Kitchen Sink Clogged

How to Prevent and Fix a Kitchen Sink Clog

Kitchen Sink Clog: The Most Common Plumbing Problem

Plumbers get more calls about a  kitchen sink clog than anything else.  Sometimes clogs come from regular usage, but many are preventable.  Here are some tips to prevent a clogged kitchen drain.

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Where Do Kitchen Sink Clogs Come From?

The kitchen sink is the most used sink in the house, and it is the one that gets clogged most frequently.  Kitchen sink stoppages are usually caused by liquid fats (e.g. oils or meat fats) that congeal somewhere in your pipes.   These fats dissolve in warm dishwater and flow down the drain through your pipes.  As the fats cool, they become more solid and begin to accumulate on the walls of your pipes.  Solid food matter like coffee grounds and other particulates get caught in the cool sticky fat and accumulate to cause a stoppage.

How to Prevent a Kitchen Sink Clog

The easiest way to prevent kitchen sink clogs is to get in the habit of pouring liquid fats into the garbage instead of the sink.  If you’re concerned that fats might drip into the garbage, then put them in a ziploc bag or a tin can before putting in the garbage.

If you have a “garbage disposal” or “food disposer”, make sure to use plenty of cold water to flush masticated material thoroughly through your pipes.  Using more water will help food material dissolved in the waste water to get out of your home plumbing system before it cools and can congeal in the pipes of your home.

What to do When Your Kitchen Sink is Clogged

A “plumber’s friend” (aka a plunger) can unclog your sink similar to the way that a plunger unclogs a clogged toilet.  I know, I shouldn’t have to say it, but DON’T USE THE SAME PLUNGER.  Don’t say you weren’t warned.

If you have a double sink in your kitchen, seal the second (unclogged) drain to prevent the water from splashing out.  Simply putting the plunger over the drain and plunging vigorously several times is often enough to dislodge a simple clog. You can also try adding a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to the drain.  This will often push some simple clogs out.

If these things don’t clear your drain, it may be time to call Henry Plumbing.

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Water Heater

A Basic Guide to Troubleshooting Electric Water Heater Problems

There is a lot that can go wrong with a hot water heater.  As a homeowner you will almost always want to call a professional plumber to address issues with your water heater, but it pays to be an educated consumer.  You will probably need a professional plumber to fix the problem, but that does not mean that you should not understand what to expect when the plumber arrives.

This guide will help you understand five common complaints people have about their water heaters:

  • Issues with water temperature
  • Leaks
  • Discoloration and/or odor
  • Noise

Water Temperature Issues With Electric Water Heaters

Water temperature issues with electric water heaters range from no hot water to hot water that is too hot.  

No Hot Water

There are a lot of reasons an electric hot water heater may not be producing hot water.  Here are a few to consider:

  • a blown fuse
  • failure that prevents power from reaching the element thermostat
  • failure that prevents power from reaching the heating element.

Before calling a plumber, it’s a good idea to check the fuse box and make sure that the hot water failure is not being caused by something as simple as a blown fuse.   If there are no blown fuse, it is time to call an expert.  

Hot Water Heater Leaks

Hot water leaks can be dangerous.  If your hot water heater is leaking, you should probably call a plumber before doing anything else.  There are lots of reasons a hot water heater may be leaking, and not all of them require an expensive fix.  However, a leaky hot water heater can be dangerous.  You can read more about hot water leaks in our recent article here.

Water is Discolored or Smells Like Rotten Eggs (Sulfur)

If you are seeing rusty water in your home, the inside of your hot water heater may have become corroded.  Similarly, a part of the heating mechanism called the “anode rod” may have become corroded.  If there is a smell in your house of rotten eggs, the anode rod may be the cause of this as well.

Hot Water Heater Makes a Lot of Noise

If a hot water heater is noisy it has probably accumulated sediment from minerals in the water supply.  This is especially likely if the sound is a low rumbling noise.  If the water heater is making a high-pitched whining noise the hot water heater’s heating elements may have accumulated sediment.  

What to do About it

If fixing a blown fuse fixes your hot water problem, you probably don’t need a plumber.  In any of the other situations, you will almost certainly need to call a plumber.  We are always happy to help. Henry Plumbing 912-352-9827.

