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Hydro-Jetting 101 for St Paul

Once in a while you will have a drain that’s become clogged; so clogged that you’ve got to call in the experts for removal. And, one of the remedies likely to be recommended is hydro jetting. But what is hydro jetting you ask? The professionals here at All Ways Drains are experts in hydro jetting for St Paul and are here to tell you more about it!hydro jetting

When it comes to plumbing, technology is constantly advancing and making once impossible or highly invasive jobs more cost-effective and less invasive. Hydro jetting is just one of those inventions. Hydro-jetting uses high pressure water to blast the inside of the pipes. Hydro jetting can cut through tough clogs like grease, dirt, and ice. This method not only clears the clog but it also cleans your pipes in the process!

At All Ways Drains we use state-of-the-art pumps to propel water through the line thus unclogging the drain. These extremely powerful, concentrated streams of water rush all the way through the pipes, thoroughly cleaning them and pushing out the blockage. Even the toughest clogs can’t stand up to hydro jetting.

Upfront, hydro jetting may seem like the pricier solution but in the long run it can actually save you some dough. How? Hydro jetting cleans the whole pipe, preventing future issues and their service calls. Hydro jetting is highly efficient and takes much less time compared to more traditional methods. So, if a plumber charges by the hour, this could lead to substantial savings.

Much of the time, traditional methods of unclogging a drain like snaking can get the job done. But, they are not comparable with the effectiveness of hydro jetting. Hydro jetting is also a great way to avoid future problems with your plumbing simply because it thoroughly cleans pipes as well as unclogs them.

And, compared to the chemicals and procedures involved in traditional plumbing methods, hydro jetting is far more environmentally friendly. Did you know it is even safe for homes and buildings positioned near water sources like rivers and lakes?

Many people might think hydro jetting is only for commercial use. However, it is more than appropriate for residential home plumbing troubles. Hydro jetting is a versatile system and works well for both large and small jobs.

Ready to learn more about hydro jetting for your St Paul area home or business? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Getting the Facts about Frozen Pipes: Damage Prevention & Repair

With a Minnesota winter comes freezing temperatures and with freezing temperatures come frozen pipes. When pipes freeze they run the risk of bursting and causing other majorly messy problems. In fact, did you know that frozen pipes are one of the leading causes of property damage in winter? So when you are having this type of problem with your pipes, it is important to have them repaired as soon as possible. Frozen and burst pipes fall under the category of a plumbing emergency because they can cause a lot of damage fast. As the trusted emergency plumber for Minneapolis and the surrounding areas, we would like to offer some additional facts about frozen pipes and how to prevent them. But, if you do encounter this major plumbing problem, don’t hesitate to contact our emergency plumber right away and we can work to remedy the problem as soon as possible.emergency plumber

Insulate Properly

It is important to insulate pipes most vulnerable to freezing by using pipe insulation. You should also seal and insulate any attic penetrations such as vents, plumbing stacks, electric and mechanical chases.

Keep Warm

Even if you go away for a few days or longer, you should never turn off your heating system completely. If temperatures drop and your pipes freeze, you could be welcomed home to a big mess. With new technology it’s easy to install a monitoring system that provides notifications if your home’s or business’ temperature dips below a pre-determined number. You should also have a reliable backup power source to ensure heat to the building even in a power outage.

Properly Seal the Exterior

Make sure to seal all cracks, holes, windows, doors, and other openings on exterior walls with caulk or insulation to prevent cold air from penetrating the wall cavity. If cold air penetrates the wall cavity it can directly impact the pipes and cause them to freeze.

Ideally, it is best not to expose water pipes to subfreezing temperatures, by placing them only in heated spaces and keeping them out of attics, crawl spaces and vulnerable outside walls.

Frozen water pipes can lead to burst pipes if proper precautions aren’t taken so be sure to follow these essential steps to protect your plumbing’s pipes!

This winter, if you open a faucet and no water comes out, don’t take any chances. Call our emergency plumber straight away. If a water pipe bursts, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve and call us as soon as possible. To contact an emergency plumber for your Minneapolis area home, call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Happy Holidays from All Ways Drains

As 2018 is coming to a close, we want to thank our clients for another successful year. We are grateful to continue serving the Twin Cities metro with our plumbing services. This would not be possible without the support and patronage from all of you!

