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We all want to save energy. Not only does it save us money, but it also helps us to reduce our carbon footprint, saving precious natural resources for future generations. With technology where it is today, there are many new devices and technologies that can help you save energy, including in your bathroom.
American Drain Co offers the best drain cleaning and sewer services in Los Angeles. From a clogged toilet to a broken sink, our team can help. With over 40 years of combined experience,...more
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There are a lot of things you could probably live without. For instance, you could live without your favorite water bottle, most of your clothes, your lawn mower, Netflix, Starbucks, photos (sorry, Instagram), and a lot of the tools in your kitchen. However, what tops most people's list on the items they can't live without has to do with indoor plumbing, from showers and running water to toilets. Let's face it, when it's cold out, no one wants to get up in the morning and go to the bathroom outside. Thus, when your plumbing goes out, it is most definitely an emergency no matter what time...more
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Hydro jetting is a relatively new plumbing service that uses pressurized water to clear clogs from pipes and drains and to clear sewer lines. Hydro jetting is a plumbing service that has become very popular recently due to its many benefits.
American Drain Co offers exceptional drain cleaning and plumbing services in the Los Angeles area, including hydro jetting. Our licensed plumbers have over 20 years of experience in helping customers with problems that arise with their pipes and drains,...more
Most of us don’t spend too much of our time thinking about our sewer system. We just go about our business doing our business and counting on the sewer system to do its job. The job of the sewer system is to safely carry away your waste and used water to a water treatment facility or through your septic tank system to be treated and then reused. The emphasis is on safety because if you drink contaminated water, you could become seriously ill and possibly die.
American Drain Company offers sewer drain cleaning and sewer line cleaning...more
Clogged drains can be a plumbing problem for many in the Los Angeles area. After all, with life comes waste products, and hair, food, dirt, and other drain-clogging goodies can easily find your way into your plumbing pipes and stay there until forcefully removed.
American Drain Co offers both commercial and residential drain cleaning services, as well as plumbing services, from emergency plumber to pipelining and septic services, in the Los Angeles area. Our mission is to help you no matter the time of day or night with your drain...more
It’s time for a short history lesson. In 1857, a dude named Joseph Gayetty invented toilet paper. At this time in history, people posed for an hour for a photograph, there were about 32 states and kerosene was used to eliminate head lice.
Throughout the history of man, humans have always “gone to the bathroom,” even when that meant squatting behind a rock or tree. And while the elimination process has remained relatively consistent over the years, the ways in which we clean up after has changed dramatically.
In the beginning, people used whatever was handy including rocks,...more
Many home shoppers think old houses are nothing but money pits. They have visions of leaky pipes, crumbling stairs and leaky roofs. But older homes have a lot more to offer than many might think.
We all understand the appeal of moving into a new home. It is quite easy to become enticed by the thought of brand new appliances, new floors, new plumbing and new HVAC system. But there are several good reasons you should at least take a look at some older houses. You might discover the beauty and potential in an older home. In fact, it might be the best decision you have ever...more
After a long and dark winter, spring is a breath of fresh air. Spring is wonderful, we can all agree on that, but there is a downside. With the longer days, it is easy to see the flaws in and around your home. For example, your gutters are filled with leaves, your trim could use a coat of paint and there are dead plants in your yard.
It’s only February, but now is a good time to start creating a spring maintenance list, a long one.
In all honesty, it isn’t always easy being the owner of a house. It seems like when you finish one project, something else comes up that needs...more
It is widely known that mold in your home can make you and your family sick. That is never a good thing. There are some people who are allergic to mold and have bad reactions when in close proximity to it.
There are plenty of places that you might expect to find mold, like in your bathroom or the crawlspace. But there are also a lot of places not as obvious where mold could be lurking and growing in your home.
In fact, there could be mold in parts of your house right now and you have no idea. For example, you could have a leaky pipe under your sink that is dripping water into...more
Perhaps you can’t stop biting your nails or maybe you chew with your mouth open. While these are obviously bad habits, they aren’t really harmful, just a bit annoying to others. But there are some bad habits that can cause harm and you should avoid those as much as possible.
