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By: Cynthia N.
Spartan Rooter Plumbing & Sewer Cleaning
I have an older home, with odd plumbing issues and I started using Spartan a few years back when I had a late night clog on the weekend. They show up right away, work hard and fast and get things fixed!They have helped keep my older home from becoming a money pit. They are reasonably priced, even for weekend calls!The guys have all been very competent and have diagnosed some very odd and troublesome issues with my plumbing. I don't know what I would do without them, they are simply the best!They have saved me from show back-ups and a catastrophic sewage flood!
Tips & Advices
The following tools and common household objects can be used to clean drains at home:
  • A plunger
  • A drain snake
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Grease-fighting dish soap
Homeowners can mix boiling water with any of the last three products to break up grease and grime.
The main ingredients in clog removal liquid products are sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, both break down into relatively harmless components when it comes into contact with water or soil. However, both substances cause mild irritation to skin and internal tissues.
Also known as a drain auger, a drain snake is a coiled device around ¼-inch thick. To use a drain snake, put the end into the entrance of the drain. Turn the handle to force the snake deeper, using extra pressure to force it through the bend in the pipe. Keep turning until the snake hits the clog, then either pull the snake and remove the obstruction or force it through. Once the snake is out of the drain, run the water on full blast for a few minutes to ensure the obstruction is completely removed.
Plungers don't damage residential pipes, but the force created by the act of plunging weakens the seal between the toilet and the floor.
Many plumbers, both local businesses and nationwide chains, offer emergency or same-day services.

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