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

Reasons You Need Pro Drain Cleaning

Monday, June 4th, 2018

drain-cleaned-diagramYou suddenly find yourself with a slow drain, a clogged drain, or even worse, a recurring clogged drain. You may now have an irresistible impulse to “solve” the problem by finding the most caustic cleaner available to pour down the offending drain. Don’t do it! While you may have some short-term relief, the use – especially repeated use – of caustic cleaners will damage the interior of your pipe system and create bigger problems down the road. Instead, when you find yourself in the situations below, it’s time to call for professional help. 

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Beware of Bathroom Clogs

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

drain-cleaning-servicesThe bathroom is the most important part of your home: the first place you visit when you wake up in the morning, and the last place you visit before going to bed at night. All of those uses mean that clogs and inevitable, and unfortunately bathroom clogs can be some of the toughest in your house.

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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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