Plumbing Problems and Common Fixes

Plumbing Problems and Common Fixes

With the complexity of a structure from top to bottom, it is no wonder that a homeowner has a lengthy list of chores to get done on a regular basis. For everything to work correctly and run the way it is supposed to, maintenance, repairs, and cleaning needs to be a part of a rotating schedule that touches on all parts of a home. From the backyard to the kitchen, you have plenty to wrap your mind around and occupy your time. In the hustle and bustle it is easy to forget about plumbing problems in Albuquerque, until they get way out of hand. When this happens, our technicians here at Roto-Rooter are always standing by and ready to help. With the years of experience we've gained in the industry helping millions of customers just like you, there is hardly a situation that would surprise our veteran staff. Consider the following tips and tricks when dealing with these common household plumbing issues:

  • Clogged toilets are always causing headaches. Usually, however, they are easy to deal with and after a couple of tries with a toilet plunger, you are back in business. Normal clogs occur when too much is trying to pass at once. Most toilets only have a 2-inch trapway. To keep clogs from happening, split your usage up into a couple of flushes if need be. This allows the toilet paper to dissolve enough to pass through without any issue. If the clog is still causing problems, you may need to use a toilet auger snake to push the clog through the line or pull out whatever is causing the issue. Never let anything besides toilet paper, waste, and certain cleaners down the toilet, otherwise, backups will be more frequent and severe. And if you use a toilet auger, make sure it’s the kind with a rubber sleeve around the cable because steel cable will scratch the porcelain coating on your toilet.
  • Frozen pipes hit homes across the country every winter. Next winter, why not protect your home from this expensive mess by taking precautions during the warmer months? As water pipes start to get cold, the water inside starts to freeze. Believe it or not, the forming ice isn't directly responsible for the pipe cracking. As the water freezes, it expands and puts pressure on trapped air pockets. When the pressure gets high enough, the air bursts through the side of the pipe, forming a crack or shattering it altogether. To prevent this from happening, make sure that the insulation in your walls is sufficient to shield pipes from extreme temperatures outdoors. For pipes exposed outside, wrap them in specially made pipe insulation that is weatherproof.

For more information on plumbing problems in Albuquerque and solutions for them, give the technicians at Roto-Rooter a call today.

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