Toilets & Sinks: Service and Maintenance, you name it!

If your toilet or sink is blocked and any obstruction cannot be removed, it might be an indication that professional help is required. There are several times when calling a plumber is better and safer than trying a DIY job.

The Plunger Would Not Work

For a simple case of too much toilet paper, a plunger is normally the only tool you need to get the water flowing again. Sometimes though, the toilet is only plain stubborn and needs a little more coaxing. Using a snake or the old baking soda and vinegar trick are other options to try, but you will probably find it to be more of a hassle than anything else. If done incorrectly, a plunger can break the wax ring at the base of the toilet, leading to flooding and water damage. It is also recommended that you never use chemical products, like Drano, to unclog the drain. These items may be sold in stores but pouring chemicals down your drains can cause corrosion and lead to leaks.

The Toilet is Running

It just trickles and swirls, but you probably do not want a constant whirlpool in your bathroom. Not only is a running toilet costly, you will more than likely find yourself messing with it every time you use it just to get it to stop. This issue could be a sign that the water flap, which controls the flow of water from the tank to bowl, no longer fits as it should. There may be another reason but calling a professional plumber will be the only way to receive a proper diagnosis.

Foreign Objects Were Flushed

Remember your son’s action figure? Well, it may have gotten stuck farther down than you think, traveling as far as the drain line underneath the toilet. At this point, only Mr. Fantastic could reach in far enough and pull that toy out. Should a foreign object pass beyond the toilet, it could damage the sewer septic lines.

You Can Smell the Problem

A funky smell is an indication of a bigger problem. Hidden leaks often result from overly strained or clogged toilets and can cause a multitude of issues. The smell wafting through your home is bad enough, but a hidden leak that’s left unchecked will quickly raise your water bill. In addition, there could be severe damage behind your walls or under the floor, which may result in mold. That is never good for your respiratory system. There is not much you can fix on your own at this point, so a professional plumber is recommended.

Grease Traps

Grease traps in a kitchen or garage sink must be cleaned regularly to work properly. Otherwise they can cause serious problems for your business and the environment.

There will be times when you need to address minor household problems. Proper research and knowledge make DIY projects more than doable, which can save you plenty of time and money, but remember to use your best judgment for any serious situations. It’s not necessary to be the hero all the time. Be honest with yourself about when professional help is needed.

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