How to Unclog a Shower Drain

How to Unclog a Shower Drain

Use a Plunger
Plungers weren’t made just for toilets, they work well to unclog drains in your bathtub and shower as well. Remove the drain cover, place the plunger right over the drain and let the water run until the top of the plunger is submerged. Then pump it several times to see if that relieves the clog.

Use Boiling Water
If you’re not comfortable using chemicals to clear your drain, there are other options you can try.  Carefully pour boiling water down the drain to see if that assists in breaking up the clog. If that doesn’t work, try mixing 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup vinegar to clear up the clog.

Use Liquid Drain Cleaner
There are many available drain cleaners on the market that can help you remove a clog. Don’t be afraid to ask a professional for a recommendation on which may be the best for you.

Use a Snake
With the drain cover removed feed the snake slowly into your drain until you feel some resistance, then wind the snake to break up the debris. Once the snake clears the clog the debris should flow down the drain.

Call Order a Plumber 
If none of the methods prove successful, give Order a Plumber a call at (844) 458-8673. We have both the tools and expertise to find the cause and clear the drain.

Garden Hose Repair

Garden Hose Repair

The gardening season is upon us and homeowners everywhere are tending to flower beds, vegetable gardens and of course lawns. In today’s environment with an emphasis on water conservation, last thing you want is water leaking from a broken hose. If you have leaks in an existing hose, it’s better for the planet to repair before you replace.

Hose Repair 101

Hoses leak for all kinds of reasons. They could freeze and expand too far if left out over the winter, or decay if left in the hot sun for an extended period of time.  Fortunately, no matter why the hose gets broken, it’s a simple process to repair it. All you need is a hose repair kit and a few simple tools.

First identify where the hose is leaking and mark it with a sharpie. Then, turn off the hose and drain it by lifting it in the air from one end to the other, allowing all the water in the hose to escape. Then cut off the piece of hose where it was leaking, making sure your cuts are clean and perfectly straight.

Then slide the replacement end part from your hose repair kit into the end of the hose and make sure it’s snug and inserted in as far as it will go. The next step is to screw on the clamps from the repair kit, and then you’re ready to go. Make sure you give it a test make the repair is all set. If the seal is not holding, you may need to push the ends further into the hose or tighten the screws.

Also if your hose is leaking or spraying at the outdoor spigot, this means the rubber gasket inside has failed and is simply be replaced by purchasing a new gasket found at your local hardware store. It’s also a good idea to replace these gaskets on an annual basis to prevent leaking.

Remember to Call Order a Plumber

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Toilet Not Flushing Properly? 3 Signs It’s Time to Call a Plumber.

Toilet Not Flushing Properly? 3 Signs It’s Time to Call a Plumber.

It’s a feeling everyone has experienced: You try to flush the toilet and nothing happens.

The key to surviving these moments is to know how to handle toilet issues without needing to call a plumber. After all, fixing a toilet isn’t rocket science.

This article takes a look at a few tips you should keep in mind the next time you encounter a toilet not flushing properly. Keep reading to discover some common toilet issues and how to fix them.

1. The Toilet is Clogged

Let’s start with the most common toilet problem people face. A toilet clog can happen for a number of reasons.

Perhaps someone used too much toilet paper or perhaps an object was dropped into the water and got flushed, but the obstruction was too large to go down. Now when you flush, the water level begins to rise and could overflow onto the floor.

The simplest fix for a clog is a plunger. Let the water level recede enough so that the agitation won’t cause it to splash over, and then use a flange plunger to plunge the clog for about 15 seconds.

Repeat a few times if necessary. Hopefully your effort will free the clog and the water will drain on its own. If it doesn’t, fill a bowl with hot water and pour it into the toilet. This should help to loosen the clog. But if the clog still doesn’t drain, use a snake to clear the blockage.

2. There’s a Problem with the Chain or the Flapper

If you try to flush but notice there’s no pressure on the chain, there could be a problem inside the tank.

Remove the lid and you should see a plastic flapper that covers a hole in the bottom of the tank. A chain connects the handle on the outside of the tank to the flapper, and the flapper lifts to let water flow when you flush.

When you push the handle but the toilet doesn’t flush, remove the lid to see if the chain has disconnected from either the handle of the flapper. If so, it’s an easy fix to simply reattach the chain.

It’s also possible that the flapper has become stuck in the open position, causing the tank to not refill with water.

If either the chain or flapper has broken, the kit will need to be replaced.

3. The Tank Doesn’t Have Enough Water

A weak flush could mean the tank doesn’t have enough water.

