How a Water Softener Works

water softenerMinerals and impurities, mainly calcium and magnesium, fill the water that flows out of our faucets and showerheads. These minerals are the reason why it’s called hard water, and hard water can cause a number of problems. With hard water flowing through our pipes, the minerals and impurities tend to accumulate inside our plumbing and result in clogged pipes. Aside from affecting the flow of water into showers and faucets, these minerals can also cause yellowish or brownish stains on your toilets, bathtubs, bathroom floors and tiled sinks.

Fortunately for us, hard water can be dealt with using a water softener. A water softener is just one of the many existing water treatment techniques designed to take out all the minerals and impurities in hard water. Essentially, a water softener cleans and purifies the water we use for cleaning, washing, bathing and drinking, and here’s how it works.

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How to Tell If Your Sewer Line is Clogged

sewer line clogBlockages are a fact of life as far as your home’s plumbing is concerned. Over time, it’s but natural for matter, organic and otherwise, to accumulate in our drains, and in some cases, our sewer lines and cause a blockage. When you notice that water is starting to back up, you know that there is a blockage, but you just don’t know where.

Fortunately for you, detecting a sewer line clog isn’t really that hard. There are clear signs that will tell you if you have a simple clogged drain, or if you have a sewer line clog.

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6 Clogged Drain Fixes to Try Before Calling a Professional

clogged drainOne of the more unpleasant plumbing problems—and common as well—that home owners have to face is a clogged drain. When your toilet just won’t flush properly and even overflows, you know you have to do something before all that filthy water makes a mess. The same goes for your bathtub or sink.

More often not, we automatically call a professional plumber whenever we’re faced with a problem like this. However, a clogged drain is something that you can at least try to remedy by yourself, because bad as it may look, there’s always the possibility that the blockage is something you can actually remove yourself. Here are 6 clogged drain fixes you can at least try before calling a professional.

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How Commercial Drain Cleaners Work

commercial drain cleanersA clogged drain is a plumbing problem that most home owners have to face at one point or another. More often than not, home owners deal with a clogged drain by pouring entire bottles of commercial drain cleaners down it. So how exactly do these commercial drain cleaners work to remove clogs? Let’s take a closer look at these commercial drain cleaners, which can be broken down into three basic types: caustic, oxidising and acid.

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How to Keep Your Drains From Getting Blocked

keep your drains from getting blockedOne of the biggest headaches a home owner could face when it comes to plumbing issues is a blocked drain. A blocked drain stops waste water from leaving your home, and that could have serious consequences both on your home and the health of anyone who lives in it. More often than not, blocked drains lead to flooding which could cause damage to your home. Worse, waste water is filled with bacteria and pathogens that could make anyone in your household sick.

In many cases, a blocked drain is the result of neglect on the part of the home owner. It can actually be prevented if only proper maintenance tasks were undertaken on a regular basis. Here are some of the things you can do to keep your drains from being blocked:

Grease causes a blocked drain

Many home owners make the mistake of pouring used oil down the drain, thinking that it’s in liquid form anyway and should be fine. What they don’t realise is that grease will coagulate while in the drain pipes. It will eventually grow as more grease is poured down the drain, until it becomes a nasty mass of grease and other debris and cause a bad enough blocked drain that would require the expertise of a plumbing professional. To dispose of grease, you would do well to put it in an old coffee can or a milk carton and throw it with the rest of the trash.

Run hot water through the sink

Even if you don’t pour grease down the drain, it cannot be avoided that grease in one form or another would make it into the drain pipes and eventually cause problems, albeit at a much slower pace. Even then, running hot water down the pipes after every use can help prevent buildup in the interior surface of the pipes.

Always keep the drain grate in the sink

Some home owners remove drain grates because they can sometimes slow the flow of water down the drain. If you don’t want stuff to go down the drain and block it, you should know better that removing the drain grate. It catches food particles, peelings and all sorts of things and stops them from getting into the drain.

Do not turn your toilet into a garbage bin

It is often a wonder why so many people flush all kinds of things down the toilet when a toilet could easily get blocked that way. No matter what you do, never ever flush condoms, tampons, diapers, wet wipes and other products marketed as “flushable” when they really aren’t. Also, take measures to prevent children from throwing toys and other large, solid objects into the toilet.

