Drano Will Not Drain

sink with water in itWe’ve all heard, in time or the other, the popular advertisements about how a particular cleaning product will work miracles in your home. Sometimes they are worth the hype. Other times, not so much. So what happens when a highly acclaimed drain cleaner suddenly stops working for you?

This is not when you go down to the supermarket to buy a “stronger” brand. If your drainage cleaner doesn’t work as effectively as it used to, chances are there’s a much larger problem at hand. You may need the services of a professional plumber near you.

Using such cleaning products in the first place has a fifty-fifty success rate factor. If not handled properly, you could have a nightmarish plumbing disaster on your hands. It would take the skill and experience of a well-trained plumber to salvage the situation and even at that, you would spend more money than you expected.

What Are Your Alternatives?

  • Go Local

Sometimes the solution is closer than you think. Did you know that a mixture of baking soda and vinegar can work wonders for your drains? All you need to do is to get rid of the leftover water in the drain.

Scoop it all out or let it slowly drain down by itself. Whatever works best for you. Pour a cup each of vinegar and baking soda down the drain and allow it to sit for a while. Come back thirty minutes later and run some warm water down the drain.

Not only will you have a simple but highly effective homemade drain cleaner available anytime you need it, you’d also have saved yourself – and your wallet – the stress of going down to the corner store for some Drano.

  • Get a Plumbing Snake

No, we’re not talking about “that” kind of snake! A plumbing snake is just a long strip of pliable metal that you can push through your drain. It usually comes with a hook or a point at one end, which you can use to break up or pull out solid clogs stuck in your drain.

You can easily buy – or rent one – at your neighborhood hardware store. Make sure you get the right size for your drain. To avoid causing more harm, do not push in your plumbing snake deeper than three or four feet into your drain.

Work the thread in till you hit a blockage. Break up the clog using the pointed tip (of hook) at the end of the snake, or wind the snake up to remove the clog up and out the drain.

If all else fails and you’re at your wit’s end, you can always rely on Captain Plumber, your trusted plumbing company, near you. No matter the complexity of your draining job, our team of dedicated and experienced plumbers is well equipped to handle whatever comes their way. Call us today.

How to Fix a Shower Faucet

water dripping from faucetA faulty shower faucet can be such a nuisance, with the cringe-y noise, enduring drips that may quickly shoot up your utility bill, and the dry rot or mold that forms around the bathroom wall with the leak. This makes it important to replace the old shower faucet with a new unit.

But first, what are some causes of a damaged or leaky faucet?

Causes of a Leaky Faucet

  • Water pressure

If you observe that the shower faucet drips water when the handle moves a certain way, then you may be dealing with water pressure problems, leading to the leak.

  • Faulty Cartridge

A cartridge-style faucet is found in faucets with two handles, one for cold and one for hot water. The valve on each handle spot controlling the flow of water into the faucet is the cartridge, and damage to the cartridge may cause the faulty faucet.

  • Broken Washers

Washers undergo a lot of friction, which could cause them to wear out, leading to leaking of the shower faucet. It may also be that the washer was not installed properly or is the wrong size.

How to Fix a Shower Faucet

You can learn how to fix a shower faucet yourself or you can hire a plumbing service for faucet repair. There are two kinds of shower faucets:

  • The Single Handle Shower Faucet
  • The Two-handle Shower Faucet

Single Handle Shower Faucet

  1. Turn the shower off and take out the handle
  2. Also, take out the escutcheon plate. This is so that you can get through to the shower valve.
  3. Get a plier and, with it, loosen the locking nut and pull the cartridge from the valve’s center.
  4. Next, push a new rubber seat along with a spring into the valve by putting it on the end of a pencil and pushing it in. Repeat this for all the other seats.
  5. In the existing valve, put in the new cartridge
  6. Then get the O-ring, slip over the cartridge, and, with the pliers, tighten the locknut.
  7. Fix a new escutcheon plate over the valve and screw it until it is tightly held in place.
  8. Put the new handle onto the valve and then turn on the water.
  9. Adjust the water temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and finally, install a temperature limit so that the valve does not scald.

