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Troubleshoot Your Slow Drain

Troubleshoot Your Slow Drain

If you are like most people, you probably ignore slow drains¬†thinking they will take care of themselves. The truth is, this seldom works. Once drains become sluggish they tend to become worse over time until they can no longer be ignored. So, if your drains are slow or sluggish, bite the bullet and find out why before it’s too late. Follow these steps to troubleshoot and correct slow or sluggish drains. Check the Drain Stopper The drain stopper rests in the mouth of the drain and prevents objects from entering the plumbing system. Because the drain stopper catches hair and other debris, soap scum, hair and other junk can build up, stopping the flow of water down the drain. Pull out the stopper (wearing rubber gloves, of course) and clean the junk from the stopper. Some drains, such as shower drains, have a screen instead of a stopper. For these drains, you will need an old coat hanger or a drain weasel to pull the hair out of the drain. Check the Sink Overflow The tiny hole near the top of your bathroom sink is designed to drain excess water if your sink overfills, but that’s not its only job. The sink overflow hole also provides the air needed to for your sink to drain properly. If the hole is blocked or clogged, it will create a vacuum and your sink will drain slowly. Clean the sink overflow hole with an old toothbrush. Empty the Trap The sink trap is located under the sink. It can get clogged from items dropped in the drain and slow or stop the...
When Should You Consider A Bathroom Remodel?

When Should You Consider A Bathroom Remodel?

The average American spends about 30 minutes a day in the bathroom, with one in four spending more than an hour. That means a family of four spends 730 hours a year in the bathroom. A streamlined and efficient bathroom can make your life easier, but that is not the only reason to consider remodeling your bathroom. Functionality & Aesthetics A bathroom that is outdated and no longer serves the needs of your family is always a good reason to remodel. This may include adding more storage space, exchanging the tub for a more elaborate shower as your children grow, or simply getting rid of the old-fashioned lavatory and toilet that have outlived their appeal. Poor lighting is also a common complaint in outdated bathrooms. Adding new lighting or windows for natural light can transform the space. Starting the day in an updated bathroom may be just what you need to boost your confidence or motivate you for a productive day. Plumbing Issues Updating your plumbing fixtures or hiding exposed pipes from view is another common reason to remodel the bathroom. Old plumbing or fixtures that leak or fail to function properly is a sure sign that a bathroom remodel is in order. If your drains clog easily or you have on-going issues with the toilet, talk to your plumber¬†about replacing the existing plumbing to correct the problem as part of your bathroom remodel project. Safety Issues Leaks and excessive moisture lead to mold and mildew, putting your family’s health at risk. Damp or moist areas around pipes or along the edge of the tub indicate you may have...