Tips for Preventing Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are one of a few plumbing problems that all homeowners can expect to deal with at some point. By exercising caution to keep hair, grease, and oil from going down the drain and taking preventative maintenance measures, homeowners can keep the clogged drains they experience to a minimum.

In this brief video clip, consumer advice expert Angie Hicks of Angie’s List offers tips for cleaning drains regularly to keep them clear. She also discusses why plungers are not only for toilets, describing how they can be used to unclog bathtub drains.

Minor drain clogs can usually be resolved by savvy DIY homeowners, but more serious plumbing troubles almost always require the experience and know-how of a professional plumber. If you live in the Sacramento area and have a problem that should be seen to by an experienced plumber, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548.

Signs of a Clogged Sewer Line

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Sacramento home and business owners who are connected to a municipal sewage treatment system depend on sewer lines to carry wastewater from their homes to the nearest sewage treatment plant. A clogged line prevents the smooth flow of wastewater from a home’s main sewer line to the city line and can result in sewage backup. If you detect any of the following unpleasant circumstances on your property, you may have a clogged sewer line and will need to contact a plumber as soon as possible.

Sewage Backup

The inevitable result of a clogged sewer line that is not repaired early enough, sewage backup is a clear indicator that there is a problem with your sewer main or a secondary sewer line in your home. If water seeps up through your bathtub drain after you flush the toilet or you hear a gurgling sound coming from drains in your home after running the dishwasher or washing machine, you should contact your plumber right away.

Foul Smells

If the putrid stench of raw sewage makes a presence in your home, it could be a sign of a clogged sewer line. Smells of raw sewage often accompany sewage backup, and typically come from the drains in the home.

Slow-Draining Plumbing Fixtures

If not one but several of the plumbing fixtures in your home start to drain more slowly than usual, it could be a sign of a clogged main sewer line. Inspect your drains and plumbing fixtures for signs that the drainage issues are caused by something other than sewage backup, and contact a plumber if you cannot find any or are unable to clear the drains on your own.

If you suspect that your home’s sewer line is clogged, waste no time in contacting a plumbing professional who specializes in sewer repairs. Serving the Sacramento area, Ace Plumbing offers efficient and effective snaking, hydro jetting, clog clearing, and trenchless sewer repair services. To arrange to have one of our experienced plumbers inspect your sewer line and restore it to good working order, call (916) 455-4548.

Plumbing Maintenance Tips for Your Home

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Modern plumbing spares us from menial tasks and health hazards that were a daily part of the life hundreds of years ago. Still, our plumbing fixtures are subject to heavy use, and are not immune to failure. If you aspire to keep your home’s plumbing infrastructure in tip-top shape and keep plumbing problems at bay, follow this essential plumbing maintenance advice.

Know Your Plumbing

It may be said that knowledge is the best form of plumbing maintenance . Familiarize yourself with the intricacies of the plumbing fixtures, hardware, and infrastructure in your home. Know what material your pipes are made of and what problems they are most susceptible to. Understand what can and cannot go down the drains in your home and follow these dos and don’ts with fervor.

Clean Drains Regularly

No matter how effectively you manage to keep forbidden liquids and objects from making their way down your drains, dirt and grime will accumulate in your drain trap or pipes. To keep this build-up to a minimum, flush your drains out with boiling water, baking soda, and vinegar once a week.

Attend to Problems Early

As soon as you detect a leaking faucet, a change in water pressure or hot water heater performance, or funny sounds or smells coming from the drains and pipes in your home, contact your plumber. If it is a problem you know how to repair, do not put off doing so. If it will require the expertise of a professional plumber, schedule an appointment immediately.

At Ace Plumbing in Sacramento, we have more than 40 years of experience carrying out plumbing and sewer repair services. If you are experiencing a plumbing problem and are looking to have a competent and licensed plumber whom you can trust attend to the problem, call Ace Plumbing at (916) 455-4548.

Proper Methods for Disposing of Kitchen Grease

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Cooking grease and oil are two of the most common causes of clogged drains and garbage disposals, and should never be poured down a drain or flushed down the toilet. If they are, they will almost certainly accumulate until they clog or block a pipe or water line in your home entirely. There is an easy and straightforward way for disposing of kitchen grease, and everyone in your household should be made aware of its importance.

After preparing a meal, allow oil, grease, and fat to cool to a manageable temperature before handling them in any way. Pour the grease into a non-recyclable container, freeze it, and then throw it away. Before washing your grease-clad dishes, use paper towels to wipe away remaining oil.

If you are reading this post a bit too late and have a blocked pipe that needs clearing in your Sacramento home, Ace Plumbing can help. To schedule a service appointment with one of our experienced drain cleaning, snaking, and hydro jetting professionals, call Ace Plumbing (916) 455-4548. For $20 off your next Ace Plumbing service , make sure to print out one of our coupons.

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How to Correctly Use a Plunger

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When used properly, a plunger can be a valuable tool. It can be used on clogged sinks, tubs, and toilets. Firstly, it is important to note that different plungers are appropriate for different jobs. A flange plunger should be used on a toilet, while a cup plunger is effective on tubs and sinks. You should also keep your plunger in good working order so that it can continue to create a seal. A tight seal is crucial; you can add petroleum jelly to the rim of the plunger for extra suction. Make sure that you are holding the plunger perpendicular to base of the sink, tub, or toilet you are attempting to unclog, and repeatedly thrust the plunger down for about 15 seconds.

Still have questions about how to correctly use a plunger? Talk to the professionals at Ace Plumbing . We have been providing the Sacramento area with plumbing, drain cleaning, and sewer repair services for more than 40 years. Find out more about our plumbing services by checking out our website or calling us at (916) 455-4548.

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