Ken Neyer Plumbing, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Cleves’

What Is Your Sewer Line Made Of?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

sewer-line-repairThe sewer line that runs from your home’s drainage system and then out to the municipal sewer line in the center of the street is one of the essential components of your home—not just its plumbing system. You can’t have a hygienic or pleasant home if the sewer line is blocked or damaged.

If you live in an older home, you may have an aging sewer line made of outdated material. The older your house, the more likely you have a sewer line that needs to be replaced. Here are some of the outdated sewer line materials found in homes built pre-1970:

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Trenchless Technology: A Short History

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Backhoe-bucket-with-pile-of-rocksAt Ken Neyer, we use the best available tools for all the plumbing jobs we take on. Staying up to date with the latest in technology is one of the ways we deliver the best quality work to all of our clients. If we take on a job requiring repairing or putting in a new sewer or water main, we won’t use the old excavation methods that take up time and make a mess out of the property. Instead, we’ll use trenchless technology, which allows us to laterally bore through the ground to re-line a broken pipe or fit a new pipe into place.

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Here’s the Biggest Myth About Plumbing

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

wrenchesThere are so many misunderstandings about how plumbing works and how to fix problems with it that we could probably base our whole blog just on writing about them. These myths range from understandable confusions to the downright odd. Here’s some quick debunking of a few:

  • No, animals cannot swim upstream into your plumbing and out through the toilets.
  • Chemical drain cleaners are not an acceptable solution to getting rid of clogs. They can actually damage the drainpipes.
  • The kitchen disposal can’t chop up everything you put down it. Many food items and all non-organic waste need to be kept out.
  • Speaking of disposals, you can’t “sharpen the blades” of a disposal by pouring ice cubes into the hopper. Disposals don’t even use sharp blades!
  • Minor dripping faucets are a big deal: the cumulative water waste is enormous.

But we would like to focus on the biggest myth about plumbing, one that’s incredibly harmful: Most plumbing jobs are easy to fix and can be done DIY.

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What to Do When You Don’t Have Any Hot Water

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

showerhead-hot-waterOne of the more unpleasant surprises you can have when you get up in the morning, ready for a new day, is to discover you can’t get any hot water in your shower. The new day is going to have to wait, because you may have an emergency on your hands with your water heater.

Let’s take a look at what you can do about that loss of hot water. It might be a simple problem—or you may need to call our water heater repair experts.

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Let’s Talk Drain Clog Prevention: Hair Clogs

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

drain-with-chain-plugIn our last post, we surveyed common reasons for drains clogs in your house. First on our list was hair. Tangles of hair are the biggest cause for the drains in your bathrooms to turn slow or stop draining completely. Because hair clogs are tough the eliminate using household methods like a plunger or a hand-cranked drain snake, often you’ll need to contact a plumber in Cleves, OH for professional drain cleaning.

As much as we’d love to have your business for drain cleaning, we’d also like to help you stop drain cleaning troubles in the first place. Here’s some advice on how you can stop hair clogs from happening.

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Your Water Heater Works Harder in Winter

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

water-heater-tankWhen you think of heating systems in your home during winter, which one comes to mind first? Probably your furnace (or boiler, or heat pump)—whatever system provides warmth to the rooms to keep you and your family comfortable. This is the time of year when the heating system does the majority of its work.

Your water heater, however, also takes on a larger workload in winter. You may not have thought about this, because the water heater works 365 days a year. But there are a number of factors that place more stress on the water heater during winter. We want you to know this, because it means you’re more likely to need to call our plumbers for water heater repair in winter.

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Hard Water vs. Your Laundry

Monday, September 25th, 2017

water-testingOn our blog, we’ve addressed the problem with hard water in your home and the many different troubles it can cause: high water pressure from a drop of the volume in pipes, damage to water heaters and other water-using appliance, ugly film left on surfaces, and trouble with developing soap lather.

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Drain Care: Keep Hair out of Bathroom Drains

Monday, August 28th, 2017

bubbling-drainNobody likes drain clogs in their home. They’re a nuisance. Sometimes a plunger or a hand-cranked drain snake can fix them. At other times, they’ll need a professional plumber for drain cleaning services to eliminate.

You can prevent the majority of drain clogs in your house with some prevention techniques. In this post, we’re going to look at ways to keep out hair from the drains in your bathroom. Hair clogs are among the most common and insidious, since it’s easy for clumps to collect in the p-trap (the curved pipe section) under the drain. However, a bit of caution goes a long way toward fixing this.

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Why Sewer Line Backups Might Affect Your Home

Monday, August 7th, 2017

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramNo problem in a home’s plumbing is “pleasant.” But it’s not an exaggeration to say that a backed-up sewer line is among the most “unpleasant” problems for a household. We sincerely hope you never have to deal with a plumbing issue this severe—but we’re also glad to be the ones to help you out with drain and sewer service in Cleves, OH should it ever happen to you.

There is no single reason why a sewer line will start to backup. Leave it to our plumbers to locate the source of the problem and then find out what we can do to remedy it. This may involve sewer cleaning or it might require using trenchless technology to replace the sewer line. Below are a few of the more common causes of residential sewer line backups:

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Does Corrosion on My Water Heater Mean It’s Done For?

Monday, July 24th, 2017

water-heater-and-technicianCorrosion: the gradual destruction of metal due to a chemical or electro-chemical reaction to the environment. Or, to look at a case you’re probably more familiar with, metal that rusts because of the presence of water. There are different types of corrosion, but when we’re talking about a residential water heater, it’s the corrosion that occurs because of the mix of oxygen and water in contact with metal.

A water heater is designed to resist corrosion through a number of methods. The interior of its hot water tank is lined with glass. A pressure relief valve on the top of the tank allows for an air cushion without allowing air into the tank itself. A component called the sacrificial anode rod that runs through the tank draws the forces of corrosion to it so that the rod corrodes rather than the rest of the tank.

However… yes, a water heater can start to corrode. If you notice corrosion on your water heater, does it mean the system has to be replaced?

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