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Different Ways to Clear Clogged Drains

December 19, 2013 by  
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Different Ways to Clear Clogged DrainsClogged drains a common problem in most households and people always look for ways to avoid calling up a plumber as it proves quite expensive. However, there are ways through which one can unclog drains with the help of a few plumbing materials within a short span of time.

Cleaning Stoppers and Strainers

It is commonly observed in several households that clogs generally collect around the stopper or strainer in the bathtub or sink. Strainers can be easily removed with the help of some standard screwdriver and the clogs can be easily washed after removing it. Stoppers, on the other hand requires cleaning on daily basis. After removing them, the drain opening base should also be cleaned.

Using Plungers

Plungers are the most widely used plumbing equipments for unclogging drains. They can be used if the blockage is not that far into main drain. Application of petroleum jelly on the plunger rim assists with greater suction by creating tighter seal. The plunger needs to be forced down powerfully quite a few times till the blockage is clear. After clearing the blockage, hot water can be used for flushing away the remaining particles.

Unblocking the Trap

When the plunger proves to be ineffective then, cleaning the trap is definitely a good idea. Some traps have clean-out plugs whereas some do not have clean-out plugs. A bottle brush or coat hanger can be used to push out the debris from the trap. Penetrating oil can also be used if the blockage is stubborn in order to loosen it. After cleaning the blockage, the trap can be cleaned with soapy, hot water. The trap should also be checked for corrosion or wear.

Using Sewer Snake

When the trap has been cleared but, the blockage tends to persist then, the problem might be further into the main drain or drain pipe of the sink. In this case, plumbing equipment known as Sewer Snake can be used to get rid of the blockage. After removing the trap, the Sewer Snake needs to be inserted into the drain line till the obstruction is met with. The handle of the plumbing equipment can be twisted in clockwise direction and pushed back and forth till the clog is broken. After that, the pipe can be flushed with cold water.

Chemical Drain Cleaners

If the above mentioned methods do not prove to be effective then, using chemical drain cleaners can turn out to be the best solution. These plumbing chemicals contain high concentration of sulphuric acid or lye which can burn through all types of blockages within the drain pipes. However, before using these chemicals, it is always advisable to read the instructions thoroughly. After the drain blockage has been cleared, the drain pipes should be flushed with water so as to clean the chemicals.

Prevention of Clogged Drains

It is always better to avoid pouring thinner or paint within the drain. Stoppers in the sinks should be cleaned frequently and flushing of heavy paper products needs to be avoided at all costs.

 

 

Commercial and Residential Plumber Provides State-of-the-Art Services in Tampa, FL

Plumbing-Tampa-logoNovember 25, 2013 — Tampa, FL — Plumbing services typically come with the fear that there will be a high bill at the end, but that is not necessarily the case. With new state-of-the-art equipment that is used by today’s plumbers, commercial and residential customers throughout Tampa, FL can benefit from faster repair resulting in lower bills.

Through fast rectification of the issue, homeowners and business owners save a great deal of money. The response time is fast and so is the repair time.

Over time, many throughout Tampa, FL have realized that calling a plumber as soon as possible to fix their plumbing issue saves a lot of money because it minimizes the amount of damage can occur. Damage can include destroyed carpet and walls, sewage leakage into the home or business, or broken bathroom components or piping.

A leak, sewage issue, a toilet that will not stop running, or a sink that will not drain can all cause issues that place a heavier financial burden on the business owner or homeowner. This is why emergency services are available 24/7.

These emergency services ensure problems are solved quickly because families have busy schedules and businesses tend to experience problems after business hours. When a business experiences a problem with a toilet, sink, pipe, or sewer line after business hours, they have to ensure the problem is solved before opening the next day in order to avoid losing revenue. Through the latest techniques being used today, businesses can be back up and running as if nothing happened.

Customers can also expect personalized service. It is understood that there is no “one size fits all” solution to anyone’s plumbing issue. Because of this, each situation requires careful assessment so that the proper solution can be determined and implemented. The estimates are free and there is a guarantee on the completed work to ensure customer satisfaction.

To make sure customers receive the best possible service, all plumbers are professional, dependable, and they are licensed. All plumbers within the company are also trained in the latest safety techniques through continual job training and safety talks.

Any time a plumbing catastrophe strikes, it is imperative to call a plumber with experience, a good reputation, and who stays up-to-date on all of the latest methods. This will ensure the best job is done for the best price.

From water heaters, boilers, pipes, and toilets to sinks, lab pipes, pneumatic piping, mechanical equipment, and more, you receive price assurance and dedicated service

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How to Install an Electric Water Heater

November 18, 2013 by  
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Waterheater installationTo install an electric water heater, you will need your basic plumbing tools, a voltmeter or circuit tester, pipe joint compound compliant with potable water, and a metal drain pan if your local code requires it.

