Roadrunner Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing Blog: Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

Why You Shouldn’t Use Chemical Store-Bought Drain Cleaners

Monday, March 7th, 2022

We’ve all dealt with clogs in our pipes at one point or another, and wanted to get them out ASAP. As you weigh your options, you’ve most likely settled on buying one of the dozens of drain cleaners at your local big box store. However, did you know these products are actually one of the worst things you can put in your drain? Read on to learn why you should never use a store-bought drain cleaner.

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“What’s the Best Way to Clean My Drains?”

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Plumber unclogging a tub drain with an electric auger.When it comes to drain cleaning, most homeowners, or even renters, are tempted to run out to the store for some of that cheap chemical liquid drain cleaner whenever they have a clog. But this has multiple problems. You know that phrase, “you get what you pay for”? That’s definitely true in this case!

These store-bought solutions are no solution at all. First off, they eat through a clog all right, but consistent use of these products also eats through your pipes, eventually leading to corrosion and leaks that make repiping necessary. Additionally, and relative to our prior point, this drain cleaning method is temporary at best, leaving you going out to buy another bottle in just a few months as the clog that never left builds back up.

For a truly effective resolution to drain cleaning, you want to hire a company that excels in professional plumbing in Los Alamos, NM. You have that with us. Ask us about our hydro-jetting service, and then give us a call to schedule your next drain cleaning appointment!

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This Method Is the Superior Drain Cleaning Solution

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

superior-drain-cleaning-methodIf you’ve owned a home for any number of years, chances are you’ve come across this scenario at least once: you come home from work, you’re ready to cook dinner, and you start prepping by washing your vegetables, only to discover water backing up into your kitchen sink due to a dreaded drain clog! In the most ideal of situations, this is easily resolvable with a simple plunger and a handy family member to help if need be.

But oftentimes, these clogs actually originate in the drain opening but travel further along the sewer line, meaning that the clog is blocking the main outlet to your sewer line. Another temptation that homeowners have in a situation such as this is using store-bought liquid drain cleaners. Unfortunately, these chemical cleaners are corrosive and can do more harm than good to your plumbing system. What you need instead is professional hydro jetting services in Albuquerque, NM.

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Common Holiday Hazards Facing Your Drains

Monday, November 28th, 2016

As temperatures decline and we steadily progress through fall and closer to winter, there’s no denying that it’s time to make sure your home is ready for the holidays. A big part of this is ensuring that your plumbing system is in good shape. The holidays typically mean big meals and lots of guests.

Therefore, the incorrect disposal of fats, oils, and grease (FOG), the overuse of garbage disposals, and even the improper or excessive disposal of paper waste in your bathrooms can result in clogged drains, leading to the need for an emergency plumbing call. Fortunately, you may be able to prevent holiday hazards with your drains altogether. Keep reading to learn more.

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Hydro-Jetting: 3 Reasons You Need This Essential Service!

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Your sewer system is likely not something you give a whole lot of thought to on a regular basis. However, this system is essential to maintaining a healthy and hygienic home by ridding your plumbing system of wastewater. If your drains and/or sewer line become clogged, it can create serious consequences, and cleaning your pipes is something that should be left to the professionals.

One of the most effective and efficient ways to clean your drains and sewer line is with hydro-jetting—an innovative method of scouring debris and gunk away from the walls of your pipes and leaving you with a thoroughly cleaned plumbing system. We’ve shared below three scenarios that indicate you may need this aggressive form of drain cleaning.

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Why Video Pipeline Inspection Is the Best Way to Protect Your Plumbing

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Plumbing problems are among the most difficult and damaging that can affect your home. Part of what makes plumbing issues so bad is that the majority of your plumbing system is hidden from you at all times. The plumbing system is designed to be unobtrusive, which is very beneficial in a lot of ways but it has the trade-off of making problems very difficult to diagnose. If you want to protect your home’s plumbing as much as possible, the best thing to do is to schedule video pipeline inspection for it at least once a year. Read on to find out why video pipeline inspection is so beneficial.

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Signs That You Need Drain Cleaning

Monday, September 28th, 2015

You probably don’t think too much about the drains in your home. Why would you, right? It isn’t like your drains demand a whole lot of attention. Inconspicuous though your drains may be under normal circumstances, though, there are a few signs that you should watch out for. If you can catch the symptoms of a drain problem early, you can limit the damage that your sewer system might suffer. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need drain cleaning.

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3 Signs That You Have a Drain Problem

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Drains are an important part of your plumbing system, and not just because they help remove waste. Drains serve as the connection point between you and much of your plumbing. That means that if there’s a problem with your plumbing or sewer system, you’re probably going to find out about it by interacting with your drains. If you know what signs to look for, you can often identify drain problems in time to prevent much of the damage they would otherwise cause. Let’s take a look at three of the signs that you have a drain problem.

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