Friday, April 3, 2015

Yakima Plumber's Input On Toilet Hard Water Cleaning Video | What They Failed to Tell You!!

Here is a viral video we recently encountered that shows you how to remove hard water stains from your toilet. Many areas in and around Yakima, WA have hard water. So this video is really easy to follow and very useful for learning how to remove those annoying stains that built up in your toilet.


But Wait!!!!!!!!!!

In this video they show you how to use normal household distilled vinegar to affectively remove those hard water stains.

At 24 Hour Rooter of Yakima we have been describing to our customers how to use vinegar to remove stains from plumbing fixtures for a long time. It is very effective and works well.

However!!


As we have extensively written about in previous articles, vinegar is a MAJOR antiseptic. The acidic levels in vinegar are high enough that it works great for cleaning.

BUT here's the catch, you DO NOT want to over use any kind of Antiseptic in your drains. Including antiseptic hand soap or dish washing soap.

The drains within and outside of your home NEED good bacteria inside of them. The good bacterias will eat away at the bad bacterias. As a recent example of the overuse of antibacteria soap, we recently encountered a commercial kitchen sink in a break room at a local Yakima insurance agency where the employees were using both anti-bacteria dish soap as well as anti-bacteria hand soap. I wish I would have taken a picture of that job to show you and clarify the realism of how destructive the anti-bacteria was to their drain system. When we opened the trap under the sink to clean the drain, the p-trap looked like it had one giant black snail/slug living inside of it!! We got the trap cleaned out and cleaned the drain, not once but three times in order to get all of the bacteria buildup removed enough before the sink would drain properly.


So....

Now that you know that vinegar is a major anti-bacteria that will kill off all of the GOOD bacterias that live in your sewer and drain system, how does the above video misinform it's viewers?

Important info

They do not tell you at any point in the video about the recourse of using vinegar as a cleaner AND as a result they do not inform you as the viewer that you will want to flush your toilet several times after the cleaning procedure to dilute the vinegar and help reduce the risk of killing off the good bacteria that resides in your drain pipes.


This article is in no way trying to discredit the above video and it's producers. The information is great and very helpful. We are merely adding our commentary to the video from the standpoint of knowledgeable Yakima plumbers and drain cleaning professionals.

SIDE NOTE: You can also put some vinegar in a plastic sandwich bag and using a rubber band, you can tie that around faucet spouts overnight to remove hard water buildup on your fixtures. You can also use the method described in the video presentation to put around the base of your faucet fixtures.

As Always, we would love to here your comments below.

Thanks for following 24 Hour Rooter of Yakima

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Yakima Drain and Sewer Cleaning With a Warranty

Our ultimate goal at 24 Hour Rooter is to provide our services with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We also have warranties on the work we do with upfront pricing and details. If we are not able to give you an exact price quote over the phone, we will gladly come give you a free estimate at your home or business. (some areas outside of Yakima may require a small trip fee.) Most of the time we are available to be at your place of residence within an hour of your call.  You can easily schedule service in advance by calling us at (509) 985-2407 or filling out our quick schedule form on our Yakima Plumbing and Drain Service website from your mobile phone or PC.

Our Yakima plumbers will take the extra time to explain how your plumbing fixtures, pipes, drains, sewer or septic system works so that you have a better understanding of how to go about maintaining an efficient plumbing system that will save you money in costly repairs in the future. 

24 Hour Rooter of Yakima is now offering extended warranties for drain and sewer cleaning services.

Call Us Today: (509) 985-2407 to find out more information. Learn more on our About Us page

Friday, March 27, 2015

New Services Available For Your Yakima Drain Cleaning | Sewer Video Inspections And Diagnostics

24 Hour Rooter of Yakima is now offering a new introductory rate for providing our customers with knowledgable staff specializing in sewer camera video inspections and diagnostics of your underground drains.

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As an added bonus, 24 Hour Rooter of Yakima will be offering residential video inspections at HALF OFF the normal price when you purchase a drain cleaning job for your sewer line.

This includes all setup, inspection and cleanup and enough time to show you the condition of your sewer drain line. One of our knowledgable staff will inform you of any anomalies in your sewer plumbing.

Our team will then be able to suggest proper maintenance and new practices to help prolong the life of your sewer drain pipe. 

Depending on the condition of your pipe and after troubleshooting the problem, you may have a problem in the pipe that is causing your sewer drain clog more often and may need more immediate attention.

