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Removing Toys From Toilets

Removing Toys From Toilets

Many children are fascinated by toilets that magically whisk away anything in the bowl. Which often leads to decisions to give rubber ducky a ride or to send that pet dinosaur to Neverland. When this happens, you may face a clogged or overflowing toilet that grinds your life to a halt. Before you call in a plumber, there are some things you can do to attempt to get the toy out of the drain yourself. Remove the water from the toilet bowl. You can scoop the water out with a disposable cup or container. Coffee cans, milk cartons and empty cans work well too. Leave enough water in the bowl to cover the plunger. Grab the end of the toy, if you can see it in the drain, and pull it out. If you are lucky, you may be able to remove Dino by the tail or grasp part of the object and pull it free of the toilet. Fish the toy out of the drain. If you can see the toy, but can’t get a grip with your hands, try hooking it with a bent coat hanger or other hooked objects. Pull with a slow, even motion to retrieve the toy. It may take several attempts. Likewise, you may be able to remove the toy by making a slip knot in a string and looping it around a leg or other extension on the toy. Plunge the toilet. If you cannot see the toy, or cannot remove it physically, it is time to grab the plunger. Several thrusts of the plunger may dislodge the clog and send it down...
Overusing Liquid Plumbers Can Mess Up Your Drains

Overusing Liquid Plumbers Can Mess Up Your Drains

If you are a homeowner, you already know how frustrating clogged or slow-moving drains can be. It’s natural to reach for a timely solution, like liquid plumbers, to whisk away the clogs and return your life to normal. The problem is: while liquid plumbers can provide a quick solution to your woes, they can also cause damage to your plumbing if they are not used with caution. Consider the effects of liquid plumbers on your pipes before you rely on them to solve your plumbing problems. How Do Liquid Plumbers Work? Liquid plumbers come in several formulas designed to attack specific types of clogs. Nearly all of them contain lye (sodium hydroxide) and bleach (sodium chloride). The two chemicals work together to create a chemical reaction that releases heat. The heat dissolves grease and organic matter, while the bleach eats through soap scum and hair.  Some formulas also contain peroxide to create a foaming action that coats the pipes and removes residues. Are Liquid Plumbers Safe? Liquid plumbers are safe for occasional use to get your drains flowing freely again. They are easy to use and restore your drains to normal function within 15 minutes if the source of the clog is a simple buildup of soap scum and residue in the drain. They may work on tougher clogs by eating away the residue around an object and allowing the water to flow around the clog, giving you the impression that your problems have been solved. If there is an object in the drain, though, the problem will likely return as gunk from waste water building up around it. If this is...
5 Signs You May Need Your Drain Cleaned

5 Signs You May Need Your Drain Cleaned

Your drains are a very important part of your house. Many people forget just how important they are even though they play a vital part in removing waste water from the home. If you notice problems with your drain, call Crawford Mechanical Services right away to have your drain cleaned before the problem gets any worse. Here are five signs that you may need your drain cleaned. Not Draining or Clogged Clogs are one of the most common problems you might have with your drain. Here are some of the common causes of clogs: Roots Root systems sometimes grow through pipes in your plumbing system, which can cause clogs and other big problems. Grease It’s important to keep all food out of the drain, but it’s especially important to keep grease out. Bad clogs can occur when grease solidifies in a drain. Hair Keeping hair out of drains can be tough, but it’s important to try and catch it before it goes down the drain and becomes a clog. Clogs need to be removed as quickly as possible because standing water in the sink, tub and pipes creates an unhealthy atmosphere and can damage your plumbing. Slow Draining If the water doesn’t seem to be draining as quickly as it should, it could be a sign that a clog is forming in the drain. It’s best to go ahead and call a plumber to clean out the drain before the clog fully forms and completely stops water from flowing. Unpleasant Odor An unpleasant smell coming from the drain can be a sign of a clog. A small animal might have...
What You Need to Know About Our Jetter Machine

