Red Rock Mechanical, LLC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Drain Clog’

Troubleshooting Kitchen Plumbing Issues: When to Call the Professionals

Monday, July 15th, 2024


As a homeowner, encountering kitchen plumbing issues is almost inevitable. From leaky faucets to clogged drains, these problems can disrupt your daily routine. While some issues can be resolved with basic troubleshooting, others require the expertise of a professional kitchen plumber in Plattsburgh, NY. At Red Rock Mechanical, we’re here to guide you through common kitchen plumbing problems and help you determine when it’s time to call in the experts.

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Why Do My Drains Keep Clogging?

Monday, April 10th, 2023

Do you have persistent drain clogs in your home? Maybe it’s a single drain that you can’t quite get to clear out, or maybe you have problems with slow drains all over your home. Either way, you need an expert plumber in Plattsburgh, NY. There’s only so much you can do for persistent drain clogs if you can’t get to the root of the problem.

It is not uncommon to have a drain clog here and there, but if you have drains that keep clogging without a solution working for you, that’s a sign that something bigger is wrong. There are a variety of reasons for persistent drain clogs, and you can keep reading to learn more about them.

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Is a Drain Snake Enough to Handle a Clog?

Monday, March 16th, 2020

drain-cleaning-cutawayIf the “drain snake” you’re thinking of when you ask this question is a hand-cranked drain auger purchased from a store, then it might be enough to take care of a clog in a sink or shower drain. It isn’t a total solution, however, and in many cases it provides only a brief fix and will leave you with a clogged up drain only a few weeks later—or less.

When it comes to fighting drain clogs or cleaning out drains, you may need something more powerful. And no, we don’t mean chemical drain cleaners. These are not only temporary solutions at best, they are harmful to drains and can end up compounding problems.

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The P-Trap, A Vital Part of Your Drains, Explained

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

p-trap-hand-gripping-itWhen we talk about the importance of hiring professionals to inspect your pipes, we emphasize that most of the plumbing in your house is hidden from sight. The freshwater pipes and drainpipes around your home are behind walls and cabinets, placed in the floors and ceilings, and in the case of the sewer line and water main, buried under the property.

But there’s one piece of piping you can see and access easily: the p-trap. This is a basic pipe piece, but it does a crucial job in your home. We’d like to take an opportunity to explain the p-trap and its function.

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Museum of Weird Plumbing: Strange Things That Can Clog Your Drains

Monday, August 6th, 2018


When you think about calling for a plumber, what’s the first plumbing problem that pops to mind? We’d bet in seven cases out of ten you’d say “clogged drain.” Slow or clogged drains are among the most common and irritating of plumbing troubles. Every home runs into them at some point, and no matter how much care people take to prevent them, they can still crop up—and often for some pretty strange reasons.

The main culprits behind clogged drains are food waste, FOG (fats, oils, grease), soap scum, hair, and small objects from bathroom and kitchen counters that may go down the drains by accident. Plumbers know how to deal with each of these. But plumbers also know how to deal with some of the more unusual and uncanny reasons for clogged and slow drains. Step into our “Museum of Weird Plumbing” and meet some of the other villains that can stop up your sinks, showers, toilets, and tubs.

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Are Clogged Drains Out of Control in Your Home?

Monday, August 21st, 2017

bubbling-drainEverybody has run into a clogged drain at one time or another. They’re just “one of those things” when it comes to household inconveniences. Can’t get rid of them entirely—sometimes they just happen, and you have to deal with them using the tools you have available (a plunger, a hand-cranked drain snake, but not chemical cleaners) or else contact a plumber to take care of it.

But what if drain clogs aren’t an occasional aggravation in your home? What if they are a continual, bonafide out-of-control nuisance that has you gritting your teeth every day?

Well, you may something more serious going on than a clot of grease or a tangle of hair in your drain. And it will probably take the work of our professional plumbers to help you out.

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Warnings Those Clogged Drains May Be Sewer Line Problems

Monday, April 10th, 2017

water-down-drainNobody wants to encounter a slow or clogged drain in their home. It’s an annoyance and can bring simple tasks in the household to an indefinite halt until it can be remedied. Fortunately, clearing out a clog isn’t a tough job. If you can’t manage it using a basic drain plunger or with a hand-cranked drain snake (don’t use chemical cleaners, please!), you can always call our plumbers any time of the day or night and we’ll have the drain cleared out fast.

However, clogged and slow drains sometimes indicate a problem that runs deeper than blockage in a drain pipe. Your home’s sewer line might be suffering from breaks, obstructions due to tree root infiltration, or organic and inorganic build-up. These are more serious troubles than drain clogs, because they can lead to the full failure of your home’s drainage system and eventually sewage backing up into the basement or foundation.

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How a Professional Plumber Unclogs Your Drains

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Sooner or later, every plumbing system gets drain clogs. Whether it’s hot grease poured down your sink, hair and soap trapped in the tub, or slow blockages building up over time, clogs are inevitable. Many people assume they can treat them with store-bought cleansers or snakes, but in truth a professional plumber is your best option. Here in Williston, plumbing experts utilize a number of tricks to get drains unclogged. Here’s how a professional plumber unclogs your drains.

In the first place, plumbers rarely use chemical cleansers, which can be dangerous and don’t always do the job. Instead, they rely on snakes to handle the bulk of the clogs. But plumber’s snakes bear little resemblance to the basic models you can buy at the local hardware store. Many of professional versions are electric, allowing the plumber to bring real power to bear on the issue. They also use removable heads that let the plumber tailor the tool to fit the specific clog.

That’s not the only type of tools that a trained plumber brings to bear. He or she can send video cameras down the drain to ascertain the exact nature of the clog, allowing for an informed decision as to the best piece of equipment of the job.

People often prefer to deal with clogs themselves, but in fact, a qualified plumber can make all the difference. When you look at how a professional plumber unclogs your drains – not just in terms of the tools, but the training and know-how – it’s clear how much of a difference that makes. Here in Williston, plumbing clogs can be treated by the experts at Red Rock Mechanical. If your drains are clogged then give us a call. 

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