Post-Holiday Plumbing Problems
The holidays brought housefuls of people to your home – and often plumbing problems. Now it’s time to fix those plumbing woes. By taking stock in a few key tools and tips and gaining some basic plumbing knowledge, you can save a few of those already tight, post-holiday dollars.
Know your pipes’ limits
Invest in a do-it-yourself book on plumbing to help “un-complicate” your home’s plumbing system.
Use the correct tools
A good plunger is a must for both toilets and sinks, and should be tried and exhausted before resorting to other means. A plunger will unplug most clogs, especially in the toilet, but there is a right way to use one: When plunging, compress the plunger slowly, then pull it vigorously toward you on the upstroke. This draws the clog upward.
Snakes are suitable
If the plunger isn’t doing the trick, another option to try is a snake. Made of bendable steel, a snake is maneuvered into a drain with a crank handle that can sometimes be attached to a power drill.
Use caution with chemicals
If elbow grease and conventional methods aren’t solving the problem, you may need to try a drain-clearing chemical. Most drain-clearing chemicals are made for hair and grease, but will do the trick on that slow-moving kitchen sink Just be careful not to get hurt when you use them and keep them away from children. Follow the instructions on the bottle exactly to avoid damaging the pipes. Be careful, because most chemicals are not suitable for the toilet.
Turn to a plumbing pro
Some plumbing problems are caused by a bigger, more complex issue, so if your efforts aren’t making things any better, calling an Approved Home Pro is the next best route.