To prevent a clogged sink, it’s important to keep hair and food scraps from going down the drain. You can do this by using a strainer and throwing food away in the garbage rather than using the disposal. It’s also important not to wash latex paint, grout, cement, and grease down your drains, which can easily clog your plumbing. Having your pipes hydro jetted annually can also help prevent clogs.
At Hero Home Services, we don’t recommend using any chemical drain cleaner to clear clogs because the products are caustic or oxidizing. Furthermore, these chemical cleaners can deteriorate your pipes from the inside out. When this happens, you’ll have to replace your drain line(s), which can be a costly expense.
No. Instead, we recommend that you contact a trained and certified plumber. Your pipes inside and outside your home can be very delicate. Furthermore, older pipes can be especially brittle. If you hire an unqualified and unskilled rooter from a national chain, they could end up causing extensive damage to your pipes and home. The highly trained and certified technicians at Hero Home Services will take the time to properly diagnose any plumbing problems and use the right tools and techniques to resolve the situation. If we find a broken pipe or other unforeseen problem, we will be able to take immediate action.
Left ignored, tree and shrub roots can completely fill a pipe at each point of entry. This results in pipes becoming clogged with toilet paper, grease, and other debris flowing from your home to the main sewer. When roots enter a pipe, they will continue to grow and expand, which can cause your pipes to break or collapse, requiring repair or replacement. Depending on the materials your pipes are made of, some are more susceptible to root intrusion than others. This is especially true for clay tile pipes. While PVC pipes may allow root intrusion, they have fewer and tightly fitted joints that are less likely to leak as a result of settlement around the pipe.
If this is the problem, you probably have a clogged drain. For a temporary plumbing solution, stop using your sink and attempt to clear the clog with a sink plunger. If needed, turn off the water supply valves below your sink. If that doesn’t work, contact us at Hero Home Services to unclog your sink using professional tools and equipment.
A vent is necessary to “vent” the plumbing system of your home. It looks like pipes sticking out of your roof and are approximately twelve inches high. These vents allow sewer gases to be vented outside your home. Without a vent, sewer gas can build up inside your home or cause plumbing fixtures to back up.
Common toilet leaks are often caused by a deteriorated or defective flush valve or tank ball at the bottom of the toilet tank. If either of these elements don’t seat properly to form a water-tight seal, water will leak down into the toilet bowl. Any easy way to check for a toilet leak and save thousands of gallons of water, remove the tank lid, and flush. As the tank refills, add a few drops of food coloring and wait at least 20 minutes. If you find any traces of color in the toilet bowl, you have a leak.
Another common leak is caused by a broken or improperly adjusted fill valve. If the floater is set too high or if the shut-off valve doesn’t close completely, water will continue to leak into the overflow tube. This can be detected by taking the tank lid off and seeing if the water is high and flowing into the overflow tube.