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.

How To Detect A Leaking Pipe

How To Detect A Leaking Pipe

The Easy Part

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.

How To Tell If Your Pipes Are Frozen: 4 Telltale Signs To Look For

How To Tell If Your Pipes Are Frozen: 4 Telltale Signs To Look For

How are your pipes faring this winter?

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.

3 Warning Signs That It’s Time to Call a Plumber

3 Warning Signs That It’s Time to Call a Plumber

Are you a homeowner concerned you may have a plumbing problem? A plumbing issue can catch a homeowner off guard because it comes without a warning sign. This can create a lot of stress on a homeowner as they try to troubleshoot it on their own.  While a clogged toilet may be something you can fix on your own, other issues require the assistance of a trained professional plumber.

Read on to learn 3 warning signs that it’s time to call a plumber!

1. Low Water Pressure

You may need a plumber if you have low water pressure coming from your shower head or faucet. That’s because lower water pressure can be a sign that you have a blockage in your line. However, it could mean something far worse. That includes things like potential erosion in your pipe or a leak. Erosion is often more prevalent in older pipes because of the build-up of sediment and other minerals that are found in your water supply. Leaks can be the result of a cracked pipe or one that is damaged by a tree root, among other causes. An experienced plumber will have the knowledge and tools to test the pipes and determine the cause of your low water pressure.

2. Slow Drainage

Have you noticed that your shower or sink is draining a lot slower than usual? If so, you may need the services of a professional plumber. A sink or shower that is draining slowly can be a sign of a blockage in your line. This can be something as simple as an accumulation of hair in the drain of a shower. But it could be something more significant blocking your pipes. A plumber can put a “snake” tool through your pipelines in order to find the blockage and remove it.

3. Smelly Odors

Smelly odors in your bathroom or other areas of your home can be a tell-tale sign of a major plumbing problem. For example, you may smell something similar to rotten eggs. If you smell this while you are running your water, it can be a sign that there is a broken pipe under the foundation of your house. If you ignore this issue for too long, this can cause significant damage underneath your home. It can also create a potentially dangerous health hazard to people living inside and around your home.

Wrapping Up: Is It Time To Call A Plumber?

Plumbing issues can be a major cause of concern for homeowners. That’s because it can be hard for the layperson to identify the cause of the problem and how to fix it. At Order a Plumber, Inc., we are an experienced plumbing company located in New York. Our plumbers are available for installations, emergency repairs and more. We also offer a 12-month warranty on the labor and materials we supply at your home or office.

Is it time for you to call a plumber out to your home?

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help solve your plumbing problems!

Outdoor Water Pipe Insulation & Other Ways to Prepare for Winter

Outdoor Water Pipe Insulation & Other Ways to Prepare for Winter

If you’re a homeowner or a landlord, you’re likely no stranger to broken pipes caused by ice in the winter. Nothing is worse than having to deal with a water leak from frozen pipes in the dead of winter after a stressful, snowy drive home. The solution? Set up your winter plumbing solutions ahead of time. Don’t let an unexpected and disastrous leak ruin your home and furniture. Want to know how to stop pipes freezing? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about preparing pipes for a long and cold winter, including proper outdoor water pipe insulation.

1. Drain Your Pipes

This step depends on your winter plans. If you need to winterize a home before you head south for the winter, draining your pipes is essential. If you’re staying in the home you’re prepping for winter, this won’t apply to you since you use your water every day. For those prepping a home to stay empty for the winter, draining your pipes will almost always prevent burst pipes. If there’s no water to freeze inside the pipes, then there’s no way for the pipe to burst. First, turn off all external faucet valves. Disconnect the hoses from all external faucets. Then, turn on your external faucets to run the remaining water out. Don’t skip the last step just because you turned the water off! Any remaining water in the pipes can cause a pipe to burst!

2. Repair Your Leaks

Have you been putting off getting a pipe leak repaired? Relying heavily on duct tape? Maybe you have pipe leaks you’re not even aware of. Now’s the time to take care of those pesky leaks. They can cause and exacerbate leaks in the winter, which can lead to flooding and costly repairs. Your best bet is to hire a professional here. Plumbers are trained to find even the smallest leaks that you might overlook. You’ll thank yourself when winter is in full swing and you’re sleeping soundly with fully functioning pipes!

3. Indoor and Outdoor Water Pipe Insulation

Every home needs outdoor water pipe insulation in the winter, whether you’re occupying the winter home or not. There are a couple of different materials you can use to do this. First, you can use heat tape. This is an easy, simple solution for most homeowners. You simply wrap the tape around the pipes, and voila. Second, you can use foam tubing. Make sure to purchase the foam tubing with a slit already cut in the side. Pop it on your pipes and you’re good to go!

Prepping Your Property for Winter

Flooding due to burst pipes can lead to terrible home damage, ruined furniture, and a big ol’ headache. You can avoid it with a few simple preparations. Don’t put it off and assume it won’t happen to you! Need help with your outdoor water pipe insulation, pipe repairs, and any other winterization of your home’s plumbing? Get in touch! We specialize in all of the above, and would love to help you start the season with peace of mind!