Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Drain Cleaning Service Plumbers Recommend Root Killer?

Why Do Roots Grow In Drains and What Can You Do About It?

    As a drain cleaning and rooter service company in Yakima, WA our plumbers are always encountering stubborn  roots that are growing in sewer drains. Unfortunately this is a problem that occurs more often as the household sewer drain becomes older over time. If left untreated, this plumbing problem can get down right agonizing. So in this article we will go over some tips to help you save a costly mistake that we have literally seen thousands of times and then we will offer a safe and effective routine maintenance regiment that has now been proven to help.

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Cleaning Roots Out Of A Yakima Main Sewer Pipe

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Roots That Invaded A Yakima Sewer Drain

  Tree roots tend to infiltrate older sewer drains that were butted together (as pictured below) with older clay pipe, concrete pipe and asbestos pipe. The connection hubs where the pipes connect together are the weak point where those tree roots intrude the sewer as the trees are looking for nourishment and a water supply. 

Demonstration of Tree Roots Growing in a Clay Sewer Pipe
   The problem that these pesky tree roots present is a lot bigger of a problem than some plumbers may suggest. Once the tree roots have managed to enter the sewer or drain pipe, they tend to be small hair-like roots. In most cases this first initial stage of the root intrusion is normally very minimal and the problem can be taken care of by a plumber with a rooter machine, a little finesse and some expertise. A rooter machine can accommodate an array of root cutter heads that can be fixed to the end of the snake. These cutter heads come in a variety of shapes and sizes and each one performs a specific task.

Root Cutter Attachments

    As aforementioned, the initial stage of a tree root finding it's way into a sewer pipe is a minimal risk. It doesn't really effect the integrity of the sewer drain and neither does the job of snaking those roots out of the pipe for the most part. Keep in mind that some trees and shrubs are more aggressive on drains than others. For instance, many of the evergreen variety of trees tend to not be all that aggressive with the exception of Arborvitae trees (which are abundantly planted directly over sewer pipes) Some common shrubs that are aggressive include rose bush and grape vines but they are usually only aggressive down to about 4 feet of depth. Which means that aggressive shrubs should be kept 6 away from sewer pipes.

   So where do you go from there? Well, that is a good question that very few people ask and it should be a concern, right? 
  After a plumber has snaked out your sewer drain pipe and discovered a few roots on the cable of the drain machine, is where you want to start to be concerned. These little hair-like roots are gems of information about the integrity of your sewer system.... Hooray!! Now is your chance to get this problem under control......Maybe. 
  Could a Root Killer solution be the answer? It very well might be but going out and haphazardly buying up root killer may be a waste of time and money. We have an article that dates back 4 years ago where we stated that root killer for sewer pipes is mostly ineffective. You can read that drain cleaning article here. However, plumbing technology has come a long ways since then. Keep reading for more information.
  We would never suggest at 24 Rooter of Yakima to just go out and get some root solution without proper protocol. There are important steps and procedures that need to be done beforehand.

  The next step is to have our plumbers do a video camera pipe inspection of the sewer drain so that we can show you where the roots are getting into the pipe and the severity of the problem. At the same time we can see on the camera if any damage has occurred to the pipe. This is a vitally important step, and that brings us to the next issue.
Q: Can a sewer root invasion damage your drain pipes?
A: Yes it can! In fact, it can completely collapse and destroy the pipe!

   Over time, a sewer root problem that is not taken care of and treated right away can and will start to damage the pipe. Once tree roots have found a good source of nourishment and have embedded in your drains, they don't just "go away". In fact, they continue get bigger and take a stronghold within your sewer every year during the root growing season. The problem becomes worse over time, but that's why you are reading this article, right? You are a savvy homeowner, and you want to know what the SOLUTION to this problem is!? Well, Lucky You;)


A new and improved solution for household sewer drain roots.

Foaming root killer is designed specifically to do what all the previous solutions never could do and why we have never really recommended the old solutions. It kills the roots where they grow, through the top half of the drain pipe. Not at the bottom of the pipe where you would previously just throw money in the drain and watch it float along the bottom of the sewer pipe bypassing your root problem.
In conclusion: 
This is great news for some homeowners and in many cases it may not be the solution.
At 24Rooter we can help guide you through the decision process to determine what will work best for your situation. 

