Tips & Hints


Liquid & powder drain cleaners can be dangerous

If you attempt and fail to clear a clogged drain using any type of drain cleaning solution, please use caution when disassembling the drain. If you call a professional let them know that there is chemical in the line, as most over the counter drain cleaners are acid based and can cause severe burning to skin and eyes if it comes in contact.

Bathroom Plumbing Repairs and Options
Using a plunger can temporary relieve a plugged toilet or sink drain, but most often the clog will recur.  When it does...

Call AALCO – The Drain Doctor for a lasting fix.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes and Costly Repairs
When water freezes it expands and can easily crack or burst water and drain pipes—creating costly plumbing repairs.

Prevent pipes from freezing with the following tips:
Drain pool and sprinkler lines and use an indoor shutoff to keep water out of outdoor hose bibs.
Insulate any pipes (even hot water lines) in unheated areas, such as basements, attics or garages. Pipes that run along exterior walls without adequate insulation, frequently freeze.
During extremely cold periods, letting water trickle from your faucets can prevent frozen pipes.

Save your home from serious damage, call AALCO – The Drain Doctor if you suspect the water in your pipes has frozen, and for other pipe repairs.

Holiday Plumbing Problems

If you’re hosting company during the holidays, here are a few ways to make sure that your plumbing system is ready.

Locate your main water shut-off valve and give yourself a refresher course on how to close it. Then make sure everyone else in the house knows as well. It could mean the difference between inconvenience and disaster.


Make sure you have a trash can in every bathroom. That way guests won’t be tempted to flush facial tissues, baby wipes, cotton swabs or other items that shouldn't be flushed.


Give your drains a good flushing out before guests arrive. Baking soda left to sit in the drain followed by a rush of hot, near boiling water cleans drains while eliminating odors.


Make sure your tub and shower water is draining properly before overnight guests come to stay. You may also want to use a drain screen or strainer to trap hair, soap, and other particles to prevent a possible clog.


Keep fats, oils, and grease out of your sink, that harden when cool and can stick to drain walls, causing buildup and clogs. 


Avoid putting large pieces of fruit and vegetables, or bones down the disposal, which are too tough to be broken down and can damage disposal blades. Run plenty of water while using the garbage disposal to help rinse food particles away and avoid buildup.


If it has been more that 3 years since your septic tank was last pumped call...AALCO Septic & Sewer – The Drain Doctor.  We will make sure your septic system is ready for the extra usage while you have company. 

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Septic Tank Ten Commandments

1. THOU SHALT NOT pour greases, fats and oils down any drain!
2. THOU SHALT NOT attach a garbage disposal to your sink for ridding thyself of meat bones, coffee grounds or other foods that are difficult to biodegrade.
3. THOU SHALT NOT dispose of paints or household chemicals in the drain (yea, verily, THOU SHALT use disinfectants in small amounts)!
4. THOU SHALT NOT dispose of any automobile fluids down any drain, be it gas, oil, transmission or brake fluid, grease or antifreeze!
5. THOU SHALT NOT kill the beneficial bacteria in your septic system by rinsing pesticides, herbicides, or any other toxins down the drain!
6. THOU SHALT NOT dispose of any non-biodegradable items in your toilet, be it cigarette butts, disposable diapers or feminine hygiene products!
7. THOU SHALT NOT let water run while washing dishes and thawing frozen foods and shall consider limiting flushes!
8. THOU SHALT NOT run half loads in the dishwasher or washing machine and shall stagger wash loads!
9. THOU SHALT NOT use chemicals to clean up your septic system, yes they could harm the septic tank, drainfield and groundwater!
10. THOU SHALT NOT attach clean water sources such as footing or sump pumps to the septic system!

Adapted with permission from Burkes and Minibook, Site Wastewater Treatment Systems.


How to Get Rid of Drain Flies
Here you will find some useful tips about getting rid of those pesky drain flies.
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A Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems
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Septic Systems