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Thank You and Happy Holidays from All Ways Drains

With the end of 2017 almost here, we want to take a moment to thank all our wonderful clients for their support. For more than 15 years, we have been serving the Twin Cities area with plumbing and drain cleaning services. We are thankful for another year in business, and it is only because of the support and patronage from so many of you!

As this year winds down, we just want to thank each and every one of you for choosing All Ways Drains, whether as a new or returning customer. We hope you will trust us with all your future plumbing needs!

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

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Ho Ho Hold Off Emergency Plumbing Repair with these Quick & Easy Tips

The holidays have arrived! Will you be enjoying the company of many family and friends this year? Will you be hosting the holiday dinner? Will guests be staying overnight? With all of the cooking and washing and showering (not to mention flushing!), the holidays can put quite a bit of stress on your plumbing. Many homeowners end up finding themselves with the need for an emergency plumber during the holidays and it couldn’t happen at a worse time! No one wants to be without functioning plumbing when a dozen guests are arriving for a festive evening. So, as an emergency plumber in St Paul, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you avoid the need to call. But, keep in mind that if your plumbing does require an emergency plumber, we are here to help!

Avoid Clogged Drains

Emergency Plumber in St PaulDrains and pipes can handle a lot. But, many materials can really wreak havoc on them. Flushing or forcing materials down any drain can cause a clogged drain. Here is just a short list of the top foods that that really stop up your drain:

  • Egg shells
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Grease
  • Potato skins
  • Banana peels
  • Celery
  • Coffee grounds

And, these are just the foods that don’t agree with piping. Here is a list of other items you should NEVER put down the drain or toilet:

  • Baby wipes, napkins, feminine products
  • Glue
  • Kitty litter
  • Gum
  • Cotton balls and other cotton products
  • And more

Avoid Frozen Pipes

Pipes that are most susceptible to freezing are those that are exposed to severe cold. For example, outdoor house bibs and 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.

There are a few things you can do for your plumbing and pipes this holiday season. Another great tip is, after doing the dishes or preparing dinner, run hot water in your kitchen sink to make sure your drain is totally clear. You can also pour a half cup of baking soda followed by a half cup of vinegar every couple of days to keep them clear.

If you do find yourself in need of an emergency plumber in St Paul, call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or contact us to get a Free Estimate.

In Hot Water: In Need of a Water Heater Replacement?

Water heaters are built to last quite a while, and deal with a lot of demand over the years. But eventually every water heater needs to be replaced. Is it time to take a look at your old water heater? Before the temperature drops and your dependence on a consistent supply of hot water increases, you should evaluate the health of your hot water heater. It is possible you may even require water heater replacement.

Whether you need repair or replacement, you should give All Ways Drains a call. We can come out to your home, inspect your water heater and let you know what repairs you need or set up a water heater replacement. Your water heater is important to the comfort level of your home, so don’t let it go unchecked! Sooner or later, you’re going to have to have the system replaced. And, the beginning of winter is not a bad time to do it because for the next few months you’ll probably be putting a bit more demand on it than usual.

Water Heater Replacement MinneapolisSo, don’t hesitate any longer; contact the experts at All Ways Drains! We are the experts in water heater replacement for Minneapolis and can also provide any repairs your water heater requires. But, what deems a replacement necessary? What are the causes for water heater replacement? Here are a few:

Old Age
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.

Frequent Repairs
Water heaters need repairs from time to time, just like any other system. Those repairs should be spaced out over years, however. If you need to repair your water heater every few months, it’s probably an indication that the system could use a replacement.

Poor Efficiency
As a system gets older it will wear down to the point that it starts to lose efficiency. If your water heater is having trouble coping with even a moderate amount of demand, it is time to schedule a water heater replacement.

Unsure if you’re experiencing any of these issues or don’t know what kind of water heater replacement you need? We are here to help! We can come out to your home to inspect your heater and perform necessary repairs or recommend a water heater replacement designed specifically for your household’s needs.

