July 24th, 2017 Comments Off on How to Unclog Your Kitchen Sink Drain

How to Unclog Your Kitchen Sink Drain

Isn’t it great when your kids help you clean up after dinner, especially without even having to ask them. It’s such a blessed treat for many parents that they don’t think to impart their knowledge of what can and shouldn’t go down the drain – until, of course, the deed is done.

And there you have just one of countless ways that, for all the caution we practice and preach, certain items like grease, cooking oils, leafy vegetables, and chicken bones end up inside your sink drain or garbage disposal before trouble can be averted.

But that’s okay – sometimes, at least. Because not every clogged drain requires our services to unclog it. So, here’s what to try the next time you’re faced with a clogged kitchen sink drain in an effort to save you both time and money.

A-Plunging We Will Go

If you don’t already have one, you would do well to purchase a short-handled plumber with a flat, bell-shaped bottom – not the flanged bottom that your toilet plunger features. Then, follow these simple steps:

  1. Partially fill your sink with water
  2. If you have two drains, cover the other one to allow the pressure from the plunger to do its work
  3. Cover the drain completely with the plunger and give it a few forceful plunges
  4. Remove the plunger and see if the clog drains away 

If not, it may take a few more repetitions to get the job done. 

Use Your Own Drain Cleaning Solution

Who needs an expensive chemical drain cleaning solution when you can concoct your own out of everyday household supplies? Certainly not you, we trust!

  1. Mix equal amounts of vinegar and baking soda (about ½-cup each and pour the mixture down the drain
  2. Allow the solution to sit for about five minutes
  3. Run hot water down the drain and see if the clog has cleared away

Once again, if you don’t get the desired result after one try, it’s worth repeating the process at least one more time.

We wish we could tell you that these DIY drain cleaning solutions will work every time, either on their own or when practiced consecutively. But we can’t. So, for all those occasions when no amount of DIY techniques will get your drain clog, it’s Norhio Plumbing to the rescue. Just as we have been for many thousands of local home and business owners since 1973.

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June 30th, 2017 Comments Off on How to Unclog a Shower Drain

How to Unclog a Shower Drain

The easiest way to tell if you have a partially clogged shower drain is to look down. Not now, of course, but while you’re taking a shower. Because if the water isn’t draining as fast as it’s pouring all over you and, instead, is rising up to and beyond your ankles, there’s a clog.

Before it gets any worse, you should take a few minutes to try and clear it on your own, but only if you have plastic or latex gloves available to protect you from the bacteria that has formed on the mass of hair, soap residue, shampoo, and what have you that’s causing the clog.

And now, let’s get started:

• Use a plunger: The best kind of plunger for clearing a shower clog is not the kind you use in the toilet but a flat-bottom plunger with either a long or short handle. If there’s not already some water in the tub, pour some so you’ll get added pressure when you begin plunging. You’ll also want to remove the drain cover and plug any overflow holes in your tub with a rag to permit proper airflow. Once all that’s lined up, plunge away and hope for the best.

• Use a bent hanger: If you can see the clog with the drain cover removed, or the clog comes into view after some vigorous plunging, go ahead and scoop it out with a bent wire coat hanger. Just be careful not to push the clog further down the drain.

• Use a plumber’s snake: If you can’t see the clog, your next best bet is to try a snake. Push it dow the drain until you feel the clog, and then wind the handle to break up and remove the clog.

• Use a liquid drain clearing solution: If none of the above methods work, you can try pouring a liquid solution down your drain to break up the clog. Once the solution has settled, pour a tea kettle fun of boiling water down after it. Don’t have an enzyme-based drain cleaner at home? You can substitute a half cup each of baking soda and distilled with vinegar. Let that combination sit for about 30 minutes, and then give it the hot water treatment.

If nothing you’re doing is getting the job done, we can and will once you contact Norhio Plumbing for service. We’re your local service providers for every home plumbing need.

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July 29th, 2015 Comments Off on How to Hire a Professional Drain Cleaner.

How to Hire a Professional Drain Cleaner.

Would you bring a handkerchief to a bullfight?  A mitten to baseball tryout?  A cellphone camera to a professional photo shoot?

Not if you were serious about having any kind of positive outcome! draincleaner

Well the same logic applies when you call a plumber to clear up a clogged drain or sewer, and the most potent equipment they have in their arsenal is a plunger and a snake.  Sure, plenty of times that enough to get the job done.  But what happens when it’s not.  Here’s what happens:  you end up paying at least twice for the same job.

That’s why it’s so important to ask questions before you agree to hire anyone for your next drain cleaning job.  Specifically, you want someone who owns or has ready access to an in-line video inspection camera and a high-speed water jetter.

With the former, your professional plumber or drain cleaner can locate exactly where the clog exists.  That eliminates a lot of guesswork and helps bring about a very clear and decisive plan of attack.  Video identification of the problem can also help speed up the process and that usually ends up saving you money.

With a high-speed water jetter at their disposal, your drain cleaning service provider as exactly the right tool to make short work of even the most stubborn of sewer and drain clogs.  In fact, water jetting can clear a sewer or drain line from one end to another, therefore acting both as an immediate remedy and preventive measure for future potential drain clogs.

Who has all the experience and equipment to solve any type of sewer and drain problem?  We do:  Norhio Plumbing.  And that goes drain line repair and replacement, too.  Contact us today to find out more about how we can put our considerable resources to work for you.

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