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Drain Repairs

Follow the tips and helpful hints related to the repair and/or replacement of broken drainage piping and clean drain lines.

Sewer line clogs mean big trouble, but don’t let a stressful situation blind you to overcharging schemes. A legitimate plumber will go for the simplest solution first by using a drain auger or snake to try to clear a clogged line.

When confronted with a clogged drain, there are alternatives to caustic chemicals. Before doing anything else, check the drain for easily-removed hair or other blockage. Have a plunger handy—this should always be Plan A.

If your toilet's clogged, the water is very low, and a plunger just isn't cutting it, we've got a surprisingly simple solution that will usually get the job done for you.

With your bathroom sink and tub being two of the most heavily-used plumbing fixtures in your home, it's imperative that you keep them working well to save yourself the hassle and cost of complicated repairs and maintenance.

Want to keep your garbage disposal smelling clean without using any harsh chemicals? Grind up pieces of lemon and ice cubes in the disposal to clear any debris while leaving a fresh, clean scent.

Kids love to flush things down the toilet like a matchbox or a rubber duck. How about a toothbrush. Often a plunger will just embed the obstruction further.  Instead of plunging, try using a wet vac to remove the blockage.


Summertime can bring sewer line backups. Backups can be caused by rainwater entering sewer pipes via cracks and new tree root growth that is drawn toward the sewer line as a source of nutrition. Call My Favorite Plumber to schedule an inspection. We will be able to access the problem and help you determine the best option for treatment and/or drain clean-out.

A way to prevent odors from entering your house through drains that are not used often is to take a gallon of water and pour it into the drain. If it takes awhile for the water to go away, it would be a good idea to snake the drain. It is best to keep your drains clear so that the water will disperse rapidly, if flooding would occur.

Before you remove a sink trap, give the drain a few plunges with a toilet plunger. This will push most of the water out of the trap, lessening the mess when you pull the trap. If you have a double sink, be sure to plug the other drain to contain the air pressure. If the strainer isn't a screw-down style, you'll have to hold it down while you plunge the drain.

There are strainers screwed in to the opening of the drains on most basement floor drains as well as shower and tub drains. Periodically remove the strainer and clean out the accumulated debris with a wire that is bent or a brush.



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