The Most Harmful Items Dropped Down The Drain

Plumbing Questions Answered by Roto-Rooter of Traverse City Michigan

Plumbers find strange items in toilet traps and drains all the time. Typically, individuals or their children will overestimate their toilet’s capabilities and will flush away items that should be disposed of. Oftentimes, harmful items are also dropped down the bathroom drain or garbage disposal, which will either cause a drain clog right away or will build up over time and eventually … Read More

Snaking Drains

Most pipes under the floor are 2, 3 or 4-inches in diameter. The piping for sinks and similar fixtures inside the wall are 1 1/4-inch or 1-1/2 inch in diameter. Just like the branches on a tree, every branch line in a home gets larger as it gets closer to the main line. A small hand snake is designed to open minor … Read More

Floor Drain Plumbing Maintenance

Floor Drain Cleaning by Roto-Rooter of Northern Michigan

You probably notice floor drains most often in public restrooms but floor drains are also found in commercial kitchens, garages, on patios and driveways, in basements, warehouses and even some residential bathrooms and laundry rooms. The humble floor drain captures overflow from sinks, toilets, tubs, rain, etc. then directs it safely to a sewer or municipal storm drain so that the floor … Read More

Camera Inspecting Sewer Lines to Remove Doubt

Camera Inspect Sewer Pipes Traverse City

Do you sometimes think that there might be something wrong with your home’s plumbing, but you’re not sure? There are plenty of warning signs that a problem could be lurking beneath the surface, including: Mold and mildew on non-shower walls Musty smells around the house Sudden problems with rodents and insects Unusually high water bills Water backups on the ground … Read More

How to Prevent Clogged Drains and Plumbing Repairs

Prevent Clogged Drains in Traverse City Michigan Roto-Rooter

Keep your plumbing working at peak performance with Roto-Rooter’s simple preventative maintenance tips, designed to prevent clogged drains and avoid costly service repairs. Follow these simple steps to ensure premium plumbing performance throughout the year: 1. BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU ARE FLUSHING Your plumbing is sensitive which means flushing items on the “do-not-flush” list can be harmful to both … Read More

How to Use a Drain Auger

Plumbing Questions Answered by Roto-Rooter of Traverse City Michigan

A drain auger, also known as a plumbing snake or drain snake, is an auger specially designed for removing clogs and obstructions from a drain. Drain augers are a long tool with an appearance similar to a snake that can be fed down a drain or toilet to remove a blockage. Drain snakes have a rubber shield to protect drains … Read More

Tips for Unclogging Drains

Tips for Unclogging Drains Around Traverse City Michigan Roto-Rooter

The Roto-Rooter drain cleaning machine was invented in 1933 and two years later, the Roto-Rooter plumbing company was born. Since that day, home and business owners across North America have consistently entrusted us to handle their plumbing needs. We take pride in knowing that when it comes to clogged drains, our techniques can’t be matched. We know that your time … Read More

Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips

Thanksgiving Plumbing Tips from Roto-Rooter of Northern Michigan

The day after Thanksgiving is the single busiest of the year for Roto-Rooter’s residential plumbers. Big holiday meal preparation and cleanup can lead to a lot of unwanted waste in the kitchen drain and garbage disposal. Also, holiday house guests who require additional laundry loads, showers and toilet flushes put a strain on household plumbing. “Often, the case is that a house already … Read More

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink

Unclog Kitchen Sink Roto-Rooter of Traverse City Michigan

A clogged kitchen sink drain is not anyone’s idea of fun. Whether it’s a slow drain situation or a fully clogged backup, at some point, you or someone you know will find themselves in the unfortunate situation of contending with a clogged kitchen sink drain that’s too tough for drain cleaner. Things can get even more complicated if the source … Read More

The Best Things You Can Do For Your Kitchen’s Drain, According to Plumbers

Kitchen Sink Drain

With more of us working from home these days, our kitchen sink drains are getting more use. At-home meal preparation inevitably leads to more dirty pots, pans and dishes in the sink. Meal preparation also leads to more use of the garbage disposal, more food scraps and cooking grease going down the drain. All of these things lead to more … Read More