Call (509) 985-2407

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Yakima, WA Frozen Pipe Thawing

Yakima,  WA Frozen Plumbing & Pipe Thawing

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    24 Rooter has been the leading plumbing company in frozen pipe thawing throughout Yakima County for the last 6 years. We have developed a procedure that allows us  to thaw out frozen pipes in a fraction of the time it takes by traditional thawing methods. While we carry most every form of thawing equipment onboard our vans during the winter freeze season, we also carry onboard a Hot Piper machine for those situations when safety becomes an issue.

     If you want to learn  How To Thaw Frozen Pipes  there are several DIY tips you can research across the web. However, do take note of risks involved in thawing pipes and the hazards of fire during the process. 

   Thawing frozen pipes can be a very dangerous and should performed by professional plumbers. If you are having a frozen plumbing issue give us a call ASAP.

Call 24 Rooter of Yakima Today For Fast and Safe Pipe Thawing

(509) 985-2407

Monday, February 25, 2019

Is Your Yakima Home or Rental Equipped With An Accessible Sewer Drain Clean-out?

Yakima, WA homeowners may not have a sewer drain clean-out port in case of an emergency!

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A Yakima WA multi-family home sewer clean-out that was hidden and neglected

   Whether you are a homeowner or a landlord in Yakima, WA you really should have an easily accessible emergency clean-out for your sewer drain. We can't tell you how many times we have encountered a home that either, does not have a sewer clean-out or the homeowner does not even know if their home has one, but the numbers are staggering. Not only is this disadvantageous to homeowners, but more importantly for landlords in Yakima.

   At 24 Rooter of Yakima we truly understand how important it is to get emergency services like plumbing, drain cleaning and other services taken care of as soon as possible for all those great tenants that are dependent on their landlord to make those arrangements.

   This common problem becomes magnified even more in Yakima during the cold Winter months when we see snowfall accumulation of up and over 12 inches.

   As you can maybe imagine, our job of taking care of your plumbing drains becomes more challenging in a scenario like this when the homeowner or landlord does not know if they have a sewer drain clean-out during the snow season. Often times there may very well be a clean-out but it is nowhere to be found under the snow and ice. 

   Anytime we install a clean-out for a customer we put it in a location that is safe from accidental breakage of a lawnmower or being trampled on. Ideally the clean-out should be installed about 6-8 inches above ground and close to the house whenever possible. The extra height of the sewer cleaning port will still be noticeable even when covered with snow. Some of our customers like to disguise it by putting something decorative around it and or a potted plant.

  We certainly recommend that you have us install a drain cleaning port for your sewer if you don't have one. There are always other options to get your drains up and going in most cases. However, it may get very involved and extremely costly. And worse yet, it may take a lot longer time to complete the job, which is understandable for a single family home but what if it's your rental?

As always 24 Rooter is here to help and inform.

Call Today

(509) 985-2407

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Kitchen Sink Drains and Cold Weather Don't Mix Well?

Yakima Kitchen Drain Cleaning Service Chronicles.

It is now that time of year when kitchen drains in Yakima, WA tend to be clogging up more often as the cold weather sets in. So in this article we will address the most common reason that kitchen drains plug up during the cold weather months. We hope to bring you this information as a safeguard for the health and longevity of your drains.
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    Drain pipes have been manufactured from different materials throughout the years and some of those materials include galvanized steel, iron pipe, copper and ABS plastic piping. Each of which have their inherent set of advantages and dis-advantages for various reasons that we won't  go into detail about in this article. Today we will focus on metal drain pipes, but this information etches over into plastic piping as well.
    So, why do kitchen drain pipes clog more often in cold weather? Well, the answer isn't going to be some kind of shocking scientific discovery (sorry ahead of time)

    The semi simple answer is twofold. 1.) Kitchen drains have food particles and grease that builds up inside of them over time. 2.) In the extreme cold winter months, those kitchen drains under the house are also cold. Therefore, those greasy/foody stuffs tend to solidify almost instantly as they enter the drain pipe. 

