Flush whatever you want down the toilet. No really….. go ahead, see what you can fit down there. “Flushable wipes aren’t actually flushable”? That’s just big garbage talking, they hate to see their sales in plastic bags drop. Throughout this quarantine everyone seems to be following “the rules”, and “flushing responsibly”. At Family Plumbing & Heating we challenge any homeowner to try and clog their pipes. If you decide to take us up on this challenge let me tell you what to expect.
First you need to clog the drain. I’ve already mentioned flushable wipes. Along with certain feminine products, these would be the staple for household items everyone has been told not to flush but do anyways. (Ladies you know who you are) But there are other options. If you’re playing the long game your go to drain plugger should be grease. It’s gonna take some time but pour ample amounts down the drain and after a couple years you’ll have a nice semi solid clog of yester-year’s breakfast bacon. But in reality the answer is at your fingertips: paper towels, cotton balls, coffee grounds, etc. These are all items that we regularly see homeowners use when accepting the challenge.
Now that you’ve caused a clog in your sewer system, congrats! You have successfully completed stage 1 of the challenge. Now on to stage 2: clearing the blockage. At this point you’re going to contact your trusted drain cleaner. Since it’s our challenge we assume that means Family Plumbing and Heating. Prior to our arrival it’s helpful if you could move any larger pieces of furniture that may be in our way as we like to stretch before we work and, along with our tools, need an ample sized playing field. Upon our arrival we will lay down any necessary drop cloths and gear up. This is when the magic happens. You’re gonna hear the machines start up, you may hear some grunting, you may even hear an occasional explicit word but do not fret, pushing cable down old pipe comes with its own challenges. Bowed pipe, encroached tree roots, etc, can all slow down the process to a successful second stage.
There’s no better feeling (for a plumber) than the moment you realize you’ve pushed past the clog and see the water flowing again. Family Plumbing also carries an inspection camera that allows us to visually confirm a cleared drain. Clogged drains don’t mean much to us, we generally prefer to work on cleaner jobs (who doesn’t) but unclogging drains are our bread and butter. It’s unfortunate when excessive tree roots or deteriorated pipe prevents us from entering the winner’s circle. When this happens there aren’t much more options than digging up the old pipe and replacing with new. Replacing the pipe is a little bit like cheating to win the challenge but Tom Brady didn’t blink an eye during Deflate-gate so you won’t see us sweat either. Game on!
If you’ve worked with me on a project, especially a larger build or renovation, you would know I’m constantly asking for feedback. I firmly believe open communication between homeowner and contractor is key to success. If there are questions or concerns, I want them brought up immediately so they can be addressed. Client feedback has recently led to Family Plumbing and Heating opening up it’s newest sewer cleaning division. That’s right, as of March 2020 we have expanded our list of provided services and we now are fully capable of inspecting, cleaning, and repairing clogged or broken drains.
Tyler first asked me my thoughts on opening the sewer division early last year. It didn’t take me long to respond with, “Ew, gross.” My mind formed a montage of all the clumps of decade old hair I’ve pulled from drains over the years. And let’s not forget, clumps of hair are what you find on a good day. Things can get REALLY messy with drain cleaning. But call after call come in every month from new and previous clients requesting our assistance with their drain issues. What homeowners have found helpful is that if their problem is severe enough and a major repair is needed, Family Plumbing are also trained red-sealed plumbers. While there are other drain cleaning companies in the city, not all of them have the experienced staff on hand to complete these repairs. Project completion time can be cut in half when you only require one single service contractor. Tyler wrapped up his shopping spree and rounded out the final pieces of equipment we needed. We now have an inspection camera which will allow us to essentially give your home’s sewer a colonoscopy. We also bought a Rigid K60, this machine is for cutting through the heavy doody (see what I did there) clogs and tree roots. In total, we can provide the following services:
- Drain Cleaning: We’ve expanded from our previously limited capacity. From kitchen sinks to main sewers, it doesn’t matter the size of the pipe. We have 3 different units we can unleash to pound through almost anything.
- Drain Inspection: As previously mentioned we have the inspection camera now that we can send down the pipes to get a better visual of the actual condition of your drainage system. Inspection cameras work well for pinpointing exact breaks in the line, reducing the extent of repairs needed.
- Tree root removal: Anyone living in the older neighbourhoods of Regina knows exactly what I’m talking about. Tree roots breaking through the sewer wall causing blockages. Some homes have tree roots so bad they need this service once a year! (Which FYI, the city will reimburse you for. Even if it’s after hours!)
- Sewer replacement: We always offered this one. This includes both replacing the inside drainage, and/or the pipes outside your home leading to the city sewer. This is where we shine the best and our experience takes over. Replacing the sewer in a basement can become a fairly good sized renovation and success rates increase 10X when done by an experienced crew of plumbers.
Family Plumbing isn’t satisfied until we are the premier destination for homeowners, as well as those within the industry. Tyler was the main proponent for expanding our services as he strongly feels without providing ALL sewer services, we are falling short of our client’s expectations. Ask and ye shall receive, clog and we shall clean.