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Winter Weather: How To Prepare Your Plumbing

Winter is right around the corner here in Minnesota, and if you’ve lived here a while, you know how crucial proper winterization really is. When temperatures plummet, your home’s plumbing system is vulnerable; to protect it, you must be proactive about inspecting, cleaning, and insulating your pipes. If you’re not sure how to get started, our experts at Drain Blaster Bill can help. Below, we explain the necessary steps you need to take to make sure your drains and pipes are ready for winter.

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6 Ways You Can Prevent Clogged Drains

It’s safe to say clogged drains are one of the most prevalent plumbing problems there is—and one of the most aggravating. While minor clogs may only require a simple plunging to dislodge, more extreme clogs can leave your pipes severely backed up. To avoid major blockages that necessitate extensive, professional cleaning, it’s important to practice proper drain maintenance. What can do to prevent your drains from clogging? The experts at Drain Blaster Bill in the Twin Cities explain below.

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Liquid Drain Cleaners: Helpful or Harmful?

When you’ve got a drain blockage that just won’t budge, it can be tempting to head to your local hardware store for a bottle of drain cleaner. Easy and seemingly convenient, these cleaners are readily available and widely used—but are they actually helpful? Or might they be harming your plumbing? In most cases, quick fixes are just that—quick fixes. And generally, these types of fixes result in more work down the road, and potentially, further issue development. Such is the case with the majority of liquid drain cleaners found on the market today.

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Clearing a Clogged Drain: Snaking or Water Jetting?

Clogged drains are a problem that plagues every household from time to time, and fittingly, the question of how to clear those drains presents another conundrum. If you’re thinking of reaching for the store-bought drain cleaners, think again. Not only can those products damage your plumbing, but for certain types of clogs, they’re largely ineffective. Instead, professional drain cleaning services such as drain snaking and water jetting provide an effective, safe option when you’re drains are hopelessly clogged. Drain Blaster Bill discusses the differences between the two and when each is appropriate.

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How Routine Drain Maintenance Can Save Your Plumbing

How many times do you flush your toilet every day? Do you wash dishes? What about taking a shower? Assessments from the United States Geological Survey estimate that over the course of one day, each person in your household uses 80-100 gallons of water. If you have a 4-person household, that equates to nearly 400 gallons of water and other gunk flowing through your pipes each day! And just like you must maintain the fuel lines in your vehicle to ensure proper functioning, it’s important to maintain your drains, too. How does routine drain maintenance help ensure your pipes stay in good working order? Drain Blaster Bill explains below.

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Drain Snaking: Why You Should Leave it to the Professionals

Drains are one household convenience we tend to take for granted—that is, until they don’t work properly. When your system doesn’t flow as it should, water buildup can cause some serious frustration. Many people’s first course of action is to reach for the plunger in an attempt to unclog the pipe, but if it’s a serious clog, a plunger won’t cut it. Some people even attempt to snake their own drains, albeit unsuccessfully. On paper, snaking sounds like an easy, do-it-yourself job, but the truth is, you should leave it to the professionals. Below, Drain Blaster Bill explains why.

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How to Diagnose a Clogged Toilet

It happens to everyone: you finish using the bathroom, and suddenly, the toilet doesn't perform its job of flushing waste down the toilet. Whether it be an embarrassing situation as guest or something you have to deal with alone in the privacy of your own home, diagnosing the problem is the first step in the right direction. Thankfully, we're going to give you some insightful information on how to diagnose a clogged toilet and how to go about fixing whatever problem you may have with getting your waste down the drain. With this being said, here's a look at how to diagnose a clogged toilet.

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Five Reasons Your Dishwasher Might Be Clogged

Dishwashers make washing dishes easy, but there is nothing easy about them when food, paper, and scraps clog up a dishwasher and cause a backup. The occasional clog is normal considering the job a dishwasher does on a regular basis. However, a backup of dirty water is a problem no one wants.

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Restoring Flow in Your Drains

Clogged drains are common in both homes and businesses, but they aren't all fixed the same way. The material causing the clog, the material the drain is made from, and the type of drain all affect which methods are used to get the water flowing again. Here are some of the ways Drain Blaster Bill clears drain clogs:

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What are the Signs of a Clogged Main Drain?

All of your pipes flow down into the main drain. When that pipe gets clogged, nothing good will happen. The washing machine won't drain, the tub becomes a pool of standing water, and even the kitchen sink turns into a quagmire of grease. What about the toilet? You don't even want to think about the sea of stinking ick that could end up on your bathroom floor. Learn some common symptoms of a clogged drain, so you can call Drain Blaster Bill serving the Inner Grove Heights area before you are living a nightmare.

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