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How To-Tips


1.How to clean a clogged drain?

If you don't want to use any of the commercially available unclogging products, here are a few tips on how to treat a sluggish drain. Be advised however that more serious problems require immediate professional attention and Sewer Drain Cleaning Chicago is always there for you.

 So, for a moderately clogged drain, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by half a cup of vinegar and let the concoction set for about three hours before running water. When you know the slow drain is from grease, try to pour in half a cup of salt together with half a cup of baking soda followed by a teakettle of boiling water and let it sit overnight.

2. How to unclog a toilet?

First, stop the toilet bowl from filling up. If it looks like the water might overflow out of the toilet bowl, then take the lid off the tank as quickly as possible and close the toilet flapper. Second, get the right plunger to work for you and add hot water and dishwasher detergent, because both hot water and detergent can break the clog up. Lastly, if the plunger doesn’t work, then it’s time to bust out the auger, which is a cable like device that you snake through the toilet hole to help loosen up a clog. Good luck, but if that doesn't work, make sure to give us a call!

3.Learn how to solve plumbing problems

Plumbing encompasses a lot of things. It covers items such as sinks, showers pipes, waste systems, etc. There are so many ways that one can can maintain and repair their own system for their own home needs.

5.Know your freezing temperature

Keep your plumbing flowing by maintaining a temperature above 32 degrees and wrapping up any exposed pipe works. Obviously, if it is below freezing outdoors, the pipes will be subjected to the same temperatures. It can take a while for the pipes to thaw, which means you will not be able to run water for quite some time. On the other hand, they can burst, which gets messy and really expensive.

6. Don't pay until the job is done!

Wait until a job is done before you pay for it. You may be required to put some money down before a job is started, but never pay the total cost until you know the job has been completed correctly. You need to know the plumber did what he promised before he is reimbursed for the entire amount.

7. How to check if your toilet is leaking?

You can check your toilet for leaks by adding a few drops of food coloring, Kool Aid or some coffee grounds to the water in the toilet's tank (not the water in the bowl). Check the water in the bowl after a half hour or so. If any of the coloring agent is visible in the water in the bowl, the tank is leaking, and you will have to have it repaired.

8. What to trow into your sink and what not?

Never put fat, grease, or oils into your drain. This is a certain way to either slow your drainage or clog your drain entirely. This is especially the case if you possess a garbage disposal; fats and oils cause blades to run less efficiently and slow. Make certain you dispose of all oils in other places other than the sink.

9.why you should know your local plumbing codes?

Find out the plumbing codes in your local area before starting any project. Plumbing codes can vary wildly from area to area and you don't want to run afoul of the codes. Visit your local building department to find out information or hire a plumber for a day to help you go over your plans and provide advice.

10. When did you flush your water heather last time?

Your water heater works more during the fall and winter so make sure that you eliminate all sediment buildup around this piece of equipment. Flushing this device can lead to increased longevity so that you do not face plumbing problems during the winter. This precaution will save time, money and effort.

11. Chemicals or enzymes?

Use enzyme based cleaners when cleaning clogged pipes. These cleaners use natural bacteria to turn the sludge into a liquid, and remove it from your pipes. Enzyme cleaners are efficient and will not damage your pipes.

12. Leak detection tips.

If you have an underground leak in your pipes, it is possible to detect the leak before digging. Today's leak detection equipment is very sophisticated and modern, allowing technicians to detect and pinpoint exactly where leaks are before they go about trying to fix them with professional grade equipment for you.

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