Also known as a snake, toilet jack, and rooter, a plumbing snake is a long, coiled auger, employed in dislodging difficult plumbing clogs, particularly when the use of a plunger or drain cleaner proves futile. At around 1/4-inch in thickness and with a handle on one end, this tool does the reverse action […]
Category Archives: Frequently Asked Questions
Maintenance of Main Sewer Lines
As a homeowner, one of the costliest and, commonly overlooked, parts of the home are your sewer lines. Without maintenance, these lines can bust and lead to very costly water damage. Let’s discuss what leads to these costly repairs, how to prevent them, and what proper preventative maintenance of your sewer lines looks like. Prevention […]
3 Ways to Maintain Pipes
When was the last time you thought about the pipes in your home? Normally we don’t even think about the very things that provide water and sewage to an entire household given how accustomed we are to having these on demand. Pipes aren’t permanent though, they need to be maintained and eventually replaced or you risk […]
What Not to Put Down a Garbage Disposal
Garbage disposal units are an extremely handy addition to any kitchen sink since they conveniently get rid of organic waste and food scraps that could otherwise create an unpleasant smell in a trash can. Since kitchen disposal units are installed between a sink’s drain and a trap, their shredding mechanisms grind the food for it to […]
Why Do I Need a Video Pipe Inspection?
Plumbing problems are a common and often expensive source of frustration for property owners. However, there are measures you can take, such as getting regular video pipe inspections, to ensure your plumbing systems are well-maintained and in good working condition. During a video pipe inspection, a plumber will send a high-resolution, waterproof camera attached to […]
How to Avoid Plumbing Scams?
Home contractor scams are on the rise. Plumbing cons, unfortunately, are not an exception. Boston Drain Company has been in the business for many years to know how to avoid being taken advantage of and choose a reputable professional to fix a customer’s drain or sewer problem. One of the most common scams involves […]
Why You Shouldn’t Use Liquid Drain Cleaners
Drain-unclogging chemicals may look like a quick and easy solution, yet liquid drain cleaners can do more harm than good. Not surprisingly, you won’t catch a plumbing professional using one of those products in their own homes. We compiled a few explanations and tips you might need for managing a plumbing clog. All […]
What is Biofilm?
Biofilm is a bacterial buildup, that turns up on your plumbing fixtures and on the walls of the pipes. You might have encountered biofilm at the ring around your faucet, or while clearing a hairball from your shower drain. Biofilm is not just a type of microorganisms. It’s a collection of several species of bacteria […]
What to Avoid When Drain Cleaning
Drain cleaning is one of the most commonly ignored household tasks. Insufficient drain maintenance can cause nasty odors, tough clogs, and even damaged pipes in your house. The majority of homeowners makes these basic mistakes that end up costing them hundreds of dollars or more in repairs moving forward. Boston Drain Company professionals compiled the […]
What is a Plumbing Trap?
Have you ever looked under your bathroom or kitchen sink and wondered why the pipe was an unusual U-shape? If you’re like most people, you didn’t think twice about it’s shape and just assumed it had to have some practical purpose. This weird-shaped pipe is a plumbing trap. It is designed to hold a small […]