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Clogged Drains St. Louis Kitchen sink always clogging? Garbage disposal not disposing? Bathroom sink backed up? Clogged drains are a headache, and aren’t always the easiest to clean out. Fortunately, you can take certain steps to prevent having to deal with unwanted blockage in your home drains. What’s unsafe to throw down the drain? Here’s a list of some surprising (and not so surprising) things you should NEVER put down the drain: Coffee Grounds: Did you know that most plumbers say that nothing causes more blockages than coffee grounds and grease? Try reusing your coffee grounds or composting them. Eggshells: Even with a garbage disposal, eggshell bits and pieces love to stick to other waster and form clogs. Grease: Duh. But don’t forget this includes cooked and/or melted fat from meat, bacon, sausage, poultry, skin from boiled poultry, and even gravy! Flushable cat litter: “Flushable” cat litter is not only bad...
Sewer Repair or Replacement St. Louis When your main drain backs up into your home it leaves you with a mess and a headache. Dealing with the damage of a backed up sewer is something you never want to experience, but if you do, you never want to experience it again. When this happens it leaves you with two options: You can either repair or replace your sewer pipe to fix the problem.  Drain Back Up St Louis When a drain technician is at your home, they will suggest a repair if your main drain is reasonably accessible, properly sized for your home, and has a reasonable life expectancy left.  For example, if you have tree roots blocking your pipe, you can choose a spot repair to remove the roots using a root killer. Unfortunately, this is only a temporary solution because the tree roots will grow back later, which will...

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Sewers St. LouisSewers are never fun to talk about. What’s even less fun? When your sewer drain clogs and floods your home’s basement with waste. Not only can this cause extensive damage to your home, but also it can leave your home smelling like sewage and could be very costly.  Unfortunately, if this situation happens, you probably need more than just a drain cleaning. The sewer drain that clogs is called your main drain. Main drains rarely back up unless there is something structurally wrong with the line. Drains St. LouisMain drains usually clog due to a few reasons: • Foreign Objects• Tree Roots• Pipe Misalignment• Pipe Belly• Partially or Fully Collapsed Pipe To determine the cause of your main drain blockage, a technician will lower a special camera through the pipe of your main drain. The technician will show you the image and explain what’s causing your home to flood...

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St Louis has experience record rainfall this year. Many low lying areas in St Louis county have been affected by flooding. We can’t prevent against flooding or rivers, streams, and ponds, but there are actions we can take to keep our basements from getting water, or drains backing up into our home. Sewer Back up St LouisMany times the reason that your sewer would back up into your home is due to the city sewer being backed up due to heavy rains. Unfortunately, if it is the city sewer system that is backing up, all that we can really do is wait for the rain subside and survey the damage. If you main sewer line is backing up, it is always recommended to have a drain cleaner come out to your home to camera the line to make sure there aren’t any roots, cracks, or bellies. If you do have one...

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Bursting pipes attribute significant destruction and loss in Saint Louis County. Do you know what to do if your pipes freeze? Before we highlight how to manage a burst pipe, let’s first review how to prevent such a mishap. Causes and Effects of Pipe BurstsBursting pipes often transpire as the result of frozen water. If the temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, pipes may freeze. Consequently, it is important to keep the home’s comfort system on (even when the home is vacant) to eliminate such problems. Bursting pipes can also be the end result of corroded pipes, giving way to a potentially devastating leak. During the home’s annual plumbing checkup make sure your plumber checks the condition of your pipes. Are you a Hoffmann Brothers Plumbing member? Now that we’ve reviewed ways to prevent a pipe from bursting, make note of what to do in the event that one of your...
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