A Few Helpful Plumbing Tips

  • NEVER flush anything down the toilet besides human waste and toilet paper. Even if wipes say “flushable” they should not be flushed because they will clog your line.
  • Regularly check toilet for leaks and make sure it is not running. Keeping your toilet clean can help spot leaks or problems with plumbing fairly quickly.
  • Do not use chemical drain cleaner to unclog drains as it can damage the pipes.
  • Keep your water heater well maintained and flushed regularly.
  • Do not put food or food scraps down your garbage disposal as it can cause your disposal to jam or break. Throw the food/scraps away instead.

Recent Project

Our technicians worked hard on this project recently for a church daycare that was having drainage problems. They dug out trenches and installed trench drains with stainless steel grates along the sidewalk. It was a big job, but our guys are always up to the challenge!

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Helpful Tips

Here are a few friendly reminders about how to prevent clogs in your drains:

  • You should never flush anything besides human waste and toilet paper. This means you should not flush any feminine products or even wipes. Don’t even flush “flushable” wipes. Yes they will flush but they will clog your line.
  • Make sure not to put food or even food scraps down your garbage disposal. Throw them away instead. They can cause your disposal to jam or break.
  • It’s also a good idea to brush your hair before you shower or bathe so all that hair does not go down the drain and cause a blockage.

It’s What We Do

Last week we went out to repair a sewer line under the bottom unit of a 3 story apartment building. Sounds like a lot, but that is a pretty common thing for us here at Cain’s!

We always work hard and diligently on our projects to keep our customers satisfied. Give us a call, we are here for any of your plumbing needs!

Prevent Clogs in Your Drain

There are a number of things that can cause a clog in your drain. Cooking grease, coffee grounds, hair, soap scum, and leftover food are a few common culprits.

Tips:

  • Save cooking grease in a container such as an old coffee can and just throw it away.
  • Coffee grounds can be thrown away or you can put them in your mulch pile if you have one.
  • For hair and soap scum, use a screen (or drain-grate) to cover the drain opening. You can also brush your hair before you bathe or shower. That will help keep the loose hair from getting into the drain. If you bathe your dog in the tub, put a washcloth over the drain to keep the hair from going down it.
  • Put leftover food in the trash, NOT the garbage disposal.

Regular Cleaning Maintenance:

  • Run hot water down the sink after each use. Hot water will keep the oils from food products running down the drain instead of building up inside the surface of the pipes. You can also put a handful of baking soda into the drain first and then follow it with hot water. Baking soda is great to clean with and it also helps absorb bad odors.

When the Challenge is over Water

A month ago, we were called out to repair a sewer line. Usually in our line of work, that’s pretty common. What was uncommon about this project, was that we had to bring the sewer across a ravine, at the bottom of which, there was a creek.

This was something that was definitely going to be a challenge. Even a little daunting. But hey! We’re Cain’s, and we were ready to tackle it. It’s what we do! Even the City of Concord employee didn’t doubt us.

As you can see, we completed this project excellently. It took some planning and teamwork, but we are really happy with the results and so were our customers. On to the next one!

Call us here at Cain’s Able Plumbing, for any of your plumbing needs!

“FLUSHABLE” Wipes

There is no such thing as a “FLUSHABLE” wipe.
Manufacturers of¬†baby wipes¬†will often indicate on the packaging that the product is “flushable.” Plumbing experts say there’s no such thing as a flushable¬†wipe. Because¬†wipes¬†don’t break down in water, they can clog up plumbing systems in a home, and damage pipes and machinery at wastewater treatment plants.

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/columbinewsd/news/flushable-wipes-are-not

With the Covid-19 outbreak and the shortage of toilet paper, consumers have turned to sanitary wipes under many brands to take care of personal hygiene when it comes to using the bathroom. Unfortunately most folks take the packaging at it’s word and flush this wipes in the toilet. This is wreaking havoc with sanitary sewer systems everywhere. Cain’s recently went to a customers home to clear a main sewer line blockage. The sewer line was full of 100’s of sanitary wipes. It took hours to remove them, and made for a bill that could have been completely avoided, if the wipes had been disposed of in another way.

http://www.surinenglish.com/local/201801/05/wipes-causing-problems-sewage-20180105105113-v.html

So, how do we dispose of these wipes if we can’t flush them? Here are a couple of suggestions.

https://www.today.com/series/one-small-thing/are-flushable-wipes-really-flushable-t151945

As you can see by the image above, while toilet paper fully breaks down, sanitary wipes do not. This is after 1 year of being inside the jars. Please take a moment to think about it before you flush wipes down the sewer. Even if it isn’t going to cost you money, in the end, it is going to cost someone money. That’s easy to avoid. Just don’t flush anything except human waste and toilet paper in the toilet.

Baby Wipes in the Toilet!

Almost a full pack of baby wipes our technician pulled out of a customers sewer pipe.

Ever wonder why baby wipes say do not flush? The simple explanation is that they do not dissolve in water like toilet paper. They are thicker and more cloth like. When you put too many in at once, the sewer pipes get clogged and will start to back up. This can cause your main sewer line to back up into your toilet, shower and kitchen sink. Gross, we know. This is why we recommend not disposing of any wipes, even flush-able ones. They do not breakdown in water like toilet paper. If you ever find yourself wondering if something is flush-able, the best thing to do is put it in the garbage and save your money!

The dangers of Drain Cleaner

Drain cleaners seem like an great idea when you’re having drainage problems. Kitchen sink clogged? Shower clogged with hair? Drain cleaner seems like the easiest solution for most home owners. However, most home owners are unaware of the dangers lurking in that bottle of chemicals.

The most common drain cleaners suggest pouring them in to the clogged drain and allowing the mixture to sit and break down the clog. The chemical sits as it is continuously reacting and generating heat to break down the clog. This heat can cause toilet bowls to break, it can cause plastic or PVC pipes to soften, melt, or warp. It eats away at the glue that is used to hold the pipes together. Pipes that are older and already have corrosion damage, may be susceptible to more serious damage that would cause more costly repairs. The physical damage that can be caused by back splash of chemicals can be detrimental. Just as it melts the hair ball in your pipe, it will melt skin. When using a plunger or auger to clear the clog, it is possible for the water containing the cleaner to splash on you. If you do not flush all of the drain cleaner down with water and mix a cleaning chemical it can cause toxic fumes that can damage your lungs and heart. If you have any questions about drain cleaners please call us at 704-934-0015.