BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Drain Cleaning’

Watch What You Throw Down the Drain

Monday, July 24th, 2017

drain-clogs-plumbingDrain clogs rank among the most common problems faced by plumbers, created whenever any inappropriate material is flushed down your sink or shower. Store-bought solutions such as cleansers create quick-fix answers that are often incomplete, while professional plumbers have the tools and technology to properly get rid of any clog. But we believe that prevention is the best solution, avoiding the cost of dealing with a clog by preventing that clog in the first place.

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How to Treat a Stopped-Up Sink

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Leaky Faucet | Bergen County | BZ DependableNo one likes that feeling of turning on a sink only to watch water pool up at the bottom and stay there. Clogs in sinks are among the most common problems plumbers need to deal with, and both bathrooms and kitchen sinks can be affected. In most cases, that arises from materials put down the sink. Either way, it’s a problem that needs resolving quickly, and in most cases, a professional plumber is the best way to do so.

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3 Drain Cleaning Tools Used By Professionals

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Drain clogs rank among the most common problems homeowners have to deal with here in Dumont, NJ. The go-to option is to purchase a chemical cleanser from the local grocery store or perhaps a snake from a hardware store. But these options adopt a one-size-fits-all approach, which rarely deal with the problem in an effective manner. They usually do just enough to open the clog, but leave residual material behind, causing the clog to reform again very quickly.

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Trust a Professional to Handle Drain Cleaning

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Drain cleaning ranks among the most common problems that homeowners in Bogota, NJ face. Clogs can form remarkable easy from foodstuffs placed down the drain, toothpaste and hygiene products in the bathroom, and even child’s toys flushed down the toilet in a moment of mischief. People tend to look for the fast solutions in such cases: a cleanser brought at the grocery store, or perhaps a plumbing snake bought at a home improvement center. The fast solution is rarely the best one, however, and in all but the most benign cases, we recommend contacting a professional plumber to deal with your clogged drains. You should always go to a plumbing service first instead of trying to handle it one your own. Here’s why.

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3 Ways to Prevent Drain Clogs

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Drain clogs care among the most common problems encounters by homeowners in their plumbing. Nothing can be more disconcerting than watching the water in your kitchen or bathroom sink backing up into the basin. Here in Bergen County, NJ, you can (and should) count on quality plumbers to handle any drain clog, but even better than calling the right repair service is preventing the clog from happening in the first place. Here are 3 ways to do that.

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Why You Should Never Pour Fat or Grease Down Your Drain

Monday, May 25th, 2015

We get very accustomed to disposing of food waste down the drain, trusting the pipes and our garbage disposal to put them out of sight and out of mind. That can be a big mistake, especially when if comes to grease, fat and oil used in cooking. They’re usually hot when we pour them down the drain, and their liquidity fools us into thinking they’re no different than water. That can come back and bite you if you’re not careful, and while Bergen County, NJ, has plenty of qualified plumbers, it’s better if you don’t have to call them at all. Here’s a quick primer on why you should never pour fat or grease down the drain.

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The Tools Used in Professional Drain Cleaning

Monday, September 15th, 2014

For the average homeowner, trying to clean a drain comes down to two basic tools: the standard sink plunger, and the bottle of liquid drain cleaner. Plungers can work well at handling simple drain clogs, and you should always have one somewhere in your house as the first resort when encountering a slow drain or complete clog. Liquid drain cleaner, on the other hand, is something that no plumber would recommend. These bottles of caustic chemicals will not only cause damage to your drains, but they leave behind toxic fumes and add poison to landfills. If a plunger won’t take care of the problem, call for professional plumbers.

The Bergenfield, NJ drain cleaning specialists at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. use a variety of tools to provide thorough unclogging and drain cleansing. Here are a few of the tools that we and other professional plumbers bring to drain cleaning jobs:

Motorized drain snakes

Drain snakes (a.k.a. drain augers) are basic plumbing tools that are among the most effective ways to clear out drains. A drain snake consists of coiled, flexible wires that can work down through a drainpipe until they contact the blockage. A motor then turns the coils and drives them down into the clog, similar to the action of a corkscrew. The plumber can then draw the clog out or break it up with the end of the drain snake.

Hydro-jetters

The most thorough method of cleaning drains is to use high-pressure hot water blasted from a hydro-jetter. The strong water blasts will not only break through clogs, but also remove all kinds of debris from the interior walls of the pipe, completely cleansing the drainpipe of obstructions and helping to keep them from returning. Because of the potential danger from high-pressure water jets, only trained professionals wearing special safety equipment should handle hydro-jetters.

Video camera inspection equipment

Knowledge is often the best tool against dirty and clogged drains, and video camera inspections are an excellent way for plumbers to gain that knowledge. These cameras mounted on the end of long fiber-optic cables can snake all the way down through drain pipes and send images back to monitors to show plumbers the exact location and nature of clogs. Video inspections cut down the amount of time and labor that goes into cleaning drains. They are also invaluable when it comes to many other plumbing repairs.

All of this equipment is too expensive and complicated for consumers to use. Instead, rely on trained and licensed plumbers when you need drain cleaning in Bergenfield, NJ.

Make your first call to the team at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., where we provide a variety of plumbing services throughout Bergen County and the surrounding areas.

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3 Reasons to Use Professional Plumbers for Drain Cleaning

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Drain cleaning is a job you’ll need to have done whenever you experience trouble with your drains (clogs, high water pressure) and on an annual basis to maintain the quality of your plumbing. However, you cannot do a thorough job of cleaning drains on your own: you must rely on the expertise and equipment that is only available from professional plumbers.

