Are Flushable Wipes Really Safe to Flush?

Spoiler alert: The answer is no.

What are Flushable Wipes?

Flushable wipes are flat cores of wood pulp that have been treated with a variety of chemicals and plastics to make them more durable and absorbent. They are then moistened and packaged in a water-proof container designed with a convenient opening to pull out one wipe at a time, very similar to the well-known baby wipe. Flushable wipes are marketed as biodegradable and septic-safe, and as a result, millions of people use flushable wipes and toss them down the toilet when finished. Continue reading “Are Flushable Wipes Really Safe to Flush?”

Reasons for Clogged Drains

If you have a sink, bathtub, or shower that drains slowly, or suddenly not at all, you’re probably dealing with a clog. Clogs are very common in homes and businesses alike, but they are also very preventable! With just a few changes to your habits, you can keep substances that promote clogs out of your plumbing. 

The most common causes of clogs that we see on service calls include: Continue reading “Reasons for Clogged Drains”

Why Does My Toilet Keep Running?

Does the back of your toilet sound like it’s continuously refilling with water? What you’re actually hearing is the sound of your hard-earned cash trickling down your sewer pipes and heading to the closest wastewater treatment center. The important question now is how do you stop throwing money away and get the toilet back in shape? Continue reading “Why Does My Toilet Keep Running?”

Why Does My Main Drain Line Keep Clogging?

Plumbing clogs can quickly turn from minor inconveniences into total nightmares if left untreated. While unclogging smaller plumbing lines usually require no more than a pair of gloves, a plunger, or maybe even the dreaded “snake” tool, that’s nothing in comparison with the tools required to clear a major clog, whether at your home or business. Continue reading “Why Does My Main Drain Line Keep Clogging?”

Alternatives to Chemical Drain Cleaners

Like to keep your drains squeaky-clean, but don’t like all of the harsh chemicals in commercially-available drain cleaners? We don’t blame you. The ingredients in commercial drain cleaners can be toxic, especially to people who are sensitive, like children or the elderly, or have allergies.

Some of our favorite alternatives to commercial chemical drain cleaners include: Continue reading “Alternatives to Chemical Drain Cleaners”

Why You Should Consider a Whole Home Water Filtration System

Have you ever wondered what’s in the water coming through your faucet? Do you avoid home tap water in favor of bottled? Are you concerned about heavy metals, fertilizer runoff, and pollution? If so, you’re not alone!

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, between the years 1982 and 2015, between nine and 45 million people each year received their drinking water from a source that violated the Safe Drinking Water Act. With our water systems aging and pollution of all types at crisis levels, more and more people are starting to seek out uncontaminated water sources for drinking, bathing, and more. Continue reading “Why You Should Consider a Whole Home Water Filtration System”

What is High Water Pressure?

If you’ve ever lived somewhere with low water pressure, you’re likely all too familiar with the issues caused by the lack of pressure, such as shampoo residue left all over your hair. But, did you know that high water pressure is even worse?

High water pressure can cause damage to your home’s or business’ pipes, appliances, and structure.

Anything over 60 pounds per square inch, or PSI, is considered too high for a residential home or typical business. Most appliances like the 45-55 PSI range for optimal performance. Continue reading “What is High Water Pressure?”

Signs of a Busted Pipe

Regardless of if you own or rent your home, you’re likely going to deal with a busted pipe at some point in your life. While the pipes in your home are built to withstand constant water pressure, they are still vulnerable to flaws and external forces that can cause unforeseen damage. If you notice any of the signs below, you may have a busted pipe:

Water sounds you exactly can’t locate

Depending on the size of the break in your pipe, you may hear anything from a slow drip to a loud, roaring rush of water. If you ever hear water running in your home, but can’t locate the source, you should cut off the outside water valve (or call your landlord if you rent your home) and call a plumber immediately. Continue reading “Signs of a Busted Pipe”

Slow Draining Sink

Causes of a Slow Draining Sink

Whether you own or rent your home, you will eventually have to deal with a slow draining sink. A slow draining sink is caused by a partial clog, which is a clog that doesn’t completely stop the entire flow of water down the drain, but instead slows it down significantly. Partial clogs almost always build up over time. You may notice that the drainage slows slightly at first, but becomes slower and slower over time.

So what is actually causing the blockage? Well, it’s usually a slimy, disgusting mix of personal care products, soap scum, mildew, and maybe even solid debris. Continue reading “Causes of a Slow Draining Sink”