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Keep Your Drains from Clogging

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Drains are no mystery. They’re the pathways by which wastewater is taken from your home and deposited in a wastewater treatment plant where it can be cleaned and recycled. In order for this process to work efficiently, however, your drains need to be kept clear of any large amounts of food waste or other materials that could block them. Thus, we have the age-old tradition of trying to avoid drain clogs.

There are two kinds of people in the world—people who think drain clogs are inevitable and people who fight against the possibility of getting one. For the first kind of person, a plumber in East Norriton, PA is always available to help you. For the second kind of person, this blog post is dedicated to you!

We’re going to discuss some handy tools that you can take advantage of if you’re looking to stop a drain clog from forming in the first place.

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Kitchen Plumbing Components: The P-Trap

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Most of the plumbing in a house remains hidden behind walls, in ceilings and floors, or in rooms people rarely enter. Ironically, a part of the plumbing that people often see, the U-shape in the drainpipes beneath the sinks, is one that few people understand. Perhaps because we are so used to seeing this shape, we don’t stop to think about what it actually does.

That U-shape is called the p-trap, and it serves a key function in your plumbing. Sometimes it will require repairs and unclogging; when that happens, call for experts in plumbing in Blue Bell, PA from Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling. We offer same day service, satisfaction guaranteed.

The Basics of the P-Trap

The p-trap (so-called because it resembles a capital P when viewed on its side) traps water after it runs through the drainpipe. Water comes to rest in the dip, and this forms a liquid plug against the escape of sewer gas. The decomposition of waste further down the pipe will rise to exit the drain, but the water in the p-trap is sufficient most of the time to block it.

A p-trap can dry up if a sink isn’t used for a long period of time, such as a sink in a guest room. When this happens, sewer gas will start to escape from the waste water lines and enter the room, creating an unpleasant odor. You can fix this problem easily by running water down the drain for a minute to fill up the trap once more.

The p-trap can also trap other items aside from water: hair, soap scum, grease, and small objects like toys that fall down the drain. This will eventually lead to clogging. Sometimes a plunger will do the job of clearing the clog, but if that doesn’t work, you’ll need to call a plumber to use a drain snake, hydro-jetter, or even dismantle the p-trap’s pipes to eliminate the blockage.

Problems with the p-trap are simple issues for plumbers to resolve, so don’t let mistakes from do-it-yourself solutions beyond a plunger make the issues worse. Call up professionals to handle your problems with your plumbing in Blue Bell, PA. Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling has 30 years of experience to bring to the job.

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Common Problems with Kitchen Plumbing

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

The plumbing in your kitchen is one of the most important components within your home. Whether you are washing vegetables for dinner, cleaning up dishes afterwards, or putting food scraps through the garbage disposal, you cannot put too much emphasis on the role that this modern convenience plays in your day to day life. That is why you must contact a professional plumber the moment you notice any problems with your kitchen plumbing in Radnor, PA. Call Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today if you are concerned about the condition of any kitchen plumbing component in your home. No matter how minor the issue may be, it can cause serious disruption if given enough time.

One of the most common problems with kitchen plumbing that homeowners must deal with is a clogged drain in the kitchen sink. This isn’t very surprising, considering all of the soaking and scrubbing that goes on in there. Even when you put traps in the drains, it is impossible to completely prevent every bit of food waste from working its way into the drain. While clogged and slow moving drains are not often a high priority for many homeowners, they can actually lead to some pretty serious issues if left to their own devices. There is a fair amount of pressure in your pipes, obviously, and when a blockage throws off that pressure, cracked or even burst pipes can be the result.

Another very common issue that many homeowners wind up dealing with is a damaged garbage disposal. Garbage disposals are not used with the same frequency that many other plumbing components are. They are very susceptible to damages due to human error, though. A lot of people fail to realize that they cannot just put whatever they want down their garbage disposal. Very hard items or fibrous foods, such as corn husks and celery stalks, can result in damages to the appliance. Remember too that grease and fats from cooking are only a liquid when they are hot. If you put them down your drain and through your garbage disposal you can wind up with coagulated, solidified grease in your system.

For more information about common problems with kitchen plumbing in Radnor, PA, call Carney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. We’ll give you the information you need to use your kitchen plumbing, and all the other plumbing components throughout your home, properly. Call now to schedule any plumbing services you may need.

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