Aurora Plumbing Company Blog: Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

How to Adequately Clean Your Drains to Prevent Further Problems

Monday, January 8th, 2018

drain with water flowing down itThere probably isn’t a homeowner around that has had to deal with a drain clog at some time or another, even if it was minor. But clogs are one of those things that many people deal with incorrectly. In the average home, when a drain clog develops, someone reaches for some type of store-bought drain cleaning solution.

This is actually the worst way to deal with drain clogs, as surprising as that may seem. Store-bought solutions have a number of side effects that are damaging to your plumbing system, with completely defeats the purpose, right? So what should you do when you have a drain clog?

Call a professional plumber in Littleton, CO.

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How to Ensure Your Drains Are Adequately Cleaned

Monday, March 6th, 2017

ensure-clean-drainsWhy are clean drains so important? When soap scum, grease, and other debris are allowed to build up within your plumbing system, your pipes cannot possibly allow water to flow efficiently or effectively. As a result, you can find yourself facing serious clogs that can impede or even stop the flow of water, in addition to pipe corrosion and/or a burst pipe.

Fortunately, there is an answer to this problem. In addition to investing in routine plumbing maintenance, our team offers superior Englewood, CO hydro jetting services to ensure that your pipes are effectively cleaned, and the root cause of your clog is eliminated.

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Signs It May Be Time to Schedule a Drain Cleaning

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Many homeowners believe that drain cleaning is something that only needs to be done if you have a clog completely blocking your water line. This is not the case, though. A proper and thorough drain cleaning can actually help prevent larger problems down the line, and the faster you respond to a drain cleaning needs, the better off your plumbing will be. How do you know if you need a cleaning though? Keep reading for some of the most common signs.

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How to Prevent Thanksgiving Day Drain Clogs

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Around Thanksgiving, plumbing companies prepare for a rush of phone calls from homeowners needing service for clogged drains, broken garbage disposals, and other sudden plumbing emergencies that threaten to make the holidays a lot more difficult to get through. We want to make sure that this does not happen in your home this year, which is why we’ve assembled a guide to some of the easiest ways to prevent plumbing issues during Thanksgiving.

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Common Sewer Line Problems You’ll Need a Specialist to Fix

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Problems with the sewer line are some of the most unpleasant you can come across. Not only is it (frankly) smelly, but technicians may need to rip up parts of your property in order to get the situation under control. Thankfully, if you use quality plumbers for the job, they will work to reduce the damage and control the situation quickly and correctly. Learn more about how drain and sewer specialists address some of the most common sewer line issues in today’s post.

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The Importance of Drain and Sewer Maintenance

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The drain and sewer system that guides waste water away from the house is probably the very last portion of your home that you want to encounter problems. While any home system repair need is an inconvenience, drain and sewer problems are particularly off-putting. So if you want to make sure that you run into as few problems as possible during the life of your sewer line and drain pipes, take the following steps to keep yours in top condition.

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What Is the Purpose of a Grease Trap?

Monday, April 13th, 2015

F.O.G. is a plumbing term which signals trouble to plumbers. Plumbers know that fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) can do some major damage to a plumbing system, which is why some commercial plumbing specialists offer commercial grease trap installation. These substances can easily turn into solids and clog up a plumbing system, and in a commercial kitchen, a lot of grease can go down a drain in the course of a day. That’s why most municipalities have a minimum allowance of grease that can leave an establishment.

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The Importance of Regular Sewer Cleaning

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Few troubles with the components of your home or business are as frustrating as a major drain clog. When a drain clog affects a single tub, toilet, or sink, you may be able to loosen the clog with a plunger and a little bit of skill. But when the blockage is further along in the pipes, you have few options to turn to. Drain cleaning chemicals are toxic, and many do not reach clogs that are too far down in the pipes. And disassembling part of your sewer line to reach the clog is difficult, and, of course, rather unpleasant.

For clogs all the way down in the sewer line, professional sewer cleaning services always work best. In fact, you can schedule sewer cleaning every year or two as a way of preventing these inconveniences from occurring at all. See how drain cleaning works and why regular sewer cleaning is important for any home or business.

Hydro-Jetting Clears the Drains of Any Debris

Sewer cleaning not only rids the sewer line of drain blockage; it also keeps clogs from forming over time. Select professionals employ the use of hydro jetters for sewer cleaning. These are thin, long, flexible hoses which the plumber inserts into the pipes. The nozzle at the end of the hose shoots out highly pressurized water at all 360 degrees. The pressure of the water helps to blast away any “sludge” stuck onto the lining of the pipes, which may prevent clogs from forming any time in the near future. Hydro jetting is best for clog removal when used in conjunction with drain snakes and augers.

