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Which Household Drains Are Most Likely to Clog?

Curious about what’s causing your clogged drains? Learn about the most common household drain clogs and what causes them from the experts at Drain Blaster Bill’s.

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Drain Cleaning vs. Drain Clearing: Is There a Difference?

If you’re dealing with a drain blockage, you’ve likely done a bit of research to determine whether you can tackle the problem on your own. While it may be possible to clear a minor drain clog by yourself, nine times out of ten, amateur techniques don’t deliver long-term results. At Drain Blaster Bill’s, many of our clients admit they’ve attempted to clear a clog, only to find that it reforms within days. That’s because drain clearing and drain cleaning are two distinct processes, both of which require professional expertise to be successful. Before you attempt to take action on that blockage, take a moment to learn which approach your drain requires, and who is most appropriate for the job.

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9 Things That Never Belong in Your Drains

Are you guilty of putting things down your drains that don’t belong there? Even if it’s unintentional, putting certain items down your drains can do a number on your plumbing. Sure, washing waste down your drains is usually more convenient than tossing it in the trash, but that doesn’t make it a great idea. At Drain Blaster Bill, we see an endless stream of drain blockages, and the majority of them result from debris accumulation within your pipes. So, to help you keep your drains fully functional, we’ve put together this list of nine items that never belong in your drains.

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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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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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