Bell Home Solutions Blog : Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

Signs You Need Drain Cleaning

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

old-pipesWhen was the last time you had your drains checked out by a professional? Probably not any time soon, if you’re like most people. Unfortunately, the drain system is not something that it’s a good idea to ignore. You should at least have your drains professionally cleaned every once in a while, in order to make sure that everything is flowing properly. If you’re not sure when to call for drain cleaning services, have a look at the signs below.

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Why You Should Not Use Store Bought Drain Cleaners

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

drain-pipeEverybody has to deal with drain clogs at some point. It’s by far the most common problem that can afflict drains across the country. When most people have a clogged drain, they tend to use store bought drain cleaners to resolve it. There are a number of problems with doing this, including that it’s actually not saving any time or money compared to professional drain cleaning services. Read on to find out more about why you should avoid using store bought drain cleaners.

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How Often Should I Schedule Drain Cleaning?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Drains are one of those plumbing fixtures that people tend not to think about unless they develop some sort of problem. While it’s certainly a good idea to call for repairs as soon as you notice a problem with your drains, that’s not the only time you should have them professionally cleaned. Read on to find out more about drain cleaning, and how often you should schedule it.

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Why Does My Entire Bathroom Reek Like an Open Sewer?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Bathrooms aren’t necessarily known for being the sweetest-smelling room in the house. However, if your bathroom inexplicably reeks of sewer waste it’s a pretty good indication that something is wrong. If your bathroom smells quite a bit worse than it normally does, read on to find out why.

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Why You Should Avoid Store Bought Drain Cleaners

Monday, June 20th, 2016

When you have a drain clog in your home, you may be tempted to go out and grab a liquid drain cleaner from the nearest hardware store. We’d strongly advise against that. Store bought drain cleaners are convenient, but in the end they do far more harm than good. Read on to find out more about why store bought drain cleaners are so bad for your drains.

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Count on Professionals to Handle Drain Cleaning

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

When you think of cleaning your drains, what comes to mind the quickest? We hope it isn’t a plastic bottle of liquid “drain cleaner” found on the shelf of a grocery or convenience store. We understand if it is—“drain cleaning” is right in the name—but the truth is that the caustic and toxic blend of chemicals in these bottles is terrible news for your drains. The acidic action can ruin pipes with repeated use, and they can damage skin and eyes through exposure.

When it comes to cleaning drains of clogs and build-up, you can either rely on a sink plunger (safe, won’t hurt your pipes) or call up a plumber (safe, won’t hurt your pipes, and will get the job done no matter what). For drain cleaning in Littleton, CO that you can count on, call the experienced team at Bell Home Solutions.

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Cleaning with Water: How Hydro Jetting Works

Monday, July 27th, 2015

There are two main sides to your plumbing system: the supply side, in which your main water line brings potable water into your home, and the return side, in which the drains and sewer line remove wastewater. As you know, your drains and sewer line see a lot of icky stuff, and this icky stuff can line the sides of your plumbing pipes, eventually restricting wastewater flow and causing clogs. One of the most effective and safest ways to clear your drains and sewer line is with professional hydro jetting services.

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Why Can’t I Use Chemicals to Clean My Drains?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Television commercials that feature clog removal with an over-the-counter drain cleaner make the process seem so simple: pour the liquid down the drain, wait a little bit, and poof! Your drain is clear. Unfortunately, this is not really how these types of cleaners work. The best way to ensure that you truly remove a clog safely and effectively is to call for a professional plumber. Professional plumbers, like the ones at Bell Home Solutions, have the training, the tools and the expertise to clean or unclog your drains, so call us today.

How Chemical Cleaners Work

Chemical drain cleaners are highly caustic, which means that the chemicals in the cleaner actually generate heat. The way these types of cleaners remove items in your drains is to dissolve them away; in a way, they chemical burn or oxidize the materials causing the clog. One of the major problems with this approach is that these chemicals can be so caustic that they also burn your piping. Plastic plumbing piping can actually melt from these kinds of drain cleaners and metal can corrode because the chemicals eat it. You may be wondering how this kind of damage can happen so quickly, which leads us to the second problem: these types of cleaners hang around in your plumbing for weeks or even months. Chemical drain cleaners are either thick liquids or gels that are designed to cling to your pipes in order to clean them, giving them the ability to hang around and work on your piping.

Chemical Drain Cleaners and Toilets

Chemical drain cleaners can be so adverse to your toilet that there are usually warnings on the bottles not to use them on a toilet clog. Here’s why: as mentioned above, the chemical cleaner is made to cling. As such, it will cling to your toilet’s bowl and eat away at the porcelain and the plumbing. Porcelain is fairly fragile and the caustic nature of the drain cleaner can cause cracking; additionally, the chemicals will also eat away at your toilet’s plumbing.

