How Long Should You Expect Your Septic Tank to Work?

June 9, 2022

If your home cannot be connected to a municipal sewer system, the only way to properly dispose of wastewater is to have a septic tank installed on your property. If it is maintained properly, septic tanks have quite long lives, but if they are neglected, they will not last as long. What Is the Normal Lifespan of a Septic Tank? Put simply, if a septic tank is installed and maintained thoroughly and regularly, it should function for around 20 to 30 years. Your septic tank should reach that lifespan if it is emptied regularly and if

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3 Ways to Prevent Limescale in Your Home

May 19, 2022

Does your home have limescale? Limescale is a hard, chalky deposit that is made from calcium and carbonate ions. This stubborn substance is a problem found around common water spots in homes, such as sinks, taps, bathroom tiles, toilet bowls, and washing machines. Limescale isn’t just unappealing to the eye, it is hard to remove. Even more, limescale can destroy appliances, lead to faulty plumbing systems, and irritate the skin. The good news is that there are certain steps you can take to prevent limescale from occurring in your home. Read on to learn more.

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Ways To Prevent Garbage Disposal Odor

April 19, 2022

Ways To Prevent Garbage Disposal Odor Garbage disposals are a convenient way to dispose of food scraps; however, you may have experienced unpleasant smells from your disposal. Now, you can take a few steps to keep the smell away. Here are some practical solutions for you! Invest in a Commercial Cleaner Commercial cleaning products are designed specifically to prevent foul odors from forming in your garbage disposal. These cleaners are added when the sink is filled with hot water, and they help your garbage disposal run smoother and prevent it from smelling up your

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Top Plumbing Emergencies and Tricks to Handle Them

March 15, 2022

Do you suspect that you are suffering from a plumbing emergency? If so, you are not alone. Plumbing emergencies affect numerous residents in Columbia every year and can wreak havoc on your property. Here are some common plumbing emergencies, their causes, and tips for dealing with them. Overflowing Toilet An overflowing toilet can cause panic in your home. A malfunctioning float mechanism and clogging are the main causes of an overflowing toilet. When you experience this plumbing emergency, the first step is to shut off the water flow or turn off the water valve at the

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Plumbing Code Violations That Homeowners Should Know

February 17, 2022

If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you have probably considered tackling your home’s plumbing problems. However, you could run a risk of compromising critical fixtures and violating plumbing codes when you take matters into your own hands. Any plumbing code violation can result in major problems in your home. To avoid taking these risks, we’ve compiled a list of the most common plumbing code violations you can avoid when working on your Columbia, CT, home’s plumbing. Inadequate Space Around the Toilet Inadequate space around a toilet is one of the most common

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Signs That You Have a Sewage Backup

January 12, 2022

Modern plumbing technology has allowed people to flush sewage away without needing to worry about many hygienic repercussions. However, sometimes things can go wrong, and you are left with a disgusting and costly sewer backup in your home. Here are some telltale signs that you are experiencing a sewer backup. If you’re familiar with them, you can take corrective action before it gets worse. Consistently Slow Drainage If only one drain in your home tends to drain slowly, it is likely that there is an obstruction exclusive to that drain. Conversely, if all the drains in

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5 Ways to Winterize Your Plumbing

December 20, 2021

Winterizing your plumbing system is a crucial part of preventing pipes from freezing and bursting. At Drainworks Plumbing & Septic LLC, we know this can be a tricky time of year for homeowners in Columbia, CT. That’s why we recommend the following winterization steps to keep your plumbing system protected during the coldest months. 1. Insulate Pipes in Your Home A common mistake many homeowners make is leaving insulation off of their pipes, which can cause serious damage during harsh weather. Insulating your pipes will prevent heat from escaping your walls and protect them from freezing in the cold. If

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Some of the Different Ways to Unclog a Toilet

November 18, 2021

A toilet can get clogged for a variety of different reasons. An individual may have used too much toilet paper, or a child might have flushed something that they weren’t supposed to. No matter what the case may be, it is imperative that this clog be dealt with quickly in order to keep it from getting worse. Fortunately, there are some different ways to easily unclog a toilet. A Plunger One of the first tools that many individuals reach for when their toilet is clogged is a plunger. They may be able to use it

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Reasons You Should Insulate Your Water Pipes

October 13, 2021

The winters in Connecticut can get bitterly cold, with winter temperatures rarely rising above 30 degrees. This is one of several reasons you should insulate your cold water pipes. But did you know you should also insulate your hot water pipes? Let’s discuss the reasons you should insulate your water pipes. Insulating Cold Water Pipes Insulating cold water pipes is a smart decision to prevent them from freezing in the cold winter months of Connecticut. Insulating your cold water pipes can increase the energy efficiency of your home. Cold water pipes will absorb heat from the

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Steps to Flushing Your Water Heater

September 17, 2021

Flushing your water heater will help to make sure that it reaches its lifespan and beyond. You should flush out your water heater at least every couple of years. It’s easy to do once you learn how to do it. Shut Off Gas and Electricity Your first step when flushing your water heater is to turn off the gas and power. Shutting off the gas, if you have a gas water heater, will ensure that there is no gas in the line so that the water heater does not leak or have heat buildup.

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