What To Do To Avoid 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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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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