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

2 Scientific Ways to Clean Your Drains

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Homeowners who think that master plumbers aren’t well trained in math and science are gravely mistaken. The art of plumbing isn’t just unscrewing pipes and using heavy machinery, like hydro jets and augers—it also takes some complex calculation, including factors like gravity and displacement, in order to seriously solve the problems of homeowners for the lowest price possible.

Take drain cleaning for instance. Plumbers must know exactly how much pressure must be used in order to remove a drain clog with hydro-jetting, or how much pressure it would take to hurt your pipes, which is something that we need to avoid!

Basically, we’d like to give you a rundown of some scientific ways our specialists can analyze and fix your drain clogs when it comes to plumbing in Fort Thomas, KY. From DIY solutions to a professional hand, plumbing is a lot more complex than homeowners might think!

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Use a Drain Snake the Correct Way!

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

If you’ve never used a drain snake, don’t worry. There are a ton of homeowners out there in our area that just shut down whenever there’s a drain clog. If you’re one of those people, don’t panic, just give a plumber in Erlanger, KY a call and let us snake your drain for you.

For everyone else, if you’re looking to get more familiar with your drains and the brand new plumbing snake you just purchased from the grocery store, we can give you a few tips on how to use it correctly and avoid harming your plumbing. While many people might say that using a drain snake is self-explanatory, don’t listen to them. We all come from different walks of life and some people might seem confused at the idea of a piece of equipment that’s used to pull or fish out drain clogs.

So, let’s discuss the proper way to snake your drain!

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Does Your Clogged Drain Require Professional Attention?

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Homeowners often wait until the very last minute to call a plumber when they’re experiencing drain problems. We get it, plumbers can be an expense that you’d rather not pay if there’s any DIY solution to keep your pipes happy. However, not all DIY solutions will do the trick, and we’ll explain why.

Below, we’ve provided a checklist of things you can do if you’re experiencing a clogged drain. These are your DIY solutions that we’re comfortable telling homeowners to make. Though, anything beyond these few tips signals that your drains need professional attention—and that’s okay! Our friendly team is experienced and professional enough to be confident that we can fix whatever problem your drain is experiencing.

We offer everything from new construction plumbing in Fairfield, OH to fixing the tiniest of drain clogging problems. Kiss those clogged drains goodbye!

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Hydro-Jetter or Drain Snake? Drain Cleaning Method Pros and Cons

Monday, August 5th, 2019

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanWhat’s the best way to clear a clogged drain in your home? Two ideas probably immediately come to mind:

  1. A basic sink plunger (or toilet plunger in the case of a toilet)
  2. A chemical drain cleaner

A sink/toilet plunger is definitely a good idea to start with. Although these plungers won’t solve tougher clogs, for simple ones they can often get the job done and don’t cause any harm to the plumbing.

Chemical drain cleaners, the type you buy from stores in bottles, are not good ideas. In fact, they can end up creating worse troubles for drains and rarely address the whole problem.

When it comes to professional drain cleaning, plumbers usually rely on two different methods—hydro-jetting and drain snakes. Hydro-jetting uses powerful blasts of high-pressure water to scour the interior of a drain, and drain snakes (a.k.a. drain augers) are coils that can drill down into clogs to remove them or break them apart.

Which tool your plumber uses will depend on the type of clog and what the plumber believes is the most effective approach.

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The Major Reasons You Need Drain Cleaning

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

bubbling-drainHamilton, OH drain cleaning service is something we recommend our customers have done once a year. This is an excellent preventive service since it will keep away clogs during the next year (not a guarantee, but close to one) and keep the drainpipes healthy in general. But drain cleaning is also a service customers may need to call for as an emergency measure because of a stopped-up sink, shower, or toilet.

We’re going to list the main reasons that drain cleaning is a job your house will need, either as a proactive measure or a reactive solution. When in doubt, you can trust us to solve whatever problem is affecting your plumbing.

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Yuck, Drain Flies! Let’s Get Rid of Them

Monday, June 10th, 2019

bubbling-drainAmong the many problems you may run into with the drains in your house—such as massive clogs, broken pipes, a backed-up sewer line—the appearance of small flies circling around the drain doesn’t seem major. Of course, nobody wants to have flies inside their house, and the sight of insect swarming around drains is unpleasant. If you have drain flies around your kitchen or bathroom drains, you absolutely want something to be done about it, especially since these drain flies can warn of a bigger problem developing in the plumbing.

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Drain Clog Prevention: Watch Out for FOG

Monday, March 4th, 2019

drain-and-spoonWhen we tell you to “watch out for FOG!”, we don’t mean to be cautious of sinister figures lurking in a mist spreading across the city at night. (Although you should always drive cautiously in fog, no matter the time of day.) The “fog” we’re talking about is FOG, an acronym for “fats, oils, and grease.” They are some of the worst things that can affect the drains in your home—specifically the kitchen drain, although they can get down into the sewer line as well and make trouble for the entire house.

If you’re cautious about preventing FOG from going into the drains, you can reduce the chance of having major clog problems.

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A Few Regular Bathroom Plumbing Problems

Monday, February 4th, 2019

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanThe bathroom uses more water than any other room in the house. Considering how much water goes to daily showering, this makes a lot of sense. The toilet alone accounts for 40% of all indoor water use. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that a large part of the work of a professional plumber centers on providing installations, repairs, and maintenance for the bathroom plumbing.

We’ve been handling professional plumbing in Cincinnati, OH since 1972, so we’ve seen just about every type of bathroom plumbing trouble that can possibly exist. To help you get a better understanding of the sort of repairs you may need for your bathroom’s fixtures, pipes, etc., we’ve put together a list of the most common plumbing troubles in this room.

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Garbage Disposal Odors May Mean It’s Time for Drain Cleaning

Monday, January 21st, 2019

clearing-blocked-drainThe first two months of a new year bring the realization that you actually have to do something about any resolutions you made. Even if you didn’t make any resolutions, this is the time when you want to plan improvements for your house and put everything in order in the wake of another busy end to another year.

This brings us to … the garbage disposal. An unfortunately named device that shouldn’t ever have garbage in it. (Ask any plumber and they’ll tell you they wish it were named something else. In Canada, they’re called garburators, which a bit better but still too close to garbage.) You may experience a garbage disposal that doesn’t smell too good. Sending off rotten, unpleasant smells. Sometimes it means the garbage disposal needs cleaning, or even a replacement. But it might not be the disposal—it could mean you need Hamilton, OH drain cleaning service.

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Can a Drain Snake Solve Any Clogged Drain Problem?

Monday, December 10th, 2018

drain-in-metal-sink-waterEveryone would love to have a magical household tool capable of solving any dilemma. Sort of like a Swiss Army Knife of home tools. People often treat duct tape as this type of cure-all (although, bizarrely, it doesn’t work on ducts). When it comes to plumbing, the drain snake, a.k.a. the drain auger, is elevated to the same lofty position of the Answer to All Drain Troubles.

The One Drain Unclogger to Rule Them All!

The Once and Future Drain Opener!

None of this is true, of course. No matter how much people wish it were.

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