneath the garden, driveway, or lawn. The line or pipe delivers wastewater from your home into a city sewer, then a treatment plant. It is at the treatment plant where everything will be chemically treated, then released again to the environment. Apart from all water fixtures inside the house, a main sewer line is also connected to outside drains. For example, area drains, roof drains, driveway drains, and more. Just like all water fixtures, these outside drains are not invulnerable to clogging. Leaves, dirt, and heavy rainstorms can be too much for the outside drains to take. Likewise, just like any drain pipe, an outside drain pipe can break or get root infested. When a blocked outside drain is most likely to occur While a blocked outside drain can happen any day of the year, it occurs most commonly during fall season when leaves from garden shrubs and trees scatter all around the ground. Added to a large volume of water from Fall rainstorms, an accumulation of debris and leaves can easily cause a blocked outside drain. As a result, you have a pool of stagnate water which can become a breeding ground for insects, such as mosquitoes....
Floor Drain Backup: Causes, Cures, And Prevention

Floor Drain Backup: Causes, Cures, And Prevention

To prevent wastewater or surface water from flooding the basement, a water-draining plumbing fixture is placed at the lowest spot in the floor. That fixture is commonly known as a floor drain. From time to time a floor drain backup can occur. Because water flows from higher to lower ground by the force of gravity, a small area surrounding the floor drain is usually designed with some slope to allow water to easily flow into the drain. A floor drain receptacle can be either round or square, and always has a cover grating made of a composite plastic or metal. The size of a floor drain varies from around 6 inches to 12 inches, depending on how wide the floor area is, or how much surface water the room may be subjected to. Without the strainer or grate cover, a floor drain will just look like a big hole in the floor. Besides preventing large pieces of debris, or hard physical objects from entering the drain, the strainer also prevents physical injury. The cover can also stop unwanted pests, such as rodents. A strainer with a small grating can act as a barrier for a lot of small objects including gravel, but it will restrict the flow of water and make it drain slowly. Bigger grating openings allow for drains to operate more quickly. But larger grating openings require more maintenance to clean debris from the trap, or the drain sump. A sump full of debris will lead to a floor drain backup. Where a Floor Drain Is Located A typical residential basement has at least one floor drain,...
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