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How NOT to Ruin Thanksgiving

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Nov 21, 2017 8:18:00 AM

Ah, evening on Thanksgiving Day.

Dinner’s over, the whole family is full and happy, and it’s time to load up that dishwasher and clean the kitchen before the big game (and serving up dessert, of course!).

You pack up the leftovers and now you’re ready to take care of that oily turkey roasting pan.

Here’s where things can go very, very wrong.

If you’re distracted by your nephews and nieces or in a hurry to get to the pumpkin pie, you might just put the pan in the sink and wash all those turkey drippings right down your kitchen drain—not even realizing the huge problem you’re about to create.

Did we ever mention that the day after Thanksgiving is one of the days we plumbers get the most home calls?

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Topics: Drains & Sewers

Signs that Tree Roots May Be Clogging Your Underground Pipes

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Oct 26, 2017 10:00:18 AM

Do you dream of a comfortable yard filled with mature shade trees in the summer and a show of foliage in the fall? Trees are a beautiful addition to your home’s landscape. But as with many things in life, keeping trees comes with a price—in this case, occasional maintenance costs.

You probably know the importance of keeping branches trimmed away from your roof. But did you also know that root growth can spell (expensive!) trouble for your home’s plumbing if left unchecked?

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Topics: Drains & Sewers

Why you should never pour oil or fats down your sink drain

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Aug 3, 2017 9:56:22 AM

In previous articles, we’ve discussed items that should never go down your kitchen sink or other drains. At the top of this list are fats, oils and greases (sometimes abbreviated as FOG).

What makes these kinds of substances so bad for your plumbing?

Well, in addition to being harmful for the environment (large amounts of oil and grease are very difficult for water treatment plants to remove from the water system), the main issue to worry about is the likelihood of creating very nasty clogs.

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Topics: Kitchen, Drains & Sewers, Garbage Disposals

How to unclog a drain without harsh chemicals

Posted by Admin on Apr 5, 2017 11:44:33 AM

In our last post, we talked about natural bathroom cleaners that can help you keep your bathroom surfaces disinfected without using dangerous chemicals.

This week we’ll focus on how to unclog a drain without commercial drain cleaners such as Drano or Liquid Plumr.

Of course, the best step is prevention. To learn how to avoid problems in the first place, read our post on preventing clogs before they happen.

Why should I avoid chemical drain de-cloggers?

Using natural cleaners helps you remove unnecessary toxins from your home, plus avoid headache-inducing fumes. In the case of drain cleaners, however, there’s also another factor consider: Regular use of commercial drain cleaning products can actually damage your pipes!

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Bathroom, Drains & Sewers

How To Keep Your Sink Or Tub UNclogged

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jan 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

While we receive plenty of calls to service residents and commercial business owners in Upstate, SC, we answer a lot calls on drain clogs, too. Even at Ken's, we can EASILY attest to how annoying these clogs are, and many fall prey to having a tub drain clogged without realizing it until they're already taking a shower. In order to prevent this from happening in the future, take a look at some of our tips on keeping your sink or tub unclogged.

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Topics: Drains & Sewers

How Do I Know If I Need Sewer Line Repair?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Nov 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Your home's plumbing system is important to the health of your home. Your sewer line removes wastewater from every pipe in your home, from your shower, toilets, or sinks, gallons of water are expended from your home and into the main sewer line every day. Therefore, it's understandable if there are some sewer line issues every now and then—it performs a big responsibility every day whether you're thinking about it or not. But it's always a great idea to remember the key components when wondering if it's time to repair your sewer line. Let's break it down here:

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Topics: Drains & Sewers

Common Causes of Sewer Line Damage

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Oct 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If you're connected to a sewer system, your water drains through a network of pipes that increase in size the closer they get to the wastewater treatment plant. Every drain in your home is connected to a pipe that moves used water from your house to a sewer in the street called your sewer line.

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Topics: Drains & Sewers

How to Keep Your Garbage Disposal "Healthy"

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Apr 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Garbage disposals are kind of magical, aren't they? You just throw your food scraps down there and they get chopped up and washed away without ever rotting and taking up room in your trashcan! But as with anything, there are some tips and tricks to keep things running smoothly, and some things to know so you can avoid a disaster. We're here to fill you in on all the garbage disposal "dos" and "don'ts" so you can keep choppin' without stoppin'.

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Topics: Drains & Sewers

So You Dropped Something Down the Drain...

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Mar 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We've all been there... Standing by the sink, washing our hands, and then suddenly we drop something valuable down the drain. Our first thought is normally something like, "Oh no, my wedding ring! I'll never see it again!" While our second thought is more along the lines of, "Wait, I can probably devise a plan to fish this out!" Before you grab the tackle box to go fishing down your drain, hook, line, and sink yourself into these instructions on how to properly retrieve the priceless item your dropped down the drain.

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Topics: Drains & Sewers

Plumbing Hacks: How to Prevent Clogged Drains Before they Happen

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Mar 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Last week we covered What NOT to Put Down Your Toilets, Drains, and Garbage Disposal. While knowing this list of not-so-drain-friendly items will help you keep things running smoothly, it's certainly not the only way to prevent clogs. To help save you from the frustrating inconvenience of clogged drains and plumbing backups, here's a list of easy ways to keep your drains clog-free!

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Drains & Sewers