3 Common plumbing problems and how to fix them
Stressful small plumbing emergencies
Plumbing problems are often the most stressful. We can’t just ignore them, and in many cases, we can’t just fix them quickly and easily on our own. However, if you have a basic understanding of common problems (such as plumbing failures, clogged sewers, a clogged drain line, or leaking pipes), then you can communicate more effectively with your plumber about the problem and have a better understanding of the type of repairs needed.
Slow draining sink
This common problem occurs when we least expect it: We fill the sink, clean what needs cleaning, and the next thing we know we have a sink full of dirty water that doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere.
The reason this problem occurs more regularly than others is because we don’t really pay attention to what we put down the drain. There are a few common items that can end up in a drain depending on where the faucet is located.
A) If it’s the kitchen sink, it could be clogged with food, grease or other kitchen waste. This could mean that larger food items are stuck in the drain itself. It can also signal a grease buildup (if you are disposing of grease improperly).
B) A bathroom sink usually clogs (when used properly) due to hair in the drain or trap. The clog can be made worse if things like cotton swabs, jewelry or other objects also fall down the drain and catch the hair.
In both cases, there are a few common culprits. The first is usually the trap under the sink. The trap looks like a sort of hook or half-circle directly under the drain.
With kitchen sinks, both the trap and the garbage disposal collect debris. If you suspect your garbage disposal is clogging, try dropping ice cubes in it while it’s running to see if any clogs come loose.
If you can’t find a clog in the trap or your efforts here can’t stop a clogged drain, then call the plumber. Never try to repair or remove your garbage disposal or pour drain cleaners down the drain. These can damage the pipes and leave a toxic mess if the clog doesn’t break and someone has to stick their hand in the water.
This is similar to the clogged sink, only worse. A toilet can clog under the best of circumstances, but usually under the worst of circumstances. A clogged toilet is a much more difficult evil than a clogged sink because the entire drain is either in or under the toilet itself.
The options at home are limited here. The classic rubber plungers have been around for decades, and newer versions use different designs so you can push more air pressure down the toilet drain. With more air pressure, you’ll have a better chance of breaking up a clog that’s in the toilet itself.
Otherwise, you have a few options. Hardware stores usually sell toilet augers or snakes for home use, and depending on the clog, they may work. However, for deeper drainage problems, you’ll again want to call your local plumber, who can provide stronger tools for the job.
There is also the question of whether the entire drain line is clogged. Clogged drains show up with years of use or improper handling of the waste that enters the pipe. And since the toilet is often the largest fixture to enter the drain, this is usually (though not always) the problem spot. A pipe clog usually requires much more than a snake or worm: you need professional help.
You should only hear the sound of water filling immediately after flushing, and only for a few seconds. If your toilet continues to fill, or fills periodically, you run the risk of paying a high water bill at the end of the month.
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