Our sewer line cameras can be used for inspection of your main line. These cameras ultimately help us to discern between a mere blockage and a major problem with the structural integrity of the line, such as a broken or collapsed portion of the line. This can save a lot of time and money. Snaking and jetting a line will not fix this sort of a problem, and you could spend a lot of money spinning your wheels, having the drain cleaned if you don’t know that it must be repaired.
Most kitchen garbage disposals receive daily use, making cleanup after cooking and meals much easier. However, garbage disposals need regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure the mechanism and drain line remain clear. Maintaining your disposal is easy and requires only a few minutes each month to prevent clogs and other serious plumbing issues.
Clearing the Drain Line
Everything that goes down your disposal is transported away from your home through the sink’s drain line. Because food debris can easily build up inside the line and cause clogs, you should clear it periodically to prevent backups. To clear the drain line, plug the sink and fill it with two to four inches of cold water. Remove the plug and run your disposal until all the water has drained from the sink. If you do experience a slowdown in your drain’s performance, address the issue immediately. Use a plunger or a homemade natural drain cleaning solution to clear the clog.
Cleaning the Disposal
Your disposal uses a set of blades to chop up food into small pieces before it is flushed down the drain. Keeping these blades sharp and free of buildup will maintain your disposal and prevent clogs. To clean your disposal, fill the disposal drain with approximately two cups of ice cubes. Follow the ice with one cup of rock salt or white vinegar. Run the cold water, then turn on your disposal for ten to fifteen seconds until all the ice and salt have been cleared away. The ice and salt will remove debris from the blades and sharpen them as your disposal grinds them up.
When your washing machine stops working correctly, it can put a serious crimp in your laundry routine.
Doing laundry isn’t exactly a fun activity (well, not for most people, anyway), but it’s a necessary household chore. That’s why, when your washing machine stops working correctly, it can put a serious crimp in your laundry routine. Most of us depend on our washers and dryers to do the heavy lifting for us – it’s not really feasible to wash everything by hand. So, if your washer is over flowing, here’s what you can do to fix it:
- Turn off the electricity
Remember that any time water starts flooding in your home – especially when it involves something electrical – it can be very dangerous for you, not to mention any kids or pets that could be running around. The first thing you should do is turn off the electricity that runs to your washing machine directly from the fuse box. It’s not a good idea to touch or unplug the machine’s power cord when there’s water everywhere.
There are a few common reasons your washing machine may be overflowing. Here are some things you can check:
Pressure switch: The pressure switch is what’s responsible for sensing when the machine is full enough, and it can become clogged, which makes it stop working. Remove the electrical panel to see if your pressure switch needs to be cleaned or repaired.
A kinked drain hose: If the flexible hose behind your washing machine is folded, it could cause water to back up. Keep your washing machine about 4 to 6 inches away from your wall to keep this from happening.
A clog: Clogs in the drain pipe or pressure tube may be the culprit – a drain snake can fix the problem.
- Fix the issue
Many washer overflow issues are easily fixed, but if you aren’t sure what the problem is or how to repair it, don’t worry. Give Southwest Plumbing a call and we’ll send a plumbing professional your way.
We have no travel charges! We cover King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties* and have plumbers in your area. So, don’t hesitate to contact us, no matter where in those three counties that you live.
*If you live in one of these counties but are not accessible by bridge (I.e. Vashon Island) we apologize for any inconvenience but are unable to service your location.