We’ve all been there. That sinking feeling as we pull the plug on the kitchen sink full of greasy,grey water – instead of the gentle downward swirl -nothing happens. You have clogged drains. The most common causes of clogged drains include hair, food particles, oil, dirt, soap and mineral build-up from hard water.
To avoid the inconvenience of clogged drains you need to use to keep outside substances from washing down, and clean your drains regularly to prevent enough build-up to clog the drain. If you do however have clogged drains you can try and unclog them your self. You can remove the drain strainer and clean it thoroughly. If that doesn’t workcreate a simple cleaning solution with baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water.You can also try and apply force to the offending clog with a plunger. If you still have no luck then you need to call in professional plumbers
So, you’ve worked out that you’ve got blocked drains. What are you going to do about it? Before calling the plumbers there are a number of things you can do yourself.
First of all don’t empty more water into the drains. If you’ve checked the drain strainer, tried the plunge. If that still doesn’t work you need to check the manhole. Get your hose and poke it into the end of the drain from the empty manhole and turn the water on full to see if the water pressure will shift the blockage. If you managed to clear the blocked drains it is worth flushing the drains through, perhaps with hot soapy water as often, fat can block drains and this will help break it up and disperse it completely. If you are unable to clear the blocked drains yourself, then you should hire drain clearers.
In this day and age of rising electricity costs and the need to find solutions to our electricity consumption geysers, can eat up those units and pennies.
It might be an idea to get a plumber in to look at your geysers and give you some ideas on how to cut back on costs. Plumbers can turn down the geyser’s thermostat so that it doesn’t use up quite as much power to heat up. You could also ask your plumber about a blanket for your geysers. These will help retain the heat for a longer period of time. If you have a geyser in your garden cottage which is not used often -turn it off and only turn it on when you need it. Other energy saving options on geysers would be looking at harnessing the sun’s power and installing solar powered geysers.
When faced with a plumbing emergency one so often opts for the first available plumber. This could be a bigmistake. You always need to check that the plumbing company you have contacted are going to send out a professional plumber. Be smart – shop around. Don’t just hire the first plumber you phone they could charge a fortune especially if it’s an emergency. Do some price comparisons. Always get a licensed professional plumber. Plumbing work requires people who know exactly what they're doing - someone who will do it on the cheap will be a very short-term answer to a longer term cost. Ask questions. Do they charge a flat or hourly rate? Do they provide a 24-hour emergency service? Will they provide written quotes in advance? Are there any additional service charges. Getting a professional plumber means you’ll get the right job done the first time.
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