How to Fix a Clogged Drain

May 14, 2020

We at in Puyallup, WA, understand the frustration of a clogged drain. In some instances, you will need to contact a professional plumber. Sometimes, though, you may have a simple clog that you can easily take care of yourself. There are many different methods for unclogging bathroom and kitchen sinks that will save you the expense of calling a professional. We have outlined the best methods below. If none of these methods is successful, you will at least know that you tried. At that point in time, we recommend calling for assistance. Unclogging Your Drains Using Boiling Water The least...

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Planting Trees and Avoiding Your Drain Field

April 20, 2020

Planting trees around your home can quickly improve the curb appeal of your property. In addition, mature trees can provide a lot of shade that can help keep your home in Puyallup comfortable in the summer without having to use your air conditioner as much. On top of that, the tree roots help hold the soil in your yard in place, which helps prevent erosion. With all of these benefits in mind, it makes sense to plant a few well-placed trees around your property. When planting trees, though, it’s important to keep several details in mind that will ensure a...

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Don’t Mess Up a Good Meal by Clogging the Sink

April 11, 2020

Are you cooking a special meal this holiday weekend? Or maybe you’re ordering food to go this year. Either way, there’s always a chance for clogged kitchen drains, toilet back-ups, or clogged main sewer lines if you aren’t careful with what you are allowing to go down your drains. To help you avoid the expense and inconvenience of these types of plumbing problems, we’ve compiled a list of a few tips: Use a sink strainer to keep food from going down the drain. When you are finished cooking (or cleaning – as in the case of bathroom drains), place a...

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Preventing Clogged Drains

April 2, 2020

Because clogged drains are such a common problem, it’s generally not a surprise when they happen – usually at the most inconvenient moments. What may be surprising is that there are a number of things you can do to avoid having clogged drains in your home that can lead to more serious plumbing problems. These tips apply to homes connected to a sewer system. TAKE PROPER CARE OF YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL Although it may seem that you should be able to put any kind of food down your kitchen sink’s garbage disposal without causing a problem, that’s not actually the...

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What To Do When My Septic Alarm is Going Off

March 30, 2020

Septic tanks typically come with alarms for a good reason. It is extremely important that you know if your septic system has a problem because the result could be pretty catastrophic. The septic alarms are meant to go off when the water level in your septic system’s pump tank is either too high or too low because either condition can cause damage to the system and should be prevented. WHY IS THE ALARM GOING OFF? If the septic alarm goes off, there are generally several reasons why: Power – Someone may have just turned off the power switch. Check to...

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Should I Be Using Chemical Drain Cleaning to Clear My Drains?

March 27, 2020

Numerous septic tank chemical additives products are readily available in the marketplace today. Manufacturers claim that these additives are designed to “rejuvenate” bacterial populations living in a septic system, which can easily be destroyed by household chemicals. Other enzyme type-additives are intended to reduce fats, oils, and grease in a septic tank and supposedly minimize the need for pumping. However, this marketing can be very misleading. In fact, additives are not needed to enhance the normal function of a septic system. Don’t be fooled! They have no proven benefit, can contain questionable ingredients, and can be costly. Drain Cleaners Can...

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Tips To Minimizing Sink Backups

March 25, 2020

Most of us never think about the many things we do every day that affect our sewer system. But, the reality is, our sewer lines are hard at work with every flush of the toilet, each time we turn the faucet on, use the dishwasher or start the washing machine. So, all it takes is one clog in the line to create a plumbing crisis that could cost thousands of dollars to solve. For this reason, learning to prevent sewer line backups is very important. Here are some tips that can help homeowners avoid sewer line obstructions. Most flushable products...

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How to Unclog Your Bathtub

March 23, 2020

With all the soap, hair, shampoo, and debris that find their way down your bathtub drain, it isn’t surprising that it clogs every so often. When this happens, there are a few things you can try but if they don’t work, you may have no choice but to call a plumber to unclog your bathtub.   Remove the stopper Many tubs have a built-in drain stopper that you can remove and check for any visible obstructions. You will often find hair and accumulated debris at the drain opening that can be identified right away as the problem.   Remove any...

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FloHawks is here for you during the COVID-19 crisis

March 18, 2020

Amid the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we want to update you on actions taken by FloHawks Plumbing and Septic to maintain business operations. We want to emphasize that FloHawks remains open for business and is committed to carrying out our work for our customers under these challenging circumstances. We’ve taken precautionary measures, following guidance from government and public health authorities, to ensure the health and well-being of our customers, employees, and their families. We have been around for over 50 years, and because of this experience and our line-of-work, we know how to handle hazardous pathogens like viruses, bacterium, and...

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Sink Leaks That You Can Fix Yourself

March 6, 2020

If you’ve ever had a plumbing problem with your sink, you know how inconvenient it can be. Since you depend on your sinks for teeth-brushing, hand-washing, and a variety of other tasks, a problem with one of the sinks at your home in the Puyallup area can cause delays that leave you frustrated. For many sink repairs, it’s a good idea to call the professionals at FloHawks to ensure you don’t wind up with a major plumbing emergency on your hands. Other sink leaks and plumbing problems, though, are fairly simple to fix on your own if you have the...

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