3 tips to clear a clogged toilet

 

A clogged toilet can ruin one’s day, especially if the clog continues to stop up your toilet. Sometimes a clogged toilet can remain stopped up and if you only have one toilet in your home, this can be a major problem. It is important for home owners to have access to many different methods of clearing a clogged toilet as different items can cause different clogging issues. Below are three different options for clearing a toilet, so you can quickly have a commode that is back in action!

Plunger Method

The most common option that home owners use for a clogged toilet is the plunger method. Every home owner should have a plunger in the home to use for a clogged toilet. To use the plunger you will need to carefully place the open end on the inside of the toilet. If the toilet is full of water, do this as easily as you can so that little to no water moves from the inside of the toilet to your floor. Once you have the plunger over the opening inside the toilet bowl, use pressure to push down on the plunger and then pull up slowly. Do this several times until the clog becomes unstuck and the water rushes down the drain.

Toilet Auger

Another option is a toilet auger. An auger can be purchased from a home department store and has a very minimal cost. Auger is the technical term but is more commonly known as a drain snake. This option is a cord like apparatus and is placed inside the drain. You then use a crank and push the snake up the drain to remove the clog. This snake can move up the drain and pull or push the clog to clear the way for the water to be removed from the toilet.

Wet Vac Method

Another option that can be tried is the wet vac method. A wet vacuum can be used to suck the water out of the toilet and then be placed down the opening to try and remove the clog. This will work if the clog is hair or paper. Simply turn the wet vac on and try this method if you do not have luck with the other options.
These are just a few of the unclogging methods which can be used to remove a clog from your toilet. Always practice caution and if all else fails, contact your local plumber to take care of your plumbing needs!

How to maintain your plumbing system in the winter months

If you are not prepared, the winter can hit your family hard and cause massive problems to your home’s plumbing system. It is best to be ready for that temperature drop so you do not experience frozen pipes and broken water lines.

Leak Problems

The first step to winterizing your plumbing is fixing any leaks. What might seem as a small problem, can end up cause big problems when the temperatures drop. This includes lines that just seem to have water seep out slowly. When the temperatures drop, that water will then freeze. It will also freeze on the hose and cause it to become brittle. Even if you insulate your pipes, check for any and all leaks prior to winter arrival.

Insulation

The next step is to make sure all of your lines have been insulated. You will need to go up in your attic and under your crawl space to make sure those lines are insulated, as they are at the greatest risk to freeze. Insulating is very simple, just wrap insulation foam around the pipe and you are good to go. The foam is inexpensive and is found in most retail locations.

Sprinkler Systems

If you have a swamp cooler or sprinkler systems, these will also need to be dealt with prior to the cold weather coming. With swamp coolers, you will want to turn off the water and power, the drain all the water out. Do not forget to drain the supply line as well. Then simply cover the cooler and wait for spring. With sprinkler systems, you will want to turn off the water and then turn on each valve to release any collected water in the line.

Water Main

You will want to make sure you know where your water main is in case you do have a water line break. If you do not know where this is, you will be left panicking when you have a burst pipe and cannot shut the water off. The longer it is before the water is turned off, the more damage the burst pipe can do.

One great preventative measure you can take is by insulating the pump house. This will prevent your lines from freezing. To insulate the pump house, you will want to make sure that all exposed pipes are insulated and to install a heat source to keep the temperature of the pump house above freezing all winter long.

With these simple steps, the likelihood of you having winter problems with your plumbing lessens. This is never a guarantee, but you will have protected yourself against anything catastrophic. The most important thing during the winter is if you experience a burst pipe, do not panic, but rather shut the water off and locate the source. Winterizing your house to protect your plumbing does not mean you do not need to take precautions before going on trips, such as having your faucets drip. You do not ever want to turn the water off prior to vacations because it will cause the lines to freeze.