During the holiday season, families spend a lot of their time in the kitchen and hosting guests as well as relatives in their homes. This inflow, in most cases, places more pressure on your plumbing, which could require the help of an emergency plumber. The last thing you want to deal with during the holidays is a clogged toilet or a backed up toilet. However, with more guests in your home and a large amount of food that needs to be prepared, emergency plumbing issues are often bound to happen.
But, asking a Florence emergency plumbing contractor to go to your house during the holidays may not be as easy as it seems and you need to be prepared to pay a bit more for emergency service. Given that, the best thing you can do is to find a plumber before you need one. Do your research ahead of time so you have a good idea of what charges to expect. You can also inquire about emergency services and if they accept emergency calls during the holiday.
The most likely issue that you will have to deal with over the holidays is a clogged drain. It often needs the assistance of a professional plumbing contractor to clear the obstruction. However, there are several other steps that homeowners can do on their own to get rid of the clog or prevent one for taking place.
Drain clogs in your bathroom sinks can happen over time due to the accumulation of soap, hair bits, and fibers from towels inside the pipes. Clogs in your kitchen sinks are often the result of too much food being flushed down the drain.
Most clogs can be removed using a sink plunger. If you compare it to a toilet plumber, the sink plunger is much smaller and it also has a different shape. Put the plunger over the hole of the drain in the sink. Make sure that the water at the bottom is enough to create a seal. Plump the sink plunger up and down while preserving a good seal, as this will help dislodge the clog.
In case that does not work, you can also try pouring hot water down the drain. The hot water can assist in breaking up any soap scum or organic compounds in the clog. A mix of hot water and baking soda can also help unclog the drain.
Although it is quite tempting to pour over the counter drain cleaning materials, several plumbers do not recommend it. The chemicals are potentially dangerous to your skin and can damage to the pipes of your plumbing system if you overuse or use it incorrectly.
If you are having problems with toilet clogs, the first thing you need to do is to use a plunger. It is your first line of defense. It can help you get rid of clogs in the shower and bathtub as well. However, be sure to create a seal by filling the base with one inch of water before you start plunging. In case this does not work, a drain auger is a good alternative. It is also known as a drain snake that works by pushing it into the drain to break up the clogs. A drain auger will less likely harm your pipes, however, they may end up scratching ceramics and porcelain so be sure to break up the clog carefully.
Call Plumbing Experts Florence for any of your holiday plumbing emergencies. Our team is always ready to help.
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