Plumbing FAQ

DIY how to clear blocked drains?

Depending on the cause of the blockage, there are few ways we could recommend. But first, stop the flow of water then try and find the cause of the blockage.

  • If the blockage is as a result of normal waste such as tissue paper, your best bet would be to use a plunger. Otherwise use a snake drain snake or drain auger to clear the drain.
  • You can also just empty a small box of baking soda (8oz) and a half liter of vinegar into the bowl and pour at least 2 liters of very warm water, then leave it overnight.
Is it really possible to clear clogged drain with bleach?
Bleach can indeed dissolve the hair, grease or muck that’s probably clogging your drain. It is however inadvisable to do so as bleach is an irritant that is hazardous to the skin. Bleach also corrodes metal pipes which considerably shortens their life. Additionally, bleach kills off the beneficial bacteria inside pipes that breaks down organic material thrown in the drain. This can cause major odor problems in the long run.
How to fix a toilet that keeps running water?
The most common reason why this happens is that water is constantly running into the overflow tube in the toilet tank and the fill valve in the tank needs to be adjusted. In order to adjust the water level in the tank, turn the screw on top of the fill valve to adjust the float in the tank so the toilet stops filling approximately 1” below the top of the overflow tube. If the problem persists, just contact us for assistance.
How to install a new shower drain in concrete floor?
Remove the concrete around the drain to expose the flanges and bolts holding the drain in place. Loosen the bolts and remove the drain cover. Apply pressure to the drain flange and turn it in either direction to break the bond with the pipe cement then remove the old drain. Clean the pipe stack and put in the new shower drain after applying primer. Place the drain cover in place, tighten the bolts, seal the edges with plumbers’ putty and you’re good to go.
How to clean a sink drain with pipe cleaner?
Once you decide what kind of pipe cleaner you want to use, whether traditional cleaners, foaming cleansers or enzyme cleaners, it is important to read the instructions on the label as each type works optimally under a particular set of conditions. You then pour the pipe cleaner down the drain and watch it work its magic. If the sink was clogged, the solution will settle near the top of the sink drain. After allowing the cleaner the set time according to the instruction, flush the sink with hot or warm water.
Outside drain is blocked with silt. What to do?
There are a number of tools that could be used to dislodge the blockage such as drain rods, drain augers, gulley grabs and sewer jetters that are not difficult to use. If the above methods are unsuccessful or you are unsure about external blockages, then don’t hesitate to contact us.
What causes a toilet to leak at the base?
If your toilet is not securely fastened at the base with the help of T-bolts and a wax seal then it is going to leak at the base. When the bolts are loose or broken, it may also break the wax ring inside the toilet. Tightening the T-bolts with a wrench, while making sure your toilet is positioned correctly, is often enough to fix the problem
How much does trenchless sewer line replacement cost?
Trenchless sewer line replacement will save you a lot of money since you won’t have to dig huge trenches. Your yard, patio, walkways and driveway will therefore remain untouched. The average costs for trenchless sewer pipe relining or repair is between $60 -$125 a foot. However, contact us with your problem for a free upfront estimate. We promise to beat any written estimate by 10%.
How to fix leaky bathroom faucets?
For a DIY fix you will need some tools: A flat head screwdriver, an adjustable wrench/ c wrench, penetrating oil such as WD-40 and replacement washers or o-rings.

Switch off your water supply, remove any decorative parts on the handle then unscrew the connecting screw. The penetrating oil will help to enable you to take the faucet handle off the stem. You can then loosen the packing nut using the wrench and remove the stem. Inspect the o-ring and washer and replace them if broken.

