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If you have ever climbed under a kitchen sink or replaced a sump pump, you are well aware of the inherent health risks associated with DIY plumbing. Before you begin your next project, take some steps to prepare safety equipment appropriate to the task at hand. Equipment such as goggles and gloves protect you from potential injury and help make clean up more manageable.
There are many types of glove options. To determine the best type of glove for the job, try to identify the tasks you will need to accomplish.
For surface level jobs involving smaller parts and less exposure to hazardous fluids or materials, thinner gloves may be a better option. Thinner vinyl or latex-based gloves afford the user increased dexterity, making it easier to tighten knobs or valves and use tools in tight spaces. Thinner gloves may be the best option for DIY plumbers interested in making relatively minor repairs to exterior components of toilets or kitchen sinks.
For dirtier and more expansive jobs, thicker gloves are recommended. Thicker gloves help not only to protect against exposure to potentially harmful materials, but provide additional insulation in encounters with sharp or rusty objects.
Purchase gloves with longer sleeves, especially for jobs where the gloves will be submerged.
One of the more important safety considerations in plumbing is eye protection. Clogged pipes can require the use of cleaning agents that are harmful to the eye. There are additional concerns about contamination related to waste matter.
Plumbing projects may require you to crawl under pipes, which increases risks of potential exposure to harmful substances. Safety goggles should cover the eyes completely, creating an impermeable seal around the surface of the eye. Try also to purchase safety goggles that are certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ANSI label can often be found on packaging.
Wearing safety goggles will help prepare you for unanticipated problems in the DIY process and may save you from a nasty case of plumber’s regret.
When you work on plumbing issues, you will want to dress in clothing that covers the arms and legs. Longer and thicker clothing options help to protect against exposure to rust, chemicals and water, and provide additional protection against sharp objects and surfaces. When possible, try to wear water resistant or waterproof clothing as an additional layer of protection.
If you’re feeling unsure of yourself, don’t hesitate to call the Drain Brothers for help on your project. It’s better to get it done right the first time than to accidentally damage your home’s plumbing.
Prepare for heavy rains that bring a swell of ground water by ensuring your sump pump and battery back-up sump pump are functioning properly. Flooded basements happen most often when thunderstorms knock out power.
That’s when your battery back-up pump kicks on, or at least it’s supposed to. When was the last time you checked the battery?
A basement can flood very quickly if your ground water control system isn’t working properly.
These key checks will keep your basement dry from rain water. We recommend an annual inspection of your ground water control system.
Restaurants rinse a high volume of grease, oil and food debris down their drains every day. Drains clog like an artery, they gradually build up gunk on the inner walls of the pipe. Most every kitchen ignores this pending blockage until their sinks no longer drain.
Flooding your kitchen or not even being able to clean dishes, will quickly become an emergency.
The problem with not being proactive with your drain maintenance is that waiting for a clog to happen usually means your drain has more gunk caked inside the pipes then if you performed annual maintenance. It’s more time consuming to clear when drains are neglected
To properly clean your drains, we must first find which manhole the kitchen drains to.
Once that is established, we’ll inspect your drains to determine if a cleaning is needed at that time. The cost of the inspection is credited towards any hydro-jet cleaning performed, even at a later date.
Commercial Inspections are $295 flat rate and can go up to an hour, from the manhole back towards the kitchen. We also inspect from kitchen drain out towards manhole only when a kitchen has large enough diameter pipe. This is a minimum two man job for safety and efficiency. We Do Not allow anyone in a manhole without a spotter.
In some instances, a kitchen won’t be able to accommodate our water restrictions needed to perform an inspection. We highly recommend scheduling your inspection during non-peak times.
If an after-hours inspection is needed, an additional $100 is added to the inspection, this will not be credited back, this is strictly labor costs.
Our commercial jetter is equipped with 1000′ of hose and an array of accessories to completely clean your drain lines. Typically the jetter is reserved for another job a day in advance. If an emergency cleaning were needed, we have partners that we can lean on for equipment.
The final quote for a commercial jetting is given the day of the inspection.
Home Owners call a service professional because they’re not familiar with the mechanical workings of their plumbing system.
Unfortunately, that means some companies will take advantage of those who put their trust in them.
