Do It Yourself Tips
Below are a few tips to help you with common things you may can fix yourself. We are happy to do these repairs and upkeep for you. Please give us a call if you would like our assistance.
Garbage Disposal Cleaning
If you drop something into the disposal you need to get out the best practice is to turn off the power to the disposal and power to the on/off switch. You can remove objects with tongs or if your hand will fit in the hole with tweezers or your fingers.
When the disposal is clear, fill your disposal with ice cubes and turn the power on. Now pour one cup of rock salt and one fourth cup of baking soda. Turn the water on and allow the ice to crush. Rock salt helps in loosening the dirt which sticks to the metal where as baking soda neutralizes the bad odor. Also you can place pieces of lemon in the disposal and keep it smelling fresh and clean.
It is also a good practice to plug your sink and fill it with water and then turn on the disposal to send the water quickly down the pipes to help keep the pipes clean.
Garbage Disposal Repair
When your disposal stops working sometimes you can push the reset button, located under the disposal, and this will reset the internal breaker to turn the electricity back on internally in the disposal. Pushing the button you may not have corrected all the problems with the disposal; it may have a blockage hanging it up. Look below the garbage disposal and you will find a hex slot where you can place a tool to turn the gears in the disposal to free it up. Most of the time doing this and pressing the reset button is all that is needed for the disposal to work again.
Drain Pipe Clearing
If you have a stopped up drain sometimes you can plug the opposite side of the sink and run the disposal to clear the stoppage.
If you try all of the above without success then give us a call, we can help.
How to use a plunger
Sometimes a plunger will work with a stopped up toilet. If the stoppage is in the pipes under the toilet it might not work. The plunger is best for clearing too much toilet paper in toilets.
#1 you turn off the water to the toilet to stop it from overflowing. #2 if the water has seeped out of the toilet carefully add more water to the toilet bowl. #3 we do not recommend you use chemicals, they usually wont clear a toilet stoppage. Place the plunger into the clogged toilet and cover the drain hole. #4 you push the plunger down to create suction, and then sharply pull the plunger up, but not enough to break the suction. Do this a few times.
Using a Plunger on Sinks
When using a plunger on sinks you will need to stop up the overflow holes with a wet rag. On the kitchen sink it there are two holes stop up the opposite hole.
How To Help A Toilet Flush Better
There are small holes in the rim of the toilet bowl which allow water to enter when the toilet is flushed. Sometimes you might think you have clogged drains when a toilet is not flushing well, (Only when not completely clogged), our plumbers can fix this by cleaning out the holes the water comes down into the bowl thru.
The best tool for cleaning out these holes is a small screw. Mineral deposits from the water build up in these holes, slowing down the flow of water, or worse causing the water to NOT flow out in a circular motion. The circular flow of the water is what helps the toilet to flush completely. As you rod out these holes under the rim where the seat sits, flush the toilet a couple of times to help wash out the minerals you break loose.
Using A Wet Vac
When using a wet vac you need to create a good suction. You will need to stop up the overflow holes on tubs and lavatories. On kitchen sinks you will need to stop up the other sink hole if there are two holes in your kitchen sink. Sometimes you can wrap a wet rag around the vaccum hose and also use a wet rag in the these overflow holes.