Bad habits can be found in all areas of our lives. One bad habit that many people fail to recognize until it is too late is the unintentional mistreatment of your plumbing system. Your plumbing makes your life more comfortable so you should take the necessary precautions to avoid an emergency plumbing visit....more
Homeowners can easily get into a comfortable groove year after year. They make their monthly mortgage payment, change out the furnace filter and might even clean out the gutters. But this comfortable groove could be costing money in the long run.
Every year, when January rolls around, homeowners vow to spend more time with the family, lose weight and exercise more. While these are all noble and admirable resolutions, there should be at least some attention paid to your home. Have you set any goals for your home?
In the spirit of the new year and new beginnings, we have come up...more
With the holiday season here, it is inevitable that someone somewhere in Los Angeles will have a plumbing emergency. And it will happen just as they are ready to sit down to a lovely Christmas dinner with friends and family.
No kidding, the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for plumbers. We are busy running around unclogging toilets, fixing garbage disposals and unclogging drains. There are scenarios that happen every year that are right out of a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation script.
So, perhaps this holiday season you can be a little proactive and...more
Is there anything more annoying than a dripping faucet?
You can hear that maddening drip, drip, drip while you are trying to make a sandwich for lunch, while you are sitting at the table paying bills and while you are attempting to help your son do his math homework. It’s enough to drive you insane.
The upside to a leaky faucet is that the problem is easily resolved. If you aren’t handy enough to fix the leak, simply call American Drain Company, your emergency plumber in Los Angeles, and we will send somebody out to fix it for you.
There are some people who will ignore...more
Bacon grease is our wicked nemesis and plumbers are the superheroes who save us from it.
You might already know that there are certain things you just never put down your drains. For example, you should put any type of grease down your drains, especially bacon grease. It is far better to take the time to dump that bacon grease somewhere else other than down the kitchen sink.
You know this, yet many of you are quite guilty of continuing this horrific practice. Face it, almost everyone pours grease down the drain and everybody lies about it. You are just as guilty as the people...more
Any food that needs to be rung out with a paper towel to remove the excess grease is probably something you shouldn’t be eating every day, if at all really. But when it’s bacon, it is easy to ignore the health hazards.
Admit it, for years you simply dumped leftover bacon grease down the kitchen sink. That is, until you suffered a clog and learned all about the things you shouldn’t be dumping down the drain. Now when you cook bacon, the grease is dumped into a large container under the sink. The problem is you don’t know what to do with it.
Your bacon grease is a natural...more
Thanksgiving is the laziest holiday. You eat your body weight in food and spend the rest of the day watching football in a food coma. And you take a nap during halftime.
The reality is that Thanksgiving is a lot of work. You have a huge meal that needs to be prepared or you will have a household of relatives and friends quite disappointed.
Hosting friends and family for the holiday also puts a huge strain on your plumbing system. And it is all of this traffic that can cause a plumbing problem. American Drain Company, your emergency plumber in Los Angeles, offers common...more
Root intrusion, roots in your sewer line, can cause all sorts of problems. When tree roots invade your sewer line, they have the capacity to grow long and wide and can cause some serious damage.
The roots invade your sewer line by traveling a long distance and penetrating a small hole in the pipe. This could be through a joint that has worked loose over the years.
Tree roots are the source of severe clogs for homeowners. The tiny roots are drawn to the sewer line because it is filled with water and nutrients. Once they grow big enough, they block the sewer pipe and can cause...more
There is always that sinking feeling of doom when you peer into the toilet after flushing it only to see the water rise instead of fall. It’s nothing to be ashamed about, it has happened to all of us.
It’s not an uncommon plumbing problem and it always happens at the worst time. It is a problem that might not require a call to your plumber. That’s the good news. However, unless you want an inch of water on your bathroom floor, you need to jump into action right away.