How to Tell There Is a Leak in Your Bathroom Plumbing

Fixing Bathroom LeakAn untreated plumbing leak can lead to serious issues that can end up costing you big time. Water damage to your walls, paint and floor are nearly impossible to repair and often require a complete renovation to restore.

To figure out if you need a plumber to investigate whether or not you have a pipe leak, consider the following.

Mold Growth

One of the more obvious signs of water leaks is mildew. If you find that regardless of how often or well you clean your bathroom you still have mold throughout it, it could mean there’s a hidden leak. Mold lives in dark and moist areas. A sprung leak could cause an all-out mold infestation. The faster you detect the leak, the easier it is to reverse the process.

Bubbling Paint or Wallpaper

Steam from a hot shower shouldn’t lead to your wallpaper or paint bubbling up. If and when water gets behind the wall, it prevents the bond from sticking to the surfaces and causes it to fall off. This process is the same for wallpaper.

Problems with Flooring

Your bathroom floor shouldn’t have any cracking or stains unless you’ve allowed water to sit on it for an extended period of time. Hidden water under flooring often leads to these and further issues. However, it is also possible that moisture migrated under your floors from a pipe leak or burst.

If you’ve noticed a rapid or unexpected buckling of your flooring, it’s possible that there is a plumbing leak.

Unpleasant Smells

Water that has accumulated in your pipes, in the walls, or in the flooring has a strong and unpleasant smell. It’s a combination of mold and old water, and it’s unmistakable. Most plumbing leaks take time to identify, but if you notice an unpleasant smell accompanied by any of the aforementioned, you could have a leak.

Any of these signs and symptoms could point to a major leak in your bathroom plumbing. Should you suspect or notice these signs in your bathroom, it might be time to hire a plumber. Don’t leave your leak untreated, or you could be left with an even larger plumbing bill.

DIY Leaky Pipe Repair

Risks of DIY Leaky Pipe Repair

There are multiple dangers to DIY leaky pipe repair. Choosing the DIY approach to pipe repair can hurt you, your family, your wallet and your home. Sometimes it’s best to know when to quit – or not start at all – and leave it to the pros at Henry Plumbing Company.

So what are the dangers that come with repairing your own leaky pipes?

Health Concerns for Your Family

Perhaps the scariest consequence of a DIY leaky pipe fix is the damage it can do to your loved one’s health and wellbeing. Your plumbing is primarily designed to deliver clean, fresh water into your home and drain waste water away. It’s an intricate system that when tampered with or not fixed properly can lead to dampness, fungus, and mold.

Damp can lead to mold which in turn can trigger asthma – children and the elderly are most at risk from this serious ailment. A damp, mold-ridden home is also a magnet for insects and mites who thrive in such conditions. If you have a leaky pipe in your attic (or you tried to mend one and didn’t isolate the true problem), various types of fungus and bacteria can move in and cause a range of health problems. Mold and other dangerous spores cannot live without water. We can find where it’s coming from and get your family breathing safe air again.

Making Matters Worse Before We Get There

A small leak in a pipe can quickly turn into a torrential disaster if you are not careful. Only the right tools and years of experience can satisfactorily address leaky pipe issues. The last thing you want to do is complicate what may have been a simple problem. Fixing a leaking pipe can also be treacherous due to the close proximity of telecommunication wiring, electrical or gas lines.

DIY Leaky Pipe Repair Can Lead to More Costly Issues

The first problem you can run into when trying to fix your own leaky pipe is simply the lack of experience to do so. Plumbing is a skilled trade, and there are so many things that can go wrong.

Without proper training in any task, you’re behind the eight-ball, and leaky pipe repair is no different. By calling in a professional plumber from Henry Plumbing Company right away, you can be sure we will isolate the problem and deliver the most cost effective solution. Structural damage from a poorly mended or incorrectly diagnosed leaking pipe can be a very expensive fix and extremely hard to locate by yourself.

If your water meter is running 24/7, then your water bill is going through the roof. Why take the chance? We have all the latest tools and techniques to locate where the leak is, and we’ve been saving Savannah, Georgia residents money since 1968.

We’ve been tackling all kinds of plumbing issues in the Savannah region since 1968 at Henry Plumbing Company. Take advantage of our free verbal or written estimates. We are proud of the trust our customers have in us. Let us earn yours. Call us anytime at 912-352-9827.

