A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

What’s Clogging My Drains?

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

blocked-drainDrain clogs are an annoyance, and unfortunately, they are one of the most common types of plumbing problems that can affect a house. You can deal with clogs in the toilets, the shower, the bathroom sink, the kitchen sink, and the floor drains. Whether you’ve got a slow drain or a full clog, it can make life unpleasant. It may even bringing daily activities to a halt.

The solution is to first try some simple methods to unclog the drain: a sink or toilet plunger, a drain auger, baking soda and vinegar. If those methods are ineffectual, the next step isn’t chemical drain cleaners, which are horrible for drains. If the clog won’t go away, it takes professional drain cleaning in Rialto, CA to effectively and safely eliminate it—and keep it from coming back.

What we want to talk about in this post is what is causing those drain clogs. Although almost anything could potentially stop up a drain if it can fit down it, there are several “usual suspects” to watch for.

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How to Help Your Garbage Disposal Avoid Repairs

Monday, October 14th, 2019

clogged-drain-repairA garbage disposal isn’t designed to last forever—and that’s true for all mechanical appliances. At a certain point, the disposal will be too worn down to do its job or its motor will burn out, making it more cost-effective to have a new disposal put in.

But too many homeowners make some basic mistakes with their garbage disposals that shorten the appliances’ lifespans. We don’t want you to be stuck with a broken disposal when you need it the most (such as during one of the upcoming holidays—Thanksgiving is not a good time to have a busted garbage disposal!). We have a few basic tips about how to treat your garbage disposal so it will run into the minimum amount of repairs and have a long service life.

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Beware of Clogs in Your Kitchen Plumbing

Monday, May 28th, 2018

clogged-kitchen-sinkToo often, we tend to use our kitchen sink like it’s a trash can. Without even thinking about it, we put pasta, rice, table scraps, coffee grounds, you-name-it right down that kitchen drain and never give it a second thought – right up until the time that it starts to back up and drain slowly.

Nobody likes a clogged kitchen sink, and the next thing you know, you find yourself having to make an appointment to get that clogged sink taken care of. Here are some things you should know to prevent that from happening.

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Don’t Rely on Store-Bought Solutions for Clogged Drains

Monday, September 18th, 2017

clogged-drain-repairClogged drains are a common problem in any household, and sooner or later you’re going to need to deal with a clogged tub or a stopped-up sink. The standard tactic for most households is to simply purchase a solution at the store: a cleanser, for instance, or perhaps a mechanical snake. Both are available at any supermarket or home improvement center, and both will usually resolve the problem, at least in the short term. That last part can be problematic, however, and a big part of why store-bought solutions for clogs really aren’t solutions at all.

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Call in a Plumber When You Have a Clogged Drain

Monday, August 21st, 2017

plumbing-clogsClogged drains rank among the most common plumbing problems we encounter in the area: when food or other materials build up in the pipes and cause the water to back up. Homeowners tend to turn to do-it-yourself solutions, and in the most mild cases — those which can resolve with a plunger and a little elbow grease — that’s usually the best option.

If you’re looking to purchase a solution in the store however, you’d likely be better off calling in a professional plumber instead. There are a number of important reasons why, but it boils down to two: value for your money and insurance that the problem is taken care of.

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Avoid Tossing These Foods Down the Drain

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Almost every home in Fontana, CA has a garbage disposal, and they can easily take care of a large amount of foodstuffs. But not every type food can be dealt with in such a manner and if you throw the wrong kind into the system it can damage your garbage disposal severely. Others might not damage it, but will cause serious clogs in your pipes, requiring a plumbing service to correct. We can provide such services, and we are skilled at fixing garbage disposals, but we’d rather help you prevent having to make the call in the first place. You simply need to watch what goes into the sink carefully, and avoid throwing down any of the following foods.

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Signs You have a Sewer Line Leak

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Sewer line leaks are big trouble, though with modern trenchless technology, a good plumber can usually fix them with far less effort than once required. That’s the good news. Unfortunately, problems with sewer lines here in Fontana, CA can be hard to spot sometimes, and a leak in your drain or sewer system can cause a lot of damage before you finally take notice. With our recent winter rains, you might want to keep an eye out for signs of a breach or a leak in our sewer line, in order to get a jump on the issue more quickly. Here’s a brief list of some things to watch for.

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