Gross Plumbing Problems
Everyone has had one of those plumbing moments that makes you say, “ICK!” However, it’s important to know what to do in those situations. We’re here with some quick (and sometimes dirty) tips on how to fix gross plumbing problems.
The Backed Up Toilet
This is by far one of the grossest plumbing problems out there. It’s a pretty stinky situation (and we mean that literally and figuratively). However, there are a few simple steps to take to correct this icky issue.
- Obtain a set of disposable gloves, a trash bag, cleaning supplies (preferably with bleach or other heavy duty cleaning agent), old rags you don’t mind parting with (or paper towels), and a plunger.
- Remove as many items from around the clogged toilet as possible, just in case there is an overflow when you use the plunger.
- If you’re worried about the toilet overflowing, place the rags or paper towels around the base to catch as much spillage as possible.
- Insert the plunger and push down hard several times. This should clear the clog and make the water go down. Repeat as necessary.
- Carefully wipe up any spillage from around the toilet bowl. Use the cleaning products to disinfect the toilet, the floors, the plunger, and anything else.
- Dispose of the towels and gloves in the trash bag.
Keep in mind that frequent toilet clogs are indicative of a larger drainage problem. We recommend that you contact us, as drain line issues are more difficult to repair.
The Funky Drain Smell
There’s no nice way to say it: you’re smelling hair and the buildup from cosmetics, dirt, and other congealed nastiness at the top of your drain. Sorry.
- Secure a bucket, disposable gloves, old rags, a garbage bag, and wrenches.
- Remove everything from under the sink.
- Unscrew and remove the drain stopper. This is probably the culprit. However, be prepared: it’s pretty nasty.
- With the bucket underneath to catch water and goopy, remove the p-trap (see more here).
- Rinse out the p-trap, sink drain, and drain stopper. Reassemble.
- Once you reassemble the sink properly, pour a combination of hot water and vinegar (4 parts water, 1 part vinegar) down the drain to remove any additional odors. Run cold water down the sink afterwards.
We hope this has helped you learn how to fix a few gross plumbing problems. However, we’re happy to take care of these for you, too. National is always here to help you with any of your residential or commercial plumbing needs, icky or not.