Use homemade drain cleaners periodically

Using drain cleaners is also a good way to keep your drains from getting blocked, but steer clear of the chemical kind, which are easily available in stores because they contain toxic ingredients. To deal with a blocked drain, we recommend using homemade drain cleaners instead. You can make homemade drain cleaners using baking soda, vinegar and hot water.

If you can do this weekly, the better: pour a cup of baking soda into the drain, then flush it with a cup of vinegar. The chemical reaction between the baking soda and the vinegar will make it bubble. A few minutes later, pour boiling water down the drain to remove any and all blockages.

If, for one reason or another, you still experience a blocked drain despite your efforts to keep your drains from getting blocked, then you have a bigger problem. It’s possible that you have damaged pipes or tree roots might have taken through them. If this is the case, you can count on the professionals of Beez Neez Plumbing to help you fix that kind of a blocked drain. Just give us a call, and our team of plumbing professionals will be there to help you out.


The Problem with Over-the-counter Drain Cleaners

over-the-counter drain cleanersAt some point in their lives, home owners are bound to face clogged drain problems. In many cases, the first thing that many home owners resort to in order to unclog those drains is to buy over-the-counter drain cleaners, which gel, liquid and powder forms. But do they really work? No, strike that. Are they even safe for both your plumbing and for your own health?

Let’s take a look at the three basic types of over-the-counter drain cleaners, and see what they’re made of.

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What To Do If Your Drain Keeps Clogging Up

drain keeps clogging upLet’s assume that you had already contacted professional plumbers in the past and had them clear your clogged drain successfully. If those professional plumbers have already gotten rid of whatever it is that caused the clogged drain, why does your drain keep clogging up? The answer may be closer to home than you think.

Whether we like it or not, you can’t always be around to see everything that gets into your drains. More often than not, a clogged drain is caused by things that should have never made it into the system in the first place. If your drain keeps clogging up, you might want to take a closer look at the other members of your household, who might be a little too careless about what they stuff down your drains.

So far, these are the things that usually cause a clogged drain:

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Grease Traps and the 25% FOG Rule

grease trap cleaningThe people who operate restaurants and other places involved in food production must be very thankful for the invention of the grease trap. In use since the time of Queen Victoria, the grease tap has proven to be very effective at reducing the amount of FOGs or fats, oils and greases that make it from the kitchen to the major drain pipes. If grease traps were never invented, you can only imagine how clogged public drains would be with all the FOGs restaurants and other commercial kitchens produce and dispose of every single day.

However, useful as grease traps might be, their capacity is limited. Sure, there are grease traps that can hold 45,000 litres of FOGs, but no matter how big a grease trap is, the time will come when it will fill up, which is why it must be cleaned periodically, lest it violate the 25% FOG rule stipulated in local and state regulations with regards to wastewater.

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6 Reasons Your Garbage Disposal Is Not Working

reasons your garbage disposal is not workingFew things in life are as frustrating as finding out, after hours of labouring in the kitchen and getting your hands all filthy with food bits, that the garbage disposal, that very indispensable of kitchen tools, is not working. You flick the disposal switch every few seconds or so, but nothing happens.

A garbage disposal, like all household tools, can go on the fritz too, sometimes a little more frequently than the others. The following are some of the more common reasons your garbage disposal is not working.

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Prep Your Home Before Going On Vacation

prep your homeLike everyone else who gets the chance for a vacation, you are pretty excited about this summer holiday you’re planning to go on with your entire family. After a solid year of hard work and sky-high stress levels, you finally have the opportunity to relax and bask under the heat of the summer sun as your family does all kinds of fun things on the beach.

Without a doubt, you are more than prepared for this trip. The question is, is your home ready for the time you leave? Remember that your home will be empty for the duration of your summer holiday, and that makes it a prime target for burglars and other unsavoury elements of society. Plus, an emergency could take place while you’re out, and no one will be there to take care of it.

You need to prep your home just as much as you’ve prepared for your trip. To help you out, here are some tips that we hope would help you prep your home before going on vacation.

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