Even though you may need to call a plumber to repair your clogged sink, there are some techniques that may enable you to fix it yourself without causing any additional problems. Kitchen sinks tend to get clogged with food that is put down the drain on the side that has no garbage disposal. Bathroom sinks get clogged with hair most often. You must never use any of the drain cleaners that are sold in stores because they are corrosive to your pipes and may be harmful to your skin and overall health.
Using a plunger may be your first attempt at unclogging the drain. Make sure to remove the stopper or strainer first, and then place the plunger over the open hole. You can create more of a vacuum by covering the rim of the plunger with some water. Pump the handle up and down no more than ten times. When you release the plunger the blockage may release. If not, it is time to call the plumbers at our Plumbing Company to unclog your clogged drain.
A water leak or high humidity can lead to mold, mildew, or other biological growth. Depending on the severity, conditions can lead to rot, structural damage, premature paint failure, and a variety of health problems. Water can seep into your house from the outside through a leak in your roof, foundation, or small gaps around windows or doors. Water can also come from inside your house from a leaking water pipe, toilet, shower, or bathtub. High indoor humidity caused by normal activities of everyday living such as showering, cooking, and drying clothes, can also be a source of mold, mildew, or musty odors. Indoor humidity levels between 30% and 50% are ideal. You will want to contact us if you have any questions about this.
Where does the problem occur? Attic? Basement? Below a bathroom? Ceiling? Where the problem occurs can lead to what is causing the problem. If the problem is localized (a spot on the ceiling, wall, or corner) it is possibly caused by a water leak. If the problem is in a large area like a whole wall, room, or basement then it might be caused by high humidity.
Stop water leaks immediately to minimize damage.
Root intrusion causes at least half of the sewer blockages and fast-growing species of trees are often to blame. The intrusion of roots into waste pipes can be a challenge. With older sewer systems, you are much more likely to suffer damage from root intrusion. The growth of root mass inside sewer lines will block the discharge of wastewater, resulting in a backup into your home or building. Our Plumbing Company is available to serve you when this happens at your property.
The damage caused by the backup can be costly to repair and troublesome to deal with. Root growth can also cause deterioration of the pipes and pipe joints, as well as underground pipe structures and pipe connections to the main sewer line. It is best to have an effective root control program in place.
Root growth is determined first by gravity and secondly by water. The root hairs, which are fine, hair-like projections found on the surface of the roots, will find their way into drain lines and sewer pipes. They enter through small cracks or openings in the pipe or pipe joint. Once inside they will continue to grow, finally forming a root mass. Trees and shrubs seek out water to grow, and pipes provide the perfect environment. Roots are even drawn to unbroken pipes because of condensation.
When your water pressure drops and the tap water appears discolored and rusty, it is probably time to think about copper repiping. Galvanized pipes begin to deteriorate after time and most people prefer to replace these galvanized pipes with copper pipes, a process referred to as copper repiping.
Rust builds up inside of the pipes, restricting the flow of water and causing the added build-up of gunk and slime throughout your plumbing system. Clogged pipes reduce the volume of water that can get through to the fixtures. Copper pipes last for decades and give you the water flow needed in your home or other building.
Your water pressure may have dropped unexpectedly. Washing machines take longer to fill up and your shower may be down to almost a trickle. This means that it is time to call us to discuss repiping your home’s pipes. We will explain the process to you in terms that relate to your specific home or commercial property. Call our plumbers today and get your pipes repiped with copper.