Last updated 4 days ago
A chemical clog remover can be used to unclog a kitchen sink, but it is neither the most environmentally friendly nor cost-effective method for dealing with a clogged sink. You may be able to unclog the kitchen sink using some household chemicals instead. Mix a cup of baking soda with some water until it becomes a paste. Pour both the paste and some vinegar down the drain and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then boil some water and pour it down the drain to flush the clog. Repeat the process if necessary. Watch the video clip for more tips on how to clear the sink.
If you need help clearing the kitchen sink or have any other plumbing problem that needs professional assistance, call Reliance Plumbing at (847) 213-9842. We have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and happily serve the North Shore and Northwest suburbs of Chicago.
Last updated 5 days ago
Kitchen and bathroom drains can cause a number of problems. If you detect a foul smell or notice a blockage, you may be able to fix the problem before calling a professional plumber. Use the steps below to attempt to fix the drain, and contact your plumbing company if these troubleshooting tips don’t help.
To take care of a funky smell coming from the kitchen sink, pour a cup of white vinegar down the drain, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then rinse it with hot water. If there seems to be a grease clog in the plumbing, melt the grease by heating up the pipes with a hair dryer or a heating pad, then flush the grease out with hot water.
To fix a slow-moving drain, block the overflow drain, fill the sink with water, and use a plunger. If that’s not strong enough, you can repeat the process with a wet/dry shop vacuum. If unclogging your shower with chemicals and hot water has not been successful, you may be able to blast it open using a garden hose.
If the basement is flooded and you live on a slope, you can use a garden hose to siphon the water elsewhere. First, fill your garden hose with water and seal both ends. Then place one end in the standing water, and the other end as far downhill as possible. If the basement floor drain trap smells, pour plumbing antifreeze down the drain. Block the area off if you have any pets or children.
Use a drain screen to keep solids such as hair, soap scum, and food scraps from going down your drains. Do not ever pour chemicals or grease down the drain. Pour boiling water down your drains once per week as an extra precaution.
If you need professional plumbing assistance for your drain, contact Reliance Plumbing at (847) 213-9842. We can install backflow prevention devices and sump pumps if you want more protection. Visit our website to see the range of plumbing services we offer the Chicago area.
Last updated 13 days ago
Did you know that household plumbing systems depend on gravity to circulate water and flush waste? But not all household plumbing systems can take advantage of gravity. When gravity cannot be used to carry wastewater, the plumbing fixtures are installed below the nearest sewer line. To flush waste from the home and send it to the main drainage line, a household plumbing system needs what is called an ejector pump. Often used when adding plumbing fixtures to the basement, an ejector pump takes the place of gravity by expelling waste upwards so that it can reach the main sewage system. Without an ejector pump, it wouldn’t be possible to use plumbing fixtures such as the toilet, faucet, and washing machine in the basement.
If you want to add a plumbing fixture to your basement, you will need an ejector pump. For professional installation of an ejector pump or any other plumbing device, call Reliance Plumbing of Chicago at (773) 467-7842. Check out our website to browse the residential and commercial plumbing services we offer.
Last updated 19 days ago
Sewage backflow is a nightmare for any homeowner. In addition to causing extensive water damage, backflow results in intensely unpleasant smells and even health hazards. Fortunately, you can use a sewer backflow prevention device (BPD) to prevent sewage from flowing into your home when there is a flood. The “pop-up” type BPDs—which come in the spring-loaded, gravity, and self-locking variety—and the mushroom type BPDs are the most common. A mushroom-shaped sewer BPD is usually installed in the yard or near the house on the lateral connection to the sewer main. Acting as a gate that stops backflow, this BPD is essential if the lowest level in your home is less than one foot above the nearest upstream manhole, or if there is not a cleanout installed outside your home.
To learn more about your home’s risk level for backflow, or to have a backflow prevention device installed in your home, call Reliance Plumbing at (773) 467-7842. We offer a range of residential and commercial plumbing services to the North Shore area of Chicago.
Last updated 20 days ago
In addition to causing extensive water damage, a flood can cause sewage to flow upwards through drain pipes and into a person’s home. Sewage backup is not only a very damaging problem, but also one that poses a serious health hazard. Fortunately, determining your home’s risk of a sewer backup can help you take preventative measures that limit damage. Here are some tips that will help you determine your home’s risk of a sewer backup.
Find Out if Your Home Has a Curb Cleanout
Look around your neighborhood for the nearest lateral, also known as a curb cleanout. Usually this small manhole is painted green or marked with “sewer.” If you do not have a curb cleanout, you should have one put in to decrease your home’s likelihood of experiencing a sewer backup. Curb cleanouts are especially useful to homes located lower than the street level, which are at a higher risk for sewage backup.
Locate the Closest Upstream Manhole
You should see the sewer main and the upstream hole in front of your home. If your home’s lowest elevation is less than one foot above the manhole, you are at a higher risk of sewer backup. Call a plumbing company and ask them to install a sewer backflow prevention device (BPD) to reduce the likelihood of sewage backup.
Identify Line Clog Risks
If tree toots get too close to the sewer line near your home, they can start to grow directly into the underground lines, causing a clog that creates a backup whenever you run the water. Other common causes of clogs include things being flushed down the toilet that do not belong there, such as wipes, paper towels, and personal care products.
If you need a professional plumber in the North Shore area to assist you with sewer backup problems, contact Reliance Plumbing. We have helped thousands of residential and commercial customers since we were founded more than 10 years ago. Call us at (773) 467-7842 or visit our website to learn more about our plumbing services in the Chicagoland area.