    While it is true that plastic ABS drain pipes are designed with a cellular core which acts as a heat dissipation feature that helps prevent the plastic from warping or sagging while hot water is draining through them, ABS drains are not immune in any sense to the problem caused by cold weather. Metal drain pipes will obviously be more of a concern in the cold Winter months.

   When you choose 24 Rooter of Yakima for all of your drain cleaning needs, we will go over with you all the information you will need to help prevent these type of plumbing problems.

    Call Today (509) 985-2407

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Yakima Plumbing Experts

Introducing the new Revolution in the plumbing industry.

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24 Rooter of Yakima has been serving the Yakima, WA area since 2013 and we have over 17 years experience in the Plumbing, Drain, Sewer and Septic industry. We have now provided professional plumbing service to 3,350 customers since 2013.

So, what does the number 24 symbolize and the term "Revolutionary Service" mean?

The number 24 is symbolic with a full revolution and it means that we founded our plumbing company based on principles that we learned over time from customers. We took note of all the complaints that costumers alluded to about plumbing companies in general and we decided it was time for a change in the way business could be conducted to meet the needs of people when they are seeking to find an expert Yakima plumber. 

Therefor, we sought to provide revolutionary service to customers through top-notch exclusive business  practices.

Gone are the days when you don't really know for sure if the plumber at your house is an expert or not until....unfortunately, something goes wrong with the plumbing work performed.

Gone are the days when the plumbing company doesn't honor or even mention a warranty.

Gone are the days when the plumber never shows up as scheduled. 

Gone are days when the plumber doesn't give you a courtesy call if he is going to be a little late.

Gone are the days when the plumbers at your don't take the extra time or breath to give you all the details you need to know about the cause of your plumbing failure.

Gone are the days when your plumber doesn't spend some friendly extra time explaining to you how to prevent a future problem with the plumbing issue at hand. 

At 24 Rooter of Yakima, we enjoy taking more time with each and every customer to provide the best experience from a Yakima plumber. Our plumbing service is exclusive and not for everyone. We don't serve the masses. We reserve our service for those who want the absolute best experience out of their plumber.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Save Thousands on your Yakima Plumbing by installing a Septic Aeration System.

If you want to save yourself the anguish of spending thousands of dollars on your plumbing, 24 Rooter of Yakima has a great solution to help you save today while preparing for the future.

Most people know that maintaining a septic system is critical to the life expectancy of a plumbing system. Treatment of a septic system is crucial but did you know that you could prolong the life of your septic drain field system indefinitely and save yourself nearly $15,000 in replacement costs?

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Converting a Yakima Septic System
If your Yakima plumbing is acting up and draining slow, you may be experiencing what thousands of other people around the Yakima Valley have experienced, a failing septic system or drainfield. A drainfield can stop working for a variety of reasons.

Installing a septic aeration system to a local Yakima plumbing system.

The most common cause of a septic system failure is due to an overgrowth of a microbe known as Biomat, which grows without the presence of air in your plumbing and septic system. This Biomat is hard to treat because septic treatment solutions work as an enzyme that eats away at sewage in your plumbing and septic tank but those treatment enzymes need air to survive, which is available to your plumbing drains and septic tank through the drain vents. Anaerobic micro organisms are microbes that can survive without air and therefor they will build up in time and turn into a slurry slime that builds up in your pipes and more specifically in your septic system's drain field.

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A sewage treatment plant installed in a residential septic system.

This is why and how septic system aeration works. By adding air to the effluent in your septic tank, the air molecules work like a carbonated beverage to force air into the liquids. This action is the same  as any sewage treatment plant. The benefits of aerating your septic system can reverse the effects of a failed drainfield and restore your system to like-new condition.

Our plumbers at 24 Rooter of Yakima would be more than willing to take a look at your failed septic system and give you a quoted price that will save you literally thousands of dollars in septic repair or replacement.

The video below shows the diffuser in action

This video demonstrated how whisper quite the system is (no sound editing, its just that quite while operating)

Want to learn more about how to maintain your septic system? 

We have an entire septic system article here that explains everything you should know about your septic system maintenance. 

Or give us a call at (509) 985-2407

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A New Yakima Homebuyer's Guide To Plumbing Systems Before They Make Their Purchase.

