Drain Cleaning Services

How to do I unblock a sink trap?

Today most sinks have a pipe underneath that have a “U” shape called a sink trap. That is an important part of the pipe running from your sink. It has two important jobs.

1. To trap debris  coming from your drain. It is much easier to deal with a clog under your sink, then further down the plumbing system.

2. A sink trap keeps filled with water in order to form a seal against sewer gas. I don’t think any of us want to smell that coming up from our sink.

Checking the Sink Trap

A plugged drain can be caused by many things. And if  the sink trap is next on your list to check, here’s a few steps to help you unblock it. You will need a few things before you get started:

  • Bucket
  • Cleaning brush that will fit inside the pipe
  • Clothing suitable for sitting under your sink.

First, have your bucket underneath the sink trap.  Then after you are sitting as comfortably as possible under your sink, begin to loosen that part of the pipe. Be prepared for water  and debris to make this a dirty job.

Use the brush to check for any blockages inside the pipe. Hopefully you’ll be able to solve the problem. Once you’ve done all you can from that part of the pipe, return the sink trap to its original position.

Now, test your work and see if that has solved the problem by running the water. Is it flowing freely down the drain now, or is there still a clog somewhere in the system? If your sink still begins to fill up, you may need professional assistance. Give us a call and we’ll get your drains running smoothly again.

Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been helping the residents of Swampscott and the North Shore area for over 100 years with their plumbing system repairs and installations. Check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment.

How to Fix a Clogged Kitchen Sink in Lynn, MA

It’s a beautiful morning in Lynn, MA. Well, it was, until you noticed your kitchen sink is not draining. Something happened between last night and this morning … and now you’ve got to fix the problem or worry about it all day while you’re at work. Here’s a few things to try before scheduling a plumber’s visit for later.

How Do I Unclog My Kitchen Sink in Lynn, MA?

Check the Obvious. Run your garbage disposal. It may seem obvious, but it is the easiest fix to a clogged drain and worth double checking.

Empty Out Your Sink. You’re going to need room to work with. If you have any dishes that are waiting to be cleaned, put them aside and you can take care of them later … hopefully with a cleared drain.

Plunger Time. Every house should have a plunger. If you don’t, put it on your shopping list. A little bit of energy plunging that sink could be just enough to get it flowing again.

Natural drain cleaning solution. Now you’re going to need to remove any standing water left in the sink. Once you’ve taken care of that, pour 1 cup of baking soda and then 1 cup of vinegar down the drain. See the bubbling? Let’s hope it’s working on that clog of yours. Once the bubbling is over, plug up the drain and waiting 15 minutes. Now try running hot water down the drain to see if the clog has cleared. You might need to try this process a couple of times.

P-trap. Look under your sink and locate the curve in your drain pipe. Put a bucket under that area. Remove the nuts and loosen up the ring to get access to the P-trap. Let any water or debris fall into the bucket. See anything else that could be clogging up the drain? Reassemble and try running water through it.

Plumber’s Snake. If you already own a plumber’s snake, then now would be the time to give it a whirl. We’ll be discussing its usage in a future blog.

If your clog persists, check out our coupons and then give us a call for an appointment. Waldman Plumbing & Heating has been clearing drains in Lynn, MA and the North Shore area for over 100 years.

New Year’s Resolutions: Faster Drains and More Hot Water in Swampscott, MA

If a slow running drain and a lack of endless hot water plagued your holiday guests, here are 2 New Year’s Resolutions you are going to want to keep.

New Year’s Resolution #1: Faster Running Drains

When your drains aren’t draining smoothly, your whole plumbing system is affected. If you noticed drainage problem during your holiday parties, now is the time to find the source of the problem.

Waldman Plumbing offers Elite Cable (Snake) Drain Cleaning Service as well as hydrojet services. Our goal is to discover the problem, fix the problem, and prevent future problems.

New Year’s Resolution #2: More Hot Water

Would you like to have more hot water to be available in your home at a turn of the faucet? Most of us believe you can never have too much hot water available at any given time.

A tankless water heater can provide you with an endless supply of hot water. And if you update to a Hybrid Water Heater you can enjoy things like 98% efficiency, a 20 year warranty, and even possible utility rebates. Our expert technicians at Waldman Plumbing can go over all the options of updating your current water heater.

Waldman Plumbing has been providing plumbing and heating service to The North Shore for over 100 years. If a Waldman representative makes you a promise, we keep it! Check out our money saving coupons and then give us a call.

