Plumbing Pipes

Water DrainWe’ve noticed that many people get creative when trying to unclog their drains, but when it comes to drain cleaning, creativity just doesn’t cut it. People scramble to find a substance to dump down the drain or an object to shove down in hopes of removing the drain blockage, but these DIY methods rarely ever work and are almost always more trouble than they’re worth. Learn a thing or two from these drain cleaning mistakes and when you find your drain is clogged, scramble right to the phone to call Rooter-Man Plumbers!

Drain Cleaning No-Nos

Using a coat hanger or other object to stab away at a drain blockage – While this might sound like a good, cheap way to unclog a drain, it almost certainly won’t work. The process of bending the object to fit into the drain is difficult, and it’s likely that you’ll damage your plumbing pipe. Some people even end up adding to the problem by getting another item lodged in the drain. At Rooter-Man Plumbers, we have the appropriate cable drain cleaning equipment for the job!

Store-Bought Drain Cleaning Chemicals – Success that people have with these is very limited and using them is risky. If your drain is completely clogged, the chemicals may sit in your pipe, causing damages. The chemicals are also hazardous and can cause burns to skin and eyes. Most of the time, they help a little but never enough, and it’s just easier and more effective to get professional drain cleaning service in Magnolia.

Using a garden hose to flush away drain blockages – While we appreciate people’s enthusiasm for drain cleaning, bringing the garden hose in for this job is never a good idea. You’re likely to make a mess and not even begin to resolve the issue. Our plumbers have hydro-jetting equipment specifically designed to safely and effectively clear your plumbing pipes.

Rather than try over and over again to clear your drain, why not just give Rooter-Man Plumbers a call? We’re friendly, reliable, and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee! You can’t go wrong with professional drain cleaning service in Magnolia or North Houston from Rooter-Man, so give us a call today!

DrainYou may not pay a lot of attention to your home’s floor drains in Conroe, but if there comes a time when water floods into your home or you experience a burst pipe in Conroe, you’ll be happy you have them. To ensure that your floor drains will flow properly when a plumbing emergency occurs, you’ll want to make sure you fix any issues they have right away. Here are some of the most common problems with floor drains and what must be done about them.

Floor Drain Blockages – Just like your kitchen sink drain and your bathtub drain, your floor drains can become clogged with debris. In most cases, a blockage can be removed with hydrojetting or cable drain cleaning service. Occasionally, a more extensive repair is needed if the blockage is due to a broken sewer pipe that has filled up with dirt. If your floor drain overflows often or never seems to thoroughly drain, it’s time to hire a Conroe plumber. 

Bad Odors – When the floor drain trap is dry, nasty odors and even insects can creep up from the sewer. Usually you can solve this issue by pouring some water down the drain to fill the trap and prevent the bugs and odors from entering.

Leaky Sewer Pipes – It is normal for there to occasionally be some water overflow in your floor drain when a significant amount of water is sent down your plumbing pipes at once—such as when the toilet is flushed at the same time that dishes and laundry are being done. A small amount of water may back up into the floor drain to prevent extreme pressure on the main drainage line. If you never have a water backup in your floor drain, you may have a broken sewer pipe that is allowing your wastewater to flow out into the ground. If you suspect this serious problem, call a local plumber immediately.

At Rooter-Man Plumbers, we’re happy to help you with drain cleaning and sewer pipe repairs in Conroe, North Houston, and the surrounding areas. Just give our plumbers a call for fast, friendly service!

Baby on toiletMany people think anything goes when it comes to flushing things down the toilet. You place it into the bowl, push down the handle, and ta-da it disappears. But our Klein, TX plumbers probably know better than anyone that toilets and plumbing systems in general can actually be quite fickle. The fact of the matter is, if you flush just anything down your toilet, you’re bound to pay the consequences. If you want to avoid toilet problems, sewer backups, and other plumbing system issues, we recommend keeping these items out of the toilet.

10 Items You Should Never Flush Down a Toilet in Klein, TX

  • Paper TowelsCommercial plumbing service is often needed at businesses that have public bathrooms because paper towels wind up getting flushed. Paper towels are too big and thick to be flushed and are highly likely to clog a toilet. If you keep paper towels in your bathroom, be sure there is a wastepaper basket there as well!
  • Cat Litter – It seems reasonable enough to flush your cat’s waste down the toilet, but if it’s covered in cat litter, don’t do it! The litter is designed to clump when it comes into contact with moisture, so it is likely to clump up in your plumbing pipes, causing a clog.
  • “Flushable Wipes” – When plumbers see the word “flushable” on a box of wipes, we cringe. The wipes are simply NOT flushable. The wipes might make it down the toilet, but they must be filtered out eventually which is costing cities worldwide big bucks.
  • Prophylactics– The likelihood of these causing a toilet clog is high and you certainly don’t want one to pop back up into the bowl.
  • Dental Floss – Believe it or not dental floss is not biodegradable, and it has a tendency to bunch up into balls, causing bigger clogs than you might think.
  • Feminine Hygiene Products – The manufacturers are never going to tell you, so we might as well: tampons should not be flushed. Because tampons are absorbent and don’t break down quickly, the city’s waste treatment plant must filter them out and take them to a landfill.
  • Food – Why are people flushing food down the toilet? We don’t know. Make sure the little ones know that the toilet bowl is not the appropriate bowl for their cheerios, because flushing food is a surefire way to clog a toilet.
  • Medicine – Whether new or expired, medications should never be flushed. Hormones and pharmaceuticals get into the water supply and can have a negative effect on the health of local wildlife.
  • Cotton Balls & Swabs – You may think these items are small and harmless, but they have a tendency to gather together in plumbing pipes, causing ugly clogs.
  • Cigarette Butts – Did you know that cigarette butts are one of the most common types of litter found in the ocean? While they might look small and easy to flush, they won’t break down quickly and will release chemicals into the water supply.

Clogged toilets and sewer lines can be messy and inconvenient, but many times these problems can be avoided when you practice good flushing habits. Teach your children what to flush and what not to flush and keep a trashcan handy for the unflushables! For drain clearing or sewer service in Klein, TX, give Rooter-Man Plumbers a call!

Tap With Water Flowing SlowlyLow water pressure can make taking showers, washing dishes, and other routine tasks frustrating, as you work with a weak flow of water. But low water pressure isn’t just something inherent with your home that you have to deal with. Cases of low water pressure each have a cause and a solution. You just need to figure out what is causing the low water pressure and fix the issue. Rooter-Man Plumbers are here to help you every step of the way.

Common Causes of Low Water Pressure

Water Leaks – When a plumbing pipe has a leak, only some of your water will make it to its destination. If you have a water leak, our plumbers can find it with our leak detection service. Water leaks should be repaired promptly because they not only cause poor water pressure, but can also damage your home and increase your water bills.

Pipe Corrosion – Steel and galvanized plumbing pipes can become corroded over time, leaving little room for water to traverse. If this is the case at your home, you may need repiping service to replace these old, damaged pipes.

A Partially Closed Water Shut-Off Valve – Your shut-off valve may have gotten stuck at some point and isn’t open all the way. Make sure it is completely open so that you’ll have full access to your water supply.

Mineral Buildup – As water traverses through your plumbing pipes sometimes it can deposit minerals that build up over time, decreasing the space for water flow. In order to retain full flow, you’ll need to eliminate this buildup.

Whether the cause of your poor water pressure is one of these or something else entirely, you can count on our Tomball plumbers to determine the cause and implement the appropriate solution. Just give Rooter-Man Plumbers a call today!