This is a Yakima, WA Homebuyers Plumbing Checklist

Are you actively seeking to buy a home in Yakima, WA? If so, that's great news but what happens before you buy your home? Well, many things take place before you purchase your home and that list includes an inspection of the home by a certified home inspector. That is a good thing, however a home inspector is not necessarily a professional plumber by any means in most cases. A proper inspection of the plumbing system should also be inspected as a private transaction by the buyer or the seller to verify that it has been inspected by a plumber.

All too often a home buyer will neglect to have the home inspected by a plumber and often times the home will come with a host of potential plumbing problems that were unforeseen until they get moved in.

Here is a Checklist that will come in handy before you buy your home.

1.) Water Heater

What is the age of the water heater?
 Is it more that 10 years old?
 Has the water heater been maintained every year with a flush?
 Are both elements firing properly?
 Is the Temperature & Pressure Relief valve plumbed in properly?
If the water heater is set on concrete, does it have a foam insulation pad under it?

2.) Under the house

What is the age of the plumbing and drain system?
What kind of piping material is the plumbing and drain system made of?
Are there any signs of corrosion on the plumbing pipes or drains?
Is the water piping sized properly?
Are the drains and venting sized proper?
Is there any signs of plumbing repairs and if so, was it done properly.
Does the home have hose bibs, and if so, are they frost free bibs and have they been tested for leakage?
Does the home have an easily accessible water shut off, and if so is it working order?
Does the home have crawl space vents, and if so do they have covers or adjustable louvers for blocking out freezing weather during the winter months?
Is there any signs of hard water deposits, green corrosion stains or rusty stains on the plumbing fixtures or inside of the toilet tank?

3.) Toilets

Are the toilets tight to the floor and not rocking at all in any direction?
Are all the mechanics of the toilet working and properly set with all the proper adjustments? (this is a bigger issue than you might think)
What is the "gallons per flush" rating for the toilets?
Are the toilets rated at 1.28 gallons per flush? If so, plan on flushing them twice each time they are used with solid wastes OR plan on them needing to be replaced with 1.6 gallons per flush toilets in the future.

4.) Drains and Wasting Tubing.

    Did you test each drain several times and look under the cabinets to make sure there are no dripping waste tubes?
**TIP** When a house sets vacant for an extended period of time, the "crud" that is inside the drains will dry out and upon reintroducing water into them that "crud" will swell up and cause a clogged drain. So take your time testing each drain and don't walk away from the drain you are testing until you have tested each drain 3-5 minutes per drain**
     If the kitchen sink has a garbage disposal, be sure to test it and make sure the motor sounds smooth and quiet.
     While testing the drains at a kitchen sink and if there is a faucet sprayer, be sure to test that sprayer a few times and make sure it doesn't leak water. Also while testing the kitchen sink, be sure to swivel the faucet spout back and forth while you are running water to make sure it does not leak around the spout base as you are moving it.
     If there is a dishwasher, run it through a cycle and make sure the door seal is not leaking and the drain dispenser hose does not leak under the cabinet.
     Also take note of the water pressure as you are testing each plumbing fixture. A home with low water pressure can be caused by several factors, some more costly than others.

5.) Sewer or Septic System.

       We saved this for last because it is probably the most important and most overlooked aspect of a plumbing inspection or concern on all parties of the sale process.
       If the home is on a septic system, there most likely will be a record of the condition of the septic during the home selling process as it is required by most banks and or title companies. That inspection is brief and not always 100% reliable but it is reliable enough that most of the time it is a good indicator that the tank and drain field are probably fine.
       What a septic tank inspection does not indicate is the condition of the underground sewer pipe going to the tank.
    If the home is connected to city sewer, you will need to have the sewer pipe inspected by a plumber with a video sewer camera and locater and home needs to have a sewer clean-out access port.  

This is the single most important aspect to doing a proper plumbing inspection,  but yet nobody talks about it. There is absolutely no other way to know if the sewer pipe is good or bad before you buy a home unless it has been inspected with the proper camera equipment. The cost to replace a sewer pipe can cost you  $$ thousands of dollars and unfortunately there are a vast number of home buyers who usually end up with that major expense after they move into the home with really no recourse.

