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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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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How to Easily Fix a Running Toilet

February 19, 2020

A running toilet is not only annoying, but it also increases your water bill. You could turn off the water supply to the toilet, but this means that you cannot flush the toilet. Here are three reasons why your toilet could be running constantly and what you can do to fix the problem. 1. Flapper Is Not Sealing Remove the cover from the back of your toilet and look at the bottom of the tank. The flexible rubber cover around the drain hole is the flapper. Use a long stick to gently press the side of the flapper. If the...

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5 Benefits to Hydro Jetting

January 18, 2020

Hydro jetting is a cleaning process for the plumbing in your home. It uses pressurized water to clean everything out of the pipes by forcing water throughout the system. There are five main benefits. 1. Removes All Residue Hydro jetting will clear out everything in your home’s pipes. This can include soap scum, food, balls of hair, grease, dirt and sand. These materials can build up over time and cause clogs. 2. Removes Harmful Bacteria Bacteria builds up in your plumbing system over time. This results in terrible smells in your kitchen and bathrooms. You also don’t want to be...

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History of Plumbing in Seattle

January 16, 2020

It may seem difficult to believe, but there was a time when Seattle didn’t have a plumbing system. It now has one of the best systems in the nation, especially when it comes to water leak detection. Here’s an overview of how this happened. The Early Days When Seattle was established in 1851, people used either an outhouse or privy. They hauled water out of Elliot Bay to use in their homes. In the middle of the 1800s, wealthy people started putting the newly invented toilet in their homes. They were hooked up to a central sewage system that emptied...

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What Are the Different Types of Septic Systems?

January 10, 2020

There are several different kinds of septic systems homeowners may have installed. An experienced septic system provider like in Puyallup can help you decide which one is best for your particular situation and assist you with maintenance. It’s a long-term decision, so choosing the right type to install is important. Here are a few of the most popular septic systems: Septic Tank A septic tank is a watertight box buried underground. It receives raw waste and partially treats it. Heavy solids fall to the bottom while lighter solids float to the top. The solids stay in the tank, and wastewater...

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How Prevent and Thaw Frozen Pipes?

January 1, 2020

Frozen pipes are a potential problem every winter. When you know how to prevent and thaw frozen pipes, you can ease your worries on cold nights. If you follow the tips below, it’s very unlikely you’ll ever have frozen pipes. Keep the Bathroom and Kitchen Sink Cabinets Open on Cold Nights When it drops below 21 degrees outside, your pipes are at risk of freezing. You can help prevent them from freezing by opening the cabinet doors under your bathroom and kitchen sink. This allows warm air inside to keep the pipes warmer. Drip Cold Water From the Faucet on...

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3 Tips to Avoid Costly Winter Plumbing Leaks

November 15, 2019

The winter can be harsh, especially on your plumbing. The cold can cause water to freeze and even possibly break the pipes when it expands. Don’t let this happen to you. Here are three tips to avoid costly winter plumbing leaks. 1. Insulate Pipes You insulate your home to keep it from getting too cold in the winter. You should do this to your pipes, too. There is special insulation made specifically for pipes. It covers the pipes, stopping the cold from affecting the water inside. This will help prevent the water in the pipes from freezing, even in the...

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