Drain Cleaning Is Vital for Commercial Properties as Well

On a commercial property, regular sewer cleaning can protect you from a major inconvenience, lost business, and even fines. If your business is found to be responsible for any drainage backing up onto public property, you may receive a hefty fine. Schedule sewer cleaning at your convenience so that you won’t have to worry about taking time out of your busy day to clean up any sewage backup and call for services.

Contact APC Plumbing & Heating for drain clog removal or preventive sewer cleaning and hydro jetting by professional plumber in Denver, CO.

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Common Causes of Slow Drains

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

When a full drain clog stops up a sink in your bathroom or kitchen, it’s an issue you need to deal with immediately or else you won’t have a working sink. But slow drains are something that many people will tolerate for days and even weeks at a time, delaying with cleaning them out while putting up with the inconvenience. However, a slow drain is a major warning that a drain is on the verge of a complete blockage, and it must receive the same fast attention as a full drain stoppage. If a sink plunger won’t clear a slow drain, call for the professional plumbers at APC Plumbing & Heating to take care of it.

Regular drain cleaning in Aurora, CO has always been a part of the services that we offer, and we’ve seen a great variety of reasons for these hassles. Here are some of the most common ones; knowing about them may help you prevent slow drains and eventual clogs in the future.

  • Hair: This is main enemy of bathroom sink, tub, and shower drains. It’s difficult to prevent hair from going down these drains, although a drain cover will help. Hair will begin to catch down in the p-trap (the curved pipe section under the drain) and clot together until it starts to choke off water flow. Chemicals have little effect on these blockages and will leave the majority of the hair stuck in the pipe where it will continue to catch on to more debris that comes down the drain. Professional plumbers can fully clear these nuisances with motorized drain augers and hydro-jetting.
  • Fat, oil, and grease: These are foes of kitchen sinks. In hot liquid form, they may not seem harmful. But the problems start when they cool down and turn into solids. It only takes a short time for them to develop a coating along the inside of drain pipes that will reduce water flow. Routine drain cleaning will help prevent this build-up. You can also help by pouring our excess liquid fat, oil, and grease leftover from cooking and cleaning into a separate receptacle that goes into the trash.
  • Sewer line issues: These are serious problems that standard drain cleaning won’t solve. You will instead need to have repair work of cleaning done on the underground sewer line. If slow drains are occurring throughout the house, a blocked sewer line is the probable cause and you should have professional plumbers on the job immediately.

APC Plumbing & Heating offers both emergency and routine drain cleaning in Aurora, CO so you can take care of your drains and see they have few problems in the future. Our plumbers also handle sewer cleaning that will help prevent serious issues in the sewer line.

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How Does Hydro-Jetting Work?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Regular drain cleaning is an excellent way to maintain the health of your home’s plumbing system and keep away routine clogging problems. Professionals use a variety of tools to see that the drains in your home are cleared of all obstructions and accumulations, such as minerals and fat and grease. You can also call on professionals to clean your drains in case of an emergency, such as when an obstinate clog stops up your kitchen sink and the standard plunger won’t get rid of it.

Perhaps the most useful device in the arsenal of a professional drain cleaner is the hydro-jetter. Our plumbers at APC Plumbing & Heating often use hydro-jetting to provide our customers in Englewood, CO with drain cleaning that is thorough but doesn’t damage the pipes. When you want to arrange for drain cleaning—either as an emergency or a routine maintenance task—give us a call. We have helped customers with superb plumbing work since 1984.

The basics of hydro-jetting

The principle behind hydro-jetting is using the force of high-pressure water to scour away blockages and build-up from the inside of a drainpipe. A hydro-jetter consists of a tank of water with a motor attached to it that places the water under very high pressure, usually 3500 psi (although there are industrial models that go much higher than this). Connected to the water tank is a long hose that ends in a number of interchangeable nozzles.

When cleaning drains, a plumber lowers the hose down into a drain opening, then activates the motor to pressurize the water. The water blasts out through the nozzle, which directs the spray both forwards and backwards. (The plumber will select the right nozzle for the specific job.) The high pressure of the water is enough to blast through any obstruction, causing the debris to run down into the sewer system. It will also scour away the build-up along the drainpipe interior, leaving a fully cleaned drain. The cleaning power of hydro-jetting will make it much harder for deposits to start accumulating once more, which makes it a very effective long-term way of caring for plumbing.

APC Plumbing & Heating is glad to supply you with quality drain cleaning service in Englewood, CO. We are open seven days a week, and our Master and Journeyman plumbers have the training and the best equipment to make sure that you receive excellent service on each and every job. Give us a call today.

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