Don't Get Stuck With The Repair Bill!!

Call A Plumber Before You Buy A Home

At 24 Rooter of Yakima we are constantly striving to educate both our customers and the public at large. We have all the proper sewer and septic equipment to inspect that new home you may be looking to purchase.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Plumbing Excavation Service in Yakima, WA - How To Avoid A Plumbing Disaster

Having trouble with  your sewer line clogging up? Or maybe your septic system is draining slow?

We have solutions to get your plumbing back up and flowing!

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Replacing Failed Sewer Clean Out in Yakima, WA

At 24 Rooter of Yakima we have over 17 years experience in the plumbing excavation and drain service industry.

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Installing new drain for clean out service

So often a home in Yakima, WA will have a very old sewer system that is failing over time due to root intrusions or the sewer plumbing settles in the ground over time and with the harsh Winters that Yakima receives, the ground is expanding and contracting each year. We have encountered and seen this problem many times on our Sewer Video Inspection Equipment.

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 Yakima Sewer Inspection Video Camera 

There is a large percentage of older Yakima, WA residential neighborhoods that have homes that do not have access to their sewer plumbing system via an accessible clean out port. This not only makes working on the underground plumbing difficult, but it also means that it costs more to have the drain cleaned out by an alternative method of working from within the home while making a bit of a dirty mess, or from snaking through a plumbing vent on the roof of the house.

Pulling roots from a roof plumbing vent in Yakima, WA

Most of the sewer issues our plumbers encounter in Yakima, WA are completely avoidable if proactive action is taken on the part of the homeowner before the problem starts. Often times most people wait until the problem is at large. 

At 24 Rooter we are known for solving our customer's problems through education of how their sewer system works and what they can do to help maintain their system. This means different measures for different people. Sometimes a complete sewer replacement is critically import but more often than not, there is a less expensive alternative that will keep your plumbing working and give you a peaceful night's sleep knowing that everything is going to work properly when your friends and family show up to spend some time on holidays and get togethers.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Local Yakima Plumbers Vs. Franchise Plumbing Services – Which one’s better? Here’s the Verdict!

The last thing any homeowner would want to encounter is plumbing issues. Homeowners often undermine the importance of plumbing systems, which is why they might never consider maintaining it. Fortunately, there are several plumbing services out there that are waiting to serve, but not all of them are ideal for us.
When distinguishing between local and franchised based plumbing services, it could be easily understood that hiring a local plumber in Yakima is beneficial. Here’s how:

     1. Better Service with Single Ownership:
A significant aspect that divides local and franchise plumbing services apart is that local plumbing businesses are owned and run by one or two people who live in the local area. As their livelihood depends on the business, they will strive to deliver high quality service to their customers. If they fail to meet the demands or requirements of their customers, their business would fail one day. This is unlike chain based plumbing services that are mostly profit oriented with high overhead costs.
      2. Better Local Plumbing Knowledge:
One of the biggest benefits of hiring local Yakima plumbing services is their enriched knowledge about local plumbing systems. Apart from that, local plumbers are also committed to fulfilling the needs and requirements of local residents. Local businesses will do their best in knowing the area inside and out. Yes, franchise based companies will have local plumbers as well however, their interests are distinctly different. 

     3.  Local Economy Benefits:
Hiring a local professional plumber gives long term benefits for the local economy. If you hire local plumbers, the money you spent stays in the local community that will have a lasting positive impact towards the growth of the economy sooner or later. 
On the flip side, if you hire franchised based plumbing services, your money goes into corporate hands that hardly have any interest towards the uplifting of your community rather than popularizing their services in your area & enhancing their revenue and profits.

     4. Affordable Service:
Just because a plumbing business renders their services at premium rates, does not mean that they are of high quality. Certain money-minded chain based plumbing services try to charge you more, yet doesn’t always offer you a satisfactory service. However with enough research, you’d be able to discover a local plumbing service that will provide you a great service at affordable prices.

