You don’t usually think much about your plumbing in Waite-until something goes wrong. If you are having a problem or are considering replacing some of your pipes or perhaps your water heater, it’s not a bad idea to check into what technology has to offer these days.
Even things as seemingly dull as your kitchen sink or bathroom pipes are the subjects of research on a regular basis. Companies want to stay ahead of the curve, so they create new technologies all the time.
Basic Safety For Home Plumbing Projects
When your heating, air conditioning and plumbing are functioning properly, life can already be stressful enough. When any of these systems break down, so do your living conditions. Here are some of the common types of problems you might encounter throughout the year with your HVAC and plumbing systems and with appropriately qualified and experienced technicians, these can be easily fixed too.
Recurring Plumbing Problems/Repairs
Sounds silly, but one common problem we hear from our customers is noisy flushing toilets. You wouldn't think the potty would be a source of irritation or concern in a home or business - but it is. Abnormal sounds after flushing however are easily fixed. Typically we find out diagnosis is a damaged fill valve.
Another common plumbing repair through our business is running toilets. This means continuous water running even when the toilet is not in use and this causes massive water wastage. Our repair? We fix the defective flapper.
Another popular repair for us is the outdoor unit seems noisy. While heat pumps are meant to be noisy, typically there's always a trigger for strange or overly loud noises. This could be anything from the fan blade hitting something, to bad compressor valves or bad motors.
Even as HVAC and plumbing technology is improving and evolving, these systems will continue to require regular and/or emergency maintenance and repair from certified technicians.
Broken Flush: What You Can Do
Just because a drain in your home gets blocked, that doesn't necessarily mean that you are at the mercy of a plumber, in fact there are a number of things you can try on your own that may help loosen and do away with the blockage before you have to consider hiring a professional for assistance.
Some of the most basic home remedies will often do the trick provided that the blockage isn't too far down the drain to be reached or if the blockage is so severe that it can't properly be cleaned at all. For many of the home remedies it won't even be necessary to leave our home - things like pouring very hot water into the drain in an effort to loosen a clog, or pouring a combination of vinegar and baking soda down the drain to "eat away" at the clog are very simple remedies that will often work on very simple clogs and blockages.
Even if you have to go to the next level and remove the trap under the sink for hand cleaning, you may have the necessary hand tools to perform this small job at home as well. Newer sink traps can often be removed with an adjustable wrench and the cleaning will require no special equipment or skills to perform, it could simply be a matter of reaching in and removing the blockage. This may not sound like the most glamorous job, but common blockages are normally just comprised of hair,(in bathrooms) or grease and food particles - a quick and easy clean out without incurring the expense of a plumber's visit.
A plumber will have access to a whole lot more, not to mention a whole lot better, equipment - plus years of training and experience to get the knowledge required to handle things that you aren't capable of. If you have even the slightest notion that you are in over your head, call in a professional before you make an even bigger mess of the situation.
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