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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 you dropped down the drain.

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Topics: Drains & Sewers

How to Prevent Clogged Shower Drains Before They Happen

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

Dealing with clogged shower drains can be a hassle, disrupting your daily routine and leading to plumbing issues. However, prevention is key to avoiding such nuisances. This comprehensive guide will explore effective strategies to keep your shower drains clog-free and your plumbing system running smoothly. Say goodbye to inconvenient backups and hello to uninterrupted showers!

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Drains & Sewers

What Not to Put Down Your Drains, Toilets, and Garbage Disposal

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

Have you ever not known how to dispose of something so you said, "Eh, I'll just flush it down the toilet!" In those situations, have you ever considered that maybe that's not the best option?  

There are actually very few things that are okay to put down the drain, so if you have to ask yourself, "Is it safe to put this down the drain?" the answer is probably, "No." So, while you probably know the stuff that is drain-friendly (human waste, greywater, etc.), let's discuss the items that are NOT safe to dispose of down your drain. 

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Topics: Drains & Sewers

Everything You Need to Know About Trenchless Drain Technology

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Mar 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Does your home's drainage system need an update, but you cringe at the thought of having to dig up your perfectly manicured lawn for it to be installed? Well, what if we told you there's another way... 

Thanks to modern trenchless drain technology, also called trenchless pipe bursting or trenchless sewer replacement, your underground pipes can be replaced with very little damage to your lawn. How? 

Let's explore that in more depth...

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Topics: Drains & Sewers