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Frequently Asked Questions About Plumbing
What's the best way to unclog a bathtub or bathroom sink drain?
There isn't any specific solution to this challenge. But one thing to do is search for hair or soap pieces that may be clogging the bathtub drain. You may use a coat hanger with a small bend on the end to make a hook and put it down the drain. Move it around and then pull it up. You're fishing for hair and anything else that may show up. In the bathroom sink first take off the pop-up plug and then use the same method as above to clean it out.
How do I plunge a bathtub drain?
The bathtub drain can be hard to clean if you have a pop-up plug because as soon as you start plunging the lever riser may shift and close the plug making it impossible to plunge. However when you can move the plug and then plunge hard to attempt to get as much pressure as possible into the p-trap this may clear the drain. Plunging might not always work in this case you may want to make use of a plumbers snake.
How do I unclog my toilet?
Initially you need to turn off the water shut-off valve. Then you need a toilet plunger that is flexible and is not cracked on the rubber. Put the plunger covering the drain and push down with a lot of pressure so the water moves through the drain. By turning the water on periodically so that you can flush it you will notice if the drain is cleared. With any luck, the clogged drain will clean out after several tries at plunging.
How can I fix my drain pipes they empty slowly and are always clogging up?
The best way is to have a videotaped inspection of the entire underground drain system. This will show any blockages or pipe wear. The equipment utilizes a high-resolution camera with fiber optic cable. This sends images back to the camera operator who will be able to diagnose the trouble. A recording is made and saved on a CD. The technicians can use this to uncover the exact location of the cracked, broken or collapsed drains and see if they should repair or replace them.
How can I clean the white accumulation on my shower head?
The white accumulation on shower heads is a result of mineral deposits. You can put vinegar inside a plastic bag and then place it covering the shower head. Usually an overnight treatment such as this will remove almost all of the deposits. You can use an old toothbrush to remove any other build up that remain.
My toilet is re-filling every few minutes how can I remedy it?
This problem happens because the flush valve isn't seating correctly or the lift chain is tangled or the flapper isn't sealing correctly or you will find there's problem with the valve itself and water is headed back into the overflow area. If untangling the chain or adjusting the flapper really doesn't help then the unit should be replaced.
I want to raise the water pressure at my kitchen sink.
First take off the faucet aerator which is designed make the water to spray. Once removed wash it of the debris. If that doesn't work you may want to turn the faucet valve below the sink on more.