Clogged Drain FAQ

Has your home ever experienced a clogged drain? We understand that it is no fun! And, they don’t always give you fair warning. Usually, by the time they draw attention, they’ve already grown out of control. As experts in drain cleaning for Minneapolis, we’ve put together some frequently asked questions about clogged drains as well as some solutions you can try. And, if your clogged drain turns out to be something that requires professional drain cleaning, contact the expert plumbers here at All Ways Drains.


Q: What should I do if I have just one toilet or drain clogged in the home?

A: It could be that item’s piping. Use drain cleaner and other basic drain cleaning techniques to unclog. If the clog doesn’t budge, the piping may require professional drain cleaning.

Q: What should I do if there are one or more toilet, sink or tub clogged in the same area of house? But remaining drains are fully functional?

Possibly a branch drain or vent line is clogged and requires clearing.

Try a drain snake or pressure device like water jetting. Chemicals typically are not effective in these cases. If you are uncomfortable using these, contact drain cleaning experts for assistance.

Q: What should I do if there are one or more toilet, sink or tub clogged in different areas of the house?

A: The main sewer drain running from house may have a blockage. A drain snake or pressure device may be needed. Tree roots or a damaged sewer pipe are a distinct possibility, a plumbing professional may need to be called. Should you possess a septic system, it may need to be pumped out. Call drain cleaning experts in this instance.

Q: What should I do if I am experiencing a powerful odor near a clogged sink, shower, toilet or tub?

A: Chances are you have a clogged drain or pipe. Try these drain cleaning cures. Sinks not in use could be allowing water in trap to evaporate, try adding more water. Clear the clog harboring likely bacteria, kill bacteria by adding bleach to the drain. Your toilet may be gapped between it and its wax ring, replace wax ring.
It could also be the vent line deterioration or separation ‘piping’ sewer gas into house. Call in the professionals in drain cleaning to be sure.

Are you ready to get more information on drain cleaning in Minneapolis or any of the surrounding areas? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.


Tips from the Plumber: How to Keep Drains Clear & Clean

Have you been experiencing some drainage issues? As you may already know, a clogged drain can bring added stress to your day and lead to a variety of plumbing problems if left unchecked.  Don’t fret! As experts in drain cleaning for St Paul, we would like to provide a few of the standby solutions to fix and avoid this nasty problem.

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There are a variety of solutions and preventative measures you can take to help get your day and your drain running smoothly again. Read all about a few of them below:

  1. It’s best to avoid store bought drain cleaner. Please stay away from those chemical drain cleaners that you find on store shelves. Continued usage of these products will do damage to the interior of your piping, setting you up for potentially costly repair in the future.
  2. Try mesh screens for the drain! Place mesh screens over all of your drains if you can, but especially bathtub or shower and kitchen sink drains to catch hair, food particles and more. This is a simple yet effective solution to avoid a drain cleaning down the line.
  3. It is very important that no oil or grease is ever be dumped down the drain or otherwise allowed to infiltrate your plumbing system in any way. Grease does not flow smoothly in your pipes. Grease is substantially more viscous than other types of liquids that you send down the drain. It bogs and slows on its path through the piping networks and sticks to things massed within and even the pipes itself. If you dump oil and grease down your drain you will inevitably need a thorough drain cleaning.
  4. Consider new solutions like professional water jetting! Water jetting is a professional drain cleaning solution we like to use. It is a simple procedure with fantastic results. Fats, oils, grease and debris can clog your drain and case a nasty blockage and water jetting is one of the only ways to completely remove it. When a homemade or store-bought drain cleaner isn’t enough, that’s when you know you need to call the professionals at All Ways Drains. In fact we can cut roots with our water-jetters. If we decide water jetting is the best solution, we will use state-of-the-art pumps in order to propel water through your home’s pipeline. These extremely powerful, concentrated streams of water rush all the way through the pipe, thoroughly cleaning the pipes and pushing out the blockage.

Are you interested in learning more about drain cleaning for your St Paul home? Call family and Veteran-owned All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate on our services.

Preventing Clogged Drains in the Home

We are here to help keep clogged drains at bay. A clogged drain isn’t just a nuisance; it can actually lead to a variety of other plumbing problems and, if left unchecked, can result in costly repairs. So how can you avoid a clogged drain in your St. Paul home? Our team of plumbing professionals has put together a list of clogged drain facts to keep in mind.