The Bottom Line:
From the above points, local Yakima plumbing service is the clear winner. People often hire nationwide plumbing services because of the popularity of their brand and the belief that they always offer top notch services. Nevertheless, hiring a local plumber in Yakima is the better choice due to their reliable services, affordable pricing, great knowledge on local plumbing systems and local economic benefits.
If you’re on the lookout for a dependable local plumbing service in Yakima, you can always deal with 24 Rooter of Yakima. Visit http://www.24rooter.com/  or call (509) 985-2407.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

5 Things You Should Expect From Professional Plumbers In Yakima, WA

  Hiring a plumber isn’t rocket science, provided you aren’t looking for one to fix a frozen pipe that burst at 4am in the morning. Rather than choosing the first plumber you find on Google, it makes sense to find one before you actually need him. You can call him for non emergency repairs at regular work hours to make sure he’s worthy of the 4am phone call. Before you choose, here are a few tips to remember:

  • A Professional Plumber is Licensed Bonded and Insured:

  Professional plumbers are insured under the Worker’s Compensation Act and carry liability insurance.  This protects you from paying compensation claims to the plumber and his staff during an injury. Liability insurance helps to claim for damages caused by the plumber during the plumbing repair. 

  • Most Plumbing Services are Guaranteed:

  While one level of guarantee is about completing a job within the stipulated time, the other is about a guarantee/warranty period on the work. Most reputable plumbers will offer a 1 year warranty on labor and parts. Be sure to ask if your plumber offers warranty on his work.

  • Emergency Services:

  Some plumbers include emergency work as a part of their job profile, but most plumbers only specialize in regular day time hours. It is nice to know that your plumber offers emergency services such as drain cleaning and shutting down your water system for after hours services. These services are usually limited and there is only so much that can be done to your plumbing after hours. Be sure to ask if your plumber offers emergency plumbing services and to which services are available after hours. In most cases, it may be well worth the wait to call during normal operating hours, as an after hour call can cost anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2X times the amount of a normal charge.

  • A Professional Plumber is Clear about the Charges:

  Ideally, professional plumbers are upfront about pricing and offer a rough estimate for ordinary plumbing services. This bill includes their service charge, (most charge an hourly rate) charges for parts and trip charges, however many plumbers are moving over to a new flat rate for a lot of of their plumbing services. A flat rate has proven help both the consumer and the contractor. And if you have called him on for emergency services, add extra charges for weekends and after-hours services. 

  • A Professional Plumber Cleans Up After Himself:

  Plumbing jobs may leave your place in a mess with old parts and empty boxes to be taken care of. Some plumbers charge you for cleanup services, while others do it for free. Check with the plumber to know about how much they’ll cleanup. 

Looking for a plumber isn’t different from finding other service professionals. Ask around and remember to ask the right questions. 

24 Rooter of Yakima is:

  • Licensed, Bonded and Insured
  • Guarantees all work with extended warranties
  • Provides Emergency Services
  • Upfront about prices and provides Free Estimates
  • Cleans up and hauls of f any and all garbage.
Call Today At: (509) 985-2407
Schedule An Appointment: Schedule My Yakima Plumbing Appointment

Thursday, April 7, 2016

How To Manage Common Plumbing Issues At Home

  • How To Manage Common Plumbing Issues At Home 

Even the most complacent home owner is likely to have a few handy tools to help with simple plumbing problems. Problems like unclogging a slow drain, replacing a worn out washer, and repairing leaky faucets can be done at home. If you are keen on DIY, here are a few basic issues you can solve on your own:

  • How to unblock/clean a bathroom drain:

A slow drain in the bathroom is often caused by hair. Attach a tub/shower strainer to prevent hair and other materials from clogging the drain. But if you do not have a strainer, clean the drain frequently.  To do so, use a straightened wire hanger with a hooked end and push it straight inside the drain. Gently pull out the hair using the hooked end. Do this a couple of time until the wire comes out clean, while ensuring that the hanger does not get stuck in the drain. Open the tub/shower to check if the water drains properly. If it does not, call the plumber for help.

  • How to clean limescale deposits from showers:

In areas with hard water, the shower head may get clogged over time with limescale deposits.  To remove these deposits, leave the shower head in a vinegar solution overnight, or tie a bag filled with vinegar over the shower head. Vinegar helps to dissolve the alkaline mineral deposits because it is a mild form of acid that neutralizes the scale deposites. Clean off residue if any. 

