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Plumbing Tips in Broward County, FL


Kitchen sink drains clog most often because of a buildup of grease that traps food particles. Drains can usually be cleared easily and inexpensively, but taking some simple precautions will help you avoid these clogs. Proper disposal of kitchen waste will keep sink drain clogs to a minimum.
  • Don't pour grease down the kitchen sink.
  • Don't wash coffee grounds down the sink. Throw them away.
  • Be sparing with chemical cleaners, particularly if you have brass, steel, or cast-iron traps and drainpipes; some caustic chemicals can corrode metal pipes.
  • If used no more than once every few months, cleaners containing sodium hydroxide or sodium nitrate can be safe and effective.
  • Clean floor-drain strainers. Some tub and shower floor drains have strainers that are screwed into the drain opening. You can easily remove these strainers and reach down into the drain with a bent wire to clear out accumulated debris. And be sure to scrub the strainer.
  • Clean pop-up stoppers in the bathroom sink and the tub regularly. Lift out sink pop-ups once a week and rinse them off.
  • Try to keep the sewer pipes from the house free of tree roots that may invade them. If roots are a particular problem in your yard, you may need to call Terry’s Plumbing once a year or so to clear the pipes. We will use an electric snake to cut out the roots. The pipe may also need to be located, pinpointed and dug up to make a repair to stop roots from getting back in, making the pipe “stoppage free.”


  • When toilets flush in the northern hemisphere, the water circulates clockwise in the bowl, while toilets in the southern hemisphere circulate counterclockwise due to the Coriolis Effect caused by the rotation of the Earth.
  • Toilets flush the direction they do because of the manufacturer's design. The Coriolis Effect is a real force but it does not impact toilets or sinks.
  • According to the World Toilet Organization, the average person uses the toilet six to eight times a day or 2,500 times per year. That translates to three years of someone's life spent using the toilet.
Call Terry’s Plumbing for more tips and advice or any questions at any time seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at 954-399-2807.