Four Plumbing Solutions to Try Before Calling a Plumber

Do you have plumbing problems but aren't sure if you need a plumber? Sometimes things can go wrong in our home and we are unsure whether we can fix the issue ourselves or whether it requires a professional. The good news is, there are some common plumbing problems that you can try to fix yourself before calling a plumber. Remember, if you do attempt to fix these problems and feel like the solution isn't working, it is always best to call a professional. Niezgodski Plumbing can help with these problems and we serve customers in South Bend, Mishawaka, and New Carlisle. Here are 4 common plumbing problems and solutions to try on your own.

  • Clogged Toilet
    • Try using a toilet plunger before calling. A plunger with a flange works better than others to unclog your toilet.
      • Push the plunger down into the toilet drain to get rid of air, pump the plunger up and down, then pull the plunger up sharply to break the seal. Hopefully, the water will rush down the drain and your problem will be solved. If not, repeat these steps. The key is not to continue flushing, because the water could overflow. Keep in mind, this may not work if a toddler flushes a toy down the toilet - which we know they have been known to do!
    • If you don't have a plunger handy, you can try to use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.
      • Slowly pour one cup of baking soda into the toilet.
      • After waiting a few minutes, very slowly pour 2 cups of vinegar into the toilet.
      • Be sure to pour slowly and carefully because this mixture causes bubbles and you don't want the toilet to splash or overflow.
      • Wait a few minutes for this mixture to work and then flush the toilet to see if this trick worked.

  • I Dropped a Ring Down the Drain!
    • First, do not run the water! This may cause your ring or other piece of jewelry to move further down the drain. Try using a coat hanger to fish it out. If this doesn't work, you'll have to rescue it from your P-trap. The P-trap prevents sewer gases from moving into your home while also catching any debris that may fall down the sink drain.
      • Grab a bucket and place it under the pipe that you'll find under the sink.
      • Loosen the nuts on either end of the P-trap but do not unscrew it.
      • Slide out the P-trap and empty any debris into your bucket (which will also be collecting water from the open area where you loosened the P-trap).
      • Screw the P-trap back into place tightly (you don't want it to leak!).
      • Keep the bucket in place and cover the drain while you fill the sink with water.
      • Let the sink drain and check to see if your P-trap is leaking. If it is, you'll need to tighten the screws more. The P-trap should be completely dry.
      • Remember to disinfect your ring or other piece of jewelry!
  • Slow Draining Sink
    • Another common plumbing problem is a slow draining sink. It can be such a nuisance when you're trying to wash dishes or wash the sink and you have to stand and wait for it to drain. The good news is, you can sometimes fix this yourself! There is a nut which is attached to the drain under your sink. If you unscrew this by hand, you can have access to the pop-up. Thoroughly clean the pop-up and then screw it back into place with the nut.
  • Slow Draining Tub
    • If your tub starts to drain slowly after a bath, try to remove the tub stopper to check for any debris. These debris could include hair, and this should be cleaned on a regular basis, if possible, to avoid eventually clogging the drain completely.

If you try to fix these plumbing problems on your own and still feel like you need a plumber, please call us! We are a family business, located in South Bend, IN, with 97 years of experience. Call us at 574-233-9774!

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