Remove the lid. Most manufacturers mark the inside of the tank with a fill line to specify the recommended water level.

If you discover that the water level is beneath this fill line, this is another easy fix. Most toilet tanks feature a small float connected to the fill valve. When the water level reaches this float, the valve will shut off the water automatically.

To adjust the height of the float, manually bend the float arm as much as needed. The water should now rise to the new fill level.

Troubleshooting a Toilet Not Flushing Properly

Nothing’s more frustrating than a toilet not flushing properly. It often happens at the most inconvenient times and needs to be fixed before it causes a mess.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution most of the time. The tips in this article should help make troubleshooting your toilet a breeze!

Click here to learn how to detect a leaking pipe in your home.

Why Is Your Bathroom Sink Clogged?

Why Is Your Bathroom Sink Clogged?

While you probably clean your bathroom regularly, most people don’t pay attention the sink drain. It can be a mystery when it clogs.

After all, water is the only thing going through those pipes, right? Not always.

Continue reading to find out the reason for your clogged bathroom sink.

Trapped in the P-Trap

If you look under your sink at the drain pipe, you’ll see the part that sharply bends, or the p-trap. It stops the smell from the sewer stinking up your bathroom and supplies suction to take away incoming water.

Dropping large enough objects into the bathroom sink drain could end up stuck in the p-trap. Such things include soap chunks, rings, and more unusually, legos and cat litter. Over time, these objects build up and the clog will get worse.

Tangles of Hair

A more common reason for your sink clogging is wet hair getting clumped and tangled in the drain pipe. The water flow from the faucet doesn’t help. It actually makes the hair stick together more.

As more hair is sent down, which you may not even notice, it catches onto the hair that’s already there. Aside from hair, other objects can latch on.

You don’t need to have long hair for this to happen. Any type or length of hair will clog your sink once there’s enough accumulated.

Make sure you pick up any hair you spot in the sink with a tissue to avoid a clog.

Soap Scum

Soap scum, or lime soap, results from a chemical reaction between soap and water. Soap reacts with calcium and magnesium ions in water to form the solid substance. It’s sticky and film-like, and it can easily produce mold and mildew because of bacteria.

Soap scum is particularly difficult to remove from a sink drain. Anything else that travels down the sink will probably grab onto the scum.

Worst Case Scenario

A reason for your bathroom sink draining slow could be that there’s something physically wrong with the drain pipe. It could be old, rusted, unfastened somewhere, or dented.

Intense soap scum will lead to pipe corrosion and a layer of rust will build, diminishing water flow. A clog cause by a disconnected pipe means that the pipe has dropped down and blocked the adjacent pipe. A dented pipe will negatively affect water flow and, if it’s serious enough, could stop it entirely.

If you have an old home, you might want to think about replacing your pipes.

Preventing a Clogged Bathroom Sink

There are measures you can take to prevent a clogged bathroom sink. As said before, remove any hair from the sink with a tissue. Don’t let any animals in the sink because fur can also cause a clog.

Try to keep small objects at a distance so there’s no chance of them falling down the drain. Soap scum can be avoided by making sure excessive amounts of soap aren’t going into the sink. For example, if you use a lot of soap to wash your hands, perhaps use less.

Unfortunately, you can’t get around having damaged pipes forever, but preventing the aforementioned problems will make your pipes last longer.

Make sure to check out our plumbing services. Feel free to contact us with any questions by email or call at 844-458-8673.

Think Sump Pump and Keep Your Basement Dry

Think Sump Pump and Keep Your Basement Dry

You’ve heard the saying April showers bring May flowers, well you might also have heard your neighbors proudly talk about their sump pump, especially after a heavy rain in the spring season. They are the ones saying how their sump pump kept their basement dry while other basements in the neighborhood were flooded with water. These homes are easy to pick out, they’re the ones with ruined belongings placed curbside for garbage collection.

Sump pumps are installed underneath the floor of basements and crawl spaces to collect and pump out groundwater before it threatens your home. With heavy rains, groundwater easily swells up through the cracks in basements or crawl spaces. The most vulnerable are homes built prior to 1980 and those located within flood zones.

Has your basement or crawl space ever experienced wetness or moisture or even mold? According to the Society of Home Inspectors, more than half of the homes in America experience this problem.

Homeowners with a basement or crawl space shouldn’t just know what a sump pump is, they should have one installed! Maybe you should consider having your own sump pump to protect your home and belongings against water damage.

At Order A Plumber we’re experts in both the installation and repair of sump pumps in all makes and models. Call us (844) 458-8673 to get a Free estimate.