A Plus Drain Cleaning enjoys helping homeowners will all their plumbing needs. We also want to offer you some cleaning tips you can try yourself to avoid plumbing repairs altogether.
Clogged Drain? Try these methods to remove the clog. First, remove as much of the backed up liquid as you can and toss 1 cup of baking soda into the drain, following with a pot of boiling water over the top. If it empties completely, pour one more pot down the drain and give it another flush. Finish up with cool water running from the tap for a few minutes. Another method you can try is vinegar right after the baking soda, plugging the drain with a stopper for 30 minutes. Next, unplug the drain and pour hot water down the drain. Repeat one or two times if needed to completely clear the drain.
Sometimes, simply plunging the drain will force the obstruction out of the way and clear the drain. Be sure to fill the sink with a few inches of water before using the plunger. If that doesn’t work, try removing the trap or clean-out plug under the sink to clear the blockage, using a plumber’s snake or coat hanger to break apart the mass. Do this over an empty bucket, and wear eye goggles for protection. If none of these techniques work, give us a call—we’ll find the solution to your clogged drain problem.
For less stress and expense for homeowners, it’s important to follow these tips to keep your plumbing dry and avoid major repairs. First, keep an eye out for trouble. Leaking faucets, damp cabinets, or dripping refrigerators are all signs that prompt attention is needed.
Repair problems quickly. Excess moisture from a leaky faucet can cause mold and mildew growth.
Know where your main shut off valve is. Should the plumbing fail, you can quickly turn off the water to avoid a major flood until plumbers can arrive. Similarly, know how to shut off toilets, washing machines, and icemakers should they start overflowing.
Keep your plumbing safe in winter by preventing frozen pipes. Your best defense against this is insulation. Insulate exposed pipes easily with plastic insulation and before winter comes, remove exterior hoses, and apply caps to outdoor fixtures. When cold weather does strike, opening cabinets beneath sinks can keep the pipes warmer and opening taps to a tiny trickle can prevent a frozen blockage.
Finally, if you have an older water using fixtures or appliances, consider replacing them with newer, more energy efficient models.
For assistance with any of the above plumbing problems or when you’re ready to install new plumbing components, contact A Plus Drain Cleaning in Saskatoon.