Air Mechanical, Inc. Blog : Archive for the ‘Plumbing’ Category

5 Things To Never Put Down Your Drain

Monday, December 24th, 2018

Many of us take our drains for granted. We put a lot of things down our drains and expect that it will all just wash away without a problem. However, there are a number of things that should never be put down the drain. Certain items and substances can lead to significant blockages, which can result in some serious damage if left unattended.

The problem with our plumbing systems is that they are hidden away from us, often behind walls or underneath floors. Blockages or leaks usually go unnoticed until they cause significant damage. Your plumbing system is intricate and requires the attention of a trained professional to spot and correct minor issues that could very easily become major. There are many things that you can do to avoid major blockages, one of which is being careful about what you put down your drains. 

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Tips to Keep Your Plumbing in Shape this Holiday Season

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Fall Thanksgiving and Halloween pumpkins, leaves, acorn squash over dark wooden table background shot from directly aboveThe holiday season means cold weather, hot chocolate, and a festive feeling in the air. Despite all the cheer that this time of year brings, it’s also very hard on your pipes. All the food and fun really can add up. We’ve gathered together a long list of tips to help you avoid a plumbing disaster this holiday season. We understand that mistakes happen though, so if you need a plumber in Columbus, MN then contact our team.

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Monday, October 15th, 2018

icicles-hanging-from-pipeTemperatures here in Andover get freezing cold but there are many easy ways to prevent your pipes from freezing. Take measures now to ensure that you’re not dealing with frozen pipes this winter. Frozen pipes quickly lead to other problems like burst pipes and water damage.

Although we can prepare for plumbing problems, when inevitable problems do arise, you need the assistance of a professional plumber. If you need a great plumber in Andover, MN, don’t hesitate to contact our team here at Air Mechanical, Inc. Our staff is always reliable, conscientious, and punctual.

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What Are the Best Ways to Prevent Plumbing Emergencies?

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Closeup shot of a father helping his baby girl wash her hands at a tapAlmost all homeowner’s experience a plumbing emergency at least once, but we’re here to help you keep frequent issues to a minimum. Lots of people neglect to care for their plumbing system until problems have gone very far and they have a backed-up toilet or a burst pipe. Plumbing emergencies aren’t only inconvenient, they also are pretty expensive because they require urgency and often involve lots of water damage within a small time-frame.

If you need a reliable emergency plumber in Andover, our team at Air Mechanical, Inc. is the right crew for the job. Our plumbing technicians have years of experience that allows them to work quickly and efficiently.

Problem Prevention

Watch What Goes Down Your Garbage Disposal

Your garbage disposal can’t process everything so be mindful of what you put in it. You should never put “FOG” down your drain. FOG stands for fats, oils, and greases, most people know not to put these down their drain. They’re notorious for causing sinister clogs because they enter your drain as a liquid but coagulate later on. There are also less commonly known items that quickly clog your drains like coffee grounds, potato peels, and fibrous vegetables. Keep in mind that bones and pits of fruit are too hard to go down your drain and easily damage a system. Knowing what helps your garbage disposal and what hurts it assists you in avoiding a clog.

Avoid Harsh Chemical “Solutions”

If you have a system that’s draining slowly, it’s very tempting to just buy an over-the-counter product that promises to remedy any ailment. These harsh chemical products that promise to alleviate drain troubles almost always worsen the issue—even if it temporarily alleviates your slow drain. These products are corrosive and are far too hard on your pipes. If you have a backup, you should always call a plumber to fix the issue instead of trying a quick fix.

This also goes for toilet bowl cleaner. Getting down and scrubbing your toilet is a lot less appealing when you could seemingly just drop in a pod and have the work done for you, but your effort will save your pipes in the long run.

Don’t Use Your Pipes as Clothing Racks

Many of us here in Minnesota have basements and it’s common to see exposed pipes double as drying racks. Don’t hang your wet or dry clothes (or anything for that matter) from the exposed plumbing in your home. No matter how sturdy these pipes may look or seem, they just simply aren’t meant to support anything else. Just a few heavy pants or shirts can cause strain on your pipes leading to burst in the future.

How We Can Help

If you’re trying to prevent a plumbing emergency, it’s important to have an expert help. Our team of plumbing technicians is professional and efficient. We even offer video camera pipe inspections, a service where we enter a camera on a flexible rod into your home’s plumbing system to get the most comprehensive view of your pipes possible. Our top of the line plumbing maintenance will ensure that your home is running the way it should.

