Many homeowners today prefer to fix minor clogs themselves.
However, a clogged drain can become a challenge. Most times, for simple clogs, a plunger does the job. Second line of defense is usually a liquid drain cleaner, which is not very effective.
However, a clog can be more involved and extensive.
If you continue to plunge a clogged drain and use a drain cleaner with no relief, you may actually cause damage to your pipes. Without knowing the source of the problem, you will not find a solution.
A clogged drain can result from tree branches, ancient piping, debris, or something dropped into the drain itself.
For example, if you have tree branches growing into the outside sewer pipes, a professional plumber will use special equipment such as a snake. A snake turns as it is inserted into the pipe and breaks apart branches that are blocking the flow of refuge.
A clog may be the result something that was dropped into the drain. If you have a toilet that is clogged, it may be because something was flushed down and is now lodged in the drain.
Unplugging clogged drains is a typical day in the life of a professional plumber. A call to yourE S Plumbing llc will solve the clog problem, quickly and effectively.
Pipe freezing is a method for stopping the flow of water in order to repair pipes and valves.
Turning off the water, especially with large systems, may not be the best option.
But, a pipe cannot be cut or repaired while water is running through it. Pipe freezing kits solve this problem by creating ice seals wherever they are needed, holding back the flow of water.
The ice seals can hold back a large amount of pressure since ice adheres to steel. Friction and irregular pipe shape also contribute to holding the seal in place, even when the pressure is very great.
While accidental ice formation can damage a pipe, controlled pipe freezing doesn’t pose such a risk.
The uneven formation of the ice during accidental freezing can cause pressure differentials in the unfrozen water that can cause breaks in pipe.
Of course, pipe freezing is an advanced plumbing technique and should be performed only by a trained professional plumber or pipe freezing technician. Not only are there are safety protocols to observe, but there are also specific procedures to follow in order to get the best results.
A professional plumber will give you expert advice on whether pipe freezing is the best solution for your pipe repair needs.
One of the most frustrating things about a leaking toilet is that it’s very difficult to find the source of the leak.
It could be condensation problems, a loose toilet, a rotting donut or a pipe leaking somewhere.
It might be something simple or it could be something that requires special tools to fix.
If not repaired, leaking toilets can cause major damage.
Watch for water on the bathroom floor. If you have an upstairs bathroom and the toilet is leaking, you might see some signs in a lower ceiling.
The best course of action is to call a professional plumber at the first sign of a leaking toilet. Sometimes a leaking toilet is the result of a loose toilet. The solution isn’t just tightening the toilet. In most cases, a new donut is needed.
If the floor is rotten, new flooring around the toilet will be needed before the donut is replaced
Quick Tips on Garbage Disposals
Garbage disposals are an extremely useful household tool. However, it is also an appliance we often take for granted. Sometimes we don’t realize the damage we’re causing it when we throw “everything and the kitchen sink” into it. Follow these guidelines to prolong the life of your garbage disposal.
• Never, ever put your hand in the garbage disposal to remove a clog. Always use tongs.
• Use plenty of cold water while running it to preserve the blades and allow for smooth disposal. Do not use hot water, for this can cause grease to liquefy and accumulate, causing clogs.
• Never overload your disposal. Cut larger items into smaller pieces and put them into the garbage disposal one at a time.
• Keep your garbage disposal clean. Here are some useful methods:
o Pour a little dish soap and let the disposal run for a minute with cold water
o Run it regularly! Infrequent use can cause rust and corrosion
o Grind citrus peels, such as lemons, to help eliminate foul smells
o Grind certain hard foods like egg shells or small fruit pits to clean disposal’s walls
• Never put the following items down your garbage disposal:
o Animal bones
o Glass, plastic, metal, or paper
o Anything combustible
o Animal fat, grease, or cooking oil. These solidify in cold pipes and cause clogs.
o Fibrous foods like corn husks or celery stalks. These can tangle and jam the motor.
o Potato peels. The starch turns into a thick paste and makes the blades stick.
o Expandable foods such as pasta and rice. They can expand in pipes and cause clogs.
o Coffee grounds. They accumulate in drains and pipes.
o Harsh chemicals, such as bleach or drain cleaners.
Preventative Plumbing Maintenance Saves Money
Preventative plumbing maintenance that you can do yourself, will definitely save you money.
Pay attention to your drains. Most plumbing repair calls are for clogged drains.
Grease builds up over time and causes clogs.
There are preventative measures you can take to counteract grease buildup.
There are several products available on the market that have been designed to reduce grease buildup. Experiment with these and find one that works well for you. Regular use, according to directions, can keep you one step ahead of a clogged drain indefinitely.
Pouring boiling, sudsy water down the drain periodically will reduce grease buildup.
In most cases, hair can be trapped in some sort of screen or drain cover. Talk to your local plumber next time and ask about ways to prevent the hair from getting in the drain. It’s much easier to gather hair off the screen periodically than it is to deal with a clogged pipe.
Another costly, but preventable, problem is frozen pipes.
Make sure outside pipes are well insulated.
Each fall, when the weather turns colder, disconnect and drain your garden hoses, turn-off the indoor cut-off valve located near the faucet, and open the outdoor faucet. If there is no cut-off valve, consider installing one. Any water left in pipes exposed to below-zero temperatures will freeze.
A Quick Tips on Faucets and Sinks
Faucets and sinks are some of the most used fixtures in our homes. We use them multiple times every day and, as a result, they are exposed to significant wear and tear. Follow these tips to slow the degradation process and get the most out of your sinks and faucets.
• Overflow holes are, as the name implies, a way to prevent water from overflowing if the sink is accidentally left on. However, if they are clogged, they cannot do their job effectively. Thus, make sure they are cleaned out periodically to prevent water damage.
• As much as 150 gallons of water a day can be wasted due to a leak! Know that not all leaks come from the faucet, but they can also be under the sink. Never ignore a leaking faucet and continually check the pipes underneath for small leaks or moisture.
• Faucet aerators conserve water and ensure an even flow. Annually remove and clean these screens to promote proper functioning.
outine of preventative plumbing maintenance will pay off in the long run.