September 16, 2015 Plumbing Services Newsletter - Drain Line Cleaning

"I sure appreciated how quick and cost effectively you guys took care of my leaking copper pipes under the house this past summer. Highly recommend you to anyone I know who needs plumbing service!"

Andy Krivy, owner of Infinity Signs, Boise, Idaho

Jetting Drain Line Cleaning

Drain line blockages can cause fixtures such as toilets, sinks, and bathtubs to be unusable. The clogs found in drains and sewer pipes are often caused by grease, sludge and tree roots. The best way to unclog these types of materials is by using high-pressure water jets.

By using this method, the entire system gets cleaned and the blockages are completely removed. Other conventional methods such as snaking and cable machines aren’t as efficient as using water jets. Snaking can only get so far down the pipe and cable machines only drill a small hole though the clog. Jetting uses a high-pressure stream of water to blast through any sludge and debris, even pulverizing tree roots.

By having this service done once or twice a year, massive build-ups of sludge can be prevented. This is especially important for commercial establishments, like restaurants, that are especially susceptible to grease and food debris build-up.

Schedule an appointment with All Star Plumbing and Restoration for jetting drain line cleaning. They will inspect the pipes and drains and give them a good cleaning. Or if a blockage has already occurred, they can discover the cause of the blockage and get it fixed as soon as possible.


Why is the Toilet Running?

Is the sound of a running toilet keeping everyone in the house up at night? Sometimes the fix is a simple one. Below are four common issues causing toilets to run continuously. Often these only take a few minutes to fix.

  • Fill Tube

This tube squirts enough water down the overflow tube to refill the bowl after flushing. Sometimes the tube can fall off or the water misses the overflow tube, not filling the bowl completely. Reattaching the tube will do the trick to fix the issue.

  • Fill Height

If the float is set too low, it will produce a weaker flush. If it’s too high, water will spill into the overflow tube causing the fill valve to remain open. Try some adjusting with the float, flushing after each adjustment, to get the float sitting at the perfect height.

  • Flapper Chain

If the chain is tangled or just too short, the flapper won’t close and water will continuously leak into the bowl. If the chain is too long, the flapper can’t stay open for the full flush, making it necessary to hold the lever down while flushing.

  • The Flapper

The flapper itself might need replaced if the first three weren’t the problem. Turn off the water before removing the old flapper and installing the new one.

If none of the above seems to solve the issue, it might be time for a new toilet. The professionals at All Star Plumbing and Restoration not only repair toilets, they also install new ones. If the mystery of the running toilet can’t be solved, give them a call.


Storing Garden Hoses

With fall closing in and winter not far behind, it’s time to start putting away the summer yard tools. This includes garden hoses, because leaving them attached to the water faucet could cause problems not only with the hose put the water lines inside the home.

If a hose isn’t disconnected during cold weather, ice can form, building up pressure in the water lines inside the home. This could cause them to break or leak, potentially creating water damage inside the home. To properly store hoses for winter start by:

1. Draining the hose

Getting as much water out of the hose as possible will help protect it from cracking. Water left inside a hose will freeze, expand and cause it to crack.

2. Check for damage

With use, wear and tear is normal. The hose fitting should be checked for cracks or bulges in the hose itself. Damaged parts should be fixed before storage.

3. Store indoors

Hoses will fare better during colder months if stored inside, preferably in a space that gets a little heat. Try to keep hose accessories within the same storage area to avoid having to search for them next spring.

Taking precautions with hoses, water lines, and water spouts outdoors could help lessen the chance of damaged pipes. All Star Plumbing and Restoration can inspect pipes inside and outside the home to prevent potential water damage.



In the City of Trees, residents often run into some issues with all the trees and other foliage in their yards. If trees have become a problem because they’re dead, broken from a storm and causing damage, they should be removed. Fall is an especially good time to remove damaged or dead trees before the snow and ice of winter weighs them down and leads to further damage.

Trees are great for providing shade and even the perfect spot for building a treehouse. However, trees are very susceptible to damage from storms that blow through the Treasure Valley. Wind, lightning, ice and snow can break trees, blow limbs off and create an unsightly mess, damaging roofs, power lines and windows. Prevention is the best option.

All Star Plumbing and Restoration can take care of tree and stump removal for homeowners in the Treasure Valley. They also haul away the leftover debris so homeowners don’t have to deal with it. This is just one of many restoration services they offer to their customers.

If a tree has wreaked havoc in the yard, or is dead or damaged, give All Star Plumbing and Restoration a call. They can get rid of the tree and help fix the damage it left behind. Visit their website for more information about their restoration services.


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