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Things To Not Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

1. Bones


They’ll just keep spinning around and around with the blades. And if you’re lucky enough to get them down, they definitely won’t make it down the drain pipes.

2. Celery


The fibrous strings tend to tangle around your disposal’s blades. This same rule applies to asparagus and corn husks.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid with Drain Cleaning

When it comes to drain cleaning in your home, often times, we do everything we can to avoid calling a plumber so we can save a few bucks. However, more often than not, these DIY drain cleaning techniques will cause more harm than good. Here are 5 Mistakes to Avoid with Drain Cleaning:

  1. The Garden Hose – Some people think the added water pressure of a hose will flush out the pipes and unclog drains. Usually, all this does is create a giant hassle for you and risk damaging your pipes. Leave the garden hose where it belongs– in the garden.
  2. Drain Augers – These tools can be very useful in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing. In the hands of an amateur, however, a drain auger can quickly damage your pipes. It is also ineffective for larger piping.
  3. Chemical Drain Cleaners – Besides the obvious safety hazards, many chemical drain cleaners simply don’t work, and they often cause more of a mess than they clean up. Chemical drain cleaners just aren’t capable of removing solid obstructions.
  4. Coat Hangers – This shouldn’t need to be mentioned, but just in case, please do not unbend a coat hanger or a similar object and slide it down the drain to clean or unclog it. Not only is this extremely ineffective and frustrating, but you are also taking the risk of getting the coat hanger stuck in the pipe and causing even more damage.
  5. Fixing it Yourself – Unless you are a plumber or have experience plumbing, it is highly advised that you do not disassemble the piping to find the obstruction yourself. Again, you are more likely to damage your pipes than to actually fix the problem.

It is important to have your pipes cleaned and inspected regularly– at least once a year. Rather than stressing yourself out trying to clean your own drains, it is wise to find a reliable plumber or plumbing service that will be able to perform drain cleaning properly and efficiently without causing any damage.


For drain cleaning in San Antonio TX. Contact us at Immediate Response Plumbing. We have over 15 years’ experience in the industry, and would be glad to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today! 210-599-3500


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Main Sewer Line Drain Cleaning


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Main Sewer Line Drain Cleaning!

Got a blocked or stopped-up main sewer line? Call the 24-hour drain-cleaning experts at Immediate Response Plumbing & Drain Cleaning!

Drain plumbing is an integral part of your home’s health that you never think about until they back up and ruin your day. Whether it’s roots in the sewer line, flushed objects, or broken drain lines, Immediate Response Plumbing & Drain Cleaning has an experienced technician ready to handle it for you. Not only will we clear the stoppage, we can prevent it from reoccurring. Plus, we’ll provide a free video inspection of your main sewer line so you can see what’s going on down there.

Call us at 210-599-3500 – We work around the clock, 24-7, for your peace of mind.    

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Immediate Response Plumbing 4 steps to unblocking clogged drainIf you have a clogged drain, it’s important to think clearly and not do anything that could cause more harm than good. You may not need to call a plumber, but it is certainly a possibility that shouldn’t be ruled out. Here are 4 simple steps to try the next time you get a clogged drain.

Plunger – Tried, tested and true, the ol’ plunger is always the first step in taking care of that clogged drain. Fill the sink partially with water, a little less than a quarter of the way full. If you have a double sink, you will need to block the other drain with a cloth or towel. Plunge over the drain, up and down rapidly, until the water in the sink begins to drain. If it does, it was just a small obstruction, and you no longer have a clogged drain!

Baking Soda and Vinegar – This common trick is an age-old method of handling a clogged drain. First, using a bucket, empty the water from the sink. Next, stuff about a cup of baking soda down the drain. Use a wooden spoon or spatula handle to pack it down. Next, pour a cup of vinegar down the sink and put the stopper in immediately to force the mixture down. Much like a 5th grade volcano science project, the mixture will foam downwards into the pipes. Let the mixture work its magic for five minutes and then proceed by running warm water down the drain. If it is still clogged, try four cups of boiling water. If you still have a clogged drain, it’s time to move on to step #3.

Cable Auger – This is the most difficult method, and should not be attempted by amateur handymen. Using a bucket to catch the water, one would detach the trap or J-joint underneath the sink connecting the sink to the horizontal pipe. Then, after removing the horizontal pipe from the wall, use the cable auger to slide down the stub pipe. Slowly push the cable down by spinning the crank clockwise. Once you catch the clog, spin counter clockwise to retrieve the cable, and hopefully the obstruction as well. This should unblock your clogged drain.

Call Immediate Response Plumber – Finally, if all three of these methods have failed to clear the clogged drain (or you do not feel experienced or comfortable enough to attempt step #3), it is time to call an expert. Continuing to try to unblock a clogged drain with other methods can often lead to disastrous results. Really, the best advice is to contact you’re a plumbing service.


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Water Heater Repair Service


Water Heater Repair Services water heaters are a tricky business. Water heater repair services do not always require the same technical training or licensing as plumbers and other contractors. It is also sometimes difficult to distinguish between a company simply on the hunt to sell water heaters instead of repair them. It is important to carefully select a water heater repair service for your home needs. Here are five things to consider before you hire a water heater repair service:

Avoid Door-to-Door Representatives – You get a knock at the door, and someone wearing a uniform tells you they need to check your water heater. If you let them, they will likely tell you the water heater is old and inefficient and should be replaced, even if that’s not true. You should not invite door-to-door salesmen into your home; there are much better ways to find a reliable water heater repair company.

Reputation – The internet allows you to easily find out which water heater repair companies have the best reputations. By checking water heater repair services out online, you are able to access customer reviews and ratings. It is advisable to check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints, as well.

Certification – While they do not require the same amount of technical training as other contractors, water heater repair service technicians still require certification. It is important to check their certification before allowing them to repair or replace your water heater.

Experience – Experience is extremely important when it comes to water heater repair services. Generally, the more experienced the technician, the higher the quality of the work.

Price – At the end of the day, price is always a deciding factor. However, it shouldn’t be the only factor—you should be very wary of a company that gives you an estimate that seems too good to be true. You will probably end up paying more in the long run to fix their poor-quality work or to repair or replace the water heater again just a few short months or years later.

By following these simple steps, you will be able to distinguish which water heater repair service company the most reliable, the most experienced, and executes quality work.

For water heater repair services in San Antonio, TX, contact us Immediate Response Plumbing. We have over 20+ years of experience in the industry, and would be glad to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today!


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