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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.

Low Water Pressure in the Twin Cities Metro

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Your water pressure may be low for one or more reasons.

If every home in your neighborhood has low water pressure, the problem may not be related to your house, but to the entire area in which you live. In this case you’ll need to handle the problem by contacting the utility company that supplies your neighborhood with water and alert them to the problem. However, if your neighbors have good water pressure and your home does not, or parts of your home do not, then here are some steps you can take that may help to detect and resolve the low water pressure:

  • Find out which of your plumbing fixtures has low pressure.
  • If the low water pressure issue is isolated to a single faucet, you can check for a clogged faucet or damaged washer. If the problem is in your shower, see our section on Low Water Pressure in Shower.
  • If you can’t determine the cause, you can request a check by your water supplier. The serviceman may discover that a valve to the entire house or to an individual fixture is partially closed.  Or, give us a call to schedule our service and we’ll come out right away to solve the problem for you.
  • If the cause is still not clear, your house may have older pipes that have rusted or become clogged with lime deposits. Your house may need new piping, and we can help you obtain an estimate for doing this type of work. Also see the section on Rusted Pipes .

Low Water Pressure in Shower

  • Sometimes the water pressure in a home is fine, but the pressure in the shower is low. There may be a problem in the pipe leading to the showerhead, or the showerhead may be clogged.
  • To check whether the problem is the pipe or the showerhead, start by unscrewing the showerhead from the pipe.
  • Turn on the water so that you can check the flow coming from the pipe. If the water flow from the pipe seems to be okay, then probably the head needs cleaning or replacing. If the flow coming from the pipe is the problem,then that’s an entirely different problem and if you give us a call we can quickly evaluate the situation for you.
  • If the head is clogged, locate a small disc or screen where the water comes into the head. Before taking it out, notice which side is facing outward so that you can replace it correctly. If you need to, slide a knife or razor blade under it to pry it out.
  • If the screen is only slightly clogged, you can try using a straight pin or something similar to clean out the holes. If it is thickly coated with mineral deposits, let the shower head and screen soak in vinegar for a few hours. Then scrub off remaining deposits.
  • Rinse the showerhead and screen with water. Replace the screen and screw the showerhead back on.

If you’re still experiencing low water pressure at your Twin Cities Metro home or commercial business, contact us today by calling (612) 922-9422 or Contact us Online.

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