What to do if my sewer line is damaged with tree roots? Which sewer line repair methods suit me?
The best sewer line repair method here would be trenchless line repair method. This method doesn’t require re-landscaping your yard. The tree roots can be removed when snaking and the inside of your pipes are lined with an epoxy resin which hardens to form a solid pipe in a process called permalining.
Do you need a plumber to install a washing machine?
Washing machines are easy to install, especially if you’re replacing the old unit with a new one. However many complications could arise when installing a new unit or at a new location. A licensed plumber has professional experience hence great technical experience and quality of work, a diverse selection of equipment as well. This saves a lot of time and gives you peace of mind..
Do you need a plumber to install a water heater?
It is advisable to seek professional services to install a water heater. The water heater is among the most dangerous household devices and therefore requires a lot of care when setting. Hiring a licensed plumber ensures that it is done properly, safely and securely in accordance with the local building codes.
Do you need a plumber to install a garbage disposal?
If you are not confident in your wiring and plumbing skills, it is best to hire a qualified plumber to install the garbage disposal for you. A garbage disposal typically lasts around 12 years or so and this is mostly determined by how deftly it is installed as well as regular maintenance.
Do you need a plumber to change shower head?
Replacing a shower head is a relatively simple project that does not require a plumber. However, you can still hire a plumber if you are not comfortable handling it yourself. Especially if you are not handy with tools and are worried about any potential leaks or the risk of injury due to falling.
Do you need plumbing for a dishwasher?
Yes you do. Dishwashers need hot water usually sourced from the hot water supply under the sink. An angle stop valve is placed to redirect some of the hot water to the sink to the dishwasher as well. The dishwasher also comes with a drain that is connected to the kitchen sink drain. You might also be required to install an air gap on the counter as well.
Do you need plumbing for a fridge freezer?
A fridge freezer with a non-plumbed ice and water dispenser does not need any plumbing installed. However, models that need to be connected to your water supply require plumbing. The various options available always ensure that there is a fridge freezer best suited for your home depending on your needs.
Do you need plumbing insurance?
It is prudent to have plumbing insurance as it protects you against many problems you might have with plumbing business. Plumbing insurance can be found as a standalone policy but it is usually found in a business owner’s protection package. Some covers cover general liabilities that could incur during the day to day activities of the business by the workers as well property insurance, business loss for a period of time. You just need to find an insurer with a policy that caters to your needs.
Do you need plumbers putty to install a sink drain?
You don’t need plumbers putty to install sink drains especially when it has its own rubber gasket. As long as the bottom of the sink is smooth, the plumbers putty is not required. The plumbers putty is only used to seal the joint between two hard and inflexible surfaces. However, that’s not the case when using a rubber gasket which itself when compressed by the lock nut and metal washer.
What is sump pump overflow?
In case your sump pump doesn’t working or responds too slowly for the amount of water rushing into the pit, then you might end up with a lot of water in your basement. This is called a sump pump overflow. The water in your basement could lead to structural damage, mold or even fire.
What is sump pump insurance?
Sump pump insurance covers damages that might occur in case the flooding in your home occurs due to sump pump failure.  The failure could be either mechanical, due to failure of the pump itself, or electrical, due to a power outage. The circumstances of coverage of the insurance depend on each individual situation and the clauses stipulated when making the contract.

What is sump pump check valve?
A sump pump check valve is a valve that is located in the sump system’s discharge line. The valve prevents discharged water from flowing back into the basin when the pump motor is turned off.  The check valve controls the flow of water towards one direction and automatically prevents back flow when water in the line reverses direction. Check valves are one of the few self-automated valves hence do not require assistance to open and close.
What is sump pump used for?
Sump pumps are used in cases where basement flooding is likely to happen and to solve humidity where the water table is above the foundation of a home. Sump pumps send the unwanted water away from a house elsewhere so it is not problematic, such as a dry well or a municipal storm drain.

DIY how to clear blocked drains?

Depending on the cause of the blockage, there are few ways we could recommend. But first, stop the flow of water then try and find the cause of the blockage.

  • If the blockage is as a result of normal waste such as tissue paper, your best bet would be to use a plunger. Otherwise use a snake drain snake or drain auger to clear the drain.
  • You can also just empty a small box of baking soda (8oz) and a half liter of vinegar into the bowl and pour at least 2 liters of very warm water, then leave it overnight.

Is it really possible to clear clogged drain with bleach?

Bleach can indeed dissolve the hair, grease or muck that’s probably clogging your drain. It is however inadvisable to do so as bleach is an irritant that is hazardous to the skin. Bleach also corrodes metal pipes which considerably shortens their life. Additionally, bleach kills off the beneficial bacteria inside pipes that breaks down organic material thrown in the drain. This can cause major odor problems in the long run.

How to fix a toilet that keeps running water?

The most common reason why this happens is that water is constantly running into the overflow tube in the toilet tank and the fill valve in the tank needs to be adjusted. In order to adjust the water level in the tank, turn the screw on top of the fill valve to adjust the float in the tank so the toilet stops filling approximately 1” below the top of the overflow tube. If the problem persists, just contact us for assistance.

How to install a new shower drain in concrete floor?

Remove the concrete around the drain to expose the flanges and bolts holding the drain in place. Loosen the bolts and remove the drain cover. Apply pressure to the drain flange and turn it in either direction to break the bond with the pipe cement then remove the old drain. Clean the pipe stack and put in the new shower drain after applying primer. Place the drain cover in place, tighten the bolts, seal the edges with plumbers’ putty and you’re good to go.

How to clean a sink drain with pipe cleaner?

Once you decide what kind of pipe cleaner you want to use, whether traditional cleaners, foaming cleansers or enzyme cleaners, it is important to read the instructions on the label as each type works optimally under a particular set of conditions. You then pour the pipe cleaner down the drain and watch it work its magic. If the sink was clogged, the solution will settle near the top of the sink drain. After allowing the cleaner the set time according to the instruction, flush the sink with hot or warm water.

Outside drain is blocked with silt. What to do?

There are a number of tools that could be used to dislodge the blockage such as drain rods, drain augers, gulley grabs and sewer jetters that are not difficult to use. If the above methods are unsuccessful or you are unsure about external blockages, then don’t hesitate to contact us.

What causes a toilet to leak at the base?