If you need plumbing maintenance, contact our reliable team today to schedule a service.

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Is Your Sewer Line Suffering?

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Split drainage pipe caused by ingress of tree rootsThe sewer line of your plumbing system is the main line that removes wastewater from the plumbing in your home and moves it to the civic sewer system. Sewer lines are typically buried under the ground in your yard, keeping them safe from damage, and wear from the weather. Unfortunately, though, when trouble does arise it requires the service of a professional Andover plumber. Our team is here and happy to help repair leaks, clean out cogs, and address other problems—but in order to know you need these services, you have to know you have a problem with your sewer line to begin with, right?

Homeowners really shouldn’t try formally diagnosing a sewer line problem on their own. However, you can certainly spot the common signs of a problem. And when you do spot one of the following signs, then it’s time to call a plumber!

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Your Garbage Disposal Doesn’t Want These Items

Monday, July 9th, 2018

woman and her daughter standing over kitchen sink washing dishesIf you are one of many homeowners who have a garbage disposal in their kitchen sink, then you probably can’t imagine cooking and cleaning up without it. Things like kitchen scraps, unfinished meals, and leftovers that are too far-gone to eat anymore all get scraped into your disposal system where you won’t have to worry about them stinking up your trash can. However, too much of a dependence on this system can get you in trouble.

Has your garbage disposal ever gotten jammed? Perhaps you’ve had to call a plumber in Cambridge a few times to pull something out of the mechanism. Or maybe you are reading this post because you don’t know if you’re putting your garbage disposal at risk. Fortunately, we have provided some guidance, below, to help you avoid a garbage disposal catastrophe.

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Considerations to Make when Remodeling Your Bathroom

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Luxury bathroom with separated shower and toilet roomsWith spring officially here, and temperatures slowly but surely rising, many homeowners are considering various remodeling projects in their living space. Bathroom remodeling is one of the most popular projects people take on this time of the year, and many homeowners try to attempt this remodel on their own—this can be a mistake.

If you try to tackle a bathroom remodel on your own, you could potentially damage your plumbing in Andover, MN, or you could inadvertently do an installation wrong due to improper measurements. What you need is a qualified professional, which is where our team comes in! We’re happy to share with you some important considerations that should go into a bathroom remodel, and when the time comes we’re happy to be there for the installation and any other bathroom plumbing services you may need.

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So Your Pipes Froze, Now What?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoSpring is officially here, and soon enough temperatures will begin to warm up. Hopefully, you didn’t have any major household problems over winter. One of the most common household issues we receive calls for during this time of the year is that of frozen pipes. There are a couple things you can do before winter starts to prevent this from occurring at all.

First, you should open your faucets to drain any existing water left in pipes that won’t be used over the winter. Second, you should insulate vulnerable pipes. But what if you didn’t know these tips, or were surprised by how cold the weather got and now you are, in fact, dealing with frozen pipes?

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How to Avoid Costly Winter Plumbing Problems

Monday, January 8th, 2018

How to Avoid Costly Winter Plumbing ProblemsIf somebody were to ask you what the most common winter plumbing problem is, there’s a pretty good chance you would answer, “frozen pipes.” This is certainly one of the most common problems we get calls for this time of the year, but certainly not the only.

One thing is for sure—when you do experience a plumbing issue during any time of the year, it’s a wise idea to call a professional Andover, MN, plumber, rather than trusting a general handyman or attempting repairs on your own. The latter could leave you with property damage, and potentially even injury.

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What Are You Doing to Protect Your Pipes This Winter?

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Icicles hanging from a brown pipe. Frozen water and metal surface, winter time concept. selective focus shallow depth of field photoWe’ve officially entered the time of year known for chilly temperatures, falling snow, and, unfortunately, freezing pipes. Frozen plumbing can actually cause a good deal of damage if not addressed right away. The reason for this is because as water freezes it expands, which puts pressure on the walls of the pipes, increasing the chance that they will burst.

Managing leaking or ruptured plumbing is probably the last thing you can envision yourself facing this winter, particularly over the holidays. If you truly want to protect your pipes from such incidences, there are a few steps you can take. Read on to learn more, and contact our team to be put in touch with a professional Andover, MN plumber, whether you have damaged plumbing or would just like more information about preventive plumbing care.

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