Two-Handle Shower Faucet

  1. Start by extracting the cover cap to reveal the screw
  2. Once you have the screw in sight, take it out, along with the handle.
  3. Next, go to the faucet stem, loosen it and take it out of the valve body.
  4. Then put the new parts one after the other. These include the O-rings, flat washers, faucet washers, and seals. Don’t forget to take out the screw first before putting it in the washer.
  5. Replace the faucet stem; lubricate linear grooves using plumber’s grease.
  6. Replace the handle and test the valve by running the water. Afterward, plug trim to the wall.

If it is all too much for you, you can simply find a plumber near you, like Captain Plumber, to fix your shower faucet.

bathtub faucet and shower valves with running water

10 Easy Steps To Replace Shower Valves

bathtub faucet and shower valves with running waterNobody likes a leaking faucet. All that precious water running down the drain with you unable to stop it.

Changing a shower valve might seem like rocket science. It doesn’t have to be that way. At Captain Plumber, we care about you. We are ready to guide you through any plumbing challenge you may face.

That is why we’ve outlined 10 easy-to-follow steps for changing your shower valve. You’d need to have a few tools handy before changing that valve and some of them include:

  • Allen wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hacksaws
  • Pliers
  • Utility knife

You’re good to go if you already have these in your toolbox. If you’re not sure you’d be able to successfully replace your shower valve, we are just a call away.

Here are 10 steps to changing your shower valve

  1. Turn Off Water Supply using the water stops. If you can’t find your shower’s water stops, turn off the water supply to the entire house till you’re done.
  2. Plug Your Shower Drain completely with a cloth. This prevents you from losing screws and other tiny components that may easily fall down the drain.
  3. Unscrew Your Shower Handle using a screwdriver and take it off the stem handle. Keep both the handle and screws in an easily accessible place for coupling later.
  4. Remove Trim Plate by unscrewing the screws on both sides of the trim plate and peeling off the wall. Keep both the screws and plate aside till you’re ready to screw them back on.
  5. Create An Access Hole by enlarging the hole behind the trim plate so you can easily reach the valve embedded in the wall.
  6. Remove Your Shower Valve’s Clip located on top of the valve using needle-nose pliers. Keep the metal clip aside in an easily accessible place.
  7. Remove The Shower Valve by firmly clasping the metal edge of the valve cartridge using a plier, and pulling it back and out till it comes loose.
  8. Insert The New Shower Valve into the vacant slot and slide gently in till it can’t go in anymore. Make sure the new valve cartridge is the same type as the one being replaced.
  9. Turn On Water Supply by loosening the water stops previously tightened. Turn on the water supply to the entire house if you turned it off before.
  10. Replace The Trim Plate over the access hole and screw it back in place using a screwdriver. Screw on the shower handle and turn it on to make sure it works.

Replacing a damaged shower valve does not need to drain your purse. You can either do it yourself or hire a professional plumber to get the job done.

Our skilled team of experienced plumbers at Captain Plumber is one of the best you’d find anywhere.

What are you waiting for then? We’re just a phone call away! Contact us today for a free consultation on your plumbing needs.

How To Get Items Out Of Garbage Disposal

washing veggies in kitchen sinkHaving a garbage disposal makes working in the kitchen easier. You get to discard the remnants from last night’s heavy dinner without spending too much time and energy. But what happens when a stubborn piece of food – or object -gets stuck in your disposal unit?

Below are some quick, easy-to-follow tips for clearing out clogged garbage disposal but if you’re just not in the mood for some under-the-sink timeout, or you’re not sure you’ve got the right tools to get the job done, you can always reach out to us at Captain Plumber for your plumbing services.

Now that you know you have a readily available plumbing contractor in to fall back on in case things go south real quick, we’d just go right into the steps you can take to get rid of foreign objects in your garbage disposal.

Turn Off The Power Source

Make sure your garbage disposal is turned off and unplugged from the major power source before attempting to remove anything from it.

You would not want it accidentally coming on and making mincemeat of your fingers, or worse, electrocuting you while you work.

Get Rid Of Any Visibly Stuck Objects

Use a pair of tongs or pliers to remove any chunk of food waste large enough to see from the garbage disposal.

Don’t stick your hand in the garbage disposal unit to remove items unless you’re certain it’s turned off, and there are no broken pieces of glass stuck that could hurt you.