Every Drain is Different

Bathtub, shower and bathroom sink drains should be given a little more attention than some of your other drains. Due to hair and other debris, these drains need to be checked more often than others. Did you know that hair down the drain is one of the top culprits of a clogged drain? One way to avoid a hair cause clog is by brushing your hair immediately before showering.

Keep Your Drain Clean

With our busy lives, drains tend to go under the “out of sight, out of mind” file. But, in fact, keeping a drain clean of debris is essential to your family’s comfort. It is a good idea to give your drain a good cleaning about every month or so.

What Not to Flush to Avoid a Clogged Drain

Since flushing or forcing certain materials down a drain can cause clogs, here is just a short list of the many things that should NOT go down your drain.

  • Baby wipes, napkins
  • Coffee grounds
  • Kitty litter
  • Cotton balls and other cotton products
  • Grease, fats and oils
  • Gum
  • And more!

Mesh Screens

These are very simple solution to clogged drains! Place mesh screens over all of your drains, especially your bathtub, shower and kitchen sink drains in order to catch hair, food particles and more.

Prevent a Clogged Drain in the Kitchen

  • After doing the dishes or preparing dinner, run hot water in your kitchen sink to make sure your drain is totally clear.
  • Pour a half cup of baking soda followed by a half cup of vinegar every couple of days to keep your drain clear.

Are you in need of assistance with a clogged drain in St. Paul? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or contact us to get a Free Estimate!

Keep it Moving With our Drain Cleaners This Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us. The Christmas music is blaring everywhere you go—the grocery stores and malls. Check your lists twice those wallets thrice! The holidays bring with them meals that far exceed that which we get to enjoy during the normal flow of daily life. Turkey and ham being popular favorites on the specific holidays looming, not to mention other potentially greasy items on those menus, clogged drains can be a real problem at this time of year. If you will be host to any major meals ahead and you find yourself in need of a good drain cleaner for your Twin Cities area home, call on the professionals at All Ways Drains. We will bring holiday cheer to the sluggish or complete lack of flow in your pipes.

Plumbers are of the thinking that it should be more than established to homeowners that no oil or grease should ever be dumped down a drain, or allowed in any fashion to invade your plumbing or water system in any way. Grease simply does not flow like water does, through your piping. Grease is substantially more viscous than other types of liquids that you send down the drain. It bogs and slows on its path through the piping network, “sticking” to things that may have already massed within, or even, begin to create fresh new clumps in its own right.

Put the grease you create through your holiday cooking into some sort of container, like a spent coffee tin or a milk jug. Store the grease in your fridge or your freezer and throw it out once the garbage man comes. The old myth of running hot water and sending grease down the drain via garbage disposal with it sounds nice in principle but being that oil and water do not mix, steaming hot water will not aid in outflow of grease any more than cold, or even no water would. Grease being chemically different than water, it will react wholly different in any situation than water would.

If you find that you wish to pour your grease down the drain anyway, have already acted in this fashion, chances are you will need the assistance of a professional drain cleaner to come in, take a look, undo the damage and get things moving again. And please, stay away from those chemical drain cleaners that you find on store shelves. Continued usage of these products will do damage to the interior of your piping, setting you up for potentially costly repair in the future.

Do you need a drain cleaner in the greater Twin Cities? Call family and Veteran-owned All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate on our services.

Call on a Plumber for Sump Pump Repair

Ground water often finds its way into a house’s lower level, requiring the need for a sump pump. It is far beyond aggravating and destructive, it is an absolute nuisance. Many homeowners face this dilemma. Back-ups involving the mucky stuff that one never really wants to encounter are very real. One massive storm can fill a basement with water without the use of a sump pump.

So when the sump pump fails, what do you do? Call on the plumbers at All Ways Drains. We can help you with any and all sump pump problems, providing repair or replacement services. We offer the following tips to help you in your effort to make sump pump issues a thing of the past:

Inside of your house:

  • Be sure to have a back-up battery for your sump pump
  • Implement a sewer backflow check valve, especially if sewage has ever backed up through your floor drain
  • Perform annual maintenance checks to make sure your sump pump is working by following these steps:
    • Remove cover from sump pump pit
    • Ensure drain hose is properly connected
    • Slowly pour water into the pit
    • Fill the pit until the float rises high enough for pump to be activated
    • If these steps do not get the sump pump working, call in a plumber

Outside of your house:

  • Place covers over window wells
  • Ensure proper drainage occurs moving flow away from the foundation of the home
  • If trees are growing anywhere near the foundation of your home, remove them as roots can crack the foundation walls allowing water to enter
  • Install and ensure gutters and downspouts are clean and fully functional
  • Install downspout extensions if water from the downspout collects near the home’s foundation

You may have some very valid concerns regarding the potential failure of your sump pump, whether you are home or away. Look into municipal water powered back-up sump pump options as well as back-up sump pumps attached to batteries. The battery option can be worrisome as batteries do lose their power.