Interested in learning more about water heater replacement for your Minneapolis area home? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Drain Cleaning Strategies & Solutions

Don’t allow a clogged drain to ruin your day or even your week. A clogged drain can bring stress and lead to a variety of plumbing problems often resulting in costly repairs if left unchecked. But, there are some solutions and preventative measures to take that can help get your day and your drain running smoothly again. As experts in drain cleaning for St Paul, we would like to provide a few of the standby solutions to fix and avoid this nasty problem.

clogged drainOil & Grease Prevention

Always remember that no oil or grease should ever be dumped down a drain or otherwise allowed to infiltrate your plumbing system in any way. Grease does not flow smoothly in your pipes. Grease is substantially more viscous than other types of liquids that you send down the drain. It bogs and slows on its path through the piping networks and sticks to things massed within and even the pipes itself. If you dump oil and grease down your drain you will inevitably need a thorough drain cleaning.

And, the old myth of running hot water and sending grease down the drain via garbage disposal with it sounds like it would work. But, being that oil and water do not mix, steaming hot water will not aid in outflow of grease any more than cold water would.

Mesh Screens

Place mesh screens over all of your drains if you can, but especially bathtub or shower and kitchen sink drains to catch hair, food particles and more. This is a simple yet effective solution to avoid a drain cleaning down the line.

Water Jetting

Water jetting is a professional drain cleaning solution we like to use. It is a simple procedure with fantastic results. Fats, oils, grease and debris can clog your drain and case a nasty blockage and water jetting is one of the only ways to completely remove it. When a homemade or store-bought drain cleaner isn’t enough, that’s when you know you need to call the professionals at All Ways Drains. In fact we can cut roots with our water-jetters. If we decide water jetting is the best solution, we will use state-of-the-art pumps in order to propel water through your home’s pipeline. These extremely powerful, concentrated streams of water rush all the way through the pipe, thoroughly cleaning the pipes and pushing out the blockage.

Store Bought Drain Cleaners

Please stay away from those chemical drain cleaners that you find on store shelves. Continued usage of these products will do damage to the interior of your piping, setting you up for potentially costly repair in the future.

Do you need drain cleaning for your St Paul home? Call family and Veteran-owned All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate on our services.

A Few Reasons to Call Your Emergency Plumber

There are many plumbing issues that can arise within the intricacies of the plumbing system. Some of them are more urgent than others. As an emergency plumber in Maplewood, we have seen our fair share of plumbing problems big and small. Some of these must be addressed as soon as possible; even in the middle of the night. Some, however, can wait until the morning. Here are just a few of the common emergency issues that can arise as well as how we can repair them.

emergency plumber

Sewer Repair

Nothing’s worse than a sewer backup: the smell and sight of raw sewage seeping back up into your home can cause fear in anyone. It is definitely a stressful time when you are dealing with a sewer malfunction or backup, and you might not know what to do at first. All Ways Drains can help. We provide 24/7 live response to help you when you need it most. If you even start to notice a sewer smell around your house or hear gurgling when flushing the toilet, give your trusted emergency plumber a call! It’s always better to fix the problem before it becomes a much larger one.

Clogged Toilet

Because they have the most direct path to your sewer drain, a clogged or backed up toilet is sometimes the first indication there is a sewer backup problem somewhere in your home. Try flushing the toilets and note what happens. Does the water back up into the toilet or come back up through your shower drains? If so, you should call us as soon as possible to check to see if there is a sewer backup issue. The culprit is usually a partial or total clog. Our emergency plumbers can come out and diagnose the problem to see what’s going on.

Burst Pipes

If you are experiencing leaky or burst pipes, let us know. In the winter, frozen and burst pipes can be a problem. Call us at the first sign of trouble so we can get the pipes fixed and your water working again. Burst pipes can cause serious damage to the home so it is essential you have them taken care of as soon as possible.

Whatever plumbing emergency you are experiencing, we are available 24/7 for emergency service calls. So don’t hesitate, call All Ways Drains your emergency plumbers as soon as you notice something!

Do you want to learn more about how All Ways Drains can become your emergency plumber in Maplewood? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.