How to Prevent DIY Drain Cleaning Disaster in Reading, MA

Fixing things around the house can be a DIY dream if you like staying busy, but trying to clear clogged drains by yourself can be an absolute nightmare! DIY drain cleaning is rarely effective and often causes more serious plumbing problems than the clog itself. Not only that, but trying to clear a clog yourself can even be dangerous in many cases.

When it comes to drain clogs in Reading, MA, the only DIY method you need to know is the phone number of Waldman Plumbing and Heating, Inc.! Our highly reviewed drain cleaning services in Reading, MA can safely and effectively clear all kinds of clogs, regardless of where they are or how stubborn they are.

Aside from calling us right away, here’s how you can avoid a DIY drain cleaning disaster.

NEVER use liquid chemical drain cleaners

Even though the packaging might say so, there’s no such thing as professional plumber in a bottle! A professional plumber would never corrode your plumbing pipes the way these toxic chemical cleaners will, not to mention the fact that they rarely if ever work as promised. Liquid drain cleaners are also highly toxic and caustic, and can result in severe chemical burns to your body. Chemical drain cleaners are also environmental pollutants.

NEVER forget to protect your eyes and skin

Don’t make the mistake of not wearing protective eyewear and gloves if you try to remove a clog on your own. This is especially important if you poured a chemical cleaner down the drain, as any backsplash from trying to remove the clog can end up in your eyes or on your skin. Even without hazardous chemical cleaners, clearing a drain can be a stinky, messy job!

NEVER use household objects to clear clogs

Trying to use a hanger to clear a clog will only cause damage to your plumbing pipes and the wire itself can become stuck in the clog. Similarly, a garden hose is not a replacement for hydrojetter. Garden hoses don’t have nearly enough pressure and trying to use one as a hyrdrojetter will only cause a big mess.

NEVER put off calling a professional

If all your drains are constantly clogging, your toilet gurgles loudly when you flush it, or you notice water around your basement floor drain, you may have major clog in your sewer line due to tree root intrusion. Removing this kind of clog is a major plumbing repair that can only be performed by a professional plumber. Ignoring the signs of a sewer line clog can lead to major plumbing problems, such as sewage backflow.

Don’t let drain clogs drain your time, energy, and money in DIY attempts! Waldman Plumbing & Heating, Inc. can clear them up in no time. And to prevent stubborn clogs in the future, call us to schedule a home plumbing inspection in Reading, MA.

Don’t Do THIS When Drain Cleaning in Reading, MA or the North Shore

Water DrainAny type of drain in your home can clog: your floor drain, kitchen sink drain, bathroom sink drain, or bathtub drain. When you have a drain blockage, wherever it is, you are inconvenienced. Your home can’t function as normal when there is pool of stagnant water that won’t go away. The problem is that removing a drain clog can be tricky, and most DIY drain cleaning methods are a lot more trouble than they’re worth. First, we’re going to tell you what NOT to do to clear your drain; then we’re going to tell you the easiest, most hassle-free way to get your drains flowing fast once again.

How NOT to Deal with a Clogged Drain

Drain Cleaning Chemicals – Many people purchase drain cleaning chemicals at the store because they are relatively inexpensive. But in most cases, people find that they get what they pay for. These chemicals simply don’t work well. Most buyers find that they need to purchase these chemicals over and over again as they try repeatedly to clear their drains. Repeated use of these caustic chemicals can even cause serious damage to plumbing pipes, and furthermore, these chemicals can burn a person’s (or pet’s!) skin or eyes.

The Garden Hose – Many people think that using a garden hose on their clogged drain is an ingenious idea, but unfortunately, it’s not. A garden hose is not up for the task and attempts to unclog drains with garden hoses usually just create bigger messes.

A Coat Hanger – Usually when a plumber is called to a home that has bent coat hanger stuck in a drain, it’s because someone was attempting to break up a drain clog. Coat hangers and similar objects aren’t designed to remove drain blockages, and there’s a good chance you’ll end up damaging your plumbing pipe.

So what is the easiest way to safely and effectively unclog a drain?

The easiest way is to call your Reading, MA plumber. Save yourself the time, frustration, and potential damages by contacting Waldman Plumbing. We have the right tools, the right equipment, and the right skills to unclog your drain fast! For drain cleaning service in Reading, MA or the North Shore, give our local plumbers a call today!

