Frequently Asked Drain Cleaning Questions

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How can I prevent clogs?

The easiest way to avoid clogging your drains is to NEVER rinse fat or cooking oil down the kitchen sink. Fats will solidify as they cool, trapping loose particles and allowing them to build up until you have a blockage. To prevent clogs in drains in the bathroom, fit all tub and shower drains with a strainer in order to catch hair, soap chips and other material, and clean the strainer regularly.


Are commercial drain cleaners safe for pipes?

Commercial drain cleaners are alright for a minor clog, but we recommend that they never be used on a drain that is completely closed. These products contain caustic ingredients that will sit in your pipes at the location of the clog and slowly eat away at the interior. This can cause severe damage. Call a plumbing professional to safely clear a stopped-up drain.


I think my toilet tank is leaking. How can I be sure?

It’s surprising how much money a small leak from your toilet tank into the bowl can cost over time. If you suspect a leak, simply put a few drops of food colouring into the toilet tank and check the bowl after ten minutes or so. If the colour is present in your bowl, you’ve got a leak.


How do I clear a jam from my garbage disposal?

It is sometimes possible to insert an Allen wrench at the bottom of your disposer and clear a jam by cranking it. If this attempt fails, the disposer should not be used. Operating a jammed garbage disposal can damage the motor, or even affect your home electrical system. P. Murray Contractors Ltd is usually able to clear a jammed disposer, but if we can’t it will probably need to be replaced.


I have low water pressure in my home. What’s up with that?

A number of things can lower the water pressure in your home, including a malfunctioning or partially-closed shut-off valve, a crimp or blockage in the water line, or a build up of deposits in older, galvanized pipes. If your neighbours are not experiencing the same pressure loss, the problem is probably located between the water meter and your home. A call to P. Murray Contractors Ltd will identify the problem and our technician will explain your options and provide you with a free estimate of repair costs.


What are the indications of a broken water pipe?

The first indication that you have a broken water line might be an alarmingly high water bill, but you should also watch for standing water in your yard and listen for the sound of running water when no faucets or appliances are using water. If you suspect you have a broken water line, don’t delay. Call P. Murray Contractors Ltd at 604.988.0671 for a free inspection and estimate of costs.


What can I do about roots in my sewer line?

Roots from trees and shrubs will enter even the smallest opening in a sewer pipe and develop hair-like masses of root systems at each point of entry. These masses trap toilet tissue, grease, and other detritus from your drains that will continue to build up until the pipe is completely blocked. And because roots continue growing if they are not treated, they will expand until they break the pipe, which will then need to be repaired or replaced. P. Murray Contractors Ltd can usually clear roots from a sewer line by snaking the line to create an opening and then adding chemicals that will kill any roots that remain.


Have more questions? Call 604-988-0671 to schedule a free estimate and consultation.

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