Enjoying the holiday or a vacation is the dream of every family member, but one must remember that plumbing crisis will not stop being in the making when you are on a holiday. On the contrary, they would crop up from nowhere. Picture this, you are inviting numerous guests during holidays to celebrate the occasion and the drainage gets stuck up with the household stuff, blocking the water flow. It is a huge problem that only a plumber can solve immediately. Below are some of the reasons you end up with a clogged drain. You can attempt to clear out the clogs that is preventing smooth operation of your bathroom or kitchen fixtures.
Tips for special holiday from the local plumber:
Do not use chemicals:
While cleaning the drains, do not use chemical products or else they may harm the plumbing systems to a great extent. Generally, the substances are toxic and abrasive for the drainage pipes. They do more harm than good.
Refrain from pushing the grease and oily stuff:
More often than not, people use oily cakes and greasy stuff while hosting the parties. Moreover, proper measures are not taken to dispose of the stuff; hence it can stay in the pipe and block the flow of the liquid
Flushing only those things that can be flushed:
One should flush out only those products that can seamlessly flow through the drain. Trying to shove a foreign object down the same path would do a lot of harm to the pipe. Hair and baby wipes should be disposed of in the trash and not passed through the pipe. Meat fats along with margarine block the passage of the water inside the drainage system. You should identify the symptoms that lead to the clogging early on because persistent neglect would transform a small issue into a full-blown crisis.
One of the most important aspects of the garbage clearance is to find the items that should be assigned to the landfill category. As far as the toilets are concerned, one should prevent the flushing of the fluffy toilet paper inside the pipe. They expand while coming in contact with water and do more harm than good in the long run. Facial tissues, automotive fluids accompanied by tampons and medications should not be thrown into the drainage pipe. They can sit there and cause the spread of diseases apart from water clogging.
In addition paint, solvents and thinners should not be flushed out through the drain. They are toxic and might prove detrimental to the health of your pets and family members.
Most of the leaks in the joints can be fixed if you can dislodge the joint connection and reconnect it. After ensuring that the water flow through that part of the pipe is completely stopped, use a dry cloth to wipe the joint parts clean and dry. Apply a coat or two of the PVC solvent and reconnect. Do the same with the case of leaking pipe joints. Remove the pipe, dry both ends with cotton cloth, seamlessly wind Teflon tape five or six times in clockwise direction.
Alternatively you can use pipe dope which is a paste-type material which seals and lubricates, allowing for a tighter joint. Then smoothly turn the tap into the pipe thread correctly. When you have turned it to a tight position, tighten it further using a pipe wrench. For leaking pipes that have some breaks, better cut that part out an inch on both sides and joint it using a connector, again following the same method of using either a plumber solvent or pipe dope.
In case, you are going for an out of station vacation for some days, and if you are worried about a leaking pipe with no time to repair, the best solution is to empty your overhead water tank and block the water inlet. Doing so, you can ensure that there is no leaking happening while you are away on a vacation. Apart from this, if there is anything that is not manageable by you and yet is an emergency, the best bet would be to call for help from a professional plumber service.
April 6, 2017