American Drain Company, your emergency plumber in Los Angeles, offers you the steps you need to take when your...more
As an average homeowner, you probably know that sewer lines help transport waste water from your home to underground sewer mains. But beyond that, you don’t spend much time thinking about it. Who gives a whole lot of thought about sewers anyway?
But when a problem with your sewer crops up, you give it plenty of thought.
A sewer line clog could lead to raw sewage backing up into your home. Not only can this cause a great deal of damage to your house, it is also gross and dangerous. The cost of repairs will also be rather expensive. Basically, a sewer backup is something to avoid...more
For families all over this wonderful country, the kitchen is the center of their household, the hub and the place where everybody gathers. The kitchen is where the kids want to plant themselves while eating an afternoon snack, doing algebra homework or just scrolling through their tablet or smartphone.
The kitchen is where you and your best friend sit while sipping coffee and talking about the woes of your lives and the highlights. The kitchen is the place you go in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep. The kitchen is the most important room in the house. At least for most...more
Healthy drains are critical for any properly working plumbing system. Blocked drains cause headaches, are messy and very unappealing. Blocked drains can also lead to other problems including the presence of bacteria and germs and structural damage to your house.
Experts feel that you should have your drains cleaned on an as-needed basis. Of course, this means that you should know a little about your drains and when they need to be cleaned. After all, you simply cannot just predict when you might have drain problems.
For this reason, it is probably best that you just call your...more
For how much time you spend in them, bathrooms don’t get the attention they deserve. It seems that kitchens are more deserving of our attention. And as soon as you feel your refrigerator is outdated or you have a leak under the sink, you are all about a kitchen remodel.
You could have a leak under the sink in your bathroom or an outdated toilet, but you are less likely to do anything about it. If you are wondering if your bathroom is in desperate need of a remodel, there are several signs you can look for.
American Drain Company, your drain cleaning service in Los Angeles,...more
The California drought might be over, but water conservation will always be important. As a matter of fact, in many parts of the country, water shortages are a huge concern. According to the EPA, 40 states could be affected by water shortages over the next 10 years.
Since the drought, California is diligently working to introduce statewide water conservation legislation. In the meantime, there are things we all can do to help conserve water. You might not think it helps much, but it really does make a big difference.
American Drain Company, your drain service in Los Angeles,...more
Your house makes some pretty strange noises, this we are sure you are fully aware of. You may have even been freaked out by some of the noises your house makes. But there is no need to call Ghostbusters or Ghost Hunters, we assure you that there is a logical reason for the noises you hear. And no, the noises you hear are not anything to be afraid of, in most cases anyway.
Houses frequently make noises. You might hear the floor creak, the hum of the refrigerator or gurgles in the pipes. And while most of these noises are perfectly normal and harmless, there are noises that will...more
Mold is all around us and in every breath that we take. Mold plays an important role in the natural process of decay and it is used to make things like cheese and penicillin. However, if it is left unchecked in your home, it can lead to damage to your home and a danger to your health.
Your home could be infected with mold and you might not even realize it. Some people are more sensitive to mold and might be suffering because of it. For example, family members with allergies or asthma are more susceptible to mold than others.
Mold is gross, it stinks and it can be slimy. It just...more
Nobody likes having to call a plumber, even if it is totally necessary. Since many plumbing issues can only be corrected by a professional, sometimes you have no choice. When you notice a water leak, clog or other plumbing problem, you get on the phone and give us a call.
Just because you have to call a plumber, it doesn’t mean you are going to be stuck with a large bill. In fact, if you are taking care of your plumbing system, many problems are easily resolved at a minimal price.
Of course, if you neglect your plumbing system, small problems turn into big problems and you wind...more
As Americans, we have been blessed with a steady stream of clean water, plenty of it. This is a privilege that all too many of us take for granted. Drought or no drought, we should treat our water as the precious resource that it is.
