Plumbing problems are some of the most common issues faced by homeowners. Plumbing affects many parts of the house. As the homeowner, there are things you can do to keep your plumbing system running smoothly as well as apply to plumb “first aid” until the problem can be evaluated by a plumbing professional. Here are some helpful Kamloops plumbing tips that you can use in your home.
Clogged drains are a very common occurrence. To keep your drains clear in your kitchen sink, never dispose of cooking grease down the drain. Prevent shower drains from clogging by placing a drain guard over the drain to catch hair. If you notice the water is draining at a slower than normal rate, see if you can fish out the hair or debris from the drain with a snake or a wire with a hook at the end. Material that is stuck not too far down the drain can be fished out with a little patience. However, if the clog is deeper down in the drain line, you will need to contact a plumber for assistance. Visit stillwaterplumbing.ca for consultation.
If a toilet is clogged, use a plunger to try to clear the clog. Another method is to quickly pour a bucket of hot water down the toilet. The water pressure might be able to force the clogged material through the drainage. If a small object fell into the toilet, you can use a wet-dry vacuum to suck out the small object. If these methods do not work, call the professionals.
If a shower head is clogged with mineral deposits from the water, you can remove the shower head and soak it in vinegar to loose up the mineral deposits. If the shower head is in poor shape, you can easily replace it with a new one.
Pipe leaks are too serious to be fixed effectively by a homeowner. They need to be addressed right away by a plumbing professional. However, while you wait for a plumber to arrive, there are things you can do to stop the water from leaking temporarily. You can wrap a piece of rubber around the leaky pipe and clamp it in place. You can also wrap layers of plumber’s tape around the leak. This will only stop the leak for a short period of time. If the leak is not fixed by a plumber, it will get worse and cause more damage.
Learn where the water valves are. If there is a pipe leak that you cannot temporarily patch up while you wait for the plumber, you can shut off the water at the appropriate valve. This can tie you over until the plumber arrives.
These helpful Kamloops plumbing tips can help with addressing some of the most common minor plumbing issues. However, if the plumbing problem gets worse, you should contact Stillwater plumbing to evaluate the problem. Sometimes the minor problem is only a symptom of a bigger underlying issue. Our licensed plumbing professional can diagnose the problem and make the necessary repairs.…