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A shower is one of the best ways to de-stress aching muscles and back tension. Taking a shower with the right amount of pressure can help headaches, skin problems, and fatigue. Buying a new showerhead requires a little knowledge that can go a long way. Installing it is even easier.

Choosing the Right Showerhead

When choosing a showerhead, pressure and the fixture type should be considered. The amount of pressure depends on the amount of water that it can release in a given amount of time. For showerheads, their efficiency is measured in gallons-per-minute. You’ll notice that the higher GPM showerheads will be the most forceful.

If you have the type of job where you move around a lot and bend and lift heavy items, a traditional, full spray showerhead can be beneficial. It will cover a larger area of the body and provide massaging tension release. Full sprays usually have many different settings, like the massage setting that is harder, more intense drops. Overhead showerheads are better for those who don’t want as much pressure. They provide a less intense experience.

Getting Ready to Install It

Before you start, make sure that you have a wrench like an 8″ adjustable one, and be sure to have some plumber’s tape. Follow these steps to get your new shower experience:

  1. Put your wrench around the piece that connects the wall to the showerhead. Turn it towards the left several times.
  2. When you feel the showerhead coming loose, use your hands to keep turning it to the left until it comes off.
  3. Take a rag and clean the black goo if there is any lining the pipe that comes off the wall.
  4. Get the plumber’s tape handy. Wrap the end of the pipe connected to the wall with the tape.
  5. Fit the showerhead onto the end of the pipe by gently inserting it onto the taped part. Turn it to the right if needed.

You can recycle the old showerhead once you’ve set up the new one. As long as you are careful to not break any of the pipes or tiles, these do-it-yourself plumbing tips will save you money and increase your quality of life. Choose a showerhead that fits your needs and install it in just minutes. You’ll be doing your home and body a favor.

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Drain Patrol has been providing plumbing services to the San Diego and surrounding areas for over 30 years! Drain Patrol is an Insured, Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #841408) and a Better Business Bureau member.

With Drain Patrol, the estimate is always free. You approve the estimate before any work is started.

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One of the most frustrating things for a home owner is to end up with a clogged drain and finally having to call a professional to clear the clog. One can eliminate the plumber’s house call for clogged drains by doing a few simple things on a regular basis. These steps are effective and certainly save money on products to clear your drain and the cost of a house call from a plumber.

The following steps are what are needed to keep your drains free from clogs:

  1. The stopper that is used in your sink is usually something that you never think about until it needs to be replaced. Regular maintenance of your sink stopper can help eliminate clogs.
    Baking soda poured into the drain hole over the stopper works wonders. Wipe the excess and scrub the stopper and the drain thoroughly with a damp rag or sponge and then rinse the drain completely with hot water.
  2. Cooking grease is a drain’s worst enemy. Never pour cooking grease down your drains. Cooking grease can be poured into a soup can or some other can and disposed of after it solidifies.
  3. Hair is usually the culprit when there is a clogged drain in your bathroom sinks and bathtub drain.
    Always remove trapped hair from the sink drain before it goes down the drain and causes a clog. In the your shower and tub, remove the screen with a screwdriver. Then remove any hair that has accumulated and clean the screen with a scrubber to avoid future problems. Do this on a regular basis.
  4. Boiling water is excellent for sinks. Boil some water and pour it down your sink drains once a week to keep the drains clear of clogs. With a bathtub, fill the tub with hot water and let the hot water run down the drain. This is effective at keeping clogs from forming.
  5. Garbage disposals can be effective tools, but when large quantities of food are put into the garbage disposal, clogs can accumulate and give you a real problem. Never pour large quantities of food down your drain or into your garbage disposal.

These five steps are just some that should be effective in keeping your drains clear of clogs and save money in the long run.

About Drain Patrol

Drain Patrol has been providing plumbing services to the San Diego and surrounding areas for over 30 years! Drain Patrol is an Insured, Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #841408) and a Better Business Bureau member.

With Drain Patrol, the estimate is always free. You approve the estimate before any work is started.

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How to Repair PVC Pipe

PVC pipe is the most used pipe for plumbing in the 21st century. The first use in the United States began in the mid-1950s. The pipe can be manufactured in various sizes and is virtually shock absorbent and bacteria resistant. This makes the ideal pipe for sewer lines and many other residential applications. It is ideal for areas where earthquakes occur.

Repairing PVC pipe is rather easy and is a job a do-it-yourselfer can accomplish with very little previous experience.

The following steps should be followed to repair a damaged or broken PVC pipe:

  1. Assemble your tools. You’ll need a hacksaw some PVC pipe of the right diameter and the PVC sealant.
  2. Turn off the water supply.
  3. Cut a section of the pipe that has damage with a hacksaw. Cut at least six inches beyond the damaged area. This way you make sure all the damage to the pipe has been removed.
  4. Measure the new pipe and cut it with hacksaw a little shorter than the section you are replacing so that it can be connected with couplings.
  5. Coat the inside of one of the couplings with the sealant and slide it onto the end of the new pipe. Do the same thing for the other side of the new pipe. Leave about half of the coupling off the end of the pipe so that it will fit over the old pipe.
  6. Put sealant on the edges of the existing pipe and put the new section in place. Make sure the joint is covered thoroughly to avoid leaks.
  7. Allow the sealant to dry in accordance with instructions for the sealant.
  8. Once the sealant is dry turn the water back on and check for links.