On average, an American will use about 100 gallons of water a day. Europeans use about 50 gallons of water every day. And residents of Africa use about five gallons of water each day. The World Health Organization recommends five gallons of water per day to cover basic needs.
While reducing water usage to five gallons a day seems extreme, it is...more
The modern garbage disposal has been a blessing for the typical American family. It has proven to be a quick and sanitary way to dispose of food waste. So trash cans are lighter and less smelly and landfills are emptier because of garbage disposals.
Due to their solid construction and simplicity, disposals are workhorses that grind away food year after year. But even this tough appliance can’t handle everything you throw at it. American Drain Company, your drain service in Los Angeles, offers this handy list of things you should never put in your garbage disposal.more
Your plumbing is one of those things that you never really think about until there are two inches of water on your kitchen or bathroom floor. And while most homeowners are handy enough to work a plunger, that is about their limit when it comes to plumbing know-how.
For this reason, it is important that you know the warning signs of a clogged drain or clogged pipe, so you can get the plumber to your home before things get worse.
American Drain Company, your emergency plumber in Los Angeles, offers these telltale signs that something in your plumbing system is amiss.more
When it comes to your home’s plumbing system, it is a good idea to be somewhat familiar with the problems that can and will occur. That is not to say you should learn how to fix every problem, but knowing how to deal with a leaky faucet or running toilet would be quite useful.
American Drain Company, your drain cleaner in Los Angeles, offers some common plumbing problems and tips for dealing with them.more
It’s your dream home. You make an offer and it has been accepted. You order an inspection and everything is good to go. Or is it?
All too often, a homeowner will move into a house and not realize the state of the plumbing. Each home has a plumbing system that could have issues. This happens because some inspectors bring in plumbers to do a thorough plumbing inspection and some do not.
Here are a few things that American Drain Company, your drain service in Los Angeles, would look for during a plumbing inspection.more
As Americans, we have been spoiled with a steady stream of water. It is a privilege that all too many of us take for granted. About the only time a lot of us even think about our water supply is when it is threatened by a flood, drought or disaster. And even then, we still take a shower every day, flush the toilet at will and water the garden.
The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average American family uses about 400 gallons of water every day. That is a lot. It is even more concerning when you discover that a lot of the water we use is wasted. We hope you aren’t the...more
Most of us take plumbing for granted. Not many people have ever considered what life would be like if there were no toilets, running water and water heaters. If you stop and think about it, life without plumbing would be rather different.
We are very lucky to have water on demand and a plumber to fix it when something goes wrong. And imagine what your life would be like if you didn’t have hot water or had to go outside when nature calls. It would be a nightmare for most people.
Plumbing invention over the years started out as complete novelties that soon became a part of our...more
Your toilet is clogged again and the only person to blame is yourself.
Come to think of it, almost every time you have an issue with your pipes and have to call the plumber, it was an issue you could have prevented. For example, the toilet got clogged because you ignored your plumber’s advice and continued to flush the flushable wipes down the toilet.
And the reasons for this gross neglect?
Blame it on short term memory loss. Your plumber told you that flushing the occasional wipe down the toilet is probably fine, but you should avoid flushing multiple wipes down the...more
Plumbing troubles aren’t always obvious. And if plumbing problems are not detected and therefore ignored, they can cause damage and be the source of many headaches in the future. So if you are in the process of buying a home, it makes good sense to have the plumbing thoroughly checked out before you place a bid on that dream home.
A small leak that goes unnoticed can do tremendous damage to walls, floors and paint. Plumbing problems can also lead to mold, which is something you really don’t want to deal with. Mold can cause skin irritation, asthma attacks and itchy eyes. We...more
There are just some things you know for sure can’t be flushed down the toilet. You only have to think about the great Lego flushing incident back in 2006 when your son was six years old and curious about where things went when flushed down the toilet. The family talks about it today and laughs, but you still remember the horror of seeing dozens of Lego pieces floating in the clogged toilet and the bill you had to pay to resolve the issue.
Well, your son is much older and wiser now, but you still won’t let him play with that Lego set.
