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Slow Drains, what’s the hold up?

Have you noticed that your sink, shower or bathtub isn’t draining as fast as it used to. Are you noticing standing water or plumbing fixtures that are backing up?

Slow drains are a very common issue, there are many causes and in most cases they are fairly easy to diagnose (for example, clogs that can be seen and resolved with a plunger or short snake).

However there are also less obvious possibilities that are easier for an experienced and professional plumber to diagnose:

• Incorrect Gravity Flow or Pitch/Slope of Pipes:

Any pipe that is 3” or less in diameter should have, at a minimum, a ¼” pitch/slope per foot. If you’ve recently updated or replaced your plumbing and the slow drainage is a new issue since the update then perhaps pitch/slope of the pipes is the culprit. Too much gravity can also cause problems so be sure your plumber knows what they are doing if you ever replace your plumbing or sections of pipe.

• Drain Stopper Issues:

Many times the stopper may not be lifting completely; this will cause slow drains and can be fixed by adjusting the length of the linkage from the lever to the stopper.

Too small of a connection can slow drainage• Inadequate Overflow Tubes:

• Clogged House Drain or Soil Pipe:

If multiple drains are slow or back up occurs when other plumbing fixtures are used, you may have a clogged house drain or soil pipe which will need to be cleaned out using long augers to be sure the entire line is clear.

• Drain Vent Issues:

Blocked vents can cause slow drains, if you hear a “gurgling” sound while a fixture is draining this may be the cause.

• Outside Lines:

Damage to outside sewer lines (crushed or broken pipes due to age, tree roots, earth movement) can also cause slow drains. Most of the time all drainage will be slow if this is the case.

• Septic Tanks:

If a septic tank is part of the equation, obstructions or a collapse in the line between the house and the tank, can cause slow drainage.

HELPFUL DO IT YOURSELF TIPS

Natural Enzyme Drain Cleaners:

Often times you can solve slow drain problems with drain cleaners.  Chemical drain cleaners tend to be hard on pipes, Andy’s Pipe Dream encourages its customers to check into Natural Enzyme Drain Cleaners CLICK HERE to learn more.

Using Plastic Drain Snakes on Clogs:   Slow drain problems are often caused by surface clogs easily reached by a plastic drain snake. CLICK HERE for easy to follow “Using a Plastic Drain Snake” instructions.

Don’t Wait to Diagnose Slow Drains?

If you can’t determine that it’s just a simple clog you are smart to hire a professional plumber as soon as possible to figure out the cause of your slow drainage problem. Troubleshooting and resolving issues early will prevent you from being hit with larger, costly repairs later. “Putting it off until later…” isn’t a good idea when it comes to diagnosing slow drain issues.

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2 days ago

Andy's Pipe Dream

Begin 2021 with Money Saving Plumbing Tips

If you’re thinking about making some upgrades to your house this year, an important investment is your home’s plumbing system!

Leaks or malfunctioning appliances can quickly add to your monthly utility bills. Andy’s Pipe Dream provides some simple plumbing tips that can help keep your household budget in check this year, saving you money.

Replace Outdated Faucets:
Faucet aerators, high-efficiency showerheads, and shower flow restrictors will also help reduce water use and the volume of water entering your septic system.

Upgrade Your Water Heater:
One of the best ways to lower your utility bills is to replace an older water heater, over ten years old. Older models can drain your electric and gas bills each month. If you need assistance/maintenance with your current water heater or are considering installing a new water heater, take advantage of our current quarterly discount promotion $100 OFF New Water Heater Installation. bit.ly/water-heater-discount

Inspect Your Toilet:
Replacing existing toilets with high-efficiency models is an easy way to reduce the amount of household water entering your septic system.

Look for Drips/Water Leaks:
Puddles of water forming on your basement floor are typically an obvious sign of a plumbing leak. But, in many cases, a loose valve or cracked pipe may cause condensation to build up in a specific area. Our certified technicians can examine & diagnose the issue before further damage occurs.

