26
Jan

Clogged ?

Ahhh, the frustration of a clog.  They typically happen at the most inopportune time, like when you have company.  Extra people in the house inevitably cause extra stress on your plumbing system.  Not all clogs require a call to your plumber, though.  Following are some tips you can try before calling in the professionals:

  • Clogged Bathroom Sink or Tub Drain-
    • Remove the drain cover by unscrewing it. Using your fingers or needle nose pliers remove as much debris as you can, typically you’ll find a combination of hair, soap residue, and some unrecognizable gunk.
    • If that tactic does not seem to get your sink flowing again, then you can try using an inexpensive plastic contraption called a “Zip-It” tool. It is a long, flexible plastic “stick” that has barbs on it to catch hair and debris when you pull it out of the drain.
    • The next option for unstopping a clogged bathroom sink or tub drain is to use a plunger with a flat base to get things flowing again.
    • For your sink drain, if those methods don’t work, then you can remove the “U” shaped pipe, called a “P-trap”, from underneath the sink and attempt to clear the clog. Be sure to put a bucket or bowl underneath the “U” before you take it apart to catch any residual water.
    • If none of the previous suggestions clears your clog, it may be further down the line. You can try buying or renting an auger or “snake” to clear the line. Properly running a “snake” does take some skill, so, unless you are familiar with the process, we suggest that you give us a call so that we can get one of our professionals out to get your drain flowing again.
  • Clogged Toilet-
    • The best option for a clogged toilet is the handy-dandy plunger. A plunger with a round base will work best on a toilet. Unless you have a little one flushing toys down the toilet, the plunger will most likely remedy your toilet clog.
    • A “snake” is the next option for unclogging a toilet. Again, running the “snake” does take some skill and there is the possibility of breaking your toilet if it is not done properly.
  • Kitchen Sink-
    • Inspect the drain to make sure that there is no visible debris, if so, manually remove it.
    • Next, try using a plunger with a flat base to get things flowing again. Be sure to plug off the adjoining sink when you plunge because the pipes underneath join together.
    • If those methods don’t work, then you can remove the “U” shaped pipe, called a “P-trap”, from underneath the sink and attempt to clear the clog. Be sure to put a bucket or bowl underneath the “U” before you take it apart to catch any residual water.

Water draining

If you have more than one drain that is draining slowly, it is most likely a clog in or problem with your main sewer line, and you should call Able Plumbing, Inc. at 281-532-2253.  We, as most professional plumbers, strongly discourage the use of drain cleaning products!  They are not only dangerous for the environment, but they can cause costly damage to your plumbing.

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16
Jan

Dripping Faucet

Bored

Tired of living with a drip?

Drip…drip…drip…all night long.  It is annoying, costly, and wasteful!  There are several things that could be causing your faucet’s incessant drip:

 

 

  • Damaged Parts are the most common cause of a dripping faucet. There are a lot of tiny parts in faucets and some of the parts can wear out over time. The dripping could be caused by a worn out washer, O ring, inlet seal or outlet seal. If you are a handy person then there is a good chance that you can take the faucet apart, replace the worn out parts, and cure the problem for a minimal cost, but we suggest that you pay very careful attention to how the parts are assembled to ensure a successful repair.

Plumbing parts

  • A Worn Out Cartridge is another common culprit. Most single handle faucets have a cartridge in them that is necessary for the faucet to work properly. If your single handle faucet is dripping then the cartridge might need to be replaced. Replacing the cartridge is relatively easy as long as you have a replacement cartridge that is the correct size. The best way to ensure that you install the correct cartridge for your faucet is to order a new one from the maker of the faucet.

Wrench & Cartridge

  • Water Pressure will sometimes cause your faucet to drip. If your faucet drips intermittently then high water pressure could be to blame. Reducing the force of your water pressure slightly should remedy the problem.

Sink Leak

  • Broken Plumbing is not a common reason for your faucet to drip, but it does happen from time to time. Pipes and fittings can crack and leak underneath the sink, which will affect water pressure and cause the faucet that is connected to drip occasionally. If you have tried the previously mentioned solutions to no avail and suspect that you have a broken pipe or fitting then we strongly advise that you call Able Plumbing, Inc. and let us check out your water plumbing system.

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Adapted from: doityourself.com

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