Sure, there is a list of things you should...more
It has been a long, dark and cold winter. We bet you are looking forward to a bright sun, warm breeze and days that last longer than your working hours. Spring is just around the corner and it has you all giddy.
Except there is a downside.
The evening sunshine spotlights your gutters that are filled with debris, shows the dirt caked to your siding and reveals the dead tomato plants from last year’s garden. And the interior of your home needs some serious attention as well.
That’s right, spring is here and as happy as that makes you, you also know it’s time for some...more
When you hear the word “myth,” most people think about Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and a good Adam Sandler movie. But what we are writing about today are household myths. These aren’t the types of myths that will make you scream in horror, like Bigfoot or an Adam Sandler movie, but they can be concerning nonetheless.
For example, you might think that your microwave emits radiation that can harm you. You can breathe a sigh of relief because this is only a myth. Although microwaves do use radiation to heat up your leftover fish, you need to be inside to nuke yourself.
There are several really good reasons to remodel your kitchen. One good reason is you could have outdated plumbing that has leaks and causes other problems and a remodel is the perfect excuse to call a plumber in Los Angeles and have everything updated.
In many homes, the kitchen is the heart of the house and the room where everybody tends to gravitate. A kitchen remodel can be a big investment and an inconvenience, but it will be well worth the money and disruption. Reasons for a kitchen remodel vary, some homeowners want a kitchen more suited for their needs while others remodel...more
If you are tired of running out of hot water in the middle of your shower, a tankless water heater is an option that would prevent this. A tankless water heater is an alternative to the traditional water heater that holds heated water in storage.
A tankless water heater works by running cold water through a pipe heated by a gas or electric unit. Basically, it is hot water on demand. To better determine if a tankless water heater is right for you, American Drain Co., your emergency plumber in Los Angeles, offers the pros and cons of tankless water heaters.more
It isn’t until you start having problems when you realize just how much you rely on your plumbing. A slow drain here or a dripping faucet there, it’s natural enough to have minor plumbing issues that you can resolve on your own without too much difficulty. But there are other problems we recommend you leave to a professional.
Being aware of the common problems and solutions will help when you go and grab your tools. It will also help in determining if you need to call a plumber. American Drain Co., your emergency plumber in Los Angeles, offers common plumbing problems and how to deal...more
Here is a truth that is nearly impossible to accept; your toilet won’t last forever and you may need to replace it someday. Whether your toilet suffers a catastrophe or just succumbs to Father Time, sometimes they just have to be replaced. And it is a sad occasion, kind of like losing a longtime friend.
But unless your toilet literally breaks, it is hard to tell when and if you need a new one. So we have taken the time to do some research and discover the signs that your toilet needs to be replaced. American Drain Co., your drain cleaner in Los Angeles, offers signs it is time to...more
Bathroom, kitchen and even utility sinks can become clogged. Clogs are at the very least inconvenient, but severe clogs can create huge problems for your plumbing system. In some cases, you will have to call a plumber to fix the problem.
It is important to understand why and how drains get clogged as well as to practice preventative measures to keep them clean and flowing smoothly. With tips and proper maintenance, you can help avoid major clogs that can be expensive to fix. American Drain Co., your drain service in Los Angeles, offers common causes of sink clogs.more
Most people don’t even think about cleaning their dishwasher. Maybe that is because it is an appliance used to clean dishes, pots, pans and silverware on a daily basis as needed. It is all too easy to just assume that your dishwasher basically cleans itself while it washes your dishes. In reality, food and other deposits happen over the months, which can result in a dishwasher that doesn’t perform well. This will leave you with dishes that are not so clean.
It is important that you clean your dishwasher from time to time to ensure it cleans as best as it can. American Drain Company,...more
As a homeowner, you fully understand what type of damage a water leak could cause. You do your best to try to ensure this doesn’t happen in your home, but preventing a possible water leak isn’t always straightforward. It is especially difficult if you have absolutely no plumbing experience.
