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How to Unclog Your Drains at Home

How To Unclog The Drain in Your Kansas City Home Clogged drains are a common problem, but they can often be resolved without calling in a professional. What’s more, you don’t need to use toxic chemicals to clear out your clog. With a little patience and some tried and true methods, you can often unclog your drain by yourself, in a reasonably short amount of time. First, try to physically remove what’s causing the problem. One common cause of clogs is hair collected around a pop-up stopper or strainer. You may be able to remove the hair and clear the clog, or you might be able to use a drain stick to clear clogs caused by a hair in a P-trap or an S-trap. Cleaning a sink trap can remove clogs caused by buildup or a foreign object, a plunger can clear clogs that aren’t too far into the pipes,

Unclog a Drain Without Drano

It is easy for drains to get clogged in a home, and it doesn’t mean that the homeowner did anything wrong when a drain gets backed up with hair or food products. There are easy ways that a drain can be cleaned that will not require a plumber, or require costly repairs. Do Not Use Drano Many people associate clogged drains with Drano or another chemical that prevents clogs. Plumbers generally do not suggest using these since they can cause damage to the pipes and fittings in the house. Drano also joins waste-water and will end up in rivers and streams, causing harm to the environment. Furthermore, if a plumber is working on a drain that Drano has been used in, the plumber is exposed to harmful chemicals. The main ingredients in cleaners like Drano are bleach and sodium hydroxide, a corrosive salt. Contact with the human body can cause

How to Use a Snake to Unclog a Drain

Often, the best way to deal with clogs is to prevent them from happening at all. If you are past being able to prevent a clogged drain, however, there are a number of options and tools at your disposal. While cleaning and plunging can often do the trick, sometimes, you will need to do more to clear your drain. In this post, we will discuss how you can use a drain auger, or plumber’s snake, to get rid of tough clogs. First of all, what is a drain auger or snake? This is a quarter-inch thick coil that has a handle. You would send the snake down the drain through the clog, sending parts of it down or pulling the obstruction out. This auger can be a powerful unclogging tool, as it can reach clogs that are far down the pipe. Where can you find this snake tool? One option

How to Repair a Gas Line

It only takes a scratch or tear from corrosion or an accident, to create high pressure in a gas line, and this can cause natural gas leak; allowing the gas pressure of the natural gas, or other gases, to start seeping through the natural gas lines, causing a gas leak. Such a gas leak poses a serious safety hazard, one that requires swift attention by expert professionals, normally a plumber, to perform a gas line repair. You may smell rotten eggs, which is due to the additive in the natural gas, which is there to alert those around it of a possible gas line leak. Whether the leak is from your water heater, gas piping or gas valve, or other gas appliances, you may hear a hissing sound or smell gas. . It is in your best interests to immediately contact the gas company, and then a qualified plumber, for

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink Drain

Do you have a clogged kitchen sink drain? With a few affordable tools and some hands-on practice, you should be able to clear up even the most difficult and stubborn clogs. To begin, you’re going to need a plunger (the one with the larger rubber bell) and a snake, also known as a hand auger. Snakes vary in length and price, but we recommend the 3/8 inch model that is about 20 feet long. You can buy these at your local hardware store or home center. You will also need a bucket, rubber gloves, and a working flashlight. 1. Check the drain before you begin plunging. A major cause of clogged drains is a clogged garbage disposal. If the water on one or both sides of the sink is not draining, first plunge it to clear the clog. If you turn on the disposal and you hear a humming sound,

Why is there standing water in my washing machine?

Washing Machine Repair in Kansas City, KS IF THE WATER IS STAYING IN THE WASHING MACHINE Does the water sit in the machine after your load has finished? The issue probably lies with the washer, either with the drain tube (which comes out of the machine) or the pump (an internal issue). It is simple enough to determine which it is: Detach the drain tube and blow inside. If nothing blocks the air from going through, then the problem is probably the pump. What can you do if the pump is broken? You may need to call an appliance repair shop for help. IF WATER IS OVERFLOWING FROM THE WASHER OR AT THE DRAIN STANDPIPE When you notice leaks after your washing machine drains, you are probably looking at a clogged drain. This clog could be anywhere in the trap area or beyond in the waterline. (If you follow the

Do You Need to Replace a Shut Off Valve?

Shut off valves, or water shut off valves, are vital in your home’s plumbing system. It allows homeowners and plumbers alike the ability to cut off the water pressure when there is a plumbing emergency or while installing plumbing fixtures or performing plumbing repairs.  Shut off valves are like doors for water pressure, and allow plumbers and DIY’ers to stop the flow of water in your water supply line, or even your main water supply. . Types of Shut Off Valves  . As your home’s toilet, washing machine, icemaker, water heater and sink shut off valves are rarely used, when you do try to cut off the water supply, you may find that the valves no longer function. Whatever the reason, if you need to get a new shut off valve, you will need some basic info on water shut off valves in general, as well as main water shut

5 Tips on How to Clean A Water Heater

Homeowners know an important part of home maintenance is cleaning your hot water heater, especially when you need to get it ready for the winter. Doing so can increase the lifespan of your hot water tank and will help to ensure you have a working hot water faucet, with good water pressure that performs consistently well. This is important for both gas water heaters and electric water heaters. If calcium and sediment buildup starts to accumulate inside of your water heater tank it could disrupt water flow and could cause your water heater to perform poorly, and bacteria could start to thrive in the slush that is coating the bottom of the tank. If the area you live in is known for hard water, you may have to do this maintenance more often.   In some cases, this sediment could cause the water at the bottom of the water heater

Why Does My Toilet Rock Back and Forth?

Do you have a toilet that’s rocking back and forth? Would you describe your toilet as “wobbly?” If so, will the entire toilet need to be replaced, or can it be fixed? Sometimes, all that’s necessary to stop a toilet from rocking is to tighten the mounting bolts a little bit. However, make sure that you don’t crank them down too tight, because doing so could crack the ceramic. Another way to eliminate the rocking is to place flexible Wobble Wedges shims underneath the base of the toilet. Still, if you have a wobbly toilet, we highly recommend removing the base and reinstalling the toilet to see whether the rocking has damaged anything under the toilet or started a leak underneath, where it’s hardest to locate (a leak) without being pulled apart. Before Removing the Toilet Do This Before you remove the toilet, first you need to empty the tank

Installing a New Faucet Is Not a DIY Project

Do it yourself (DIY) is the latest craze when it comes to home repairs. How many of us have watched a decorating or home repair project on television and thought, “Sure, I can do that!” only to find out that not only could you not do it, you made a terrible mess in the process. Deciding when to DIY or hire a professional should be decided on a project by project basis. When it comes to plumbing projects and services like installing a faucet, it’s always worth hiring a professional plumber that has the skill and expertise to get the job done right… the first time. Whether you are replacing a leaky faucet or want to add a new sleek design to your kitchen or bathroom sink, a new faucet may seem like something you can easily do on your own; however, if you install it improperly, it’s going to

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