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Are you dealing with a dripping faucet, low water pressure, or clogged pipe? You’re probably tempted to call a professional plumber, and with good reason. Homeowners usually don’t have the necessary skills for a DIY plumbing job. They can even make matters worse in the end, triggering thousands of dollars in property and personal damage. Below are plumbing tips that every homeowner should know. Maybe one of these tips will save you from making a costly plumbing mistake.

South Shore Plumbing Tips

South Shore Plumbing Tip of the Week

Try using natural alternatives to drain cleaners. 

We've all used strong chemicals to unclog the tub and shower drain. The smells can often be too strong for most people. Great news though...there are natural alternatives that you can try.


To open your drain, try one of these methods:

  • Slowly pour a pot of boiling water down your drain, a little at a time. **Do not try this method with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes because the hot water will damage the piping. After you finish pouring the entire pot, run water in the shower to see if the drain is clear.

  • Mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 1/3 cup baking soda together, pour the solution into your drain and let it sit for about an hour. After the solution has had time to fizz up and cleanse the piping, run hot water down the pipe to remove any remaining solution and debris.

  • Some clogs are built-up soap and hair that are within reach. Remove your drain cover and shine a flashlight into the pipe. You can then fish out the clog if it is within reach.

If none of these tips work, reach out to our team. We're happy to help!

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Don't damage your plumbing  system with store-bought products.

Store-bought drain cleaners are made to not only break down the clog, but they can also damage plumbing systems, can be unpredictable if combined with other products or equipment, AND can burn skin, irritate eyes, and hurt lungs.

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