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    Three Tips for Avoiding Clogged Drains

    Last updated 6 years ago

    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.

    1.      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.

    2.      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.

    3.      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.

    For more information on preventing plumbing disasters, contact our team of Chicago-area plumbers at Bishop Plumbing.

    How to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

    Last updated 6 years ago

    It’s been a rough winter for Chicago, and plenty of us have had to deal with their pipes freezing or bursting. When a pipe bursts, not only is your plumbing affected, it can also damage the walls, ceilings, and floors of your home. To save yourself the grief of having to repair your home, here are a few tips to take care of frozen pipes.

    1. Shut the water flow to the pipes
    2. Heat the frozen pipe slowly with either a hairdryer, space heater, or pipe heating tape.
    3. Wrap the pipe with warm, wet towels until the ice melts.

    If you know you will be away from home for more than a few days during the winter, follow these steps to prevent your pipes from freezing.

    1. Shut off the water supply to your home.
    2. Open the taps and drain the water in the pipes.
    3. Shut off your hot water tank.

    To learn more tips on how to deal with or prevent your pipes from freezing, check out this article. If your pipe has already burst, or you’re experiencing any other plumbing problems, call Bishop Plumbing. Bishop Plumbing is available for emergencies 24/7, and services all areas of plumbing!

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