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How to deal with grease in your drain?

How to deal with grease in your drain? | Plumbing Gold Coast | Brisbane | M.J. Walker Plumbing

Grease is a major cause of most drain blockages as it can solidify inside the drain and cause debris to build-up. Not only does this begin to cause clogging issues and an eventual blockage, but this will also lead to bad odours and smells inside your kitchen. Here is some expert advice from a licensed plumber on how to remove grease build-up from your drain and save your home from water damage.

Prevention

It must be said, preventing the issue is the best way to solve the issue! Grease, fats and oils should never be poured down the sink. Food items such as butter, margarine, lard, etc. are a big ‘no’ when it comes to washing them down the drain. They should be wiped off with a paper towel and thrown in the bin or poured into an old jar and tossed away.

Dish Soap

If you are not using an anti-grease soap, then you are wasting your time. Without the right dish soap items in your drain will continue to build-up and not have anything fighting to break them down and prevent your sink from clogging. An anti-grease soap will also prevent grease from sticking to the pipe and building up in the first place.

Fix the Clog Before It’s a Blockage

If you can see the water struggling to drain, then you need to take action before it becomes a serious blockage. Try using boiling water and vinegar mixes or boiling water and backing soda, to break down the residue causing the clog. Let it sit in the drain and fight the grease for at least 30 minutes before testing to see if the water is draining properly again. If, not it may be time to call in a plumber. It is much better, and far more cost effective, to call in a plumber when the issue is minor rather than waiting for a major blockage problem to happen.

We all know that a blocked drain can become much more than an inconvenience. Blockages can become a health risk to your family and loves ones. Sinks, basins, tubs and baths can get blocked or start to drain slowly due to a build-up of grease, soap, scale and hair. M.J. Walker Plumbing have a number of ways to clear blockages in bathroom and kitchen fixtures, as well as improving the rate of flow.

Clearing fixture blockages requires the correct tools and technique. That is where we come in. Sometimes you need more than just a plunger to get the job done. Our Gold Coast plumbers have the skills, experience, and tools necessary to keep your pipes flowing.

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Plumber

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Plumber | Plumbing Gold Coast | Brisbane | M.J. Walker Plumbing

You’ve decided to hire a plumber, but how do you know if you’re hiring the right one? Here are the top 5 questions you need to be asking a potential plumber before you hire them.

1. Are you a licenced plumber?

You need to make sure that any plumber doing work in your home is professional and experienced, and ensuring that they are properly licensed is a good way to check. A licensed plumber will be up-to-date on all building codes, building practices and safety regulations. It will give you peace of mind in knowing your plumber has the skill and knowledge to do the job right.

 2. Do you offer any warranty or guarantee on the work you perform?

Any plumbing work done in your home should come with a guarantee, so that if there is a problem directly related to the service they provided or the initial issue they will return to make repairs. You need to know what sort and duration of guarantee they offer.

 3. Are you insured?

Finding an insured plumber is essential. Accidents and mistakes can happen, and if by chance they do, you want to ensure that you are not at risk for these unexpected costs. An insured plumber will be protected should any potential injuries occur.

4. Can you tell me about your experience?

Local plumbers will have references and past projects that they can mention for you to know that they are as experienced as they say. Calling past clients of theirs or seeing past complete projects will give you a better understanding of what type of quality work they are going to provide and what your finished project will look like.

5. What is it going to cost?

Getting an upfront quote done is another important thing to make sure you receive prior to hiring a plumber. This is so you don’t find yourself having to pay more than you planned or for any unexpected costs unbeknownst to you. Price should be an upfront discussion, and should unexpected costs arise during the plumbing service to your home, they should be discussed and requoted prior to being implemented.

Whether your Gold Coast home or office has a leaking or running toilet, leaking tap, burst pipe or is in need of a complete or partial bathroom renovation, M.J.Walker Plumbing can take care of it efficiently and without fuss.