- Pour your cooking grease into used cans instead of down the drain. As any reliable plumber will tell you, grease is terrible for your pipes. It settles along the sides of the pipes and acts as a trap for bits of food. Over time, the build-up of grease and food can cause the drain to clog.
- Only flush “flushable” items. While many parents of young children have probably seen a variety of things get flushed down the toilet, the best way to maintain your pipes is to stick to only toilet paper in the toilet bowl. Never flush large or heavy duty paper products down a toilet. Not only can non-flushable items cause a toilet to clog, but you may end up a whole sewer system back up—not a pretty picture. Ask your plumber for tips on what is okay to flush.
- Flush out your disposal. If you have a garbage disposal, be sure to run lots of cold water through it to move the food pieces through the pipes. If you fail to run enough water each time you use the disposal, the food can end up stuck to the sides of the pipes and cause a clog.
- Pipe and sewer back-up. Typically, a basic clogged drain can be plunged and cleared by the homeowner. But if multiple drains are backing up into your house, or you notice the toilet water coming up into the bathtub after a flush, you definitely want to call a professional plumber. The clog is most likely somewhere deep underground and will require specialized tools to remove.
- Frozen pipes that burst. If one or more of your pipes bursts, then you will definitely need a professional plumber to come fix it. If it’s cold out and you open a faucet and no water comes out, then don’t take any risks—call a plumber. Turn off the water at the main shut-off valve and leave the faucets open until repairs by the plumber are completed.
- Broken pipes. If you experience clogged drains or backed-up pipes regularly, you may have a broken pipe somewhere underground. Often times, the roots of trees and plants grow into these broken pipes, causing obstructions. This is not a fix-it-yourself problem. A plumber will need to locate the broken pipe with an underground camera, and then begin excavation and replacement.
- Installing a new water heater. When it comes to a major appliance that uses water and electricity or gas, it is best to have it installed by an expert plumber. There are too many safety hazards involved to try to install it yourself. Leave the dangerous jobs to the pros.
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It is no secret that a severely clogged drain is no fun. If you find yourself having to call a plumber out to your Chicago home on a regular basis to unclog your drains, then chances are you are all too familiar with the problems a clogged drain can cause. If left untreated, a clogged drain can back up, leaving your house with a huge mess, which is generally a big job for your local plumber.
Instead of relying on your Chicago plumber for after-the-fact care, try a little preventative maintenance for your drains.
For more information on preventing plumbing disasters, contact our team of Chicago-area plumbers at Bishop Plumbing.
Spring is right around the corner and “Spring Cleaning” may be at the top of your list. This spring, in addition to cleaning out the garage and hosing down the lawn furniture, remember to do proper spring maintenance on all of your
plumbing hardware as well. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your plumbing works properly:
1. SEWER RODDING
Call a professional to check for possible sewage blockage.
2. CHECK SHUT-OFF VALVES
Check the shut-off valves for all of your plumbing fixtures to make sure they work properly.
3. CHECK WATER HEATER
Look for any buildup that needs to be cleaned or corrosion that may require a replacement.
For more information, call Bishop Plumbing or leave us a comment!
When it comes to home repairs, there are some problems that are just too big or too technical for even the handiest of handy people. The biggest of plumbing problems are better left to the professional plumbers.
When it comes to plumbing repairs, you don’t want to take a chance with doing something you aren’t sure how to do, because you may end up with a huge mess in the end. Trying to fix problems that could result in a flood of your house are better first for expert plumbers.
Four plumbing problems that you should call a plumber about are:
For assistance with any of these issues, or other plumbing problems, contact our team of experts at Bishop Plumbing in Chicago.
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