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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

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

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 my hot water is brown?

WATER HEATER MAINTENANCE IN KANSAS CITY, KS HOW TO KEEP YOUR WATER HEATER FREE FROM RUST If your water heater’s tank is like most others, it is made of steel, but there is also a layer of glass. If water seeps through that glass though, then rust will develop along with the tank, causing a leak. The problem is, you probably can’t be aware that there is rust forming until the leak actually happens. And if a leak is coming from the tank itself, then you cannot fix your water heater; you will have to replace it altogether. That being said, you can still take measures to prevent rust in your water heater. Actually, you have a rust-fighting element included in the water heater, and this is the cathodic anode (it could also be called the sacrificial anode). This anode can be three to five feet in length, and its

Popular Kitchen Plumbing Repairs

The kitchen is one of the most-used spaces in the home, and it contains various plumbing and fixtures. In fact, the majority of the home’s water usage and drainage is from the kitchen. As such, there is a variety of kitchen plumbing problems that can occur that need to be fixed in your Kansas City home. Clogged Drains – Drains can get clogged from food particles, grease, and other such materials that get dumped down the sink. Garbage Disposal Problems – The disposal can get clogged or stop working from the waste that gets put in there. Leaky Pipes – Pipe fittings can come loose and create small leaks underneath the sink. Leaky Faucets – Internal faucet components can wear out and need to be replaced. Leaky Dishwashers – The plumbing underneath the dishwasher can develop leaks from either the incoming water line or the discharge drain. Leaky Refrigerators –

Got Kids? Plumbing Advice for Parents!

Some people have a good grasp of plumbing, especially when they grew up with a father or a grandfather who was pretty handy around the house. If you were the kid who wore your Dad’s tool belt as he repaired a clogged garbage disposal or a leaky faucet, you may have a good understanding of how indoor plumbing works. On the other hand, perhaps you grew up in apartments. Whenever your single mom had a problem with the plumbing, the apartment manager would dispatch a handyman or a professional plumber to fix the issue. Or, perhaps your parents were very busy people with demanding careers. Your father was traveling all the time and your mom was always at the office, so you were cared for by your grandmother or a babysitter. In other words, your father didn’t have time to do work around the house so he called a professional

Plumbing Advice for Landlords in Kansas City

In many situations, renters and homeowners have different mentalities when it comes to home maintenance. When something breaks down or stops working, usually the first thing a renter does is put in a call to their landlord. Renters may not think twice about what they put down the garbage disposal or the toilet because they automatically think their landlord will foot the bill when a problem arises. Homeowners, on the other hand, know that if anything were to go wrong, they have no one to rely on but themselves. So, homeowners do their best to take care of their property so they can minimize all home-related costs. From their roof to their HVAC system, to their carpeting, and their indoor plumbing system, most homeowners are actively looking for ways to take care of their property and reduce repair and replacement costs. Are You a Landlord? Real estate can be a

5 Tips to Winterize Your Plumbing

The last thing you need during the mad holiday rush is to have something go wrong with your plumbing, right? Unfortunately, if you don’t prepare your plumbing for the winter, you could end up paying a big price, and you don’t need any added expenses during a time that your budget is already stretched to the limit. There’s no such thing as a “good time” for a plumbing emergency. Emergencies often occur when our minds are on something else, like preparing for out-of-town guests over Thanksgiving and Christmas. While you’re stocking the fridge for your annual holiday dinner or the linen closet with new sheets and towels for your in-laws, don’t forget that the colder weather means more than holiday travel, it means temperature shifts that can cause your plumbing to fail at the worst of times – when you have a house full of guests! Here are some of

When Freezing is Not the Cause of Burst Pipes

With summer around the corner, lots of homeowners are thinking that they don’t have to worry about their pipes bursting. After all, the temperatures are slowly rising by the day and the threat of frozen pipes are the least of our worries. If you own a home or commercial building, just because the weather is getting warmer, it doesn’t mean you’re “out of the woods” when it comes to the possibility of your pipes bursting. As someone concerned about their home, furnishings and bottom line, you must know that your pipes can still burst, even in the spring or summer months. What starts as an ominous rumbling sound quickly turns into a nightmare. Next thing you know, a pipe bursts and you’re greeted with the horrifying sight of water everywhere, soaking everything in its path. It could even be gushing from the ceiling onto furniture or even computers below. When

Spring Cleaning Plumbing Tips

As the weather gets warmer, we have much to look forward to. Our lawns will be green again, flowers will be blooming, and the leaves on our trees will be lush and full, which not only provides shade but makes our yards look beautiful after a long winter. For homeowners, the spring means lots of things. It means it’s time to organize garages and clean rain gutters of leaves and debris and give the inside of the house a thorough dusting and cleaning. While you’re contemplating which flowers to plant in your yard this spring, don’t forget about your indoor plumbing, especially if your family has spent a great deal of time indoors this winter, heavily using sinks, showers, and tubs. Just like your rain gutters, air ducts and carpets, indoor plumbing systems and sump pumps need to be periodically maintained, otherwise, you can be in for a clogged drain or toilet, a

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