Often times people think they can save a dollar or time by attempting to complete a plumbing job themselves. Maybe they’ve been instructed by a friend, family member, Youtube video on how to get the job done. While it may seem simple enough to tackle, there are times when you should just call your trusted plumber to get it done as to not make the problem worse and take more money out of our pocket then need be.
Malfunctioning Sink Pipes
It seems like a simple enough task, being that you can see the pipes under the sink upon opening the cabinet but what you might not realize is that it’s difficult to find out exactly where the problem is unless the pipes are taken apart, which can be risky business. Unless you are experienced in takes pipes apart, they can be very complex and tricky to reassemble, especially when they are in close proximity to something that can be broken in the process, like garbage disposals and dish washers. Unless you have experience with this type of undertaking (knowledge of dismantling, reassembling, locations and specifics), then the best thing you can do is call your trusted plumber. If you are in the Nashville area, feel free to call Jack Ward & Sons for your plumbing needs!
Drains can get clogged for various reason, many of which can be preventable such as hair buildup or allowing grease to go down the drain of the sink or bathtub. It may seem practical to use over-the-counter drain-cleaners, but these products are viewed unfavorably by most plumbing experts. They re discouraged because of the fumes and noxious chemical, sometimes lasting hours or days. A good rule of thumb is: if it isn’t safe to drink, it shouldn’t be poured down the drain. These products can cause corrosion is used over and over due to the lining of the pipes being eaten away.
Snake devices, Drain-O and other chemicals come in handy for simple drain clogging, but when you have a septic tank or a bigger problem on your hands, you shouldn’t use them. Actually, you never know how big a problem is and using acids and other materials can make matters worse. Plumbing snakes can not only fail at clearing the obstruction, but it can also cause damage to the drainpipes, causing you to give up a large portion of your pocket book to replace the drain system. Chemicals and acids should only be released by plumbing experts who have safety gear and have been qualified to handle evasive products.
Prevent clogs by keeping food particles, coffee grinds, grease and hair from entering the drains. It may be tempting to allow this even if you have a garbage disposal, but with a garbage disposal you can also get a clog. Also, try using a tub strainer to prevent hair and soap scum from building up and pour 4 cups of boiling water down your drain on a regular basis to melt and dissolve buildup, preventing excessive buildup over time.
Low Water Pressure
Usually, and hopefully the lower waster pressure you are experiencing can be caused from a simple case of buildup of junk in the faucet’s aerator. In such cases, one could simple take off/unscrew the aerator, clean off the nasty residue and screw it back on to place. Sometimes this does not solve the problem and it can be because the issue is much worse than buildup in the faucet’s aerator. There could be a serious issue at hand if that does not solve the problem: such as fractured pipes, erosion/corrosion in the water line and any other problems you shouldn’t fix yourself.
If you are experiencing low water pressure, it is a good idea to give an expert plumber a call, so you don’t end up having to fork over more money than you need. Trying to make a quick solution could cause a long term issue, and Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Nobody wants to go a day, let alone a couple of hours without a toilet! This makes DIY projects seem favorable when it comes to solving the problem. What many don’t understand is the pipework and water-flow and how they work together in unison. Whether you need to have the toilet seal replaced or a clog that just won’t budge, these issues need to be handled by a professional. Leaks and other issues from improper placement of materials can lead to more serious damage to the affected and surrounding areas
For starters, the issues that could come into play when dealing with toilet malfunctions — whether they’re due to stubborn clogs or busted pipes — require an in-depth understanding of how the pipework and water-flow work together in the simple yet complex design of this fixture. Even if you just need to have the toilet seal replaced, the job should still be handled by a professional, because leaks could result from improper placement that would likely lead to worse complications, not to mention water damage to the surrounding areas.
Overall, if you have tried the most simple, non-invasive approach and it has not solved the problem, call your plumber. It will be a costly, overwhelming mess if the issue is pushed and it results in a bigger problem than intended. If you need a plumber and are located in the Nashville area, give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing a call at (615) 227-2811.