You might be surprised to learn that water leaks occur due to several common causes. Understanding what causes leaking water pipes helps you protect your home from water damage caused by these leaks. American Drain Company, your drain cleaning service in Los Angeles, offers the common causes of...more
To create the ideal living space, many homeowners opt to remodel portions of their home. This allows a house to truly become a home as a remodel is customized for preference and taste. And since most homes have more than one bathroom, this is a great place to start if you want to transform your house into your personalized home.
Remodeling your bathrooms can also carry the advantage of increasing the value of your home. In some cases, you might benefit from lower energy bills by remodeling your bathrooms. In fact, there are several really compelling reasons why you should have your...more
Garbage disposals are convenient kitchen appliances that chop away at the debris in your sink so it can drain quickly and easily. But if your garbage disposal is not properly functioning, you could wind up with a big mess on your hands.
You probably haven’t thought about replacing your garbage disposal, it is one of the smaller appliances and it’s tucked away under your sink so you tend to ignore it. But your disposal is a hard-working appliance that probably gets an awful lot of use. It might be to the point where you might have to have it replaced. American Drain CO., your...more
Proper plumbing maintenance and drain care are tasks that all homeowners need to know about. This is because many problems can arise when drains become clogged due to neglect. It is never a pleasant task having to part with money for plumbing repairs and the inconvenience a clogged drain causes.
One thing you have to keep in mind is that not everything can be put down the drain. Most drain clogs are caused by very small items that most people don’t think could be a problem. And while it’s obvious that paper towels and Q-tips can cause blockage, know that coffee grinds and grease...more
Even for the handiest of do-it-yourselfers, there will come a time when a plumbing issue will get the best of you and you will wind up calling an emergency plumber in Los Angeles. So, you better have the number for American Drain Co handy.
Many homeowners think that most drain issues are easy to fix. Of course, they would be wrong. While anyone with a set of tools and basic plumbing knowledge can fix some problems, there are times when you need to leave the task to an expert.
It is also important to know that if you don’t know how to fix a problem, it’s a good idea to call a...more
Your kitchen is the place where something is likely to cause you some grief at some point. You will either have to deal with a refrigerator that doesn’t keep food cool, a stove that won’t heat up or a toaster that blows a fuse whenever you try to use it. Your kitchen is also a place where you are more likely to suffer a plumbing problem.
The kitchen sink is the center of your kitchen and is used for food preparation and cleanup. When there is a problem with your kitchen sink, you want it fixed as soon as possible. The sooner you call American Drain Co, your drain cleaner in Los...more
Dumping household waste down the drain is the easiest way to get rid of a lot of gross things. It is also a way you can damage your drain pipes. And it is never fun when you have a backed up sink or have to call American Drain Co. for drain service in your Los Angeles home.
Sure, the easiest thing to do is pour that bacon grease down the drain after breakfast, but even the smallest amounts can cause issues. Improper disposal of paper and other waste in your toilet can lead to clogs and backed up drains or other problems.
Here is a list of items that should not be put down your...more
Once it has been established, Mold in your bathroom can be quite difficult to get rid of. So your best bet is to prevent it from happening in the first place. There are several ways to prevent mold from forming in your bathroom, but it really comes down to cleaning and basic maintenance.
Not only is mold awful to look at, it can also come with some health risks, especially for those who suffer from asthma or allergies. Mold requires humidity, moisture and warm temperatures to grow and thrive, and that is just what your bathroom provides.
American Drain Co., your drain cleaner...more
Many homeowners have a huge weakness, a chink in their armor when it comes to home maintenance. They don’t regularly clean their drain pipes. That is, they don’t clean their drain pipes until it is too late and something clogs up.
A clogged drain isn’t that big of a deal, and you may even have the skills to clear it yourself. However, a clogged drain is pretty gross. A clogged drain is usually filled with something nasty, like hair or worse and there is sometimes a nasty odor to deal with.
If you are the squeamish type, unclogging a drain could cause a few side effects, like...more