What is keeping your drain clogged?

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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, the owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, shared some of the common culprits that lead to a clogged drain on Life.Style.Live! on WISH-TV in Indianapolis. Watch the video below:

Common culprits causing a clogged drain

Grease: 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 it in the garbage.

Hair: 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 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 if 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.

A camera inspection also enables plumbers to determine the best solution to clear your pipes once and for all. 

WATCH: Hard water solutions

Hard water is practically inevitable when you live in Indianapolis. Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, visited Indy Now in Indianapolis with Phil, one of our plumbers, to discuss the best solutions to treat water in your home. Watch the full video here.

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Plumbing hacks: True or False?

Have you seen the latest trending topic about resetting your water heater if there's no hot water? What about the hack to use a plunger to remove any item from your sink? Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, separated fact from fiction when it comes to those and other hacks on social media. He visited Fox59's Indy Now recently to play a game of True or False with the hosts. Watch Lance's full interview here.

True or False: Reset your water heater when there's no hot water. FALSE

Resetting your water heater has its risks because of the electrical components involved. If you keep resetting it due to no hot water, it means there is a significant problem that needs to be addressed by a plumber.

True or False: Turn off all toilets in your home before leaving on vacation to eliminate the risk of a water emergency. TRUE

Yes, you can turn off the toilets, but an easier solution is turning off the main water shut-off valve, typically located outside the home. The main water shut-off valve supplies water to your entire home.

Use a plunger to unclog a sink. TRUE

Lance says a plunger is a great solution for most clogs in showers, sinks, and bathtubs. He recommends plungers with a plastic handle.

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Lance profiled in industry newsletter

Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, shared details about how he got his start in plumbing and his love of barefoot water skiing in the recent newsletter for Greater Indianapolis Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors.

Read the article here.

VIDEO: Lance shares summer plumbing tips

The summer countdown is on! That means cookouts, picnics, and lots of gatherings in the backyard. It also means some of the plumbing in your home will get much more use than normal. During his recent visit to Life.Style.Live!, Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, shared quick tips to prevent plumbing challenges in your home this summer. Watch the video and read more tips below.

Planning a vacation? Find the location of your water shutoff

Also known as the main water valve, the water shutoff valve can help you rest a little easier when away from home. It turns off the water in your entire home. Turning off the main water supply protects your property if there is a plumbing failure while you are on vacation. You cannot predict when a pipe will burst – and it is not unusual for homeowners to return home to discover significant damage from an unexpected plumbing emergency. Look for the main water shutoff valve in your basement or outside close to your property.

Know the dos and don’ts of your garbage disposal

Large gatherings are popular in summer, which makes the garbage disposal a convenient appliance to dump leftover food. Some food does not dissolve in your pipes, causing a clogged drain. Foods to avoid tossing in the garbage disposal are: Eggshells, pasta, rice, grease, oils, and fats. Foods that work well in your garbage disposal are: Cooked meats, ice, veggie and fruit scraps.

Lower the temperature on your water heater

It’s summer. You want hot water, not HOT HOT water. Lowering the temperature in summer could reduce your energy bill. The thermostat on a gas or tankless water heater is usually on the front. Changing the temperature on an electric water heater will require a professional plumber to adjust.

Inspect your washer hoses for cracks

Make sure your washer is prepared for the massive amount of laundry this summer. Washer hoses last for less than five years. Pull the washer away from the wall and check the hoses. Replace those that appear cracked. Lance recommends stainless steel washer hoses that are much more durable than rubber.

Protect your plumbing all year with our Plumbing Protection Plan

Avoid plumbing problems this summer and all year with the L.D. Smith Plumbing Protection Plan. It is only $89 and covers a plumbing inspection – which includes washer hoses - priority scheduling for emergencies, discounted plumbing services, and much more. Get more details here.

Home buying? Consider a plumbing inspection

When buying a home, we often consider location, style, and yard size, but what about plumbing? The last thing any homeowner wants is to purchase a home and find out later that thousands of dollars in repairs are needed to fix plumbing issues. This is especially important when shopping for an older home. Having a licensed plumber inspect the home prior to purchase could help with decision-making if you are struggling between multiple choices and empower you in negotiations as you finalize an offer.

Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, explains more about the value of a plumbing inspection before signing on the dotted line to buy a new home.

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Earth Day: Tips to reduce water use in your home

It's Earth Day, a special day to remind us about what we can do to protect our planet. One way to protect the planet for future generations is by using water efficiently. The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides recommendations on what we can do to preserve our nation's water resources. Among the recommendations are:

Find more tips here.

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WATCH: Solutions for a clogged drain

Most homeowners will experience a clogged drain. There's just no way around it. Some simple fixes could address the issue. Often a licensed plumber is needed for a permanent solution. Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, explained some of the reasons why drains get clogged during a recent visit to Life.Style.Live! He also detailed how plumbers attack the problem. Watch here.

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WATCH: Signs you need a drain clearing

Do you hear gurgling sounds coming from your drain, or experience water moving slowly out of your shower or bathtub? These are signs of a drain issue that needs immediate attention. Lance Smith, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, visited Indy Now Live to discuss what the issue could be and how to fix it. Watch the video here.

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WATCH: Going tankless...Here's what you need to know

Tankless water heaters are growing in popularity with homeowners. According to Coherent Market Insights, the global tankless water heater market is estimated to experience a 5.7 percent growth rate by 2027.

Unlike a storage-tank water heater, going tankless can be a smart choice for your home and wallet. Water heater usage is the second largest expense for your home, so research is critical to finding the best solution for the needs of your home and family. Here are a few facts about tankless water heaters to make your decision easier.

WATCH: Lance, owner of L.D. Smith Plumbing, and TJ, sales supervisor, share tips on Life.Style.Live! on WISH-TV.


A tankless water heater carries a bigger price tag than storage but pays for itself over time in energy efficiency, maintenance, and durability. Purchasing a tankless water heater can earn you a tax deduction or a rebate from your utility company. Moreover, tankless water heaters can last up to 20 years compared to 7-10 for storage which saves you money long-term for a replacement.

Hot water on demand

This is the best reason for many homeowners to say yes to going tankless. Endless hot water is ready when you want it. Storage water tanks keep gallons of hot water ready for whenever you need it but can run out. That can be challenging when your home has guests for the holidays or if everyone in the house decides to take a long bath on the same day. When the tank is empty, the last one in the shower or bath will have to wait for the water to warm up again or deal with cold water.

You don’t have to wait for hot water 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.


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. This generation of tankless water heaters includes wi-fi technology to adjust temperature away from home.

Tankless FAQ

Who should consider a tankless water heater?

A tankless water heater is for those who desire endless hot water, have space concerns, or want a more efficient product.

Do I need a gas or electric line to install a tankless water heater?

Tankless water heaters work with electric, natural gas, or propane.

What brand does L.D. Smith Plumbing recommend?

We are a proud 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.

Is a consultation needed prior to installation?

We highly recommend a consultation to inspect the location of your current water heater and help you determine if a tankless water heater is the best solution for your home.

Will my older home accommodate a tankless water heater?

Tankless water heaters work well in most homes – old and new. Again, we highly recommend a consultation with a member of our team to confirm if a tankless water heater is the best solution for your home.

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