Max Sr. & Paul Schoenwalder Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Drain and Sewer’ Category

“How To Clean My Drains Myself”

Monday, October 3rd, 2022

water-flowing-down-kitchen-sink-drainYou’re probably not going to like what you’re about to hear–but bear with us!

One of the most commonly searched-for phrases online in regards to plumbing is how to “DIY” plumbing repairs, including drain cleaning. You’re going to find results. In fact, there are probably going to be thousands of results that come up!

But… any of those results that recommend you buy a bottle of chemical drain solution or try baking soda and vinegar for a clogged drain should be ignored.

The latter can be effective for a smelly drain, and we’ll talk about that in a bit… but for truly effective drain cleaning that won’t end up doing more harm than good, we actually recommend nixing that bottle of liquid drain cleaning “solution” you got at the store, and instead giving our number a call. Read on to learn why!

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Why Store-Bought Drain Cleaning Solutions Are No Solution

Monday, September 7th, 2020

water-running-down-a-drainWe imagine if you’re like most homeowners, then when you have a clogged drain, your instinct is probably to reach for that bottle of store-bought liquid drain cleaner you keep on hand for emergencies like this. Unfortunately, this is actually the worst thing you can do to remedy the situation, as it is extremely unhealthy for your plumbing system. Sure it will temporarily solve your problem in the short term, but it will only magnify the plumbing problems you’ll have later on.

Take a look below as we dive into why you shouldn’t use these drain cleaning “solutions” and why you should call the pros for the real drain cleaning solutions.

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Why You Should Choose a Pro over DIY for Your Drain Cleaning

Monday, June 1st, 2020

plumber-using-drain-snakeWhen you have a clogged drain, it’s very easy to look for a quick fix and hope for the best. Sometimes, that quick fix works in the moment—but the question is, will the solution last?

There are times when a little DIY work around the home can quickly resolve an issue. But then there are other times when it’s better to leave the job to a pro. Drain clogs really can fall into either category. DIY attempts like using a plunger to release a superficial clog are okay, but if your choice is to use chemical, store-bought drain cleaning, we’d have to advise you to forgo the DIY method. Read on to learn why!

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How to Protect Your Major Home Systems Over the Holidays

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The holidays will come and go before you know it. You want to take these moments to enjoy time with loved ones—not to call a repair technician in to fix your furnace or unclog your drains. We want to help you prevent those little emergencies that leave you rushing to find a technician or plumber to help during holiday hours, because we know your loved ones come first.

Keep these systems maintained for a smooth, relaxing holiday season—as relaxing as it can be with the frenzy of gift-giving and preparing family meals. Keep the following advice in mind when considering maintenance for your major home systems.

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