If the home has copper pipes, an installation kit containing compression fittings that don’t need soldering is ideal. If the home has plastic pipes, you will need a kit that contains connectors or fittings that match the pipe.

Preparing for Installation

Turn off the disconnect switch and circuit or pull the fuse that goes to the heater. Check all incoming wires with the voltmeter to ensure power is cut off. If unsure, consult with a plumber.

Next, open a hot water faucet to let the hot water run until cool. The cold water supply to the heater should be off. A garden hose connected to the drain valve with the other end going to an outside drain or bucket will drain the tank.

Third, the expansion tank attached to the cold-water inlet line will need to be pressurized with air. Consult with a plumber with questions or refer to the tank’s instructions. You can open the pressure relief valve to relieve pressure, but do not reuse the valve. The discharge pipe to the tank should be placed according to local code.

Install Water Lines

Pipe should not be directly soldered to the connections. Threaded adapters should be soldered to short pipe pieces so that soldering occurs a foot or more from the water heater connections. The cold water supply valve should be turned on so the new tank will fill. Opening a hot-water faucet will emit air and sputtering at first.

Evaluate for Leaks and Set the Thermostat

Check connections for leaks. Most leaks involve connections. If you need help, you can call a plumber. If there are no leaks, check the wiring diagram on the water heater to ensure electrical connections are sound. The ground wire should also be connected to the green ground screw. Now you can turn the power back on.

After the power is on, set the upper and lower thermostats. The recommended temperature is 120 degrees. Because the water in the water heater is cold, it will take several hours for it to heat. In the meantime, replace all plastic protectors, covers, and doors. Check water pressure after a few hours. If the pressure isn’t normal, use a voltmeter to check incoming voltage. Also check temperature settings. If issues still exist, contact a plumber.

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How to Repair Tub Drains

October 24, 2013 by  
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It is important to determine the kind of drain before tackling any drain repair project. Without professional help, it is possible to repair tub drain within three hours with the help of household tools that are available quite easily. There are various types of drains for the bathtub where some consist of trip levers whereas others do not have trip levers.

Drains Consisting of Trip Levers

  • Pop-Up Drains
  • Plunger Drains

Drains that do not have Trip Levers

  • Roller Ball Drains
  • Foot Lock Drains
  • Lift and Turn Drains

How to Fix Roller Ball and Foot Lock Tub Drains

These types of plumbing systems are easy to fix and does not require much of an effort. The plug need to be removed from the drains and rotated in an anti-clockwise manner until it is free. The plugs can be cleaned with vinegar or mild cleaning solution.

How to Fix Pop-Up Tub Drains

The trip lever should be set in an open position and the assembly should be wiggled to separate it from the drain. After that, the cover plate screws need to be taken out and the linkage and trip lever should be removed from overflow drain. In case, the tub is leaking then the rocker arm, linkage and stopper should be cleaned with vinegar or mild cleaning solution and brush. The tub drain can also be flushed with one cup baking soda and one cup vinegar and rinsed with boiling water. Moving part of the stopper and rocker arm should be lubricated and put back to the drain till the time the stopper is placed in closed position. The linkage threads should also be lubricated and installed back to the drain.

How to Fix Lift & Turn Tub Drains

The drain plug should be removed and the setscrew needs to be located under the plug lip. The setscrew should be loosened and the plug should be removed. The plumbing system consisting of the overflow drain and tub drain can be cleaned of residue with one cup baking soda and one cup vinegar. After that, it can be rinsed with boiling water before reinstalling drain plug and the overflow face plate.

How to Fix Plunger Tub Drains

The coverplate screws should be taken out and pulled away from tub wall. With the coverplate, the plunger and linkage also comes out. The linkage along with the plunger can be cleaned with a brush and vinegar or mild cleaning agent. The overflow drain and tub drain can be flushed with one cup baking soda and one cup vinegar and rinsed with boiling water. The linkage and plunger needs to be lubricated for proper operation and installed back to their positions. In order to increase flow rate of the drain, the locknut should be loosened and the lift rod should be rotated in a clockwise direction and the locknut should be tightened. Overcompensating can be avoided by screwing the lift rod out or in 3 or 4 turns at one go.

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How to Replace Toilets

October 3, 2013 by  
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How-to-replace-a-toilet-homedepotToilet can make life heavenly or hellish for people. It is one of the most crucial equipment at home as its utility can be replaced by any other fixture. People often face issues with toilet fixture or plumbing. Guzzling water is one of the many issues that can strike without notification. Replacing the entire setup might be an economical option to consider in case of repeated failure in long-term repair.