The bottom line: don’t use chemical drain cleaners to fix slow drains, clogged ones or handle toilet clogs. Instead, call Bell Home Solutions and schedule drain cleaning for your home in Sheridan.

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Can’t I Purchase a Hydro-Jetter and Do My Own Drain Cleaning?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

When it comes to professional drain cleaning services, perhaps the best tool that plumbers have at their disposal is the hydro-jetter. These devices place water under extremely high pressure using motors, then blast the water out a nozzle at the end of a long hose inserted down into drains. The different types of nozzles create a variety of sprays to direct the high-pressure water forwards and backwards along the inside of a drainpipe to thoroughly scour the sides of all kinds of build-up and debris. In professional hands, a hydro-jetter can provide comprehensive cleaning that leaves pipes in “like new” condition without inflicting any damage on them the way that chemical cleaners can.

“But wait,” you might think after reading this, “that sounds like a pretty simple job. Why don’t I just purchase a hydro-jetter and take care of the work myself whenever it’s necessary?” There a couple of reasons you need to leave this job to trained professionals like those at Bell Home Solutions. Instead of taking the risks below, call us for drain cleaning in Englewood, CO and the surrounding areas.

The biggest reason that you should never attempt to handle hydro-jetting yourself is that it is not safe. Either for you or your pipes. The water that comes out of the nozzle is at a minimum pressure of 7500 psi (pounds per square inch) and often much higher. A water spray at such pressures is potentially dangerous and can cause serious injury. Professionals not only know how to use hydro-jetters so they won’t injure people, they also wear extensive protection gear designed to work with hydro-jetting, such as thick padded aprons and face shields. Picking the wrong pressure hydro-jetter is also potentially damaging to pipes as well. Although high pressure water is an excellent way to clean pipes without damaging them, it is also an industrial method use to cut through pipes—so it is vital that you have skilled people pick the pressure for hydro-jetting, not accidental pipe-cutting.

It is also not cost-effective for you to purchase your own hydro-jetter. These devices are expensive, and you will probably only need to use one once a year for regular drain cleaning. It is much less costly for you to contact a professional to perform the job—and keep you safe at the same time.

Finally, drain cleaning with hydro-jetters is more complicated than it sounds. Only people who have training will know the way to thoroughly and effectively clean drains using this method. Trying it on your own, aside from its physical risks, will not result in the quality cleaning that you need.

Make drain cleaning in Englewood, CO simple: call up the plumbers at Bell Home Solutions to have the work done fast and right and without damage to you or your home.

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How Do Drain Clogs Get Started?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

When you have a drain clog in your home, a small task like rinsing a couple of dishes suddenly becomes a major hassle. And besides the buildup of dishes in the sink or the pool of water that forms at your feet as you shower, clogged drains may cause problems for your pipes that could lead to the need for major plumbing repair.

When you have a slow or stopped drain, you should call a professional plumbing repair company for drain cleaning as soon as possible to avoid any repercussions. Sometimes, a simple plunger can clear clogged drains. But when this is not the case, many homeowners turn to liquid drain cleaners, which promise a quick fix for your toughest clogs. Don’t fall for these claims; liquid drain cleaners may be harmful to your skin and eyes, and they are rarely capable of clearing clogs deep within your pipes.

Common Sources of Clogs in Your Kitchen and Bathroom

Drain clogs may get started in many ways. In your kitchen, tough clogs may be due to food items that are not processed by the garbage disposal and cannot pass through your drains. Another surprising source of kitchen clogs may be fats, oils, and grease poured down the drain during kitchen cleanup. These substances may seem innocuous, but fat, oil, and grease may eventually solidify in the pipes. Homeowners should dump these into a trash receptacle rather than allow them to line the drains.

In your sink or shower, hair and soap scum are major sources of drain clogs. Soap scum builds up along the insides of pipes, and hair may become caught along with it or become stuck in the p-trap, the curved section of pipe beneath your sink. Another possible source of drain clogs is a condition known as hard water. If you have an excess of minerals in your water, deposits may gather in the pipes and clog your drains. To prevent hard water from damaging your drain pipes, call a professional to install a water softener, a device which replaces problematic minerals with sodium to eliminate the impact on your pipes.

At Bell Home Solutions, our technicians are trained to locate drain clogs and remove them with specialized equipment you won’t find in stores.

When you need help with clogged drains in Englewood, give the drain cleaning experts at Bell Home Solutions a call!

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