Experienced Plumber: Tips on Drains and Water Heaters

Experienced Plumber: Tips on Drains and Water Heaters

An experienced plumber is a happy fellow because he gets to help people and make their days brighter. He likes to fix things. He is often seen responding to someone’s home in the middle of the night, tools in hand, ready to repair a broken water main or a toilet that has become clogged and will not flush.

Roto-Rooter plumbing specialist is a friend to all. He is available at all hours of the day and night, seven days a week. He will fix any problem on any kind of plumbing fixture. This includes air conditioners, pipes, toilets, tubs, P-traps, hot water heaters, food disposals, sump pumps, and kitchen sinks. He will provide you with an estimate on all projects before he begins his work. That way, you will know exactly what repairs or installations are being done and how much they will cost. There will be no surprises!

Plumbing problems, like pipe clogs, are a real hassle. Sometimes a clog can be cleared easily using a retail drain cleaner, however, many times clogs are much more complicated and need to be cleared by a professional who has the right kind of equipment. Many homeowners prefer to do their own maintenance and repairs. If you are one of these people, here are a few tips to help you out.

Clearing Clogged Pipes

After you have discovered that a clog will not clear using a drain cleaner, try plunging it with a toilet plunger. The uneven pressure created by a plunger is often all it takes to break a clog free, especially if it is located near the drain opening. If a plunger does not work, you will need to use a drain snake. This is a flexible rod with a claw-like fixture on one end. Push the snake into the drain until it hits the clog. Attach the snake handle and while pushing the snake further into the drain, turn the flexible rod using the handle. You will know the clog has been cleared when the backed-up water rushes out of the sink or tub.

Water Heater Flushing

A plumber will assist with your water heater flush if needed. This is a simple process that removes built-up sediment from your tank. Attach a hose to the tank drain, shut off the water supply to the heater, and turn off the power to the heater if it is electric. Turn on a hot water faucet in the nearest bathroom and then open the tank drain valve. When the heater has emptied, turn on the water supply and flush any remaining sediment from the tank. Then refill the tank and test the system.

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