Diagnosing & Fixing Problems with Floor Drains in Reading, MA & the North Shore

DrainFloor drains play an important role in residential plumbing systems. If water were to flood into your basement from outdoors or leak out of a burst plumbing pipe, floor drains give the water a place to go, helping to prevent extensive water damages and mold growth. They also give water a place to overflow when a large amount of water is sent down your pipes all at once so that too much pressure isn’t placed on the main drain pipe. Because floor drains can help to prevent or lessen the severity of plumbing emergencies, it’s important that any issues with them be fixed immediately. Our Reading, MA plumbers are here to help with any of these three common floor drain problems.

Foul Odors – You may be able to resolve this issue on your own. If you check the trap and it is dry, odors may be rising up from the sewer. You can pour some water down the drain to fill the trap and block the odors from entering your home.

Floor Drain Clogs – Like a bathtub or sink drain, floor drains can become clogged with debris like dirt, hair, grease, and soap. If you notice that your floor drain overflows frequently, or overflows and never completely drains away, chances are you have a drain blockage. Give Waldman Plumbing a call for drain cleaning service  right away. Sometimes a blockage can be caused when a sewer pipe breaks and fills in with dirt. In this case, you may need a pipe repair or replacement. 

Sewer Backflow – This is one of the most serious problems that you can have with a floor drain. After heavy rains or because of other plumbing problems, wastewater from the sewer can back up into your basement through the floor drain. Sewer backup can be extremely messy and is a health hazard. A backflow preventer can keep this from happening.

Whether you are experiencing a plumbing emergency or just want to talk to a plumber about preventative measures, the expert plumbers at Waldman are here to help. Just give us a call for plumbing service in Reading, MA!

Holiday Drain Cleaning from Waldman Plumbing

Waldman Plumbing and Heating is the local expert for all things related to plumbing and heating. Every single one of our professional team members has been highly trained to give each customer the best possible experience. We have invested countless hours learning the most up-to-date techniques to provide our clients with unbeatable service and successful installations or repairs.

Holiday Drain Cleaning

The holidays are a stressful time—not just for you and your family, but for your plumbing as well. If you have guests staying at your house for the holidays, you’re putting extra stress on your plumbing system to keep up with demand. Before your guests arrive this year, make sure your home is prepared with our holiday drain cleaning.

This simple service can mean the difference when it comes to entertaining this year. Our plumbers will clean out the residue, debris, and anything else that may be lurking in your pipes, ensuring that they work seamlessly throughout the season.

Keep Your Pipes Safe

Our team also does a lot of work performing plumbing inspections. These inspections allow us to see into the interior of your pipes, and we are able to quickly diagnose any potential problems. We use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose problems, and then work to fix those problems before they create an emergency situation. We are the Lynnfield plumber that is constantly in demand, and our dedication to great customer service and great work are unmatched by our competitors.

Waldman Plumbing and Heating is a full-service plumbing and heating company. Call us at (781) 780-3184 to get your new installation, maintenance project, or inspection scheduled.

A DIY Guide to Drain Cleaning with an Auger

When you have a clogged drain, getting it back to working order is of utmost importance. Instead of using caustic or environmentally harmful chemicals to get rid of the clog, cleaning out a clogged drain with an auger is a more ecologically conscious choice and a cost effective one as well. Drain augers require a bit of elbow grease to use, but they can get through most minor clogs. Our team of professionals at Waldman Plumbing and Heating explains how to use a drain snake or auger to clean out stubborn clogs.

1. Remove the drain cover. You may need a screwdriver to unscrew it.

2. Put on safety goggles and thick rubber work gloves. The auger may loosen messy clogs that could splash into your face.

3. Use firm pressure to guide the auger down the drain, twisting it as your feed it. Once you feel it stick, you have located the clog. Push and twist the auger as vigorously as possible to break through the clog.

4. Once the auger is all the way through the clog, remove the auger and clean it. Turn on the hot water and allow hot water to flow through the drain for 5 to 10 minutes. This will rinse away any clog remnants.

5. Maintain clog-free drains by using sink traps to catch solid and stringy debris, avoid sending items such as hygiene products, tissues and fibrous food waste down the sink and auger each of your drains about every three months to keep it clean.

If you have tried to clean your drain with an auger yet you are still having plumbing problems due to a clogged drain, our team of professionals at Waldman Plumbing and Heating will get your drains running in no time. We offer same day and emergency drain cleaning service in Beverly. We are dedicated to providing you with the best plumbing and heating services in the area. When you need professional assistance getting your drains to properly work, call us today at (781) 780-3184 and 978-666-4356 to schedule your drain repair appointment.