What You Need to Know About Our Jetter Machine

Clogged drains are a pain, which is why Crawford Mechanical Services uses their expertise and the best equipment to quickly clear those drains out. Our sewer jetter machine is the best and most powerful tool for cleaning out your drains and doesn’t use chemicals that can harm your pipes or the environment. Give Crawford Mechanical Services a call next time your drain clogs and we’ll put our jetter machine to work for you! Read on to learn more about one of our favorite, powerful, plumbing tools. What is a Jetter Machine? A jetter machine is a lot like a pressure washer except that it blasts nearly four times the water that a typical pressure washer uses. We wouldn’t be able to get that amount of water from your tap, so our jetter machine comes with several hundred gallons of water stored in tanks and ready to blast the clogs out of your drain. How Powerful is It? The diesel engine on our jetter machine packs a few dozen horsepower. A few dozen horsepower wouldn’t be much for a car, but it will do the trick for blasting clogs out of a drain. A sewer jetter machine blasts enough water at a high enough pressure to drill a hole in a 2-by-4. What Are the Benefits of Using a Sewer Jetter? Sewer jetters are the most effective and efficient way to get rid of clogs. A sewer snake can break up a clog well enough, but it won’t remove the debris that caused the clog in the first place. That debris can very easily move down the line and clog up the...
Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running with These Tips

Keep Your Garbage Disposal Running with These Tips

You probably take your garbage disposal for granted. After all, under normal circumstances, it comes to life with the flick of a switch and makes quick work of your kitchen waste. But your garbage disposal needs regular care to keep it running smoothly. Follow these tips for routine care of your garbage disposal. Keep the Water Running It is important to turn on the cold water and keep it running when you use your garbage disposal. While your disposal blades do the hard work of grinding waste, they can’t get rid of it on their own. Cold water flushes the bits of food from the blades and carries them down the drain. Don’t use hot water as this can liquefy traces of grease and carry it down the drain where it will cling to the plumbing when it hardens again. Clean Your Disposal Keeping your garbage disposal clean and fresh eliminates odors in the kitchen and prolongs the life of your garbage disposal. Throw a handful of ice cubes down the disposal and grind them to bits once a month to remove food particles from the blades and help sharpen them too. If odor is a problem, grind up a lemon or other citrus. Likewise, you can add a few drops of dish detergent to the drain and allow the blades to work up a lather or pour baking soda and vinegar down the drain to eliminate odors. Foods to Avoid Putting in the Garbage Disposal Sticky or Starchy Foods: It may surprise you to learn that potato peelings are a common cause of clogs in the garbage disposal. When ground, the...
Troubleshoot Your Slow Drain

Troubleshoot Your Slow Drain

If you are like most people, you probably ignore slow drains thinking they will take care of themselves. The truth is, this seldom works. Once drains become sluggish they tend to become worse over time until they can no longer be ignored. So, if your drains are slow or sluggish, bite the bullet and find out why before it’s too late. Follow these steps to troubleshoot and correct slow or sluggish drains. Check the Drain Stopper The drain stopper rests in the mouth of the drain and prevents objects from entering the plumbing system. Because the drain stopper catches hair and other debris, soap scum, hair and other junk can build up, stopping the flow of water down the drain. Pull out the stopper (wearing rubber gloves, of course) and clean the junk from the stopper. Some drains, such as shower drains, have a screen instead of a stopper. For these drains, you will need an old coat hanger or a drain weasel to pull the hair out of the drain. Check the Sink Overflow The tiny hole near the top of your bathroom sink is designed to drain excess water if your sink overfills, but that’s not its only job. The sink overflow hole also provides the air needed to for your sink to drain properly. If the hole is blocked or clogged, it will create a vacuum and your sink will drain slowly. Clean the sink overflow hole with an old toothbrush. Empty the Trap The sink trap is located under the sink. It can get clogged from items dropped in the drain and slow or stop the...