Top 9 Plumbing FAQs

The plumbing system is one of the most critical and extensive in any home. Any minor issue can mushroom into a massive catastrophe if not fixed on time. As a homeowner, it’s prudent to understand how your system works to resolve problems as soon as they happen. Some plumbing problems don’t require the help of a plumber. Understanding what you can fix and what requires a plumber is critical in preventing damage or worsening a situation. This post will list nine plumbing FAQs to educate you about your plumbing system.

1. Is it possible to unclog a toilet without the help of a plumber?


You can unclog your toilet without help using a plunger. If you don’t have one, you can use dish soap, laundry soap, or any detergent you have in your home, along with hot water. Pour this into the bowl and wait a few minutes before flushing. The hot water breaks down the clogged material while the soap cleans everything.

2. How can frozen pipes be prevented?


The best way to prevent your pipes from freezing is to allow your sink faucets to drip slightly non-stop. You can do this, especially if you plan to be away from home for several days.

3. Is drain cleaner safe for a garbage disposal?

Yes. Most drain cleaning products are safe to use on sinks, including those with a garbage disposal. If in doubt, check the cleaner’s label before using it.

4. What causes a running toilet?

A flapper, a plastic or rubber valve on the bottom of your tank, causes a running toilet when it fails to seal properly. Adjust the float arm to see if the water stops an inch below the overflow pipe. If it does, replace the flapper.

5. Can a clogged drain be cleared without chemicals?


Yes. Instead of using chemicals to unclog your drain, use baking soda and vinegar. Pour half a cup of vinegar and half a box of baking soda down the drain and plug the faucet with a plunger to keep the mixture from bubbling upward. Use hot water to flush out the materials.

6. Are low-flow toilets recommended?


Check for a WaterSense Certification on the labels before purchasing. Your low-flow toilet should use 1.28 gallons per flush and have a MaP score of 1000 and a 16.5-inch bowl height.

7. How to get rid of odors coming from the garbage disposal


You can remove odor from your garbage disposal using home ingredients like baking soda, lemon, and vinegar.

8. What is the best way to fix a leaking water meter?

If your water meter is leaking, the best thing you can do to save the situation is to call a plumber as soon as possible. You also need to call your water utility provider. Remember, it’s their financial responsibility to fix the leak if it’s between the meter leading to the water utility.

9. What causes an outdoor faucet to stop working?


An outdoor faucet can stop working suddenly due to debris buildup. When debris falls on the faucet’s opening, they can obstruct the inner spout.

For plumbing services or more information about your plumbing system, contact Big City Plumbing, LLC today!

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