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.
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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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, 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.
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.
Finding that you may have a leak is relatively easy. The place to start would be if you receive a much higher water bill. If your water habits haven’t changed and your water bill increases, it’s time to do some detective work.
Carefully inspect your property and home, looking for dampness and possibly water damage. Your nose can help, since leaks often produce mold and mildew.
If you can’t find the leak, there is a simple test. Turn off all the appliances in your home that use water, then write down your current meter reading and for the next few hours, don’t use any water. Check the water meter after that time and if it has changed, you likely have a water leak.
Pipe Leak Detection
If you believe you have a plumbing leak and cannot find the source, it’s time to contact
Order a Plumber. We can identify parts of your plumbing system that you may not be aware of. Plus, we can inspect every inch of pipe in your system, with the use of camera detection equipment.
Also, if you want to be proactive about leaks in your plumbing system, you can install water sensors. These devices are installed in areas where hidden leaks occur, and sophisticated models can even turn off your water supply when excess moisture is detected. Water sensors can be expensive, so if you don’t want to justify the expense, at the very least make a practice of looking for signs of water damage throughout your home on a regular basis.
Call Order a Plumber
Give us a call at 844-458-8673. We have the tools and expertise to find detect and fix your leaking pipes.
Is your plumbing well-insulated, or are you one oversight away from imminent disaster?
A burst pipe in your house can cause around 18 thousand dollars worth of damage. This includes the destruction of your belongings and the need to repair your plumbing. You can avoid having to pay up if you’re on top of water maintenance this winter, though.
Here’s how to tell if your pipes are frozen and on the verge of bursting.
1. Your Pipes Make Noise
Listen up. Can you hear your water pipes? If so, chances are you’re in the midst of a plumbing emergency. Pipes should only make noise if they’re attached to a certain musical instrument commonly played in Scotland. Likewise, your plumbing should only make a slight noise when water leaves a drain. If your pipes emit banging or gurgling noises, it’s time to call a plumber. When pipes make noise, their walls are expanding under pressure. It’s just a matter of time before they burst.
2. No Running Water
Did you know pipes freeze most frequently when homeowners are away during the winter? If you aren’t home to run the water, it’s at a greater risk of freezing. When you’re away, you aren’t aware of when temperatures hit below the freezing point. If you’re going away for the holidays this year, prepare your pipes for the winter. Make sure that your pipes are properly insulated, especially those that are exposed. Ask a friend to visit your home and run some water every few days. This regulates the pipes’ temperature. When you turn a faucet on and water is at a trickle or a stand-still, you have a frozen pipe. If the blockage is near the faucet, you can try to clear it yourself. However, if the problem lies deeper in the pipes, it’s a job for a professional.
3. Frost and Condensation on the Pipes
Keep visual tabs on your pipes. Can you spot any condensation or frost? If so, the pipes are either frozen or getting there. As soon as temperatures outside hit below the freezing point, you should monitor your pipes on a daily basis. This is especially necessary if you live in a region prone to warm weather. For instance, homes down south are built to withstand a warm climate, therefore their pipes are exposed and thinly insulated. Those are the pipes that are most likely to burst.
4. How to Tell If Your Pipes Are Frozen for Sure: Bulging Pipes
If there’s one sure sign that your plumbing is in trouble, it’s bulging pipes. All of your water pipes should be straight, with no visible bulging. All swollen pipes are frozen and at the point of bursting. If one of your pipes looks thicker than it should, you have an emergency on your hands. Did you ever forget a water bottle in the freezer? You probably found it a day later, only to discover that the water bottle cracked and deformed around the block of ice. That’s precisely what happens to your pipes just before they burst. When water freezes, it expands, causing the pipe to expand from inside as well. Once the water becomes a block of ice, the pipe can only burst at the seams.
Are You Facing a Plumbing Emergency?
Now that you know how to tell if your pipes are frozen, it’s time to troubleshoot the problem. Sometimes, you can fix the blocked pipes yourself. More often than not, though, you need professional help to contain the water damage and repair your plumbing. Contact us to find out how we can fix your latest plumbing crisis.