Tips on How to Unblock Drains and Fix Other Plumbing Problems
There are a few typical plumbing problems that you may be able to easily take care of yourself. If you’d like to try fixing blocked drains or plumbing leaks on your own, here are a few tips to get you started. If you are unable to clear the blockage yourself, call the Best Plumbers Perth at (08) 6311 4067 for help, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Fixing Blocked Drains: Leaks and Clogs
Fixing blocked drains can be really irritating. When food, hair or other particles begin to build up in your pipes, a blockage can easily occur. Your first step should be to fill your sink with some water and attempt to plunge the blockage out. For double kitchen sinks, unclog drains one by one with a towel to create pressure and begin plunging the blocked drain. This method should also be applied to bath drains, blocking the overflow hole with a rag to increase pressure when plunging. Another way to clear up drains is to purchase a chemical for clearing out blockage and allow your sink to function normally. This method does not always work, however. The severity of the blockage and rather or not the blockage is comprised of organic material will determine the effectiveness of some of these chemicals. After having the blockage removed, you may be interested in having a drain cleaning performed as well.
A clogged drain in one part of the house may cause or be related to a plumbing leak in another room. Any plumbing leak in your pipes should be confronted as soon as possible. Standing water will promote mold growth and attract pests. If you notice that the leak is coming from a joint in your plumbing system, you may be able to simply tighten that joint and move on. If the leak appears to be coming from a damaged section of piping, you may have to shut off your water and replace that section altogether. If you elect to do this, have a bucket ready to collect any water that may begin to gush out.
Broken or Clogged Toilet
Fixing blocked drains in the toilet can sometimes be an easy job. If you have a clogged toilet, or if it’s simply not flushing, check the filler valve and flush valve in the back to ensure they are operating correctly. Sometimes, if your toilet sounds as though it’s in a constant state of flushing, it may be due to a malfunction with the flush valve. If your toilet is overflowing, it’s best to leave these components alone to prevent more water from entering your toilet. Locate the valve bringing water to your toilet and turn it off. Next, remove water from the toilet as needed to begin plunging with a flanged plunger (not the regular kind reserved for sinks) until the toilet begins to drain again. If the problem persists, you may consider purchasing a solution of enzymes that will break up any organic material in your toilet. These enzymes work best when left overnight. You may also attempt to use an auger or plumbing snake or a roto-rooter as a last resort if all else fails.
If you are having trouble unblocking drains in the sink, or fixing a clogged toilet or plumbing leak, or needed drain cleaning Perth services, contact the professional Best Perth Plumbers for additional assistance. Some plumbing repairs may require special tools or knowledge to complete. If you aren’t entirely sure how to go about fixing your plumbing issue, it’s probably best to defer to an experienced plumber on how best to proceed. To get help with fixing blocked drains in your Perth home, plumbing leaks, or broken toilet, contact Best Perth Plumbers today over the phone at (08) 6311 4067.