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When water drains slowly out of your sink, shower or bathtub, there’s a problem. It’s likely a clogged drain. It always happens at the most inconvenient time and leaves you wondering what could have caused it. Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, joined us Wednesday on “Life.Style.Live!” to share some of the common culprits that lead to a clogged drain. 


This is the most common reason for kitchen drain clogs. Once grease is poured down the drain, it hardens. Keep dumping grease down the drain day after day and blockage happens. The best way to dispose of grease is to let it cool and toss in the garbage. 


Even with a stopper, hair often finds its way down the drain. Eventually, those strands clump together to cause a clog.   

Disposable wipes/hygiene products:

Unlike toilet tissue, disposable wipes and hygiene products do not break down when flushed and easily clog your pipes and even sewer line. 

Tree roots:

If you live in an older home, more than likely tree roots will create problems in your pipes. Trees need moisture and water to survive, and they are close enough to your property, they will seek those nutrients in your pipes and sewer system. Roots will wrap around whatever is in its path, including your pipes. 

Best solutions for clogged drains:

Sometimes a plunger or home remedies aren’t enough to clear a drain permanently. A good plumber is needed to resolve the issue. One treatment is drain clearing, which quickly breaks up the clog. Often particles remain and, for many homeowners, the clogs return. Hydro jetting is one of the best ways to remove all those left-over particles to clear the drain completely, if a conventional drain cleaning doesn’t do the trick or if the line is full of sludge/grease. 

The camera inspection also enables plumbers to determine the best solution to clear your pipes once and for all. All of our main line clearings and/or $83/free deals include a free camera inspection. 


Clear your drain line for $83 or it’s free!

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Are you in need of a new water heater?

Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, and TJ Dowell, sales supervisor of L.D. Smith Plumbing, joined us today to share why you should consider going tankless.  

They say tankless water heaters have continued to grow in popularity because they provide endless hot water when you want it and over time, they could also be easier on your budget.  

Top three signs you may need a new water heater:  

Why you should consider a tankless option:  

Hot water on demand 

Unlike storage tank water heaters, you don’t have to wait for the water to warm up with a tankless. It heats instantly and gives you hot water for as long as you need it. No cold water surprises in the shower.  


Tankless water heaters are more expensive than storage but they pay for themselves long-term in energy efficiency, maintenance, and durability. Tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years compared to 7-10 for storage which saves you money long-term for a replacement.  


Once a plumber installs your tankless water heater, very little maintenance is required, as long as good water quality is maintained. Because it is tankless, it minimizes common risks related to storage water heaters such as leaks and sediment buildup.  

L.D. Smith Plumbing is a supplier of Navien tankless water heaters. Recognized for its sophisticated engineering and robust design, Navien is one of the fastest-growing companies in the home comfort sector and a leader in providing condensing tankless water heaters.  

Need a new water heater? Contact the experts at L.D. Smith Plumbing for a consultation or replacement. 


Is your home ready to handle the cold weather ahead? Lance Smith, owner of LD Smith Plumbing joined us today to share a few fall plumbing tips you can do while temperatures are mild.

Fall is a great time to check your pipes, faucets and other plumbing fixtures to ensure your home is ready to handle cold weather ahead. Now is the time to get outside and get a good view of outdoor plumbing while the weather is sunny and temperatures are mild.

Five plumbing tips for fall:

1. Check your water heater

If it’s older than 10 years old, now is the time to consider a replacement to guarantee warm water. For energy savings, set thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees.

2. Disconnect outdoor water hose

This prevents freezing pipes and damage to your plumbing in winter months.

3. Schedule major sewer line or drain repairs

No one wants to replace sewer pipes in winter. It’s no fun. Temperatures affect your sewer pipes. Even if you have a small crack in your pipe right now, freezing temperatures can create a bigger problem if not treated such as a flooded home or blockage. If there are any concerns about sewer line, schedule an inspection to find leaks or cracks and treat those issues to ensure your pipes are winter ready.

4. Make it easy to access your shut off valve

This is very important for homeowners, especially if you have winter vacation plans. The shut off valve turns off water flow to your home preventing significant damage to your home in case there is a hard freeze or flooding while you are away. Make sure you know the exact location of your shut off valve and have a plan how to access it if there is heavy snow.

5. Check all pipes

Inspect all pipes in your home to make sure they are in a conditioned area and crawl space vents are closed. Also make sure no siding or insulation has been removed or damaged that would allow cold air in.

NOTE: L.D. Smith Plumbing offers an annual Plumbing Protection Plan for $89 to be sure pipes and all plumbing fixtures are working properly.

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