Dislodge Unseen Stuck Objects

To do this, you’d need to find the Allen wrench-port underneath your disposal unit and – you guessed right – insert an Allen-wrench into the port.

Work the wrench back and forth to move the masher plates, so whatever is stuck between them gets dislodged. Remove as many pieces as you can see with your tongs or pliers.

Vacuum Your Garbage Disposal

To be doubly sure you’ve gotten rid of any tiny item stuck in your garbage disposal unit, place a wet-dry vacuum cleaner over the top of your unit and vacuum until you can’t hear anything being sucked up anymore.

Turn off your vacuum cleaner and wipe clean till dry if wet to prevent mold from forming inside.

Reset Your Garbage Disposal

Reconnect your machine to the power source. You can partially cover the drainage opening to prevent any unseen items from flying up and poking you in the eye.

Turn the garbage disposal on and allow running water to flow through, so whatever remaining food items or objects stuck can be crushed and washed down the drain.

If you’ve done all the above and your garbage disposal still jams, turn it off immediately, turn off the faucet and repeat the process all over from the beginning.

If after two or three tries and there’s still no improvement, you can reach out to us at Captain Plumber and we’d be delighted to come to your aid.

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

water heater in closetWater heaters are among the most useful appliances in the home. They’re useful for carrying out tasks like doing the dishes and getting a bath. However, like any other home appliance, they do not last forever. You should keep up with the age of your water heater to avoid the unpleasant event of receiving cold water when you expect some hot water.

How Long Do Water Heaters Last?

If you’ve ever asked, “how long do water heaters last?”, then you should know that different water heaters have different lifespans. The traditional tank water heater lasts between eight to twelve years and the tankless water heater lasts for over twenty years. The difference between the lifespans results from the presence or absence of anode rods.

Factors that affect the Water Heater’s Lifespan

  • The Anode Rod

In the traditional water heater, the anode rod plays a crucial role and, therefore, corrodes easily. If you notice corrosion on the anode rod on top of the water heater, let a plumber replace this for you.

  • Limescale

Both the tankless and the tank water heaters can be affected by limescale, even if it is just a simple amount. It may lead to heating problems, and the best way to resolve this is to flush the water heater with vinegar (undiluted white vinegar).

  • Pressure-Relief Valve

The traditional water heater has a pressure-relief valve that prevents it from exploding from excessive build-up of pressure. You should regularly check to ensure the pressure-relief is in good shape and properly working.

  • Sediments Clogged

In the traditional water heater, there will be sediments clogged at the bottom of the tank. This may affect the effectiveness of the water heater if not flushed at least twice every year.

When is it Time to Replace the Water Heater?

Now that you know what factors affect the lifespan of your water heater, it is time to learn the signs that tell you when to replace your water heater:

  • Gurgling Sounds

This happens when the sediments clog the water heater. You will often hear a gurgling sound and if this clogging becomes too much, the appliance can get heated and even explode.

  • Dampness Around Heater

If there is dampness around the heater, it may be a sign that there is a leak. Here, you may need a plumbing service like Captain Plumber to help replace your water heater.

  • Water Puddles

Water puddles around the water heater are a strong indication that something is very wrong. You will have to hire a plumbing service for a replacement.

  • Absence of Hot Water

When you get cold water instead of hot water, ensure that you get help from a plumber; chances are, the water heater’s lifespan has ended.

  • Tinting in Water

If there’s tinting in the hot water, it could result from rust. This is a sign that it is time for a replacement.

When you suspect that your water heater’s lifespan has ended, you will need a replacement. Simply contact Captain Plumber to help with a new water heater installation.


Tips To Maintaining A Garbage Disposal

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If you’ve ever walked into your kitchen on a hot summer afternoon and the first sign of welcome, you get is an unpleasant rancid smell wafting from your kitchen sink, there’s every possibility you have a food waste problem. Especially if you already have a garbage disposal unit installed.

So how do you make sure your garbage disposal unit is functioning properly so you don’t feel awkward when a visitor asks for lemonade from the kitchen freezer?

The first step to take is paying attention to the type of solid food waste that goes into your garbage disposal unit.