  • How to fix a dripping faucet:

  A dripping faucet not only increases your water bills, but also leaves ugly marks and yellow stains on the basin. A rubber/silicone washer prevents water from pushing through the pipe after you have turned off the tap. Over time, these washers wear off leaving you with a leaky faucet. If the leak is fairly new, you can replace the washer using special tools. To do so, turn off the water supply and remove the decorative cap placed over the handle. Now unscrew the handle and the packing nut and remove the valve stem (often times you will need to have a handle puller/remover) Now remove the washer. Next, use a flashlight to look inside the valve body. Make sure there isn't any broken bits of rubber inside there and also look at the valve seat (the seat is the round contact that the washer presses against) Inspect the seat to make sure it is perfectly smooth at its crown. If the seat is worn, you will need to remove it with a seat remover.  To make sure that you replace the washer correctly, take the valve stem (and the seat if necessary) to a hardware store to find the proper washer size (there are several different sizes) Replace the washer. To reassemble, be sure to turn the stem to the open position before you insert the stem. After tightening the stem, be sure to tighten the packing nut slightly. Temporarily put the handle on the stem to check the tightness of the  turnability (there should be some slight tension, if not, tighten the packing nut until there is tension) Reassemble everything and test your valve.
  This is one example of a common faucet fixture valve. There are hundreds of different faucet valve designs and each one is unique and requires different procedures to make a repair to a leak.

  These are simple procedures that can be done at home. But the trick is to know your limits and work accordingly. If you get stuck on a do it yourself project and you aren't sure what to do next, that is a good time to call a local plumber to ask a few questions before proceeding and possibly creating more damage that could potentially cost you a lot more money by making a costly mistake.
 At 24 Rooter of Yakima, our plumbers love helping people and we like to help people make informed decisions when it comes to their plumbing issues. It is always a good idea to call a local plumber before taking on a DIY plumbing project. We're here to help.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

5 Common Mistakes That Most DIY Plumbers Make

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 As professional Yakima WA plumbers, we understand your enthusiasm for DIY plumbing. In fact, minor repairs like replacing a faucet, unclogging a pipe, replacing broken toilet levers, etc can be done without professional help. The problem starts when you become over enthusiastic about getting things done by yourselves. It’s good if you are keen on accepting challenges, but make sure you avoid these common mistakes:

  • Joining mismatched materials:

 When different metals come in contact (in the presence of an electrolyte), one of the metals corrodes quickly- this is basic chemistry. In your Do-It-Yourself enthusiasm, it is quite possible that you may forget this. Corrosion makes your pipe brittle and prone to breakage. Use the same metal if you can, or, consider using dielectric unions that acts as a barrier between the two materials. Joining 2 separate metals (ferrous and non-ferrous) is fine, but a combination of a metals with a dissimilar metal in-between the 2 is a bad idea as it will cause premature corrosion to your plumbing pipes.

  • Doing things in a hurry:

 What may seem as an easy 5 minute job can become ugly if you aren’t focused or rushing through things. Common mistakes like forgetting to shut off the water valve, over tightening (and not tightening it enough) plumbing components, etc. are common consequences of things that go wrong when you are in a hurry.

  • Leaving things midway because it seems good enough to go:

 It is alright to fix things temporarily until the plumber comes. The problem starts when you forget to call your local plumber, or when you forget that yours was a temporary arrangement. Using glue to fix leaky pipes is a common example. 

  • Ignoring the local plumbing codes and standards:

 The plumbing codes are there for a reason. They help to make your life easy. A botched up DIY job can leave you with problems that cannot be managed by a plumber. Severe water leakage can cause structural damage and cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Since you have contributed to the problem, insurance companies will refuse to bail you out. And at the end of it all, you’ll be fined for working without the proper permits when required.

  • Dismantling things and forgetting how to place them back:

 This is a far more common issue we encounter in our local Yakima community than you think and it  especially occurs when you are in a hurry. If you have to disassemble a component, make sure you take pictures while doing it, or make a note of the process. Also, keep the instruction manual handy for reference. 
 We’re happy that you like to help yourself, but remember, a little learning can be a dangerous thing. And remember, you can always call a local plumber beforehand to get a little advice or in our case at 24 Hour Rooter of Yakima we may be able to come take a quick look at your plumbing endeavor before you start and give you some free advice.

