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Blocked Drains: Causes and How to Avoid Them

Blocked drains are a huge hassle sometimes. You have to deal with water overflowing and other related problems. When it comes to drain cleaning in Minneapolis, we here at All Ways Drains have learned a few things over the years. Here are some common causes of blocked drains and what you can do to avoid them.

One of the worst culprits we see when we are called for our drain cleaning services is hair. Long hair is an especially big problem since they tend to cause a drain to back up even more than short hair. You can get an inexpensive hair catcher and put it on top of your shower’s drain. This will help to catch hair before it falls into the drain and necessitates a call to us for drain cleaning!

Toilet paper is clog-creator. Sure, it’s designed to be flushed away, but did you know that if there are big clumps of it in your toilet, it won’t flush away as easily? We are sure you have found this out the hard way if your toilet has ever backed up and overflowed! So the best way to avoid this problem and the need for drain cleaning is to flush often if you know you are going to be using a lot of toilet paper.

The drain in your kitchen is also blocked by food and grease. Food like gravy easily congeals and leaves a greasy residue that can cause your drain to back up. The best way to avoid this mess is to throw food out in the garbage can. If you are throwing away grease, it’s best to pour it into a glass jar first and then throw it away.

For more information on drain cleaning in Minneapolis, call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or get a Free Estimate.

Twin Cities Clogged Drains

SAFETY TIP # 1: Do not pour caustic liquid drain cleaner into a drain that is completely clogged. The caustic ingredients can get trapped in your pipes and cause severe damage.

SAFETY TIP #2: Do not use a plunger on a drain if you have poured caustic drain cleaner into it. Caustic chemicals in the pipes could splash up during plunging.

If you haven’t poured caustic drain cleaner down the clogged drain, you can try unclogging it by using a time-honored drain opener, the rubber plunger. This inexpensive tool will usually break up the clog and allow it to float away. Remember though, it may take more than a few plunges to do the trick.

1. Fill the drain or toilet with enough water to cover the cup of the plunger. (If you have a double sink, make sure that you plug up the other sink drain with a stopper or wet rag.)

2. Put the plunger in the water, making sure to let all the air out of the cup. A plunger works only when the entire cup is completely filled with water.

3. Press the cup flat against the sink or toilet to form a seal.

4. Plunge up and down rapidly. If you are not feeling much resistance or if you hear the water sloshing around inside and you are working on a double sink, make sure that the other drain is plugged.

5. If you are plunging a sink, once the clog has been loosened, run hot water through the drain to flush it out.

6. If plunging didn’t do the trick, drop a handful of baking soda with 1/2 cup of vinegar down the drain, followed by 6 cups boiling water. Let this mixture sit overnight. In the morning flush with more water.

7. An enzyme drain cleaner (available in stores) may also unclog your drain.

8. To read about other reasons for clogged drains, you can also see our section on Rusted Pipes.

If your efforts have been unsuccessful, you can call us at (612) 922-9422 or Contact us Online for advice, or you can schedule a service call to have one of our expert technicians evaluate and solve the problem!

Preventing Clogs in St. Paul and Minneapolis

  • Buy and install a little strainer to place over the drain for trapping food, hair, soap, etc. Clean the strainer regularly.
  • Collect cooking fats in a container such as a can and dispose of it in the garbage rather than pouring fats down the drain. Fats can solidify in cold pipes and create clogs.
  • Pour a kettle of boiling water down the kitchen drain weekly to melt fat that might be building up.
  • Pour a mixture of a handful of baking soda with 1/2 a cup of vinegar down the kitchen drain weekly. This will break down fat and keep the drain smelling fresh too.

If you want more advice on how to prevent clogs at your St. Paul or Minneapolis home, contact us today by calling (612) 922-9422 or Contact Us Online.

Faucet Problems in St. Paul

If your sink faucet is making a clunking sound or if it’s dripping, it can often be fixed by replacing the rubber washer. Take apart the faucet and pull out the old washer.

When replacing the old washer, be sure to bring it to the hardware store – you’ll need to find an exact replacement to ensure a perfect fit.  If you need us to do the repairs, we’re only a phone call away!

Contact us today by calling (612) 922-9422 or Contact us Online for all your St. Paul faucet problem repairs!

No Hot Water in Minneapolis

If you have cold water, but no hot water and you have a gas water heater, check the pilot light. 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 with the heater.

As a note, 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.

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. Contact us today by calling (612) 922-9422 or Contact us Online.