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How Plumbers Clear Clogs in Your Pipes

A clog in a pipe is a pretty common occurrence in a household. Typically, a clog is created when something that should not go down a drain does indeed go down a drain. This can be a one-time event such as a child flushing a toy; alternately, it can be due to attrition. For example, if you flush wet wipes down the toilet or pour grease in the sink repeatedly, it an eventually build up to a clog. The way to clear the clog depends on the nature of the clog and the position.


A drain snake is a simple tool. It is a flexible tool with a sharp point that can be fed into the pipe. Often they end in a grabber of some sort or a corkscrew. When the snake encounters the clog, the snake can grab the obstruction or be screwed into it. Then, the plumber can simply pull it out. This works well for bundles of hair, tissue, or other solid objects. Liquid rooters are more effective for less substantial clogs.

Liquid Rooter

If your clog is the result of  buildup of fat or hair, it can often be cleared with a liquid rooter. Plumbers have different recommendations for types of liquid rooters because they are designed to dissolve foreign substances. If you use the wrong one, it could dissolve parts of your plumbing. Certain liquids might corrode your metal pipes; others might simply break down rubber grommets or gaskets. Make sure you consult with a plumber before using a certain kind of rooter.

Water Jets

Water jetting is a more drastic way to clear a clog. Oftentimes, it is used if the clog is further down in the pipes and not easily accessible with a snake. The water jet is exactly what it sounds like; plumbers will spray high pressure water into the pipe. The force of the water will dislodge a foreign object or even break up something like a bundle of wet wipes. That can force the clog into larger pipes where it can be carried away. Water jetting isn’t appropriate for every kind of clog. In some cases, it can just push the clog further into the pipes and clog up your entire drainage system. In that case, the yard will need to be trenched.


Trenching a yard involves digging up the pipes where they are in the backyard. Typically, a plumber will run a camera through the pipes until they find the clog; therefore, they can trench as little of your yard as possible. This is the most drastic process. That’s why it’s important to call a plumber as soon as you experience a clog. Some plumbers are fortunate enough to have trenchless water line repair equipment that keeps the invasive work to a minimum! Ask your plumber before moving forward to see if they have this game-changing service available.

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How a Plumber Can Save Money on Your Water Bill

Tired of Spending Too Much on Water? Call a Plumber!

There’s always a little bit of uncertainty when it comes to your utility bills; they always have the ability to surprise you at the end of the month. However, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of money you’re spending on your water and other utilities. One of those things is to call a plumber. A plumber will be able to work with you to bring down your water bill as well as other utilities. Here are some things they can do.

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Ask Your Plumber About a Solar Water Heater

If you’re looking for a more ecologically friendly way to heat up your water in your house or if you want to save some money, you should ask a plumber about solar water heaters. There are several different types of solar water heaters and some of them might work for your home; only a professional will be able to tell you which one might be right for you. Here’s a rundown of a few options.

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Prevention is key!
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Preventing Plumbing Emergencies

It’s been said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This can definitely be said of plumbing emergencies. While the team at Beastbay Plumbing appreciates your business, we know that you’d rather not have to call us for emergency plumbing situations! Being a 24-hour plumbing business gives us plenty of opportunities to see what happens when simple prevention methods aren’t observed. Here are some tips to help you avoid calling us!

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3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Plumber in Oakland
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3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Next Plumber

3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Your Next Plumber


There are typically two times in your life that you need a plumber. You’re either in a remodel and need lines moved or altered, or possible new lines installed. The second situation is an emergency which needs help right this minute! No matter the reason, there are a few questions you will want to ask prior to hiring a plumbing service. Here is what Beastbay Plumbing believes are the three most important questions to ask a plumber before you give them the job!

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Three Types of Drain Clogs and How to Fix Them

Three Types of Drain Clogs and How to Fix Them

Your home’s plumbing system is relatively simple in concept. Water comes from a well or municipal source through a water main. The water is then distributed by a system of pipes to different fixtures. Those fixtures then drain into different pipes that reconvene into a single pipe or septic tank. When you see different types of clogs in your house, a simple troubleshooting plan can tell you where the clog is occurring and how to solve it.

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