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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Causes of Low Water Pressure

August 2, 2021

If you notice that you have low water pressure, you will want to find out what is causing it immediately. Low water pressure will keep you from taking showers, using your appliances, and more. Several things can cause the water pressure to be low. Some of them are an easy fix, while other problems will require you to call out a professional plumber. Checking the Main Valve There will typically be two shut-off valves that control the water going into your home. If your water pressure is low and you have had some work done

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How to Handle a Plumbing Emergency

July 26, 2021

There’s nothing much worse than coming home to a burst pipe or a leak from an unknown location. Water sitting on your floor can make you feel full of panic and uncertainty. Stop and take a deep breath. Everything is going to be OK. Don’t panic, and follow these simple steps. You’ll be well on your way to a solution and a clean, dry home. 1. Call For Help Plumbing emergencies shouldn’t be tackled by anyone who isn’t well-trained. Instead, you should give an emergency plumber a call as soon as

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How Often Should Plumbing Be Updated?

June 28, 2021

Most plumbing has a decently long lifespan, but even the best plumbing will eventually need to be replaced. If you notice any of these signs, you might want to consider updating your plumbing. Your Pipes Have Reached the End of Their Lifespan Once your pipes reach a certain age, they are at risk for leaks, corrosion, and other major issues. The lifespan for a pipe will depend on its material: Galvanized steel: 20 years Brass: 40 years Copper: 50 years Cast iron: 75 years PVC: Indefinitely

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Are Chemical Drain Cleaners Effective on Clogs?

May 10, 2021

Chemical drain cleaners appear prominently on store shelves. When homeowners find their drains clogged, they might buy these products. Do chemical drain cleaners work effectively, though? Drain cleaners may work well with some clogs, but significant drawbacks exist with their use. Chemical Drain Cleaners Are Often Not Enough Chemical drain cleaners could work reasonably well against minor organic clogs inside a drain. Organic matter, such as hair clumps, soap scum, and the like, would likely dissolve once exposed to appropriate chemicals. However, the clog could be so severe that the cleaner doesn’t appear to work.

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How to Save on Your Water Bill

April 5, 2021

Most homeowners use several gallons of water, which can add a lot to their home’s monthly bill. It’s wise to use less water to reduce high monthly water bills, and it’s not as complicated as you might think. You can reduce your water bills and impact the environment positively with these simple water-saving tips. Install Low-Flow Toilets Converting your current toilet or installing low-flow ones can significantly minimize water usage in your home. Alternatively, you can add weights to the toilet tank if you think buying new toilets is costly. Hire an experienced plumber to help

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