Should water be collecting in your lower level or if you need to force away sewage water, we will be happy to help you with sump pump repairs or installation. This is a specialized field that requires knowledge of pump ratings and the requirements of proper installation. Call us with your questions, and we’ll be happy to provide you with more information.

If you need a plumber for your Twin Cities home, call All Ways Drains today at 612-922-9422 or Contact Us.

DIY or Get Plumbing Contractors?

If you are having a plumbing problem at your house, you might be thinking about trying to fix it yourself. You may think you can watch a few YouTube videos and they will teach you everything you need to know. While this might work for minor plumbing problems, like replacing a washer in your faucet, it might not work as well for larger issues. So how can you tell if the repair work is minor enough to handle yourself or if you should call plumbing contractors to your Minneapolis home? Here are a few examples of repairs that should always be handled by plumbing contractors like

Low water pressure throughout the house
If your shower head has low water pressure but the rest of your house is fine, then you probably just need to clean the shower head and that should fix the problem. However, if you’re having problems with low water pressure throughout your entire house, this is a problem for plumbing contractors. Low water pressure can sometimes mean there are bigger plumbing problems like poor pipe design, problems that originate in your water or sewer system, or roots or debris infiltrating your pipes. No matter what the culprit is, you need plumbing contractors to diagnose and fix the problem.

Valve issues
If you have some plumbing experience, then you might be able to replace any valves that are having problems. However, if you have no idea what you are doing and no experience with plumbing, call plumbing contractors like us instead of trying to do it on your own.

Frozen or burst pipes
Depending on the extent of the damage to the pipes, this might be a DIY project. If the pipes are just frozen, then you can probably fix them on your own if you know how to do so safely. However, if the pipes have burst or have any damage to them, then you will need to call plumbing contractors like us for help.

Sewer back-up
If sewage is backing up out of the pipes and into your home, you will definitely need to call plumbing contractors for help. There is nothing you can do on your own to fix this problem unless you are a licensed plumber.

Would you like to learn more about hiring our plumbing contractors to come to your Minneapolis home? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

How to Speak to Your Plumber

Calling a plumber can sometimes be stressful if you are experiencing a plumbing emergency, like a burst pipe or a severely clogged drain that is causing your home or business to flood. So we thought we would give you a few suggestions on what you should tell your plumber when he goes to your St Paul home or business.

The first thing you need to tell your plumber is as much background about the problem as possible. When did you first notice the issue? Has the issue stayed the same or gotten worse? Did you try any do it yourself fixes before you called for a plumber and, if so, what did you do and did it seem to fix the problem at first or did it make it worse? Do you know anything about the appliance or pipe or plumbing fixture that needs to be repaired, such as when it was first installed or who installed it?

Our plumber will take a look at the issue to see what’s going on and then diagnose and fix the problem if possible. If the pipe, appliance or other plumbing fixture should be replaced instead (when the cost of the repair work would be more than the cost of the replacement), then the plumber will let you know and go from there.

When it comes to remodeling your bathroom or kitchen, you definitely should call in a plumber to do any work on the plumbing system, pipes, etc. One of our plumbers can install any new plumbing fixtures, and we can also install water-using appliances like dishwashers and garbage disposals. We recommend you call a professional plumber for this type of work unless you are an experienced plumber and know how to safely and properly do this type of work so it is up to code.

A plumber from All Ways Drains can recommend the best types of new appliances and plumbing fixtures for your new bathroom or kitchen. We can suggest ones that will help conserve water and will give you more bang for your buck. When you call us for help with remodeling, we will go over the specific details of your project with you, but we will basically need to know what you want done, your time frame to get it all done by and your budget.

Do you want more information on hiring a plumber in St Paul? Call All Ways Drains at 612-922-9422 or contact us and get a Free Estimate.