Call  24 Rooter at: (509) 985-2407 
We Can Walk You Through Your Plumbing or Drain Repair.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

DIY or Professional Plumber - Whom To Hire?

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  • From fixing leaky faucets to patching holes in a dry wall, ‘the smart home owner’ is expected to know how to fix repairs in the house. While we’re alright with (and even encourage) DIY enthusiasts tackling minor issues, some things that are best left to professional care. Here’s a quick comparison to help you consider whether you should hire a professional or opt to do it yourself:

  • DIY 
  • Minor DIY projects like installing new faucets, fixing broken toilet levers, unclogging drains, etc. are fairly simple- you don’t need a professional plumber for these tasks. Since labor charges form a major component of plumbing budgets, it helps to learn how to fix small clogs and leaks. You will have to spend money on materials and equipment, but the cost of these would still be less than what you pay a professional plumber. And if you are the ‘smart home owner’, we discussed earlier, you would surely have basic plumbing tools like pliers, cutters and wrench readily available.  

  • Calling a Professional:
  • An overenthusiastic DIY-er is likely to add to the problem rather than solve it. Indeed, as most professional plumbers would concur, some common plumbing problems are a result of botched up DIY efforts. Professional plumbers are aware of the latest codes and standards, have access to the best equipment and techniques, and have the necessary experience to carry out complex jobs. They can help you detect leaks/mold otherwise not visible to the naked eye. Typical jobs that are best left to professional care include repairing water heaters, replacing toilet hardware, repairing internal plumbing issues, cleaning or repairing sewer line and drain problems, and much more

  • When To Call A Professional Plumber:
  • If you are a DIY enthusiast, here are a few tips to remember:
  • A botched up DIY job may cost you more than what you would pay for the services of a professional plumber- assess if the project is within your skill range. 
  • Make sure you know the basics of plumbing. It is important to know how to shut the main water off, information about the different tools, and understanding how your plumbing system at home works.
  • Keep the instruction manual handy or make a note when you take things apart. We’ve lost count of the phone calls from enthusiastic DIY'ers who have taken apart fixtures, but are unable to fix them back. 

Contact us Today - For any of your plumbing and drain issues.
Our Yakima Plumbers are ready to help.
24 Rooter of Yakima
(509) 985-2407

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Maintenance Free Water Softening & Conditioning | 24 Rooter of Yakima

New Yakima Plumbing Services Available

24 Rooter of Yakima is excited to now offer state of the art maintenance free water treatment for your plumbing and on-site testing of your current water condition.

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Electronic Descaling Device installed in a Yakima, WA basement.

  Clean drinking water seems to be a topic of great concern as of lately. Luckily there are several options that you can choose from to sustain your plumbing system and drinking water. 24 Rooter of Yakima is rolling out new services this year to help you get the most bang for your buck. 

  We have been providing maintenance free water conditioning services for 18 months now to a select few customers to really "test the waters". As soon as this plumbing technology became available to the market, it peaked our interests. We wanted to wait a while to get some feedback from our initial trial customers and the results have been better than anticipated.
  Even the worse case of hard water deposits in our clients plumbing fixtures have been greatly improved with these new water softeners. The more buildup of hard water there is, the longer it takes to dissolve the deposits. That same scenario goes wether you install a traditional salt system or a much more cost effective maintenance free system.

  At 24 Rooter of Yakima we only provide water quality control through the use of the ScaleBlaster Electronic Water Descaling System.

WHY? It is simply the most environmentally and economically friendly solution for your Yakima plumbing system.

What is Maintenance Free Water Conditioning and how does it help restore your plumbing?

Watch the video below to learn how it works.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Call 24 Rooter of Yakima For Frozen Pipes

Call us at (509) 985-2407 for Frozen Pipes in Yakima, WA. At 24 Rooter we have over 17 years experience in thawing frozen pipes. We have a variety of thawing equipment for thawing frozen pipes both in the ground and under your house.

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A combination of pressurized steam and forced air heat to thaw out frozen yakima plumbing pipes

More info coming soon

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.


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.


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.

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