Posts Categorized: Plumbing Tips

What to Do If a Pipe Bursts

One of the worst things that can happen during the winter months is a burst pipe. When there is water in the pipes of your home and the pipes are not properly insulated, the water can freeze and expand. When the water expands beyond the pipes’ capacity, it can cause the pipes to break. Any water that is in the pipes or flowing into them could end up flooding your home. If this happens at your house, your first step is to call a residential plumber. Maplewood residents have trusted us for years when they need help with a plumbing emergency. Here are other things you should do as well. Make sure you try to collect the flowing water in some type of bucket or… Read more »

Four Tips for Winterizing Your Plumbing

It’s fall and with it comes cooler temperatures. Winter will be here before you know it, so it is time to start figuring out what chores you need to tackle before the worst of the cold hits. As a plumbing contractor serving Shoreview and the surrounding areas, we have seen our share of burst pipes and other weather-related plumbing issues. So we thought we would give some tips on how to get your plumbing system ready for winter. Tip 1: Insulate your pipes Take the time to insulate any pipes that run through unheated areas of your home. You can get polyethylene or fiberglass to use for insulation, and you might want to consider wrapping the pipes in heat-tape before you insulate them as well…. Read more »

How to Plan for a Flood

Flash floods can strike at any time. The day could be nice and sunny, but with one good thunderstorm, the next thing you know creek beds are overflowing and there is high water all around. While these things happen sometimes without any warning, there are still a few things you can do to prepare yourself, your family and your home. And if the worst happens and you need help after a flood or for any other plumbing emergency, call us and we can send a plumber to your Edina home. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions on how to prep for a flood: Pack an emergency kit. The kit should have bottled water, nonperishable food, band-aids and other medical supplies, a portable radio,… Read more »

What to Do about a Sewer Backup

It is every homeowner’s worst nightmare: the smell and sight of raw sewage seeping back up into your home. It is definitely a stressful time when you are dealing with a sewer backup, and you might not know what to do at first. All Ways Drains can help with you are experiencing sewer backup in your Roseville home, but in the meantime, here is what you can do while you wait for us to arrive. First things first: check your toilets sinks and waste pipes and if you spot any blockages, try to clear them out with a plunger or a snake. Do not reach in with your bare hands, as this is unsafe and unsanitary. If you are not sure how to clean out… Read more »

How to Avoid Clogged Drains

Clogged drains aren’t just a nuisance. They can actually lead to a variety of other plumbing problems and, if left unchecked, could result in costly repair work. So how can you avoid a clogged drain in your Coon Rapids home? Here are a few tips! Avoid chemical drain cleaners If you have a clogged drain, it is probably quite tempting to get some chemical drain cleaner and pour it down the drain. However, this can actually have the opposite effect of what you want to happen. Drain cleaners can erode cast iron pipes, plus they sometimes do not take care of the entire clogged drain, which means the problem will happen again anyway. You can call us and we can come out and snaked the… Read more »