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Begin 2021 with Money Saving Plumbing Tips

If you’re thinking about making some upgrades to your house this year, an important investment is your home’s plumbing system! 

Leaks or malfunctioning appliances can quickly add to your monthly utility bills. Andy’s Pipe Dream provides some simple plumbing tips that can help keep your household budget in check this year, saving you money.

Replace Outdated Faucets:
Faucet aerators, high-efficiency showerheads, and shower flow restrictors will also help reduce water use and the volume of water entering your septic system.

Upgrade Your Water Heater:
One of the best ways to lower your utility bills is to replace an older water heater, over ten years old. Older models can drain your electric and gas bills each month. If you need assistance/maintenance with your current water heater or are considering installing a new water heater, take advantage of our current quarterly discount promotion $100 OFF New Water Heater Installation. http://bit.ly/water-heater-discount

Inspect Your Toilet:
Replacing existing toilets with high-efficiency models is an easy way to reduce the amount of household water entering your septic system.

Look for Drips/Water Leaks:
Puddles of water forming on your basement floor are typically an obvious sign of a plumbing leak. But, in many cases, a loose valve or cracked pipe may cause condensation to build up in a specific area. Our certified technicians can examine & diagnose the issue before further damage occurs.

CALL TO SCHEDULE SERVICE: (913) 210-2086
OR SCHEDULE ONLINE: http://bit.ly/schedule-plumbing-service

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1 week ago

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The cost of heating water consumes almost 20 percent of your household budget, second only to what you spend on heating and cooling your home. Despite this expense, water heaters are typically ignored until they break, leaving you with no hot water and, possibly, a flooded basement.

If your water heater is nearing the end of its useful life and you're thinking of replacing it before disaster strikes, you'll be happy to know that you have better choices, thanks to recent federal regulations that require water heaters to be more energy-efficient.

If you suspect your water heater is losing efficiency or if you see rust or leaking water, call the water heater experts at Andy’s Pipe Dream. We can come to your home to inspect your water heater and replace it if you need a new one.

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The cost of heating water consumes almost 20 percent of your household budget, second only to what you spend on heating and cooling your home. Despite this expense, water heaters are typically ignored until they break, leaving you with no hot water and, possibly, a flooded basement.

If your water heater is nearing the end of its useful life and youre thinking of replacing it before disaster strikes, youll be happy to know that you have better choices, thanks to recent federal regulations that require water heaters to be more energy-efficient.

If you suspect your water heater is losing efficiency or if you see rust or leaking water, call the water heater experts at Andy’s Pipe Dream. We can come to your home to inspect your water heater and replace it if you need a new one.

CALL TO SCHEDULE SERVICE: (913) 210-2086
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2 weeks ago

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Another great review!

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Another great review!

Thank you, we love hearing feedback from our customers.

Have a plumbing problem? Call us, we are here to help! Andys Pipe Dream technicians practice social distancing and are equipped with the proper personal protection equipment to ensure your health and welfare with every service visit.

What Our Clients Have To Say About Us
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3 weeks ago

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Andy's Pipe Dream Plumbing. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season!

Call on us during the holidays before you have visitors – Make sure your plumbing has a happy holiday season as well…

Anticipate the following plumbing problems when having visitors this holiday:
• Garbage Disposal
• Water heater
• Toilets

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Andys Pipe Dream Plumbing. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season!

Call on us during the holidays before you have visitors – Make sure your plumbing has a happy holiday season as well…

Anticipate the following plumbing problems when having visitors this holiday:
• Garbage Disposal
• Water heater
• Toilets

CALL TO SCHEDULE SERVICE: (913) 210-2086
OR SCHEDULE ONLINE: http://bit.ly/schedule-plumbing-service

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3 weeks ago

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Its the Final week to take advantage of Andys Pipe Dream Quarterly Discount Promotion.

Simply mention this $50 OFF Discount when you schedule your new garbage disposal install!  https://bit.ly/plumbing-discounts

We recommend made in the USA, super reliable, whisper quiet InSinkErator brand garbage disposals backed by a rock solid warranty.

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