The expression “out of sight, out of mind” certainly applies to the drains for your toilets, shower, and bathroom and kitchen sinks. That is, until you have to deal with the inconvenience of a clog. If you can’t keep your drains healthy, then everything else – spending time with family and friends, working in a home office or online learning for the kids – may have to be put on hold.
Lee Company has received an increased number of calls about plumbing problems in recent months. Even as life returns to normal, many of us are still spending more time at home and using our plumbing system more frequently. Fortunately, with a little forethought a lot of plumbing issues can be avoided. Others can be taken care of with a quick DIY fix.
Of course, if you have a serious plumbing issue or just aren’t a DIY person, Lee Company is as close as a phone call. We have nearly 80 years of plumbing experience. In an emergency we’re here for you 24/7.
Here are some answers to your questions and expert tips from our plumbing pros about how to keep your drains healthy.
Why is my garbage disposal clogged?
Your disposal might not be the problem. It’s the drain. Even if your disposal can grind them up, some foods should never go in it. Fibrous or stringy fruit and vegetable peels, grease, pasta, rice, coffee grounds, nuts, and eggshells can cause a clog. Toss them in the trash or compost them, instead.
Why isn’t my bathroom sink draining?
Strands of hair, soap, toothpaste, shaving gel, and makeup can build up over time. Don’t wash the debris from your morning and evening routine down the drain. Use a cloth or paper towel to wipe out the sink.
What’s safe to flush?
Be careful what you toss in the toilet. Paper towels and napkins are designed to be sturdy and won’t break down in water like toilet paper. The same goes for bathroom wipes and moist towelettes. Even if the label says they are flushable, they can clog a drain pipe. Cotton balls, facial tissue, and other personal care products can cause plumbing issues, too. Toss all of these items in the trash.
Why does my drain stink?
If it smells like rotten eggs, it’s probably sewer gas. When a drain isn’t used for a while, the water in the P-trap (the gooseneck bend in the pipe under the sink) can evaporate. That allows sewer gases to waft up through the drain. Running some water and refilling the P-trap blocks the gases and gets rid of the odor.
How can I clean my drains?
Routinely cleaning your drains can prevent problems. First, pour some hot water down the drain. Next, combine a ½ cup of baking soda and a ¼ cup of table salt and pour it slowly down the drain. Follow that with a cup of white vinegar. After a few minutes, add some more hot water.
The mixture of baking soda and vinegar releases carbon dioxide. The bubbling reaction helps loosen debris from the pipe, and the hot water washes it away.
Or you can call Lee Company. Our expert plumbing technicians use a cleaning enzyme that is environmentally friendly but tough on buildup. Using our service regularly can preserve the life of your pipes and keep them clear.
How do I use a plunger?
You should have two types of plungers: A cup plunger for sink and bathtub drains and a flange plunger for the toilet. Position the bell of the plunger over the drain, making sure it is completely underwater. Gently push down to force out any air. Then give it several quick thrusts for about 20 seconds.
The blockage should be gone, but if it isn’t you may need professional help.
What if a clog won’t go away?
If you have persistent clogs or water collecting in your crawl space or basement, your plumbing system’s mainline may need to be cleaned out – and that’s a job for our experts.
Lee Company’s trained plumbers install a permanent pipe coming up from your mainline so they can easily access the line with a camera. With a visual inspection, we often can determine why the backup occurred and how to remedy it for good.
Plus, our skilled plumbers use our visual findings technology to capture pictures and videos of their work. We include a link to the footage on your service ticket, so you have a visual record of the problem and the repair.
What’s the best way to clean cast-iron pipes?
Many homes built before 1960 have cast-iron plumbing. It breaks more easily than today’s PVC or copper pipes, so don’t take chances. Call Lee Company.
We have the know-how and equipment to do the job right without damaging your pipes. Safe, professional cleaning is a lot cheaper than replacing broken pipes.
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If you have cast-iron plumbing, it could be time for a house repiping.
Can you be here soon?
Yes, we can. Your plumbing emergency is our priority. That’s why our skilled technicians are available 24/7, including holidays and weekends.
Our plumbing service technicians have the expertise, technology, and equipment to keep your drains healthy and tackle the toughest plumbing problems.
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