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Plumbing or Drainage?

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You flush your toilet, and it makes a horrible sound whilst threatening to flood your entire bathroom.  Plumbing or drainage?

You turn your faucet on expecting a nice cool, refreshing glass of water but instead are greeted with some form of brown dirty water.  Plumbing or drainage?

A funny smell coming from your kitchen sink ruining your dinner parties? Plumbing or drainage?

Do you even care? You just want it fixed, right?

Well for those that do care and wish to impress your plumber the next time something goes wrong, you have come to the right place!

Plumbing

In simple terms, plumbing encompasses anything that involves bringing clean water into your home.

Plumbing is what ensures that when you turn your faucet on clean cold water runs through.  It ensures that when you shower you get a shower with water at a high pressure and not just a drip.

 

Drainage

Drainage, on the other hand, encompasses everything that involves taking water away from your home.

Drainage is what ensures your toilet flushes correctly and doesn’t threaten to flood your bathroom.  It ensures that your sink clears correctly leaving it odorless, and your dinner parties are a success!

So that’s the technical clarification.

But in reality, any plumber will be able to fix all plumbing and drainage problems.  There are no dedicated ‘drainers’ after all!

If you have a problem with either your plumbing or drainage, give us a call, and we’ll be able to get it sorted for you.

Whilst on the phone to use, you can impress us with your now superior knowledge on the difference between plumbing and drainage!

Professional Edmonton Drain Cleaning

Man in a plaid shirt using a plunger on a bathtub drain.

Many peoples’ first instinct when they notice a slow or clogged up drain is to reach for a bottle of store-bought chemical drain cleaner, but that actually does more harm than good. This is because liquid drain cleaners from the store contain caustic chemicals that not only eat away at the clogs in your pipes, but also eat away at your pipes too and can cause leaks and serious damage in the future.

When you notice a clogged up drain, first reach for the plunger and try to fix it that way. If the  clog is too stubborn to be plunged away, it’s time to call in a plumber. Professional drain cleaning is much safer than chemical cleaners and will not damage your pipes.

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Video Pipe Inspection

If you have a tricky blockage, video pipe inspection is a good option to find out exactly where the clog is located and what is causing it. In this process, fibre-optic cable mounted cameras are sent down the drain to locate the blockage and determine what it is. Once your plumber has found the offending blockage with a video inspection, they can remove the clog through either snaking or hydro-jetting.

Snaking

A drain snake is a thin, flexible auger that can be fed into a drain to dislodge and break up blockages. Snaking is the most common professional drain cleaning technique and is enough to remove most household clogs, but if a blockage is particularly difficult, hydro-jetting may be necessary.

Hydro-Jetting

Hydro-jetting is generally used if a clog is too stubborn for snaking to be effective. The hydro-jet blasts water at a high pressure through the pipes to knock any blockages loose, leaving a clear pathway for water to flow freely through your pipes.

If you have a clog that just won’t let up, give the professionals at Butler a call today! We offer drain cleaning services and all other plumbing repairs, maintenance, and upgrades.

 

Never Wash These Things Down Your Drain

It’s so easy to just rinse whatever you please down the drain, but there are some things that will damage your pipes and bungle up your plumbing. Refrain from sending these 12 things down your drain or disposal and your pipes will thank you.

Sink Drain

Coffee grounds are an extremely common cause of clogged kitchen pipes. We know, we know, you’re groggy in the morning, but get in the habit of throwing those coffee grounds in the compost, not the sink, and you’ll avoid bigger problems in the future.

Oils and fats. After cooking with fat or oil, it can be tempting to just pour the liquid down the sink. Don’t! They won’t stay liquid once they cool and will really mess up your pipes. Instead, transfer oils and fats into an empty jar or can, allow it to cool and solidify, then toss the whole container into the trash.

Paint won’t damage your pipes, but toxins from paint poured down household drains can make their way into public water supplies and pose health risks, so make sure you dispose of it elsewhere.

Flour might not seem like a big deal to wash down your drain, but remember what happens when you add liquid to flour in a recipe. You get a sticky, gloppy substance that you definitely don’t want forming in your drain.

Garbage Disposal

Eggshells can dull disposal blades. Instead, opt to toss them in the compost.

Bones of any kind. Even small chicken or fish bones will just damage your disposal and cause plugged-up drains.

Corn husks are very tough and fibrous, which can dull blades. The corn silks also shouldn’t go down the disposal since they are so thin and will tangle around the mechanisms.

Fibrous vegetables like celery and pumpkin will just plug up your disposal and trap other debris in there.

Pasta swells up bigger and bigger with water exposure, so it can cause blockages in your disposal and drain.

Oatmeal will pass right through the disposal and then expand in your pipes, which can easily clog things up.

Nuts. Before you throw any nuts into the garbage disposal, stop for a moment and think: what happens when you grind up a bunch of peanuts? You get peanut butter. Which is not something you want to create in your disposal and then send down your pipes. Do yourself a favour and toss any nuts into the compost instead.

Potato peels are usually skinny enough to slip right through the disposal unscathed, so they will clog things up and catch other bits of debris.

Drain Trouble? Call Butler!

If you have a problem with your drain, we can help! Our skilled technicians offer professional drain cleaning as well as garburator repair and installation.

Call Us Today: 1-780-432-3947

We will always schedule a convenient time that works for you. Please contact us to get a quote on your plumbing repairs.

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