Check Your Commitment Issues This Valentines Day

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Check Your Commitment Issues This Valentines Day

Valentines Day may be widely regarded as the holiday for love, but realistically, Valentines Day isn't everyone's cup of tea. There are some who find the day to be a completely useless commercial holiday, whether they are in a relationship or not. Still, others don't appreciate the holiday because it is a reminder of their ever-present commitment issues.

If you are of the group who' disdain for Valentines Day comes from an aversion to commitment, then we've got great news - Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing offers great plumbing maintenance plans without the long term commitment!

Make Sure You Keep Regular Drain Cleaning Appointments

draincleaningFor most homes, drain cleanings should be performed by a professional plumbing technician at least every six to twelve months.

Households with larger families in them might require more frequent cleanings, because more people in a home presumably means more hair in the shower drains, more food being disposed of in kitchen sinks, and more toilet use.

That said, you may be able to get away with only having your drains cleaned once a month if you live alone, or have a smaller family. Keeping regular drain cleaning appointments can help you get rid of stubborn clogs, end the cycle of recurring clogs, prevent certain plumbing emergencies, and even extend the life of your drain pipes.

Try Hydro Jetting to Extend The Time Between Cleanings

hydrojettingHydro jetting is a drain cleaning method that involves a stream of highly pressurized water flowing through your pipes to clean them. Think of it as pressure cleaning for the inside of your pipes.

It can extend the time between professional drain cleanings because it cleans your pipes more completely than other methods of drain cleaning.

Hydro jetting can remove things like mineral deposits, scale buildup, residue left behind by soap, fecal matter, food scraps, twigs, and other debris that can cause a drain to clog from your pipes.

Other, more traditional, methods of drain cleaning may partially remove clogs, but they cannot remove things like mineral, limescale, and other residue that may be built up along the pipe walls.

DIY Drain Cleaning in Between Professional Visits

cleanathomeFinally, even if you are having your drains cleaned annually with a professional hydro jetting service, it is always a good idea to perform a little DIY maintenance in between professional drain cleaning appointments.

If you have your drains jetted once a year, you may want to clean out your drains yourself every six months. Just make sure that you are using a drain snake (purchased from your local hardware store) to clean the drain.

Never use liquid cleaners like Draino, as they tend to do more harm than good by leaving a residue on the inner walls of your pipes which can eventually lead to a clog. Of course, maintenance service plans like these are specifically geared towards homeowners who will likely have the same plumbing system for several years.

If you rent your home, you may not be open to committing to a maintenance plan right now, and that is perfectly fine. At Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing, we are okay with keeping your drain cleaning appointment casual. Just give us a call at (775) 626-7777 whenever you need us!

How To Deal with Smelly Plumbing and Drains

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How To Deal with Smelly Plumbing and Drains

Do you remember the last time you had drain cleaning services performed in your home? Although your drains are integral to the safety of the plumbing in your home, many homeowners neglect them.

Over time this same neglect can allow for a buildup of bacteria and deposits in your plumbing, which can contaminate your water supply. Is there a rotten smell coming from your drains and sinks?

Chances are you may be dealing with a drain issue already, which is why it’s important to understand how it can affect your home, and what you need to do about it.

How Can a Contaminated Sink Affect Your Home

As a homeowner, you should always be concerned with the importance of keeping your family safe and comfortable. That’s why a contaminated safe can be such a problem. It can:


  • Contaminate Your Water: Any contamination in your plumbing or drains can contaminate the water you use on a daily basis.

    Whether it’s washing dishes or rinsing foods, any contamination present in your plumbing will make its way onto you.

  • Damaged Plumbing: If there is a drainage issue causing the contamination, then you may be stuck with damaged plumbing as well. In most cases, this can easily be fixed with drain cleaning, but in other scenarios, you may need to replace sections of plumbing.
  • Higher Costs: Whenever your plumbing is not in top working order, it’s going to affect your bottom line. Water damage, plumbing repair, and fixture replacement can all easily wrack up expenses in your home.

The easiest way to tell if your sink is contaminated is to look for any drainage issues or to try and locate the source of the smell. For many homes, a contaminated drain may be localized to only one bathroom or sink in your home, which can be a significant help.

What’s Sulfur and Why Should it Be a Concern?

“sulfur”What is sulfur? A sulfur buildup is caused by excess bacteria in your plumbing. In most scenarios, this will stem from excess bacteria in wastewater.

If your sewer lines are damaged in any way, they may not do a good enough job of removing waste from your home. The root eventually grows roots in your home.

Similarly, it can also be caused by the buildup of kitchen scraps and organic materials. If they’re not properly filtered through your sewer lines, they’ll build up and rot, making the perfect home for bacteria in your plumbing system.

Call a Plumber Today!

“whattodo”When it comes down to your sewer lines and the safety of your home and family, the best thing to do is trust a qualified plumber.

At Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing we are your reliable Reno plumbing professionals. Our experts will inspect your plumbing lines, find the source of the contamination, and remove it using the best solution for your home.

You can also trust us with all your regular drain cleaning needs, which is always the best way to prevent any contamination in your home’s plumbing.

Keep Clogged Drains in the Past. Move Forward With Drain Cleaning in 2018

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Keep Clogged Drains in the Past. Move Forward With Drain Cleaning in 2018

Ready to put your best foot forward in 2018? Whatever that means to you, as a homeowner there are certain tasks that you need to do to make sure that your home is looking and operating at its best.

It’s hard to always dedicate the time to home maintenance, but it is exactly these types of preventative measures that are going to save you money and headaches in the future.

So, when making your homeowner to-do list for 2018, why not start with drain cleaning? It’s fast, easy and money-saving. Here is what you need to know.

Drain Cleaning Reduces Water Bills

Save MoneyWhen you realize how much money you can save with drain cleaning, it’s a no-brainer to schedule your appointment in Reno, NV.

Opting to use commercial drain cleaners instead of a professional drain cleaning to clear out your pipes is only going to cause damage.

The residue from these cleaners corrodes the pipes, weakening them. The result is pipe and drain damage, leaks and water damage. Not only will you have to pay to repair or replace your plumbing, but you’ll also be paying higher water bills while the pipes are leaking. It’s far more cost effective to get your drains cleaned.

Get Rid of Cracking and Squeaking

Unwanted NoiseBothered by cracking and squeaking noises? You’ve got buildup in your drain pipes that can be resolved with drain cleaning.

As the water pushes through the drain with residue in it, there is pressure applied, which is where the noise comes from.

Making matters worse is if the water is hot because it expands further.

Move Forward With a Fresh Start

Clean WaterIf you are geared up for 2018, you are likely going to do a thorough home cleaning to start the year right

However, you can clean the all the surfaces until they shine, but the job isn’t complete if your drains are still dirty.

Dirty drains usually have standing water, where there is lots of bacteria and germs. This water also is the perfect place for mold to grow.

If there is backflow from the drains, this dirt and germs are spreading themselves around your home. There is the rank smell to deal with too. Clean your home top to bottom with drain cleaning instead, and have fresh water for your entire home.

Don’t Worry About Clogs

Clogged PipeOne of the best parts of getting your drains cleaned regularly is that you don’t have to worry about clogs.

The cleaning process doesn’t allow clogs to form in the first place, which means that you’re not going to have to wrestle with tools and make a mess to get clogs out.

In addition to all of these benefits, getting your drains cleaned means faster drains, which is a plus. Don’t delay. Make drain cleaning part of your plans for 2018.