If your toilet is not securely fastened at the base with the help of T-bolts and a wax seal then it is going to leak at the base. When the bolts are loose or broken, it may also break the wax ring inside the toilet. Tightening the T-bolts with a wrench, while making sure your toilet is positioned correctly, is often enough to fix the problem

How much does trenchless sewer line replacement cost?

Trenchless sewer line replacement will save you a lot of money since you won’t have to dig huge trenches. Your yard, patio, walkways and driveway will therefore remain untouched. The average costs for trenchless sewer pipe relining or repair is between $60 -$125 a foot. However, contact us with your problem for a free upfront estimate. We promise to beat any written estimate by 10%.

How to fix leaky bathroom faucets?

For a DIY fix you will need some tools: A flat head screwdriver, an adjustable wrench/ c wrench, penetrating oil such as WD-40 and replacement washers or o-rings.

Switch off your water supply, remove any decorative parts on the handle then unscrew the connecting screw. The penetrating oil will help to enable you to take the faucet handle off the stem. You can then loosen the packing nut using the wrench and remove the stem. Inspect the o-ring and washer and replace them if broken.

What to do if my sewer line is damaged with tree roots? Which sewer line repair methods suit me?

The best sewer line repair method here would be trenchless line repair method. This method doesn’t require re-landscaping your yard. The tree roots can be removed when snaking and the inside of your pipes are lined with an epoxy resin which hardens to form a solid pipe in a process called permalining.

Do you need a plumber to install a washing machine?

Washing machines are easy to install, especially if you’re replacing the old unit with a new one. However many complications could arise when installing a new unit or at a new location. A licensed plumber has professional experience hence great technical experience and quality of work, a diverse selection of equipment as well. This saves a lot of time and gives you peace of mind.

 Do you need a plumber to install a water heater?

It is advisable to seek professional services to install a water heater. The water heater is among the most dangerous household devices and therefore requires a lot of care when setting. Hiring a licensed plumber ensures that it is done properly, safely and securely in accordance with the local building codes.

Do you need a plumber to install a garbage disposal?

If you are not confident in your wiring and plumbing skills, it is best to hire a qualified plumber to install the garbage disposal for you. A garbage disposal typically lasts around 12 years or so and this is mostly determined by how deftly it is installed as well as regular maintenance.

Do you need a plumber to change shower head?

Replacing a shower head is a relatively simple project that does not require a plumber. However, you can still hire a plumber if you are not comfortable handling it yourself. Especially if you are not handy with tools and are worried about any potential leaks or the risk of injury due to falling.

Do you need plumbing for a dishwasher?

Yes you do. Dishwashers need hot water usually sourced from the hot water supply under the sink. An angle stop valve is placed to redirect some of the hot water to the sink to the dishwasher as well. The dishwasher also comes with a drain that is connected to the kitchen sink drain. You might also be required to install an air gap on the counter as well.

Do you need plumbing for a fridge freezer?

A fridge freezer with a non-plumbed ice and water dispenser does not need any plumbing installed. However, models that need to be connected to your water supply require plumbing. The various options available always ensure that there is a fridge freezer best suited for your home depending on your needs.

Do you need plumbing insurance?

It is prudent to have plumbing insurance as it protects you against many problems you might have with plumbing business. Plumbing insurance can be found as a standalone policy but it is usually found in a business owner’s protection package. Some covers cover general liabilities that could incur during the day to day activities of the business by the workers as well property insurance, business loss for a period of time. You just need to find an insurer with a policy that caters to your needs.

Do you need plumbers putty to install a sink drain?

You don’t need plumbers putty to install sink drains especially when it has its own rubber gasket. As long as the bottom of the sink is smooth, the plumbers putty is not required. The plumbers putty is only used to seal the joint between two hard and inflexible surfaces. However, that’s not the case when using a rubber gasket which itself when compressed by the lock nut and metal washer.

What is sump pump overflow?

In case your sump pump doesn’t working or responds too slowly for the amount of water rushing into the pit, then you might end up with a lot of water in your basement. This is called a sump pump overflow. The water in your basement could lead to structural damage, mold or even fire.

What is sump pump insurance?

Sump pump insurance covers damages that might occur in case the flooding in your home occurs due to sump pump failure.  The failure could be either mechanical, due to failure of the pump itself, or electrical, due to a power outage. The circumstances of coverage of the insurance depend on each individual situation and the clauses stipulated when making the contract.

What is sump pump check valve?

A sump pump check valve is a valve that is located in the sump system’s discharge line. The valve prevents discharged water from flowing back into the basin when the pump motor is turned off.  The check valve controls the flow of water towards one direction and automatically prevents back flow when water in the line reverses direction. Check valves are one of the few self-automated valves hence do not require assistance to open and close.

What is sump pump used for?

Sump pumps are used in cases where basement flooding is likely to happen and to solve humidity where the water table is above the foundation of a home. Sump pumps send the unwanted water away from a house elsewhere so it is not problematic, such as a dry well or a municipal storm drain.

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