Helpful do-it-yourself tips for common household plumbing issues!
Here is how to turn off your water if it won’t shut off like normal. This could save you some money and limit potential water damage. After the water is shut off and if you can’t fix the problem yourself, give us a call!
Do you have a clean out and do you know where it’s located? There is a wide range of issues that could be causing this. Anything from too much toilet paper to roots in you mainline. Or in the kitchen, it could be too much food down the garbage disposal or grease build up. If the backup is a bathroom sink, it could be algae build up in the ac line.
We get a lot of calls about garbage disposals, so we thought we’d give a few tips. Garbage disposals are super convenient but need to be used properly or you’ll end up running into issues. They are mostly for a few scraps that are left on a plate after you scrape the majority into your trash or compost.
Do you ever notice a smell and think, “Ew! What could that be?!” We’re here to tell ya. It could possibly be sewer gas coming into your house from your pipes or it could be an anode rod on the water heater.
Be careful when you are watering plants or leaving your hose out. You wouldn’t want to break the hose bib off of the house.
Has the pilot light on your water heater ever gone out? You can light it yourself! Here’s Lloyd explaining how to re-light the pilot light.
Have you ever lost jewelry down the drain?! Lloyd is here to show you how you can retrieve it from the p-trap. If it has made its way past the p-trap, give us a call.
Is your tub or sink draining slow? Here is an inexpensive and quick fix that will hopefully work for you. Beware, it’s kind of nasty! But hopefully it will make your drain work better. If you are still having issues we can run the machine down there and get everything that is further in the line.
We’ve all been there... we want everything in the toilet to go down the drain, we flush and then the water starts to rise! If the water is overflowing or approaching the rim, you can use the shut of valves to turn off the water to the toilet. Lloyd will walk you through using a plunger and an auger.
We are always looking for a convenient way to keep our toilets clean. Some common toilet bowl cleaners can cause a backup or not allow the flapper to fully seal. If you choose to use these, just be careful. Make sure the clips don’t get knocked into the bowl and make sure sediment isn’t building up in the tank.
PVC is great for more than just plumbing. We are attempting to make a spider candy shoot, so that we can pass out candy while still keeping some distance. A few other things we’ve made with PVC are a gate to keep the dogs out of the kitty litter and marshmallow shooters and a hands free hand sanitizer pump.
Daylight savings is a good reminder to check some important things around your home. Plumbing issues can be fixed before it becomes a huge problem if you know what to be looking for. Take a look at your faucets and water heater and check for any drips or build up. This is a good indicator that you might have some issues soon.