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Long Realty is pleased to bring you tips for Living in Arizona, courtesy of our local Long Advantage business partners. The articles below covers an array of helpful and insightful tips for the Arizona lifestyle. We hope you find this information useful.

House Plumbing Problems and Solutions

Most homeowners are no stranger to common house plumbing problems. While a professional opinion is never a bad thing, not wanting to call a plumber for every little issue is understandable. There are many small problems you may be able to fix without hiring a pro!

Bathroom and Kitchen Sink Plumbing 

Since the pipes are easily accessible and there is generally some space to work with, bathroom or kitchen sink plumbing is a desirable place to start for a DIY. While purchasing a new sink is expensive, the parts that generally wear and cause problems are relatively inexpensive.

A worn washer, spring, or “o” ring often causes leaks. These parts aren’t difficult to get to and the tools necessary to do so are probably already in your house. To make sure you purchase the correct parts that fit your sink exactly, take a picture of the brand of your faucet and handles to a home improvement center. Just remember to turn the valves underneath the sink to an off position before taking any of the fixtures apart.

In an entire house plumbing system, water flow can be hindered in many ways. A stopped drain in a bathroom or kitchen sink is often the result of a clogged pipe. There is a pipe underneath your sink that has an “elbow” in it designed to trap objects and debris and is where many clogs form. If you’ve already tried chemical drain cleaners (which should be your first effort) with no results, it’s worth the time to remove the elbow to make sure it is clear. You’ll want to put a pan underneath it to catch the water that will spill out.

Other House Plumbing Problems

Chemical drain cleaners don’t work on toilet clogs. If your toilet is plugged up, try plunging it. If that doesn’t fix the issue, you might want to try an auger or “snake”. Twist the auger as you feed it into the toilet to try and break up any blockage. A clogged shower drain can often be cleared chemically. It can also be plunged or “snaked”.

With any issue, when you are in doubt or the problem seems severe, it could be time to call your plumber.  

As a Long Realty Home Advantage partner, Silverado Rooter and Plumbing is there for all of your plumbing needs! To receive special offers from Silverado and other reliable services from endorsed, local businesses, contact me to get your free Advantage card!

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The information contained in these articles are provided by local area businesses. We believe this information to be accurate and reliable, but it is not guaranteed.