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If you’re looking to fix clogged drains, our solution* may be for you. Heavily clogged drains can’t be fixed without the use of liquid plumbing products by using some household cooking elements. Pro-Tip- try pouring a half-cup of baking soda down the clogged drain followed by a half-cup of vinegar. It’s all right if you see foam start to come back up the drain. It simply means the solution is working as it should. Let the clogged drain and solution sit for roughly 4 hours. With a lot of luck, your water might be flowing freely again.
HOW TO CHECK GAS EASILY FOR LEAKS
Remember, plumbing is not just water, it is also gas piping as well! Gas leaks can be very dangerous and potentially a very deadly problem. This method* can help you test any leaking gas piping. First, mix a medium-sized solution of equal parts of dish washing liquid with water. Turn on the gas immediately and apply the solution you made to all of the parts of your gas piping system with a small brush of any type. If you see bubbles forming anywhere on the gas piping, you definitely have a leak. Remember to turn off the gas before making any repairs.a connection you can try tightening the fitting, but do so carefully! Leaking gas piping can be a serious problem and you need to have the pipe or hose replaced immediately.
We all know someone who has lost an earring or contact lens down the bathroom sink drain. This problem is often easily fixed* using an ice cream bucket and a wrench. Simply locate the pea-trap below your sink, placing the bucket underneath it to catch any water that may spill out. Next loosen the two end nuts you see holding the pea-trap in place and remove the trap. Your lost item should be in the trap. If it’s not, check your ice cream bucket. When putting everything back together, make sure that you don’t have a leaking PVC pea trap connection. Not only can it make a mess but if the water level is low enough it can allow sewer gases back into the house. For this reason it’s a good idea to run water down the drain before you clean everything up.
Don’t let the drip of a leaking faucet keep you awake at night. Tie a string around your faucet so the water runs down the string silently rather than falling straight into the basin. Although it’s only a temporary solution to the sound, it should help you get a few more hours of shuteye before your big work presentation. For more information on faucet repair, visit our faucet repair page.
WATER HEATER MAINTENANCE
Keeping sediment from accumulating in your water heater is a good way of ensuring proper function from the device. Simply opening the drain valve* located at the bottom of your water heater and allowing the water to drain until it’s clear (approximately five gallons) can greatly increase the life of your water heater. Performing this easy task twice a year can lead to a more efficient, longer lasting water heater. A water heater leak in the bottom or a leaking drain on the hot water heater can both be worsened by not performing this simple task.
HOW TO DETERMINE A PLUMBING LEAK
Your eyes and ears are the best things you can use to detect a water leak somewhere in your house’s plumbing system. Listening for the source of drips is always a good way to start, however, most people notice the visual evidence first. If you see a stain on your ceiling or wall, there’s a good chance you’ve already discovered and located a leak. Most leaks are found directly above the location of the stain. If left unattended, these leaks can jeopardize the structural integrity of your wall or ceiling.
There are some cases when the stain is not indicative of the leak location. For instance, the water from the leak may be running down a pipe or beam before it settles into a spot to create a stain.