In the case that your sewer line needs to be excavated to make a repair, we will pinpoint the exact location and depth of the troublesome break in your sewer line and we will provide you with an estimated cost to excavate the pipe and make the repair to your sewer drain pipe.

As our valued customer, we want to give you honest and professional advice on the condition of your pipe. We have seen hundreds of sewer pipes on the inspection camera and because of this experience we have a very good idea of the approximate time you will have before the pipe will have to be repaired or replaced. Our goal is to be informative as we possibly can so that you have a good idea how to go about maintaining your sewer drain for long term or short term if the issue is ongoing.

Our current HALF PRICE video inspection service offering is a tremendous bargain when you call us for drain cleaning in Yakima, WA. The state-art-equiptment used for this type of service is very expensive and requires regular maintenance and repair. 

Take advantage of this special offer while it lasts! 

24 Hour Rooter is your locally owned and operated Yakima drain cleaning specialist.

Give us a call today at (509) 985-2407

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Why Hydro Jetting Might Be A Better Solution For Your Drain Cleaning in Yakima WA

   Cabling or Snaking your drains alone may not always be the best solution to take care of your Yakima drain cleaning needs. Often times, snaking a drain will leave behind roots, grease and other debris that a cable alone can not remove from your sewer or drain line.

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  • Complete Cleaning
A Hydro Jet uses highly pressurized water at a rate of 2000psi-7000psi which completely scours the walls of the drain pipe, leaving the inside of your drain in optimal condition. The high pressure cleaning will remove all grease, soap build up, hair, roots, and bacteria growth which can lead to an awful odor emitting from your pipes.
  • Safe On Pipes
Hydro Jetting is a non-destructive alternative for drain cleaning that is performed by experienced plumbing technicians who are trained to use the equipment in a safe and effective manner. Using caustic chemicals in your drains can be damaging to your pipes and the environment. Snaking a drain or sewer pipe is generally considered to be safe in most regards. However, the repetitive use of a mechanical auger can be destructive on older plumbing drains.

  • Long Lasting 
Due to the extra capabilities of a Hydro Jetter to remove all of the debris in your drains, the resulting effect will generally last longer.

  •  Cost Effective
As mentioned above, Hydro Jetting a sewer or drain line will help prevent your drains from re-clogging from leftover debris in the pipe that a snake alone cannot remove. The remaining grease or other bacteria and debris that an auger leaves behind can often times cause the drain to prematurely clog again adding additional costs over time.

Advanced Hydro Jetter Plumbing Services

24 Hour Rooter offers a variety of Hydro Jetting services that set us apart from other competitors. We carry a large assortment of different attachments for hydro drain cleaning services including different size hoses to get the job done right. We can also provide a video inspection of the drain cleaning to assure you that your drains were cleaned to optimal specifications.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Maintaining A Stubborn Root Problem in Your Yakima Sewer and Drains.

Most of our customers know that tree roots can invade their sewer and drain plumbing but one of the most common questions we receive from customers is how to prevent roots from re-entering their sewage infrastructure.

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Many of the Yakima, WA residential areas are 50-100 years old and these older homes still have a majority of the original plumbing and sewer systems that were originally installed with the home. 

The side sewer laterals that were installed outside of these older homes was commonly constructed of cement, clay, or asbestos sectional tiles. Most often these sectional tiles were butted together without a water-tight sealant. 

Over the years, these older systems are susceptible to damage and intrusion from tree roots. The tree roots will start to grow through the joining section of the older pipe materials and begin growing inside of the sewer plumbing.

If this problem is detected soon enough, there are various means to take care of the root problem before they ultimately  damage the drain line to the point of having to be replaced.

24 Hour Rooter can help you with the most stubborn root problem by cutting out the majority of the tree roots with a powered main line sewer snake and once the roots have been removed from we can visually look inside the drain or sewer pipe with a sewer video inspection camera to verify the condition of your sewer drain pipe.

We will then determine the extent of your root problem and make suggestions based on the condition of your sewer pipe. 

Often times the remedy is quite simple. The market is flooded with various products that are labeled as Root Killer. However, many of these products either simply do not work or can be very caustic and damaging to the environment.

Upon completion of any root removal service that we offer to our customers, we will take our time to explain to you everything you need to know about maintaining a root free sewer line.