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As a homeowner, you know how important it is to keep the drains clean and free of debris.
However, drain cleaning is not always as easy to do as one might think. And, liquid drain cleaners have proven to be very ineffective.
Over the years, substances we pour down the drain eventually stick to the sides, and the drain becomes smaller.
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Grease and oil should never be poured into a drain. They are the main culprits of drain clogs. Outside drains can also become clogged by tree roots.
As strange as this might sound, it’s not a rare occurrence. Tree roots can grow into the outside sewer pipes.
A professional plumber can best determine the cause and best solution of a drain clog…whether inside or outside.
If tree roots are causing the blockage, an electric snake unit will be needed to clear the roots and restore drainage to your home. Cleaning out the pipes with a snake may need to be performed on an annual basis, depending on what type of use your drains receive.
Inside, professional plumbers clean all types of drains including toilets, tub and shower drains, and floor drains. They have the tools and supplies needed to quickly, safely and effectively unclog the drains.
So if you have a stubborn clog that will not drain, you are probably best served to contact an experienced, local plumber

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One of the most frustrating things about a leaking toilet is that it’s very difficult to find the source of the leak.
 
It could be condensation problems, a loose toilet, a rotting donut or a pipe leaking somewhere.
It might be something simple or it could be something that requires special tools to fix.
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If not repaired, leaking toilets can cause major damage.
Watch for water on the bathroom floor. If you have an upstairs bathroom and the toilet is leaking, you might see some signs in a lower ceiling.
The best course of action is to call a professional plumber at the first sign of a leaking toilet. Sometimes a leaking toilet is the result of a loose toilet. The solution isn’t just tightening the toilet. In most cases, a new donut is needed.
If the floor is rotten, new flooring around the toilet will be needed before the donut is replaced.

Leaky Bathroom Faucet?

                               Leaky Bathroom Faucet?
 
 
                  Here's How to Repair a Bathroom Faucet!
 
 leaky bathroom faucet is more than just a nuisance. Even if the leak is only a single drop of water every second can result in the loss of 50 gallons of water per week. The cost of that water makes it much cheaper and environmentally responsible to fix the leak as soon as possible.

There are various reasons for a leak in a bathroom faucet. In compression faucets, the washers may wear out and in the other washerless types of faucets the O-ring or stem may become defective. The repair for any type of faucet relies on replacing the faulty part.

Worn Out Washers
Compression type faucets rely on the compression of a rubber washer to keep the water from passing the turnoff and exiting the spot. Replacing the washer is relatively easy but requires a little strength and the proper tools.
 
To Replace a Washer:
  • Using the valves underneath the sink, turn off the water to the faucet. 
  • Close the drain and place a cloth in the sink. (This is simply to catch any parts that you may drop.) 
  • Using a screwdriver, pry out the decorative cap on the top of the faucet handle and undo the screw underneath. 
  • Then, using a wrench, gently unscrew the packing nut that holds the stem in place. 
  • Next, unscrew the stem. 
  • On the bottom of the stem, you will probably see a torn or otherwise damaged rubber washer. It must be replaced with a washer identical in size and width. 
  • Replace the parts in reverse order and the leak should be fixed. Be sure to only gently tighten the parts as excessive tension is not necessary and could break something else.