To schedule drain cleaning in Westwood, NJ, call the skilled plumbing team at BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. We offer free estimates for your plumbing projects.

Here are 3 reasons to rely on professional plumbers for drain cleaning

  • Because commercial drain cleaners will not do the job: If you think that you can purchase a bottle of commercial drain cleaner from the store to handle this task, think again. These chemicals are highly acidic and toxic. They will eat away at the insides of drainpipes, leave behind toxic fumes, and burn skin and eyes. No professional plumber recommends using these products: they’ve seen the negative results too many times.
  • Professionals have the right cleaning equipment: Some drain cleaning devices are available in stores, like manual drain augers. But professional plumbers have high-end equipment like hydro-jetters and motorized drain augers that are too expensive for commercial use and too complicated for anyone without proper training to handle. (Hydro-jetting is potentially dangerous without experience.) Plumbers also have access to cleaning agents like BioSmart that leave no toxic residue behind.
  • Professionals have video inspection equipment: Drain cleaning involves more than just sending hydro-jetters, drain snakes, or non-acidic cleaning agents down a drain. Plumbers must know what sort of cleaning needs to be done and where it needs to be done. Thanks to video inspection equipment (miniaturized cameras mounted on thin fiber-optic cables), plumbers can examine drains from the inside and identify the work they need to do without disruptive methods to reach the pipes.

We know it’s tempting to take short-cuts with drain cleaning. But in the long-run these short-cuts won’t save you time and money: you’ll still have dirty pipes, and you may have damaged pipes. Save yourself future headaches and expenses and go right to the professionals for your drain cleaning in Westwood, NJ.

Call BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today to set up an appointment for drain cleaning. Make us your annual choice for drain and plumbing maintenance.

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Why Contact a Professional Plumber for Drain Cleaning

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

If you have started to experience clogs occurring more frequently in your drains, you should consider calling a professional plumbing company and schedule a thorough drain cleaning. Occasional clogs can occur from objects getting stuck in drains, but when the problem becomes common it usually indicates a build-up along the inside of the drainpipes that won’t go away unless you have professionals perform a drain cleaning. Even if you aren’t suffering from clogs, a drain with too much build-up will cause an increase in water pressure, which can lead to leaking and other problems.

But is it necessary to hire plumbers for this task? Why can’t you rely on liquid drain cleaners from a store that you can pour down the sink? After all, aren’t those “drain cleaners”?

Yes, you do need professionals for drain cleaning. We’ll explain why calling a company like BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. for drain cleaning is the best way to go for the health of your plumbing. 

First, let’s address the chemical “drain cleaner” issue. You should never use those on your drains at all. The caustic action of the chemicals can damage your pipes, and they will create harmful fumes. The toxic residue left in the bottles gets into landfills and can cause environmental damage.

Professional plumbers come equipped with technology that’s not available to most consumers. Among the devices the professionals use for drain cleaning are motorized drain snakes and hydro-jetting. Hydro-jetting does a thorough job of blasting away grease, fat, and other deposits from the interior of drain pipes while not causing any damage to the pipes themselves.

Some plumbing companies use special biological treatments to clean drains, such as BioSmart. These are environmentally-friendly, non-caustic cleaners that use the natural action of enyzmes and bacteria to eat through clogs and cleanse the inside of pipes. These cleaners also remain in your plumbing for weeks after they are used, which helps keep the build-up from returning.

At BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc., we’re proud to use BioSmart as part of our Drain Maid Maintenance Program. Our plumbers have all the advanced tools and the knowledge of how to best use them to give your drains a thorough cleaning. Leave the acidic chemicals on the grocery store shelf and go with BZ Dependable Plumbing & Heating, Inc. today for your Teaneck, NJ drain cleaning.

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Westwood, NJ Drain Cleaning Tip: What is a Drain Snake?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

A drain snake is one of the fundamental tools a plumber uses to clear up a clogged drain. For homeowners in Westwood, NJ, drain cleaning can mean anything from removing discarded food particles to mineral build-up along the pipes themselves. The snake works by pushing a its coiled spiral head into the clogged material. Ideally, the spiral will catch and hold the material, allowing the plumber to pull it out. In other situations, a drain snake can break the clogged material up into smaller pieces, allowing it to be rinsed safely out of the pipes. Some models can also scrape mineral build-ups and other detritus attached to the piping, similarly allowing it to be washed away.

Snakes are advantageous because they don’t depend on harsh chemicals to break up the clog, which means greater safety for the plumber and homeowner alike. Professional drain snakes often come with removable heads, allowing the plumber to select a particular head to handle a particular kind of job. Motorized drain snakes can operate with a lot more power and extend further into the drain than dilettante’s snake.

That’s one of the reasons why you should contact a professional when dealing with a clogged drain. The improved versatility of a mechanized snake, coupled with the plumber’s experience and know-how means that it can be deployed with the precise nature of the problem in mind. A plumber can also use the snake with a lot more precision and accuracy, ensuring that the pipes themselves aren’t damaged while removing the clog. We also can use other drain cleaning techniques, such as the BioSmart drain treatment system, to keep your drains clear.

If you’re experiencing a clogged drain and want the problem treated with efficiency and professionalism, then give BZ Dependable a call. We can take care of drain cleaning problems in Westwood and throughout the surrounding communities. Our equipment is top-notch and our service techs have years of experience in handling it. We can also set up an annual maintenance plan, helping you to keep your drains clean once the clog has been cleared out. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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