Posts made in December, 2016

Four Ways to Identify Worn Out Pipes

Older homes tend to have problems with the plumbing systems hence the need to constantly keep an eye on the pipes and drains. If you do not pay close attention to any pipe problems that arise you might just get surprised to meet a costly damage.

Most homeowners tend to neglect places such as basements, crawlspaces, and utility rooms because they least expect any plumbing issues in these areas. Always check for the clues and signs below which may indicate the need for replacement or repair.

  • Tube Corrosion

One way to tell if your piping has substantial corrosion is when there are signs of flaking or dimpling. Furthermore, you may sense a high-acidic content in your water. These means the pipe tubing is corroded and needs to be replaced. Copper pipes tend to corrode when they are left idle for long periods of time.

  • Leaks

Never assume any leak however small it might look. A small leak can result in a big problem if not tackled on time. If you see mildew or mold accumulated on your bathroom wall this is a sure sign that there is a leak somewhere. You can only find molds in an environment that is moist. This environment can only be created by a leaking pipe. The presence of mildew in your shower might be as a result of a leak. However, if you see it anywhere else in your house it could mean there is some pipe problem.  These repairs can be costly for home owners and business owners alike.  Consider a business loan if you need to get things fixed immediately to keep your business open.

  • Stains

It has already been pointed out that you should always check for any signs of pipe problems. You may discover some stains underneath the sink. Stains at ceiling of a room lying below a bathroom (on the floor above) could indicate some pipe leak. Nearby walls can also give a clue in case the ceiling seems to be normal.

  • Discolored Water

As soon as you discover your sink tap is passing odd-colored water contact a plumber immediately. The discoloration could be as a result of rust within the pipe tubing. Of course this is a threat to your health and that of your family. Apart from changing the taste of water, rust also hardens the water and it becomes difficult to use with soap especially when washing clothes and dishes.

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How to Unclog a Drain.

If you’ve experienced a clogged drain you’ll agree to the fact that it is annoying. Probably water has been draining as usual then it begins draining more slowly before it suddenly becomes a pool. Let’s say you are headed for a shower in your bathroom and this is the case. The most important thing is to fix the situation in order to save yourself from the frustration and annoyance. Furthermore, if not fixed early enough it may result in a worse problem for your plumbing. Here are some ways that can be helpful when it comes to unclogging a drain.

What you shouldn’t do.

We both agree that it’s frustrating to have toile that isn’t flushing or take a shower in a puddle. At first, you might think there is nothing you can do about the situation. However, there are easy steps that you can take to solve the situation.

Plumbers do not recommend clog remover solutions since they can cause problems to the piping. Avoid using these solutions in toilet bowls because they can damage the porcelain and crack the bowl.  So if you have a bottle of this laying around in your garage, properly dispose of it.

  • Baking Soda and Vinegar

Vinegar and baking soda can naturally be used to unclog a drain. You should, therefore, make a point of having these two products as part of your cleaning toolbox in your home. You can also use them with small clogs. Pour some hot water at the drain followed by baking soda. After a minute or so pour a mixture of vinegar and hot water and allow it to settle for five minutes before rinsing using tap water. If this doesn’t work you better contact a professional.

  • Plungers

Invest in a plunger for shower or sink drains even if you have a plunger for the toilet. You can remove some clogs by applying a little bit of elbow grease. Remember that plungers are available in different shapes for specific use. A sink plunger can’t be used on a toilet.

  • Cleaning the Trap

External methods may fail to remove a sink clog. This is the time to find out where the problem is by cleaning all the parts that hold debris. Remove the drain trap using a pliers or wrench and reattach securely after the clog is gone.

Other ways that you can use to remove a clog include a drain snake or millipede and using the soda method. If none of these methods works call a pro.

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