Embarrassing Plumbing Problems in New Orleans That Can Plug Up Your Holiday
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Embarrassing Plumbing ProblemsIn the Big Easy, all the stops are pulled out in celebration of the holiday season. But embarrassing plumbing problems can quickly put a stop to your festivities if they aren’t quickly addressed.

Here at Bienvenu Brothers, we understand how holiday preparations, celebrations, and even household guests can put a strain on your home’s plumbing. Since 1937, we’ve proudly served the New Orleans community with our courteous and reliable service during the holiday season.

Here are five of the most common, embarrassing holiday plumbing problems in New Orleans with simple solutions.

Garbage disposal problems

Garbage disposals are not garbage bins and certain things simply do not belong in them. Fats, grease, oils, starchy vegetable peels and even hard bones can clog and damage your garbage disposal. These items should be thrown in the trash or the compost pile. Always run cold water when your garbage disposal is on to keep things moving. To get rid of unpleasant odor, try running cold water into your garbage disposal along with ice cubes. Vinegar, table salt, and even lemon peel can also be used to de-gunk and de-funk your garbage disposal, along with eco-friendly drain cleaners like Bio-Clean. Bienvenu Brothers Plumbing is an authorized distributor.

Clogged toilets

Similar to your kitchen garbage disposal, certain kinds of waste can damage or clog your toilet. Dental floss, cotton balls, and even medication are examples of things that should not be flushed down the toilet. A waste basket kept next to your toilet allows your guests to conveniently dispose of items that cannot and should not be flushed. Be sure to keep a plunger within reach just in case. Keep in mind that a toilet that repeatedly clogs despite these measures may not be set at the correct water level or could have a damaged flapper.

Clogged drains

Clogged shower drains are often the result of an accumulation of hair and soap residue, which is why regularly cleaning your drain is so important. You can prevent a backup of shower water during a shower by keeping the drain free and clear of debris. A drain screen can help catch hair before it’s rinsed down the drain and save you the embarrassment of a backed up shower!

Not enough hot water

To keep up with the increased demand for hot water during the holidays try turning up your water heater to boost its capacity. This may help increase the supply of hot water for you and your guests to shower and do laundry. For everyone’s comfort and safety, never turn your water temperature up higher than 125 degrees. Also consider installing a tankless water heater to prevent running out of hot water all together.

Faulty toilet handles

A loose toilet handle can waste water by preventing your toilet from flushing properly. This is usually caused by a chain with too much length that gets caught under the flapper, allowing water to continue to run into the bowl. Wiggling the handle releases it while letting the flapper drop into its proper place. You fix this by simply trimming the excess length off the chain to keep it taut. Damaged and worn flappers can also cause problems similar to this so be sure to inspect it carefully. No one wants to have to tell their guest to jiggle the handle. Instead, call us today and we’ll come out and fix this before your guest arrive.

We want your holiday season in the Big Easy to be just that; big and easy. Give us a call and our skilled New Orleans plumbers will be happy to help you flush your plumbing problems away this holiday!

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We have used Bienvenu Brothers several times over the last few years, and we have always been extremely satisfied with the service and quality work. Bienvenu always makes every effort to get someone out as soon as possible. They just finished a job that has increased my respect even more. Seven weeks ago, to the day, one of our bathrooms backed up in the early afternoon. Bienvenu had a sewer cleaning truck out later that day. Unfortunate, they were unable to clear the line and it was determined that we needed video inspection to determine the problem. When the video crew came out they determined that there was a problem with the parish sewer line. The parish would come but couldn’t clean the line because of a lift station problem. This repeat every couple of days for weeks. Keith and Louis made calls and did all they could to try to get the problem resolved. Finally, the parish fixed the lift station, cleared the line and corrected an issue with our connection to the main line. The next day, today, Bienvenu had Frank and his crew out, and they made the necessary repair to my line in a couple of hours. FINALLY, we can again use our own shower and toilet. Keith and Louis were persistent in trying to keep things moving, and Frank did a quick and great job of finishing up. I can’t imagine ever using anyone else!

Raymond Perry

Dear Bienvenu Brothers, I am way behind in my correspondence, but I wanted to thank you for the quick, efficient, honest service I received on December 19, 2011. My hot H2O heater went out. I called Bienvenu Brothers because of a recommendation. It was so close to the holidays, but yet you made it possible for my family to take hot showers that night. The computer board went out, and Kirk said it was under warranty and only charged me for the service fee. Since I had never used you before, I was amazed. Thanks for everything!

Desiree E.

I just wanted to thank you for the outstanding service on my new State water heater. I bought the unit from Coburn’s and my husband and a friend installed it. It kept coding out and would not work. I called the manufacturer (State) and they recommended that I call you guys. Vint came out and did some troubleshooting. He contacted State Technical Support, and they sent the part over-night to me. Unfortunately, when the new part was installed, it still did not work, so I called Vint, and he called State again for another part. I have never had such wonderful customer service and was very impressed with the employees’ diligence in staying on top of the matter. Vicki called me to set up my appointments and was so sweet and friendly. Louis Bienvenu originally took my call and was very attentive to my problem and made everything happen. It was a very pleasant experience all the way around, and I just wanted to say “THANKS!”  Next time I have a plumbing problem, I will definitely be giving you guys a call. Thanks again and may God bless you, your family and your business!  

Jana H.

To Louis and all the Bienvenu Brothers: A very gracious thank you! Your help over this last weekend with my grandmother’s house is sincerely appreciated by our family. Everyone we spoke with was kind and very helpful. The no charge for the service was over the top! Bless you and your family. 

April DiGiovanni & Family

Louis & Crew: Thank you so much. Your workmanship is among the best. We are very happy with the new bathroom.

Leo & Paul F.

Dear Keith: A brief thank you note for your help with our recent plumbing problems. We were appreciative of your prompt attention. You, Kirk, Louis, Robbie and Chris were all extremely professional, good attitudes and were very efficient. We would recommend you highly to anyone we know needing plumbing-heating-cooling repairs. Again, thank you.

Martha & Al A.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: Thank you so much for allowing us to pay off our new hot water heater. I also appreciate your help with this costly bill, and also with the excellent service we received from your Technicians. We look forward to doing business with you again in the future.

Albert W. C Jr.

Dear Sirs: Just to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You all did a wonderful job and people have given you praise. 

Janie F.

Dear Mr. Bienvenu: I wish to commend your entire staff for helping me get my mom’s sewer problem handled in an efficient and effective manner. Your office assistant (I’m sorry I don’t remember her name listened to my plight and relayed my concerns to the plumber. Louis Jr worked with me over the course of two days assuring me that he would give the problem his best effort but could not guarantee we wouldn’t have to dig up the entire front yard. His integrity and dedication got the job done! And then the gentleman (I think his name was Rick) who my mom talked with, assured her that her bill could be paid over a few months’ time, which is “life saving” to an elderly person on a fixed income, who wishes to remain independent. I could not have asked for more. 

Mrs. F.

Just wanted to pass on my sincere appreciation for everything you did with my tankless water heater. Hope I don’t have to call anytime soon.

Gina V.
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