The plumbing system within your home is just as important as any other system. Unfortunately, it’s the one system we seem to take for granted until it is need of repair. The average Etobicoke plumber gets more calls for repairs than for upgrades and routine maintenance. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it may not be good for your wallet. Drains are obviously important to the successful function of your sinks, showers, dishwashers, and even your washing machines. But what happens when they become damaged or clogged? Here are some tips for successfully repairing the damage.
Wash the Drains Clean
Clogged and slow drains can be particularly annoying. Fortunately, the average person can clear a blockage by pouring a solution down the drain. Some people recommend mixing boiling water with vinegar and baking soda but there’s really no reason to attempt mixing solutions on your own. Simply head to your local hardware store and pick up a bottle of drain cleaner and follow the directions on the bottle. If that doesn’t work, you may need to call your plumber.
Try a Plunger
Sometimes clogged drains occur because large foreign objects, like clumps of hair, food, or toilet paper, are stuck in the pipes. Drain cleaning solutions won’t necessarily fix this type of problem. In this case you’ll want to grab a standard plunger and attempt to dislodge the materials in the pipes. Put a little bit of water into the sink you are attempting to plunge. If you are plunging a sink with an overflow hole or a utility sink with a double drain, you’ll need to stuff a rag into the hole you are not plunging in order to get proper suction.
Sink Traps and Snakes
If the plunger doesn’t work you’ll need to consider using a snake, otherwise known as a cable auger, to check the trap and the pipes beneath the sink. This is where a plumbing project can quickly go from a simple DIY to a complicated mess. If you aren’t comfortable taking apart plumbing pipes, or if you simply don’t know how to use an auger correctly, you should seriously consider calling your Etobicoke plumber to help with the job.
Washing Machine Woes
Is your washing machine giving you a problem? A common washing machine issue occurs when the basin fills and moves around to wash the clothing but then does not drain properly, leaving you with a wad of soggy clothing you can’t put in the dryer. This isn’t always a drain problem and in this case you’ll want to make sure that the hoses leading away from your washer aren’t kinked. If that doesn’t work you’ll need to call a repairman to check the switches and water pump within the washer itself. You may simply have a problem with the sink into which your washer drains, in which case you can try the plunger or snake method.
Addressing Floor Drains
Floor drains aren’t as common anymore but they do still exist, especially in basements and garages where it may be necessary to carry water away from major home appliances. These drains are very likely to become clogged by soap scum, bacteria, and even excess laundry lint. You’ll need a plumber with a powerful electric auger to help clear this type of drain.
Don’t let your lack of plumbing knowledge lead you to attempt a project you’re not sure you can finish. There’s no shame in calling a skilled plumber to help repair your pipes and drains. Your Etobicoke plumber will be glad to help!
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