Recent Drains Articles

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The Horrors of Drain Abuse

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 05, 2014

Drain abuse. It’s a crime...or at least it ought to be considered one. Your kitchen, laundry room and bathroom drains work hard for years at maintaining high standards of...

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Hiring a Plumber

Posted by Katie Marks | Mar 05, 2014

If you're thinking of hiring a plumber, whether you need an emergency Los Angeles plumber or you're thinking about a long-term project, there are some things to know before you dive...

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Care for Your Drain the Natural Way

Posted by Katie Marks | Nov 04, 2013

Slow-draining plumbing fixtures are a pain in the showerhead. It always starts as a slow creep so you can try to trick yourself into think that nothing's wrong, but eventually, you...

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6 Home Improvement Tasks You Might Leave to Pros

Posted by Katie Marks | Sep 10, 2013

Some home improvement tasks are best left to the pros, unless you're very confident, very skilled, and very ready to get them done right. If you fail, you'll find yourself with problems...

How to Get a Ring Out of the Sink Drain

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 10, 2013

I woke up this morning at my sister's house in San Francisco. I flew here yesterday for a family reunion. I am used to my bathroom in Brooklyn, and I wasn't really mindful of what I...

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Top Bathroom Plumbing Tips

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Feb 18, 2013

Perhaps the bathroom is where one is most often has close encounters with plumbing problems. The toilet won't stop running, or maybe it overflowed. Maybe the sewer line itself backed...

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Flood Abatement 101

Posted by s.e. smith | Nov 05, 2012

Flood damage can have devastating and fast-acting effects on a structure, making a prompt response critical to address damage and minimize the risk of complications in the future. Knowing...

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We Tested It: Drano Snake Plus Drain Cleaning Kit

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Aug 07, 2012

Once upon a time I lived in a tiny, decrepit apartment in Brooklyn. By "decrepit" I mean that the ceiling in the front hall was literally waterlogged and was falling down, and the bathroom...