When plumbing problems strike, you suddenly realize how much you take for granted in life. Your pipes and drains do not receive much attention but life seems to come to a halt when they stop working the way that they are supposed to work. The sinking feeling that you get in your stomach after that, though, is probably not due to the inconvenience. More likely, you are worried about the plumber’s bill. Don’t worry we can offer a great plumbing service with a reasonable price – our goal is to make you happy and resolve your plumbing problems. Still, before you hire us, we would like to give you some free tips that our experienced plumber collected through years of work.
The topics are divided into typical problems. You may find that many of the tools are the same. For instance, the plumbing snake can be used for a wide variety of problems.
- The Clogged Toilet
This is the king of all plumbing problems. When your toilet becomes clogged, you start to run out of options fast. Thankfully, the problem is easily solved most of the time. If your toilet has already overrun, you might want to skip this step. However, you might just try cautiously flushing it again. Sometimes, materials get caught in the pipes the first time through but they readjust with changing water pressure and movements. Try again and you might see everything get moving and you can restart your life.
If that does not work, then grab the plunger. If you are going to do this DIY plumbing thing every time you have a clogged toilet, you should handle this tool with gloves and wash your hand to be safe after using it. Place the plunger over the exit point for the bowl water. If you cannot see this, approximate its location as best you can. Then vigorously pump the plunger up and down a few times.
If a plunger will not do it, a snake almost always will. A plumbing snake is basically a long, coiled wire with empty spaces between the coils at one end of the device. The other end attaches to an auger or crank that allows the user to force the forward end to move one way or the other. These snakes come in many sizes. They are meant to dislodge clogs that are so deep inside the pipe that the changing pressure caused by plunging will not remove them.
- The Kitchen Sink
People try to put anything and everything down their kitchen sink. It is worse when people do not have a garbage disposal to reduce the size of the particles passing through their plumbing. However, even with garbage disposals handy, there are limits. You can reduce the number of issues that you have with your kitchen sink by throwing large items in the garbage. However, once your sink is clogged, you need to do something about it. A clogged sink is not just an inconvenience. The standing water in your drain will attract bugs and bacteria. This will make your home or business a much less healthy place to be.
The first thing to try with your sink is some chemical assistance. There are drain cleaners that use powerful agents to literally eat away at blockages and allow water to pass through them. You should be very careful when using these chemicals, avoid inhaling their fumes, and keep them out of the reach of children.
- Running Toilet
Sometimes the plumbing problem is caused by something that will not stop working rather than the other way around. When your toilet will not stop running, it is more than annoying. It is also costly and wasteful. You can stop this waste of water by adjusting the flapper, the chain or the ballcock assembly.
Before you begin doing any of plumbing work, take some time to review any plumbing plans that you have for your home. Also, learn where your water shut-off is and teach yourself how to use it. These are good things to know if an emergency happens in which you need to call for emergency plumbing services.