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Cleaning Plumbing Pipes

clock October 15, 2012 02:24 by author Chris Vigna

Most home owners spend little time thinking about their drains, but when a stoppage occurs, it can be frustrating. You don’t know how it happened, nor do you know how to fix it.

There are a variety of reasons that a drain can become clogged, and much of it depends upon where the stoppage occurs. Unlike plumbing pipes, drain pipes have no pressure. They are slightly inclined and use gravity to move the waste. They begin at a specific point such as the kitchen or bathroom sink. The drain pipe then extends to the main drain line that extends out to the street. This is where the main sewer line of the city is located.

When you see only one drain clogged, it is because the stoppage occurs before the drain pipe connects to another pipe. Sometimes all the drains will be clogged. This will mean that there is a stoppage that occurs in the main line to the street.

There are different ways to clear the stoppage. The most common is the use of a drain cleaning machine. These consist of long flexible rods that rotate as they are pushed through the drain. They have cleaning fixtures on the ends to ensure the drain is cleaned as well as the cleared of the stoppage. 

There are large versions of these machines designed to clear the main line. Often this line is clogged because of the roots of trees nearby. Over time the roots grow through small seams in the piping connections and debris collects on the roots causing a stoppage. These drain cleaning machines can be equipped with cutting blades to break through the roots.

Most stoppages occur simply because drains need to be cleaned from time to time. Build up of waste in the line will occur, and you will need the drain pipe cleaned. The main line, however, is another issue. A persistent problem can be from trees and other vegetation. If this is the case, the trees will have to be removed, or a cleanout can be installed.

If you are experiencing a slow or clogged drain, do not attempt to clear it yourself. Simply contact All About The Pipes Plumbing, and they can clear the drain as well as make future recommendations for your drainage system.

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Tips for a Safe Return from your Summer Vacation

clock May 17, 2011 03:52 by author Chris Vigna

Going on vacation this summer? Want some quick tips to safeguard your home so you don’t come home to an underwater house?

Turn the water off at the main whole house shut off valve. If you can't find your valve or don't have a whole house emergency shut off valve give us a call at 704-559-5288. With the water off open a faucet for a few seconds to relieve pressure then turn back off. This will relieve any pressure and may prevent potential flooding while you are away. Turn  your water heater to away mode or turn off all together. http://www.ehow.com/how_4906355_turn-off-hot-water-heater.html

A common source of flooding is from your ice maker supply line and laundry supply hoses. This is a great time to visually inspect your laundry hot/cold hoses, they tend to get stress cracks over a long period of time.

While you are at it, consider turning off any other non essential devices like your television, computers, HVAC etc. Just know that things like your refrigerator are obviously going to need to stay on.

These are just some helpful hints to prevent costly and catastrophic leaks while you are away on vacation. Bon Voyage!


 

 

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