Indeed, repair is the first and seemingly the best choice. However, if the first or a few attempts to resolve the issue fails, the chances of spending more money on repair than the cost of fitting new piece becomes high. So, it is better to keep tab on the number of times the repair has been required and the duration for which it sufficed for the issue as well as the amount spent on plumbing. Like many people attempt to repair damages by themselves, they can learn to replace the entire unit too. In fact, the overall cost in this case would be lesser than hiring professionals for the same job. Another advantage is that people get to learn a skill which may be useful to them later in life too. So, now everything boils down to plumbing techniques.

Measurement: The first requirement for the replacement of a toilet is careful measurement for the same.  The proper way to measure is to begin with the wall to which the toilet is attached and measuring right up to the centre of bolts at the bottom of the toilet. In cases of toilets that have four bolts, the middle of the bolts at the back is to be considered. Roughly, the measurement of a standard is 11 inches and 13 inches. However, if the rough measurement does not lie between 11 inches and 13 inches then the specific piece that fits into the acquired measurement has to be purchased as a regular toilet will not fit. Besides, the shape of the bowl has to be carefully thought about too; Look of the bathroom and movement inside it as well as sitting may seem awkward otherwise.

Plumbing Steps: 1. Water supply has to be switched off and the water supply from the toilet tank has to be disconnected.

2. Toilet tank should be emptied by flushing and removing the remaining water with the help of a cup or sponge.

3. The tank is to be unscrewed to separate it from the bowl.

4. First, bolt caps at the bottom of the tank have to be removed and then the nuts from closet bolt.

5. The bowl can be lifted by cutting the base caulking.

6. Residue should be cleaned.

Flange Repair: Broken flanges can be repaired only now. So, they should be keenly checked for any plumbing required.

Installation: Installation of the new toilet is simple. The same steps have to executed but in reverse order. However, a tip that could be handy is that the bolts of the new piece should never be over tightened as unscrewing them later may be difficult.

Repairing a Copper Pipe Leak could be Easy

September 12, 2013 by  
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Plumbing-copper-pipe-WikipediaGenerally, majority of people use copper pipes as a plumbing material for running interior water lines. Leaks can occur any time in a copper pipe and people mostly make use of materials like repair clamps or repair couplings to fix pinhole leaks within the pipe. The repair clamps offer a temporary solution to the problem whereas repair couplings are considered as permanent solutions. Here are the ways through which one can fix pinhole leaks using these two materials.

 

Repair Clamp Instructions

  • The clamping screws of the repair clamp can be loosened and removed with the help of screwdriver by turning it in an anti-clockwise direction.
  • After that one should open it and position the interior of the clamp, the rubber pad, on top of the pinhole leak on the plumbing pipe. Then the clamp can be closed with the rubber pad covering the pinhole properly.
  • Once this done is done, it is necessary to insert the screw into the hole of the clamp and tighten it by turning it clockwise with the help of the screwdriver. The other screw can be inserted into the other hole but is necessary to make sure that the screw is not tightened too much. Then again the 1st screw should be tightened fully along with the 2nd screw. This type of tightening is done to make sure that the clamp fits evenly on the surface of the plumbing pipe. Read more

A few word about replacing water heater

August 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Plumbing Service, Tips, Water Heater

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Most often people cannot be completely sure if water heater is on a fritz or has it burned out completely. Here are few ways in which the trouble can be sorted. Water heater is of two kinds- electric and gas. One can use the electrically operated water heater almost everywhere. However, a gas based water heater should be found only in homes that make use either of gas for such an as stove or furnace. Prior to buying water heater or repairing the previous one, the name plate of the unit currently in use, is to be checked. All the information that is important is listed here, such as serial and model number, working pressure, installation guidelines, insulation RValue, and tank capacity.

In almost all homes, water heaters are subject to a good amount of use. Depending on the service suggested by the manufacturer, the life span of standard water is between eight and twelve years. This, however, is subject to the kind of the weather, unit design, the kind of maintenance that has been done to the unit, and the installation quality. If water heater is above ten years old, irrespective of whether there are leaks at the tank’s base or not, it should be replaced. If there occurs either of the cases, it requires to be confirmed that the reason behind the failure of the unit is no blown up fuse or a tripped breaker.

The commonest of the problems associated with water heater is that it does not heat up water to the exact temperature the user desires. Such a condition can arise either when the heating substance is defective or when the thermostat is faulty. But there are certain basic things which should be followed in case when the heating is not to the desired level. When it is an electrically operated water heater, following points should be kept in mind:

  • Power should be connected and the thermostat should be reset.
  • The heater should be flushed for the removal of sediment from tank.
  • Insulated plumbing systems for hot water.
  • The thermostat or heating element should be replaced.
  • Raising the temperature while setting the thermostat on. Read more

Various Aspects of Garbage Disposal Repair

August 14, 2013 by  
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Plumbing servicesMost people are aware of the fact that garbage disposals are quite straightforward devices. These plumbing systems make use of motor system which circulates its blades under the sink for grinding up food particles and wastes. But, the concern is that as these appliances are used quite frequently within the house, they can get clogged or jammed quite easily. It is extremely vital to keep them up and running mainly because of the fact that, it is attached to kitchen sink, a highly used item within the house. While repairing garbage disposal following points need to be considered:

Repairing Garbage Disposal

These plumbing systems can face different types of problems within their working period. While some problems can be fixed easily, others require advanced training for fixing it. The choice depends upon the person however it is always recommended not to take unnecessary risks. Few of the common troubles encountered while fixing these systems include:

Overheating

After flipping the switch of the garbage disposal plumbing system, if no humming sound appears then there is a possibility that overfilling has lead to overheating which has tripped it. The best way to see the problem is to have a look under it and search for the reset button (usually red in color). Even after turning on the switch if there nothing happens then, the circuit box should be searched for tripping of the breaker. This problem happens frequently in households and there is absolutely no need to hire expensive professional service as the problem can be easily solved at home. Read more

How to install a general faucet?

Plumber TipsFaucets are such parts in a kitchen or a bathroom that not only serve the purpose for which they are made but also to upgrade the looks of the room. Once bought, they need to be installed manually or by a hired plumber. It is not rare find people who want to do as many things on their own as they can. While this may consume more time and involves the risk of damage, the potential of learning is remarkable. However, a guide that nicely describes how to install general faucet can help in learning the installation method without rendering damage.

Step 1: Positioning the faucet

Every plumber begins installation by placing the faucet and the gasket on the provided position on the basin. Plastic mounting nuts have to be threaded on the shanks of the faucet from under the basin. This holds the faucet in position. It must be made sure that the larger side of the mounting nuts is up. It is recommended to verify the position of the faucet above the basin. People often have to unfit some parts only because they forgot to check the progress constantly. Besides, excessive force is required while tightening the nuts as it may become difficult to remove in future.

Step 2: Attaching water supply tubes

Typically, water supply tubes are the source of water to the faucet. To attach water supply tubes, the threads of water supply valve have to be wrapped with plumbers’ tape and putty. A plumber typically uses on plumbers’ tape but non-experts must adhere to safer options. Now, the water supply nut can be screwed to the shut-off valve and tightened with a wrench. The same step is to be repeated for faucet shank.

Step 3: Connecting the faucet lift rod

Lift-rod is inserted into the faucet from top of the basin and inserted into the rod-strap. It has to be ascertained whether the drain plugs open and close as desired. To connect the pivot rod with the lift-rod, one end of the spring clip has to be slid into the pivot rod. Once in place, both the rods should be in down position. The pivot rod should be inserted into the hole that is closest to lift-rod strap Proper opening/closing of drain plug by lift-rod is to be ascertained. One end of spring clip can be slid into pivot-rod to connect it with lift rod strap. Adjustment can be made by loosening the screws corresponding to the area.

Step 4: Flushing the faucet

Chips and debris are leftover even by a professional plumber, so, it is natural for amateurs. However, they should be removed before water is run lest the internal surface of fittings may get damaged. The faucet should be turned on before the water connection is restored. The water should be left running for 15 seconds. All the taps can be checked to ascertain proper fitting and flow.

If the situation appears to have complicated at any stage of faucet installation, a certified plumber should be contact to avoid any severe damage.

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Plumbing Services Can Add Years to Your Tampa Pipes

June 18, 2013 by  
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If you live around or near Tampa, you realize being a native allows for many luxuries, especially the luxury of great weather year round. You think this would be the perfect environment for plumbing, since there is little to no chance of your pipes freezing over, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other things to contend with.

Making sure to maintain your pipes’ health is paramount to increasing the longevity of your plumbing system. The good thing is that plumbing services in Tampa and the people that deliver them are unmatched. They can consult and give you knowledge that will help you prepare or prevent pipe damaging occurrences. Tampa plumber Anthony Gennaro has a few pieces of general information that he’s been able to learn as a plumber in Tampa:

– Be wary of those colored tablets that supposed to clean your toilet. While they provide a fresh scent, they can be devastating to plumbing fixtures. They often deteriorate the rubber elements in a toilet, which can cause breakdown and leakage.

– Tampa plumbers would also tell you that you should be careful with the things that you put down the kitchen sink. Depositing oil and grease can cause clogs and hurt the overall health of your pipes, which will eventually lead to plumbing issues.

– If you run into a plumbing issue that would otherwise be insurmountable without the help of one of the professional plumbers in Tampa, Florida, make sure that you identify all the plumbing problems you are currently dealing with. This way, we hopefully only have to make one trip to your home to remedy the problem.

Hopefully this potpourri of general advice will be useful to you when a plumbing incident rears its ugly head. Don’t hesitate to contact one of our plumbers in Tampa, Florida by phone at 813-920-4050 or visit our website http://gennaroplumbingtampa.com/.