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Summer Plumbing Issues

You might not think that some plumbing issues would be seasonal, but they are. Summer has it’s own peculiar trends; the holidays have others.

Here are the top summer plumbing issues and what you can do to prevent them.

Sprinkler Issues

Of course, you might think, that certainly is a warm-weather-only problem. Yes, it is. But that makes it no less common for that. Make sure that your sprinklers are all in the down position before mowing or weed whipping.

Washing Machine Malfunctions

Washing machines get a heavier workload in the summer from all the outdoorsy things we do — going to the beach, working in the yard, and so on. Getting dirty outside is all to the good, but make sure not to overload your machine, use extra rinses, and pull the unit a little away from the wall in order to keep the drainage hose from kinking.

Clogged Disposal

This one shows up during the holidays, too. Why? Because people are entertaining. That’s a lot more plates to scrape and scraps to clean up. To avoid clogging your disposal, avoid putting animal bones down the drain. Add food slowly and run cold water through the disposal between plates. And don’t drain fat down it. That’s the worst offender.

A great summer full of fun outdoors and great dinner parties can be yours, headache free, if you follow these simple guidelines. But if you should run into problems, be sure to call your San Diego plumber My Plumber. We offer weekend and emergency service at a fair price.

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Signs Of A Clogged Sewer Drain

A clogged sewer drain is a very serious plumbing emergency. If you suspect you have a clogged sewer drain, do not run any water in the house and call a plumber service immediately.

The signs of a clogged sewer drain are unmistakable, once you know what you’re looking at. The sewer drain is the only pipe leaving the house. It is usually six or 8 inches wide and it’s usually connected in a straight line to toilet (if you’re trying to locate it.)

The first sign is often an overflowing toilet, because of this direct connection. An overflowing toilet is a symptom of two different problems, though; that of an clogged toilet, OR that of a clogged drain. To figure out which it is, see if any other fixtures are backed up. The most common places are ground floor (or basement) tubs or showers. The sewer water will back up to the lowest point. Washing machines are another common place to see backups.

At this point, it is almost certain you have a blocked sewer drain, but if you really want to make sure, you can check the sewer clean out, which is a V-shaped valve on the main sewer pipe. Be aware though, that if you open it, you may have raw sewage spilling out. So you could easily skip this step and simply call a plumber right away.

It’s extremely important not to ignore this problem. Not only can you not use any water in the home while the sewer is plugged, if you do, the water that overflows may be contaminated with dangerous pathogens, and can cause dangerous molds to be harbored in your walls and floor. Raw sewage is no joke! Moreover, sewer drains are hard to block, because they are so big. That means that if it did back up, you have a lot of something in your pipe. It could be tree roots, or it could be your toddler likes to systematically flush lego blocks. Whatever it is, you’ll need an experienced plumber on hand to identify the cause and fix it.

My Plumber offers sewer video inspections! Clear your drains before you have a backup.

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Unclogging A Tub Drain

Unclogging a Tub Drain

Few household problems are as annoying and occur as regularly as a clogged tub drain. The problem is generally caused by a combination of hair and soap, which combine to make a hairball of nightmarish proportions.

Not only do tub drains deal see a lot more hair than your average sink drain, the pipes are fair more difficult to get to. Unlike sinks, which are easily accessible to all, your tub drain might not even have an access hatch (although it really should.)

Unclogging A Tub Drain

So the best way to deal with a clogged drain is to prevent it from happening at all. If you have an old-fashioned rubber plug drain, you can get a little strainer for it. The next thing to do is to notice when the drain becomes sluggish. That’s the precursor to a closer, so get that little hairball monster while it’s small.

The procedure for cleaning out the drain is the same when it’s clogged as when it’s sluggish.
First, attempt to clean it out with your fingers. Hair doesn’t tend to get very far down the drain before it stops moving, and you might be able to reach it with a screwdriver.
After that, try good, old-fashioned Drano. Can’t hurt, might help.
If that doesn’t clear out the clog, try Nair (the hair removal cream). Squirt a whole bottle down the drain and let it sit 20 minutes.

If none of that works, the next step is to call your trusty plumber service, My Plumber. Don’t mess with an auger or snake if you have a pop-up or lever plug in your tub. There’s too many components and it’s too easy to damage. Let us do the job for you. With over 30 years experience, you can trust us to get the job done right.

Preventative Maintenance for Sewer and Drains

If you have a clogged drain and require a plumber’s service, My Plumber Heating & Cooling can help and here is some quick advice on preventative maintenance, and a few ways to relieve minor clogs.

The easiest way to avoid causing permanent sewer and drain damage is to be careful what you put down them. Pasta, rice, bits of potatoes, and grease from meat can really stop-up a kitchen sink. Cleaning greasy pots and pans with paper towels or scraping them out carefully into a compost bin, before washing them in the sink, is highly recommended. The combination of baking soda and vinegar, followed by a pot of boiling water, can be an easy way to regularly maintain free-flowing drains.

