Dealing With Plumbing Problems

“How to Deal With Plumbing Problems Easily” was a recent magazine article hook which caught my eye while I stood in line at the grocery check out. In my opinion, leaping tall buildings in a single bound or outrunning a speeding bullet falls within the same category as the suggested task. I doubt this writer has ever experienced the nightmare of a plumbing problem in the middle of the night or on a holiday weekend. I don’t know how to do it and I’m a licensed plumber.
I do have some suggestions I can pass along to hopefully Toilet Has Slow Leak In Tank ease the pain of certain common plumbing problem issues.
A broken water line can be caused by several things, freezing, a fitting coming disconnected or a valve malfunctioning is just a few of the possible causes. The degree of problem such an event causes is dependent on where the water line is broken, but in any event the number One action is to shut the water supply off to the leak. This is where the location of the leak dictates the pain.
Should a cold water line under the kitchen sink suddenly explode, look in the inside of the kitchen cabinet for the shut off valve which should be located along the water supply line before it enters the wall or floor. Simply turn this valve off, stopping the water supply to the break. You have isolated the leak and although you’ll have a mess to clean and there may be the inconvenience of not having cold water to the sink, the repair can be made when you have the time.
You’ll notice I said should be located, in newer construction there will be a shut off valve, per plumbing code, but not necessarily so in older homes. Should you discover there is no shut off valve under the sink, you’ll have to turn the water off at the main water supply valve which will be located in the basement or, more than likely in the crawl space of a house without a basement.
This is what I’m referring to when I say the degree of Problem depends on the location of the leak. One location means no cold water to the kitchen, the other location means no water to the entire house.
There’s nothing much more horrifying that flushing a toilet and see the water, and whatever is in the water, rising to the brim of the fixture. There’s nothing you can do until the rising water stops, which if you’re lucky, will be prior to spilling over onto the floor.
Once the water has stopped rising evaluate the situation. Do Not Flush the Toilet again hoping it’ll go down. I assure you, it Black Pipe Union Install won’t, and you’ll really want to kick yourself in the butt for trying something so dumb, that seemed so smart at the time.
If you have no idea how to clear the clog, close the toilet seat lid. Located behind the toilet 6″ above the floor, will be a water shut off valve. Close this valve cutting the water off to the toilet as you don’t want someone coming into the bathroom not aware of the problem and flushing the toilet while it’s clogged.
A toilet, or water closet as it’s actually called, has what they call an Integral trap, which means there is a water trap built into the porcelain fixture as well as the sewer pipes. This integral trap can become clogged creating the problem with the toilet, but can normally be resolved without a lot of expense with the use of a plunger.
A quick footnote here. Don’t ever go cheap when buying a plunger. The $5 you may save buying the cheapie will come back to haunt you in horrible ways when you can’t unclog the toilet.
Gently insert the plunger into the clogged toilet water, you don’t want to carelessly splash water onto the floor by shoving the plunger into the toilet. Seating the plunger into the bottom of the toilet, push the plunger downward two or three times without bringing it up. Slowly pull the plunger up, but not out of the toilet.
If the clog has been dislodged the water will quickly drain. If it doesn’t repeat the plunging. Should the toilet not drain after plunging, it means there is a serious obstruction in the main sewer line or branch and a professional will have to be called to address the problem.

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