Drain Brothers as a company is known for being transparent, informative and up-front every step of the way, that is how we earn trust. We communicate with you and teach you the language of plumbing so you have a complete understanding of your plumbing system and will be able to communicate with us better in the future.
If you hire someone other then Drain Brothers to clear your sewer or fix a flooded basement, and they come back with a quote to dig. Don’t be shy or feel obligated to hire the first company.
Digs are expensive! You’re allowed to get a second opinion and shop around.
Of course, we want you to call us for your second opinion.
Of course, we want you to hire us for any dig you may need.
That being said, we believe we’re the best in the area. We have relationships with local plumbing inspectors. When we do a dig, we are efficient and complete.
We can even work with your budget and give you options to ensure your repair is affordable for you.
Drain Brothers is not a large franchised corporation with a cartoon mascot nor do we have a catchy name or from the city
As always, there is No Trip Charge nor Service Charge for us to come out and give a Free Second Opinion
If you’re told something like, “We can only credit today’s service to your dig total if you sign a contract today” any pressure tactic to make a decision right then and there, especially when thousands of dollars are at stake, should speak volumes on how they feel about what they’re selling you.
We understand the urgency of a broken main. No one can use the plumbing in your home until your pipe is fixed. Drain Brothers treats emergencies as a priority, no matter what our schedule looks like, we’ll find a way to fit you in the schedule that day.
If there’s one post to remember, this is the one.
The main goal is to make sure you’re not coming home to a plumbing emergency.
1. Turn the water off to your washing machine. I’d also suggest installing steel braided supply hoses, just in case you forget.
It’s an unlikely event that a hose will burst while your away from home, but it’s happened to others, it’s best to be prepared and proactive.
2. Don’t forget to turn your water heater thermostat to VAC (vacation) Save some energy while keeping your water warm enough to heat back up to tempature fairly quickly when you return home.
3. Especially important steps to take in winter, keep your home at a reasonable tempature, enough to keep any plumbing from freezing. I’d say, 60° to 65° should be plenty, also open the cabinet doors under all your sinks. This allows warm air to reach the plumbing that would normally have moving water running through it.
Another option would be to completely winterize your plumbing before heading out.
4. Run your sump pump and battery back up system through a few cycles. Ensure the floats are away from the pit walls and moving freely. Check that all pipe is secure and not jostling around when the pump kicks on.
Check the battery of your back up pump and ensure it has sufficient life and properly cycles when no power is getting to the primary sump pump.
I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen this plumbing mistake made by home owners.
Toilets sit on a toilet flange, the flange is secured to the subfloor, the waxring seal goes between the toilet and the flange.
The problem when the perimeter of the toilet is sealed with caulk to the floor is, you’ll never know when the seal is worn out and in need of replacement.
When you flush the toilet and water comes out from under the toilet, the worst thing you can ever do is caulk it sealing the water in. When you do this, the water sits and soaks into floor, eventually rotting your floor away.
Another sign that you have a bad toilet seal is a water spot on your ceiling below a bathroom.
Leaking water can be very destructive, don’t ignore it or cover it up, fix it to avoid a more expensive repair down the road.
Our goal is to help our customers in time of need. We will still work with you and your home warranty insurance when you have a claim. The only change is how payments are handled.
Recently we’ve had issues with home warranty companies that have resulted in the following changes.
Payments are now due by the home owner when a job is completed and insurance reimbursement will have to be paid to the home owner.
We wish we could keep dealing with the insurance companies for you, but we are constantly put in a bind when we pay out for labor and material to only have the insurance company go back on what they pre-approved for the home owner.
Thank you for your understanding.
It’s one of the most thorough methods of cleaning a drain line or sewer main line. Jetters use high pressure water forced through a high tensile strength rigid hose to a nozzle that focuses water into a jet stream.
Hydro-Jetters are the choice tool for clearing soft blockages. Jetters are able to break up globs of congealed grease and debris stuck to the side walls of your pipe. Imagine what a clogged artery looks like, that is what happens to drains overtime.
What makes a Hydro-Jetting Superior over a cable Rodding for soft blockages?
When a cable rodder goes through a soft blockage, it can rarely clear it because as the cable goes back and forth, the soft blockage just collapses all around the cable. Soft blockages are need to be scrubbed from the side walls and forced down the drain with high pressure jetter.