The 6 Different Types of PVC Pipes – Detailed Guide

PVC pipes are the most preferred pipes by plumbers especially when it comes to the installation of drain lines. They are inexpensive, lightweight, corrosion-resistant and are not affected by tree roots unlike cast-iron pipes. That being said, there are different types of PVC pipes mainly based on their chemical compositions. These types therefore have different … Read more

PVC vs UPVC Pipes: Differences, Pros, Cons

In the past, cast-iron was the material of choice for drainage pipes and industrial applications in the United States and pretty much the rest of the world. Plastic pipes are more preferred now for various reasons. When choosing a plastic pipe, you will need to choose between PVC, uPVC and even CPVC.  I have written … Read more

How to Descale/Remove Calcium Buildup From Pipes

If you live in an area with hard water, scaling up of pipes by hard water mineral deposits will always happen. This is especially the case if you have steel water pipes. Plastic and copper are also affected but not as much as steel. The mineral most responsible for scaling water pipes is calcium. Calcium, … Read more

Hydro Jetting: Pros & Cons vs Snaking and Rodding

Hydro jetting is a drain cleaning service using pressurized water.  A high-pressure hose connected to a pumping unit has a nozzle attachment which ejects water at a high pressure ( up to 5000 psi) thereby obliterating clogs, scales and trees roots in the drain line. If you are struggling with slow or backing up drains, … Read more

5 Ways to Unclog a Drain with Standing Water

A clogged bathtub, sink, shower or toilet with standing water needs to be fixed as quickly as possible to prevent overflowing of contaminated water into the floor. So, how do you do it? To unclog a drain with standing water, start by draining away the water. You can then plunge, snake or clear the drain … Read more

Types of Plungers – Where to Use Each

A plunger is one of the simplest yet effective tools to clear drains. You will however need to choose the right type of plunger for you to unclog the drain. A plunger works through suction. when you push it down, the water pressure acting on the clog is more than the pressure underneath it. The … Read more

4 Ways to Get Rid of Sulfur Smell From Your Drain

Sulfur smell in the house signifies the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas. It is formed when bacteria break down organic matter, usually in stagnant waters with low oxygen content. The gas also smells like rotten eggs. A sulfur/rotten eggs smell from drains is a sign that the drain is clogged, allowing bacteria to break down … Read more

6 Effective Ways to Unclog a Slow Drain

A slow draining kitchen/bathroom sink, bathtub, shower, toilet or washing machine is a sign of a partial clog in the P-trap or drain line. In some instances the same could also be caused by a clogged plumbing vent. To unclog a slow drain, pour 1 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by another … Read more

3 Effective Methods to Clean a P-trap

A P-trap is the U-shaped bend under your kitchen or bathroom sink, which is also found in all of your drains like tubs, showers and washing machines. Cleaning a P-trap is important as it ensures your fixtures drain fast and that there are no bad smells. The main sign of a clogged P-trap is standing … Read more

Is Drain Cleaner Acid or Base? Is Any Better?

A drain cleaner can be acidic or basic/alkaline. Acidic drainer cleaner have a strong acid as the active ingredient like sulfuric acid, while basic drain cleaner have a strong alkaline active ingredient like sodium hydroxide. Modern commercial drain cleaners are basic while acidic drain cleaners were mainly used in the past. One of the most … Read more