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Continuing in our ever important tips and pointers from your friend’s at the number one choice in Raleigh professional plumbing, Poole’s Plumbing, regarding the importance of keeping clean drains and painting them as best you can for not only efficiency, but to avoid unneeded costs and even eventual flooding, this post focuses on several ways that you can once again “do-it-yourself,” as we instruct you in easy to read steps, How to clear a clogged sink drain.

  • Remove the sink’s drain stoppers.
  • Remove any visible debris.
  • Clamp the dishwasher hose where it is attached to the drain line or disposal under the sink. This will prevent dirty water from backing up into the dishwasher.
  • Fill the sink with 3 to 4 inches of water.
  • Use a wet rag to block off one of the sink drains if you have a double bowl sink.
  • Use a plunger to plunge the open drain until the standing water swirls down the drain unimpeded. *Never plunge a drain into which you have already poured any drain cleaners or chemicals!
  • If there is a disposal, and it’s not working or is making a loud humming noise when turned on, it is likely jammed with something. Turn it off, and either unplug the cord under the sink if it has a plug, or turn off the circuit breaker in your main panel box for safety.
  • Insert the disposal wrench if you have it or an allen wrench up into the center of the bottom of the disposal and rotate it to clear any debris and make sure that the cutting blades can rotate freely inside the unit.
  • If the disposal made no noise at all when you turned it on, check the internal circuit breaker that is also on the bottom of the unit, and make sure it is not popped out. If it is, press it inward to reset it.
  • Now plug the disposal back in or turn the circuit breaker in the panel box back on, and turn the disposal on again. If it still does not operate, consider calling a plumber.

The Raleigh water heater specialists at Poole’s Plumbing specialize in an array of services, with one being installation and servicing of your water heater. With a wide selection of both Tankless Water Heaters and conventional model water heaters from all of the most trusted name in plumbing products at your disposal with our Raleigh water heater specialists at Poole’s, deciding whether or not  Tankless Water Heaters are the right fit for you is one that should be weighed out carefully.

The website, howstuffworks.com recently did an in depth analysis that can help you to properly analyze whether Tankless Water Heaters would be the most cost effective and best fit in your home or place of business, detailing both the benefits and drawbacks as follows:

Benefits:

  • Most Tankless Water Heaters come with a federal tax rebate of $300.
  • They never run out of hot water.
  • They last five to 10 years longer than tank heaters.
  • They’re more efficient with no standby heat loss.
  • Tankless Water Heaters take up less space and can even be installed on walls or outdoors with an anti-freeze kit.
  • Smaller units can be installed under cabinets or in a closet, closer to the point of use.
  • They only need enough power to heat the amount of water necessary at any given moment.
  • You can shave as much as 20 percent from your water heating bill.
  • Electric models don’t produce greenhouse gases.
  • Most units are operated by remote control and have up to four separate settings available.
  • There’s no possibility of flooding due to a ruptured tank.

Drawbacks:

  • They cost up to three times as much as a tank water heater.
  • Your hot water output is split among all your household fixtures.
  • You may need to add a larger natural gas line to supply the unit with enough fuel.
  • Venting gas and propane units requires expensive stainless steel tubing.
  • Electric models may require an additional circuit.
  • Gas-powered units produce greenhouse gases.
  • Gas units require the additional expense of an annual servicing.
  • Electric models require a lot of energy.
  • They need a minimum flow rate of .5 GPM in order to activate the heat exchanger.
  • Lag time can require you to run your water in order to get to the hot water, increasing water waste.

Other Considerations:

  • Water heating accounts for about 20 percent of your home energy budget.
  • A whole-house electric model costs $500-$700.
  • A whole-house gas model costs $1,000-$2,000.
  • Electric models are generally cheaper to install than gas.
  • Natural gas is less expensive now, but expected to surpass electricity in the coming years.
  • A standard bathtub holds about 35 gallons, soaking tubs hold between 45-80 gallons.

The decision to “go tankless,” or to “go conventional,” when it comes to your selection in  a water heater is all yours, but hopefully with  some of the pros and cons here provided by us, your trusted Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing, your decision can be one a bit more educated and as always, we would be happy to assist not only in the installation, but also in giving any final advice on last minute questions you may have when it comes replacement time.

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Keeping the drain in your sink or bathtub  is important for many reasons and can be done with very little effort to help avoid running into costly and possibly dangerous plumbing issues. The problems that could arise from a clogged drain range in severity from wanting avoid those pungent and unpleasant odors to the touch more serious issue of getting pesky drain gnats. Also, failing to keep your drains clean will lead to buildup that can cause water in your sink or tub to empty at a much slower rate.

Contrary to popular belief, keeping your drains clean and clear is really a simple process that can be done at home as long as you are willing to take a few minutes every few days to do so. The easiest method of avoiding buildup is to run scalding hot water through all drains in your home every couple days to make sure that there is no clogging. There are also many available products you can uy relatively cheap that can keep your drains smelling clean and fresh. If you do notice buildup starting or that your drain is becoming clogged you should always address the issue as early as possible, as not doing so could prove an expensive and messy mistake.

A clogged drain is not necessarily an immediate reason to panic as there are many simple remedies that can  clear them, right in your home. Most of these solutions are made from items that you can find in most households. One such method is to pour a tablespoon of baking soda into the drain and immediately follow that with a ¼ cup of either lemon juice or vinegar before leaving it to sit for 30 minutes. Finally, run hot water through the drain and repeat this weekly to stay clear of buildup and to prevent future clogs. Another easy at home method is to pour a strong salt water mixture through your drains to keep grease from building up and to reduce bad odors.

If you have tried these remedies and found they did not work, there are many popular and potent chemical solutions that can be purchased at nearly any store or supermarket that could do the trick.  If these chemicals do not work, it is best to call a your friends and the most trusted of all Raleigh professional plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing, who will be able to remove any blockage and have your drains flowing freely in short order.