Another recommendation for a kitchen sink that is having trouble draining because of grease can be treated with a hair dryer or a heating pad.  Wrap the pad around the drain trap (or hold the hair dryer in place, if you’re patient) to heat the metal and melt the grease. Follow this up by flushing the sink with hot running water.

Hair is almost always the reason for slow moving bathroom sinks and shower drains. Drain screens are an inexpensive way to make sure that these kinds of small solids stay out of the drains to begin with. If your drain is clogged and you don’t have any Drano, but you do have a bottle of Nair, try squirting it down the drain.  Let it sit for ten minutes then turn on the hot water.

If drain clogs are in the trap, a plunger may be the simple answer. Fill the sink with a few inches of water and put a wet rag in the overflow opening to create a seal, this will keep the drain air-free and make the plunging more effective. (Consider having one plunger for toilets and another for sinks.)

Hopefully these quick tips help keep your drains from any serious damage.  Should you still have issues after trying these recommendations, don’t hesitate to call My Plumber Heating & Cooling– Same Day Service Guaranteed*! 1-877-697-5862


My Plumber CA Fall 2012 Promotional Campaign

My Plumber is a top plumbing service with a 3 decade history in the San Diego Metro Area. Their emphasis has always been on educating homeowners on the importance of regular maintenance and inspections, and to that end they are announcing their Fall 2012 promotional campaign. This campaign will include special rates on drain inspection and servicing and is intended to underscore My Plumber’s commitment to service excellence by attracting new customers and serving the old ones.

My Plumber will provide a video sewer inspection for only $99. Mark Presgrave, My Plumber Vice President, expands on why video sewer inspections are good maintenance. “All bathroom and kitchen drains eventually lead to your home’s sewer system, so it’s very important to fix a small problem before a major backup occurs. Often times we can help save customers from a much larger problem by servicing drains at the first sign of a clog.”

If a stoppage is identified, My Plumber’s trained and certified plumbers will apply whatever drain treatment is most appropriate to the issue, whether it’s jetting the sewer, line repair or replacement, or relining the sewer.

Although it’s a Fall promotion, the new drain line repair service sale is part of a larger plan to promote high levels of customer satisfaction.

“By staying tuned in to what our customers need, and providing discounts on those services that are in high demand, we’re able to reach our customer satisfaction goals,” said Presgrave. “Customer satisfaction is all about understanding what our customers need and delivering on it.”

Clients can refer to My Plumber’s robust website for more information. Not only does the site contain detailed information about the services offered, but also about all the discounts and special offers, including the Fall video drain inspection offer.

About My Plumber:
My Plumber San Diego, LLP was founded on the principles of excellence, diligence and customer service. My Plumber of San Diego is an active part of the community with ties that run deep in North County, East County, and South Bay. They offer these communities repairs and installations of plumbing service as well as installation, service and maintenance of heating and air conditioning systems. For more information, please visit https://myplumberca.com.

The Importance of Sewer and Drain Video Inspections

In addition to water and other liquids, your kitchen and bathroom drains transport a lot of other substances to your home’s sewer system: grease, soap, detergents, hair, fat and oil from food. Over months and years of daily use, your drains can start to slow and become clogged. But rather than wait until that worst-case scenario to call for a plumber, why not arrange for a video inspection of your drains and sewers now?

Video Inspections Are The Best Guarantee

In addition to clearing any obstructions in your drains, a plumbing professional can provide a complimentary video inspection to be absolutely certain, backed up with a warranty. And if your drain is in need of additional repair, other options include hydro-jetting, relining or replacing the sewer.

Don’t Let It Come Down To This:

Jetting the sewer involves using high-pressure (up to 4,000 PSI) spray to remove debris and other obstructions that may be causing the line to slow.

Relining the sewer may be all that is required, and one advantage to this option is that it doesn’t require digging. The liner is resin-soaked, and it attaches to the inside of the sewer as it hardens, resulting in a solid piece that won’t shift or crack over time.

Sewer replacements and repairs are done with PVC pipe. Once the pipe is installed, the ditch is tapered every two feet to prevent backfilling. The lawn is seeded and covered with straw afterward to help it return looking just as good, if not better, than it did before work started.

Inspection Spots Trouble Before It Becomes An Expensive Fix

Dealing with sewers is something no one likes to think about until they have a problem: a child’s toy that got flushed, a clogged kitchen drain, or tree roots cracking older sewer pipes. A video inspection will spot problems before they become an issue and give you reassurance and peace of mind.

Keeping It Clean


Keeping It Clean

Nothing says clean like the smell of fresh lemon. Manufactures know this, it is why so many house-hold cleaning products smell like theyellow, tropicalfruit. The thing is – that wonderful lemon smell isjust the surface, lemon oil and those wonderful acids that the fruit has in abundance really are effective cleaners…cutting through grease and sterilizing.

That is why one of the best ways to clean the blades on your garbage disposal is to simply run a lemon through the hopper andprocess it, like you wouldany food waste. It will cut any greasy build-upand leave your blades sparkling clean.

The side benefit? It will also leave your kitchen smelling lemon-fresh.