How to Deal with Common Plumbing Problems: Clogged Drains and Leaky Pipes
Whether it happens to your kitchen sink or in the bathroom, there are a number of solutions that you can try. The most obvious sign of a clogged drain is slow draining, and we recommend you to deal with the problem as soon as you see this sign, because it will only get worse if you don’t deal with it. One of the things you could do is to use a chemical clog remover. Be very careful while handling these chemicals and follow the exact direction on the product. DO NOT mix two different chemicals with each other. Mixing chemicals can produce toxic gases which can seriously damage your health. Pouring baking soda and vinegar down the drain is another method that has proved to be helpful at times. These two methods will generally work for kitchen sinks; however, bathroom drains can be trickier at times and you may need a professional’s help. Also, if you notice multiple slow drains in your house at a time, chances are that there is something seriously wrong with the sewer line. Contact a local professional plumbing service (Services for plumbing in Toronto for example!) immediately to deal with the problem safely.
This problem usually happens in older houses and pretty much always at the pipe joints. Leaky pipes can cause low water pressure, and they will also ruin the floor and possibly the furniture. This problem is very common for old copper pipes, especially if the weather in your area suddenly gets too cold. The low temperature will cause the water in the pipes to freeze which can lead to the bursting of the pipes, especially copper pipes which are not flexible like PEX. You can fix leaky pipes temporarily using tapes or fillers, but usually replacement will be needed and you should reach out to professional plumbers. As for using tapes or fillers: shut off the main water supply at your home, drain the pipe by turning on the faucet, and then apply the tape or the filler after drying the leaking area. Follow the directions of the type of tape or filler that you are using. Usually, you will need to wait a while before turning the water supply back on.