When a drain, or worse, a toilet is clogged, you can almost hear the collective groan a mile away. Plumbing issues are some of the most dreaded household problems, not just in Ontario but almost everywhere, because life at home literally grinds to a halt when such things arise. Add to that the inability of everyone to clean up, and you’ve got a real crisis on hand.
In the same way you wouldn’t consult a doctor for a paper cut or a stubbed toe, there are minor plumbing fixes a non-plumber can do, but there are major concerns that require the attention of experts in plumbing from Aurora and other places in Southern Ontario. According to Don Vandervort’s article on plumbing repair in Hometips.com:
… it’s helpful to have a clear understanding of how plumbing systems work. This will not only help you sort out the source of the problem but it will also help you speak articulately with a plumber or a salesperson at a home improvement center.
Then again, if you don’t have the time, tools, or inclination to do your own plumbing repairs, you can hire a pro. A plumber can handle nearly any problem that involves pipes, from replacing a garbage disposal to unclogging a bathtub drain…
The article explores simple ways to overcome common plumbing situations.
The most common fixable plumbing problem is a clogged drain, usually in the sink. This requires a plumbing snake, which can be readily purchased in hardware stores. The plumbing snake is basically a thick flexible length of metal wire with a special tip for catching debris. You simply feed the snake into the drain until it reaches the source of the blockage, then you start poking and dredging until the tip clears the junk.
A backed-up toilet is another, more unpleasant but fixable, plumbing concern every home has to deal with. The primary tool here is a special bell-shaped plunger. Position the plunger’s head over the toilet’s drain hole, then rapidly push the handle downward to force air into the passage and clear the obstruction.
Know When to Call for Help
In the event neither of the above mentioned steps yields positive results, it’s time to bring in the experts. Though it may cost a bit to get professional help, think about how much your family’s health and convenience is worth.
There is no shortage of plumbing and drain-cleaning professionals in the cities and towns of Greater Toronto Area. When looking in Aurora or Newmarket for plumbing companies that can address your specific needs, choose the ones with a proven track record and reliability, such as Harris Plumbing.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Plumbing Repair Basics, http://www.hometips.com)