Stop Plumbing Problems Before They Happen
Most homeowners don't really think much about their plumbing system, until they must. While it's highly recommended that you call in a professional for many plumbing problems, there is much you can do to prevent those calls from having to be made in the first place. Read on for some common plumbing problems and how to stop them before they happen.
Is your vent blocked?
If the vent that allows sewer gases to go outside your home is blocked, you may begin to experience an extremely noxious odor in your home. This bad smell is coming from the main sewer line that leaves your toilets and meets the main city line under the street out front of your home. The actual opening is on your roof, but you might find that someone has placed cable television or satellite television cables through that vent, which prevents it from doing its job. Check to make sure that animals haven't made a nest in your vent or that it has other obstructions.
Is your drain clogged?
The kitchen sink takes its share of abuse, and the activities that take place in this room can lead to clogs more easily than you might think. Instead of sending food and grease down the drain, dispose of them in the trash. Pour oil back into the container and empty food into the trash. You might think that a few breadcrumbs or rice particles won't clog a drain, but often these particles never clear the sink drain fully and when other debris is added a clog is the result.
Do you have a disposal?
Using a disposal for food waste is at least one step better than just sending it down the drain, but you can still wreak havoc with your drains if you use the disposal incorrectly. A disposal is great at handling large pieces of food; cutting it up it so it can be safely washed down the drain. Tiny pieces of food, however, mean nothing to the disposal. Rice, bread, fruit and vegetable peels and tiny food pieces simply are not affected by the disposal's mechanism, so down the drain they go to cause a clog. Use lots of water to wash those little pieces down, or put them in the trash instead.
Using drain cleaner?
It's tempting to take matters into your own hands when a clog happens. The problem with using over-the-counter drain cleaning liquids or crystals is the danger. While using these strong chemicals to clear your drain requires you to use a great deal of caution, you must realize that if the cleaner fails to perform, you may not have much choice but to call in a professional. Be sure to let the plumber know exactly what you have already tried to clear the clog, since they may need to take increased safety precautions against those caustic chemicals you've already added to the clog.
You know that plumbing problems do not just disappear on their own, so call a professional plumber, such as those at Arnold & Sons_Plumbing Sewer & Drain Services at the first sign of smells, sounds and clogs.