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

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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House Have an Icky Sewer Smell? Let’s See Why

Monday, November 26th, 2018

girl-pinching-her-noseWe know you take pride in your house and always aim to make it as clean and welcoming as possible. The end of the year, when you’re likely to be entertaining more guests and family members than usual, is when you’ll be especially concerned with the cleanliness and overall pleasantness of your home.

Nothing can ruin that pleasantness faster than the rank smell of sewage wafting from the plumbing! Even if no guest enters your house, you don’t want to live with this kind of odor. Not only is the sewer gas you’re smelling noxious, but it’s also unhealthy to breathe, causing symptoms like dizziness and respiratory problems.

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4 Facts to Know About Drain Cleaning

Monday, November 12th, 2018

bubbling-drainProfessional cleaning of drains is an important plumbing job. It’s also misunderstood, and this leads to many homeowners neglecting to have it done at the right time, or attempting to do it in a way that ends up creating more problems.

We’ve been handling drain cleaning in Hamilton, OH and throughout Greater Cincinnati for over 40 years, so we have an in-depth understanding of the best way to handle this service and the best times to have it done. To improve your home life with better plumbing, we’d like to go over some important facts about drain cleaning to help clear up some of the most frequent misunderstandings about this service.

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The 5 Most Common Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Mistakes

Monday, September 17th, 2018

leak-under-sinkYou have a plumbing problem in your home that needs to be fixed. Or perhaps you’re planning on making an upgrade to the current plumbing, such as putting in a new fixture. (That old sink and faucet in the master bathroom looks tired, time to spruce it up.)

However, before you leap onto the job and become a DIY hero, take some time to look at 5 of the most common mistakes a do-it-yourselfer plumber can make.

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