The following food items are safe to put in your kitchen garbage disposal:

  1. Citrus Rinds with their slightly acidic content help keep your disposal clean and smelling fresh
  2. Egg Shells can help keep your disposal’s impellers free from debris, so long as they go in small quantities at a time
  3. Coffee Grounds are okay to toss down your disposal, provided they’re in small quantities, and can keep it smelling fresh
  4. Cooked Meat Scraps and Small Bones, in small quantities, are okay to go down the disposal machine
  5. Vegetable and Fruit Scraps are also great food products to go down the drain and help keep your drains smelling fresh.

There are a few food waste products you shouldn’t put in your garbage disposal, and some of them include:

  1. Large Bones should go nowhere near your garbage disposal unit. They are best thrown in your bin bag
  2. Shrimp Shells are incredibly tough and may cause more harm than good to your disposal’s impellers
  3. Banana PeelsArtichokes, Corn Husks, and Asparagus, with their high fibrous content, are best left for the garbage bin instead of your kitchen disposal
  4. Grease or any other fatty food waste products, should not be put in your disposal machine to avoid clogs when they congeal in the pipes
  5. Rice and pasta have the nasty tendency to expand in pipes even when they have been torn to bits and pieces, leading to clogged pipes.

Here are 3 easy-to-implement tips for keeping your garbage disposal unit in optimal condition:

  • Run Your Garbage Disposal Unit Often

Even when you don’t have any food waste to process, it is advisable to turn it on periodically. This helps prevent the internal components of your disposal unit from freezing up or rusting and helps get rid of any leftover food items that can cause foul smells or clogs.

  • Use Cold Water While Your Disposal Is In Operation

Even though hot water is great for cleaning a lot of stuff, when it comes to cleaning your garbage disposal, cold water is preferable. The cold water helps harden the food particles, making it easy for your disposal to grind up and flush down the drainage pipe.

  • Allow Your Disposal Run Longer Than Usual

Whenever you’re done using the garbage disposal, allow it to run longer with the water on for a few minutes. This is to ensure you don’t leave any leftover food items in the machine.

Need help maintaining or installing your garbage disposal? Give Captain Plumber a call today!

Captain Electric Announces Merge with Larsen Plumbing

Orem, UT – August 24, 2019 /MarketersMedia/ —

captain plumber logo of superheroIn a continuing effort to keep the residents and businesses of the Wasatch Front area satisfied, the team at Captain Electric is proud to announce they are merging with Larsen Plumbing to offer plumbing services to the area.

Captain Plumber is one of the leading plumbing companies in the Wasatch Front area proudly serving Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas. Captain Plumber is proud to continue on with Carl’s 20+ years of experience providing excellent services to the residents and business owners in the area.

“Carl, of Larsen Plumbing, has over two decades of experience in the plumbing industry and with these services now available from the Captain Electric brand, customers can expect superior services that meet and exceed expectations,” stated Captain Electric’s Joseph Smith. “Our team is available to speak with any customer who wants to learn more about this recent merge and the additional services we now have available. We believe this “combination of services” will enable us to better serve each of our customers, regardless of what their needs are.”

Besides the electric services that Captain Electric is known for providing, the company now offers an array of plumbing services for commercial and residential properties. These services include emergency repair, leaks and drip repair, water treatment, faucets, dishwasher repair, garbage disposal repair, and water heater service.

“Our company is licensed, bonded and insured,” continued Smith. “You can feel confident that when you contact us for electric or plumbing services you are receiving help from a professional, knowledgeable individual who can help ensure your problem is fixed and that no other issues arise with the same electrical or plumbing fixture.”

Additional information about the merger of Larsen Plumbing with Captain Electric to form Captain Plumber can be found by visiting the company’s website when they click here, or by taking the time to contact us via phone or email.


Captain Electric was started in 1988 by Joseph Smith, using only a Toyota Sedan and ladder sticking out of the car’s back window. In 1992, the business was moved to Orem, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City. The company has worked to revolutionize customer service in this industry and provide customers with a higher level of service and satisfaction to ensure their issues and problems are addressed and fixed in a timely manner.

Contact Info:
Name: Joseph Smith
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Organization: Captain Electric
Address: 1510 400 S, Orem, UT 84058
Phone: (801) 735-9781

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