We want to thank each and every one of you who has used our services this past year. We hope you will trust us for all your future plumbing and drain cleaning needs.

We wish each of you a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year!

Happy Holidays

No Hot Water? The Experts at All Ways Drains Have Got You Covered

Got cold water but no hot water coming from your shower and other areas of the home? Give us a call at All Ways Drains! As the experts in water heater repair for the Twin Cities, we can help get your water heater back in tip top shape in no time. Over the years we have received many questions about water heater repair and are here to help answer a few of them for you now. And, the moment you need help, give us a call and we will send someone out to take a look.Water Heater Repair Twin Cities

What should you do if you don’t have any hot water? Well, there a few steps you can take. The first thing you should do is check to see if the pilot light on your water heater is lit. Follow the directions on the heater to make sure that the pilot light is working properly. If you are unsure how to do this, call your local gas company. They may send out a serviceman, possibly at no charge, to help you. If you smell gas, contact your local gas company immediately so they can turn the gas off for you and your family’s safety and assess the situation.

Also, please note that many newer water heaters have no pilot light. Instead they have an electronic ignition. If you have followed the directions for your heater so that the pilot is lit (or it has an electronic ignition) and you know that the gas is flowing to the heater, but it’s still not producing hot water, try turning up the water temperature.

If you can’t get the hot water heater working, we can send out one of our experienced technicians to fix the problem for you. We will determine the source of the problem and fix it for you to get your hot water flowing again. If we determine your water heater requires replacement, we will let you know that as well.

When is water heater replacement necessary? Over time, sediment builds up in your water heater, causing issues and even water heater failure. If you want your water heater to be as efficient as possible, you should have a water heater replacement every 10-15 years. You can keep one functioning for a while after that point, but it you will be spending more money than is necessary.

So, don’t hesitate any longer; contact the experts at All Ways Drains! We are the experts in water heater repair for the Twin Cities and can also provide water heater replacement if necessary. Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Avoid These Holiday Plumbing Emergencies

The holidays are fast approaching. Are you expecting guests for Thanksgiving or any other impending holiday? Have you prepared for a possible plumbing emergency? With all of the cooking, washing, showering and flushing, the holidays can put a lot of stress on your plumbing. Many homeowners end up finding themselves with the need for an emergency plumber this time of year. But, no one wants to be without their plumbing when guests arrive. So, as an emergency plumber for Coon Rapids and the surrounding areas, we’ve come up with a few ways to help you avoid problems with your plumbing. But, if you do encounter a plumbing emergency, don’t hesitate to give our emergency plumber a call.

Frozen Pipes

One plumbing problem you may not have already thought of is frozen pipes. Pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are those that are exposed to severe cold. For example, outdoor water supply pipes in unheated interiors like basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces are most at-risk. Also, pipes that run against your exterior walls with little or no insulation are also subject to freezing. Make sure you turn off the proper valves before freezing temperatures hit. And, ensure you have proper insulation for your home. Also, don’t completely turn off the heat when you go away for long periods of time this winter. You could return home to a freezing house as well as some frozen pipes.emergency plumber coon rapids

Drain Clogs

Drains and pipes can handle quite a bit. However, many materials can really cause some big problems for them. Forcing materials down any drain can cause a clogged drain. Some of the materials you should never be putting down the kitchen sink include rice, pasta, egg shells, grease, potato skins, banana peels, celery, coffee grounds and more.

Bonus tip: After doing the dishes or preparing dinner, run hot water in your kitchen sink to make sure your drain is totally clear.

Toilet Clogs

When it comes to the bathroom, ensure you, your family and your guests know never to flush baby wipes, “flushable” wipes, napkins, feminine products or cotton balls. And, be sure you have stocked your bathroom with septic safe toilet paper. Even if you don’t have a septic tank, it is a good idea to have toilet paper that will be easy on the pipes.

We hope these tips will benefit your plumbing and pipes this holiday season! But if you do find yourself in need of an emergency plumber for your Coon Rapids home, call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or contact us to get a Free Estimate.