PVC pipe is a versatile easy to use product that is ideal for sewer lines and residential and commercial buildings well as industrial applications. It’s ability to absorb shock without being damaged makes it excellent for any area where natural disasters may occur.

With the wide use throughout the United States in the 21st century, PVC pipe will be here for our lifetime. With proper installation PVC pipe is virtually indestructible.

The cost is reasonable, and the installation is easy.

You will even see other uses for PVC pipe such as casual furniture, art and creative projects in the home.

About Drain Patrol

Drain Patrol has been providing plumbing services to the San Diego and surrounding areas for over 30 years! Drain Patrol is an Insured, Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #841408) and a Better Business Bureau member.

With Drain Patrol, the estimate is always free. You approve the estimate before any work is started.

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Technology has infiltrated every industry around the world. Plumbing is no stranger to advances in technology. Over the years, the improvement in technology has moved the plumbing industry into the 21st century when it comes to analyzing problems in your home or business.

Plumbing issues in your home or business can have a number of causes. Never let a contractor start digging up your yard before the cause of the problem is identified.

Plumbing companies who use hi tech video cameras to identify plumbing problems take the guesswork out of the whole process. More accurate estimates can be given and better time frames can be estimated for the job at hand.

Cameras can also be used as preventive tools because potential problems such as tree roots and hairline cracks can be spotted early.

How Is the Camera Used?

When the miniature camera is inserted into the sewer lines at your home, it is moved through the system slowly. A video image is transmitted to a monitor above ground. The cameras have high definition that can identify potential problems such as tree roots, grease build-up, leaks and even cracked pipes.

You can even get a copy of the video for the insurance company if you need it.

Plumbing Technology

Sewer cameras have been used in the plumbing industry for some time.

Technology has improved the accuracy and imagery that is available to the point that the homeowner has saved a tremendous amount of money and time.

The plumbing industry has made good use of technology over the years and is constantly updating equipment to improve accuracy and save the consumer money. Plumbers with the latest equipment finish the job sooner, with fewer surprises in the process.

If you do have a plumbing problem in your home or business, ask the plumber to use a sewer camera to identify the problem in a manner that is accurate. If the plumber you call does not have the latest technology and wants to start digging before the problem is identified call a plumber that does have the latest technology and you will save a lot of time, money, and stress.

Never allow the digging to start until you have a definite estimate and identification of the issue.

When you take advantage of the latest in technology to resolve your plumbing issues you will never regret it.

About Drain Patrol

Drain Patrol has been providing plumbing services to the San Diego and surrounding areas for over 30 years! Drain Patrol is an Insured, Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #841408) and a Better Business Bureau member.

With Drain Patrol, the estimate is always free. You approve the estimate before any work is started.

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The largest investment that you’ll probably ever make is in your home. Proper maintenance of your home is important but we often forget about the plumbing in the house until we have a problem and have to fork out big money to fix a problem that may have been prevented with some simple steps.

Following are some tips for preventive maintenance on your homes plumbing system that can save you money down the line:

  • What’s going down your drain?
    By watching what you put down the drain you can save yourself a lot of heartache and plumbing bills. In the kitchen, never allow oil or grease to go down your drain. You should also avoid allowing food to go down your kitchen drain. It’s important in the bathroom to avoid hair from building up in your drains. In the toilet only allow bathroom tissue and sewage to be flushed.
  • What’s in your drain cleaners?
    Avoid drain cleaners that use harsh chemicals that can sometimes cause the erosion of your pipes with repeated use. Try to choose products that are environmentally friendly and won’t leave chemical deposits in the pipes that will eventually cause you problems.
  • Get to the Problem Before It Becomes a Problem
    When you’re connected to a sewer line in your city it pays to have the main clean-out snaked by a plumber every few years. This will prevent blockages from building up over time.
    If you have a septic tank it is very important to have the tank pumped every three to 5 years to prevent blockages and extend the life of your system.
  • Winter Precautions
    Many homeowners have experienced a burst pipe or two during cold weather. The best way to prevent this is to make sure that all your pipes are properly insulated to prevent freezing. You can use wraps or foam to accomplish proper insulation especially for pipes that exposed to the elements. It’s always smart to leave an outside faucet dripping slightly because flowing water will not freeze and cause a burst pipe.
  • Home septic systems are very vulnerable to high stress situations. When you have big summer get-togethers it could be wise to rent some portable potties to handle the stress on your septic system. This may seem a little extreme but if your crowd is large it can make a big difference and save you money in the long run.

Like anything in your home it pays to take preventive action. With preventive maintenance you will save money and a lot of headaches.

About Drain Patrol

Drain Patrol has been providing plumbing services to the San Diego and surrounding areas for over 30 years! Drain Patrol is an Insured, Licensed Contractor (Contractors License #841408) and a Better Business Bureau member.

With Drain Patrol, the estimate is always free. You approve the estimate before any work is started.

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