How a Plumber Knows What is Blocking the Drain

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Blocked drains can be a major headache when they happen; whether it’s a sink or a toilet drain that is blocked it’s something that needs to get sorted out as soon as possible. It’s not always obvious what is blocking the drain, so you may be wondering how professional plumbers know what the problem is and how they are able to clear blockages so quickly.

The truth is that plumbers may not always know exactly what is blocking a drain, but they do know how to resolve drain blockages, effectively and efficiently; click here for more information. We are going to take a look at some of the common causes of blocked drains, that a plumber may look for, and ways of clearing a blockage.

What can cause a blocked drain?

The causes of blocked drains are directly related to the use of the drain. In your kitchen drain blockages will normally be caused by grease and oil attaching themselves to the walls of the drain. The problem is then worsened by substances such as soap scum and food particles going down the drain. In your bathroom most drain blockages are due to human related items such as hair and dead skin which can become clogged in the drain over time. Blockages in your toilet are due to items which are hard to dissolve being flushed. This can simply be too much toilet paper or it can be items such as feminine hygiene products or dental floss.

What is the best way to unblock a drain?

If you have a blocked drain in your home then you can call a professional plumber to help. If you want to try and resolve the issue yourself then there are certain solutions you can try.

  • One of the best ways to unclog a sink drain is to pour boiling water down it. You should only use boiling water if you have metal pipes in your home. If the pipes are made from PVC you should use hot water. Using boiling water will probably not clear stubborn blockages but at the very least it should help to soften the blockage.
  • Making your own drain cleaner can work. Commercial drain cleaners should only really be used as a last resort; this is a good alternative.
  • If the blockage in a drain is stubborn you should try using a household plunger.
  • If you are having problems clearing a drain blockage it may be worth investing in a drain snake which can be sent down the drain to help with clearing any items which are stuck.
  • Plungers are the best thing to use on a blocked toilet. If you do not have a plunger to hand you can use an item such as a coat hanger with a plastic bag tied securely over the end.

You can see that a plumber does not necessarily know exactly what is causing a drain blockage, but experience helps them to know what likely causes are. If you have a blocked drain that you cannot resolve, you should call a plumber to help restore your drains to normal.

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Preparing Your Home for a Tornado

It’s funny how you have to prepare yourself for different natural disasters depending on where you live in the country. When we lived on the coast it was hurricanes. In the midwest it was tornadoes. I remember many times growing up having to go to the basement of our house or doing drills at school to prepare for these awful storms.

Tornado and high winds are some of the most destructive forces of nature. While tornadoes are frequent in the Great Plains, South, and Midwest, there is no state in the country that isn’t at risk. As the nation’s largest property insurer, State Farm wants to make sure you and your family are prepared for the destructive and potentially deadly force of a tornado.


How to Prepare Your Home a Tornado…Strengthen your garage. A garage door can be especially vulnerable during high winds so a reinforced, windowless door with vertical bracing is your best option.

Secure your windows. If you’ve heard you should open windows during a tornado to equalize pressure, you’ve heard wrong! Instead, investigate systems that clip plywood to your windows – no nailing necessary.

Maintain trees and shrubbery in your yard. Remove weak branches and eliminate trees that could fall on your home during a storm. Falling trees and blowing debris in storms often cause fatalities and severe structural damage.

Store important documents such as birth certificates, wills, and certificates of ownership in a fire- and water-proof safe in a secure location away from your residence. In the event your home is damaged or destroyed, you will still be able to access vital documents.

Create and maintain a home inventory to make sure you have the right insurance protection, and in the event of a loss, simplify the claims process.

For more infomation from State Farm about preparing for a tornado click here.

Have you been in a tornado before?

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