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Plumbing Repairs Savannah Needs to Know About

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Admit it or not- most plumbing requirements are not do-it-yourself jobs. While you may find it very easy to spot something wrong in your plumbing system, you may find it extremely difficult to fix the issues. Preventive maintenance does work, but once in a while, you may need to surrender to emergencies. With plumbing being one of the most critical pillars supporting your daily activities, you cannot possibly afford to undertake repair works that demand professional expertise. We, at Henry Plumbing Company, pride ourselves on always being punctual for appointments at a time when you need us the most.

Commitment Defines Our Service

Whether it is a leakage that is bothering you or a clogged pipe that has halted your operations, we offer plumbing repairs Savannah can count on to bring things back to their normal mode. We operate through a team of trained plumbing technicians who know the ins and outs of Savannah’s plumbing needs and are perfectly positioned to address them with appropriate solutions. We hold a Master Plumbing license in both Georgia and South Carolina and are bonded and insured.

Your Plumber, Savannah.  For Three Generations and Going Strong!

Presently in its third generation, our family-owned business has evolved over the years, reaching milestones and serving the needs of Savannians, ever since its inception in 1968. And the glory still continues. We have been voted the Best Plumber in Savannah in 2014 and 2015 by the readers of Savannah Magazine.

Let us Assess Your Plumbing Requirements

Prevention is better than cure. When it comes to plumbing, timely maintenance can prevent costly repairs. Call us on 912-352-9827 for a consultation or to schedule an inspection.

Facing an Emergency Situation?

For emergency plumbing repairs, Savannah trusts Henry Plumbing.  Have a leaky pipe? Do your sewer lines seem to be clogged? Did your water heater suddenly become dysfunctional?

Emergencies may hit anytime, putting you in a fix, disrupting your schedule, and causing unnecessary hassles. We are open seven days a week which means that you can access our services whenever you need.

Plumbing Repairs Savannah Needs to Know About:

What’s next? Drop in anytime at 1209 E. 59th Street, Savannah, GA 31404 or just call us on 912-352-9827 to know how we can work together.

Want to learn some plumbing tips to try yourself?  We don’t offer any guarantees these things will work, but we love DIY as much as anyone else.  Check out The Family Handyman for DIY Plumbing Tips.

Waiting for the Plumber

My toilet is gushing water. What should I do till the plumber gets here?

So your toilet is clogged and you don’t know what to do. You have decided to call a plumber and you are waiting for them to arrive but you still have to deal with water gushing out from underneath and the top of the bowl. What can you do while you wait?

There are several things to do while you wait for your professional emergency plumber. You are not quite as helpless as you might imagine, thankfully. To help you redirect your actions in the right manner, rather than hectically running around freaking out wondering where the plumber is at, we have gathered a few tips to prepare for his or her arrival. These tips are primarily for toilet clogs but can be used for any plumbing issue regarding your toilet.

Step One: Prepare the Environment

Start by preparing the environment for your plumber. Use paper towels and newspapers to soak up any liquid on the bathroom floor. It works well and you can easily throw them away after the fact. This is particularly helpful if the toilet isn’t exactly full of clean water. You also don’t want your floor to be full of moisture for any amount of time, particularly if it is carpeted or hardwood.

Step Two: Turn off the Water

If the water is still gushing from your toilet and you cannot physically stop it, you can reach around to the back of your toilet and turn off the water valve. This valve continually pumps water into the back tank of the toilet. You can also make sure that the tank is sealed by taking a look at the plastic seal at the bottom of the chain. If it’s open, close it with your bare hand.

Step Three: Try to Plunge the Toilet

Once again, you are not helpless when it comes to fixing your toilet. Grab your plunger and try a brief bit of plunging at the bottom of your toilet hole. Be careful not to force the plunger down too far, as this can cause damage or even create more obstruction to your toilet altogether. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for your plumber to remove the blockage once he or she arrives.

Step Four: Consider Using a Snake

If you have a plumbing snake, don’t hesitate to pull it out and pump it down your pipes. A word of caution: trained professionals can use a snake far better than the average homeowner can, so don’t force it if you are not certain what caused the clog. Water will keep gushing from your toilet if you can’t remove the blockage, so if this is your situation remove the snake and simply wait for the trained professional to arrive.

Step Five: Put the Toilet Lid Down

If you have little ones at home or even pets, be sure and put the lid down on your toilet. Your children can throw more toys in the toilet causing even further damage. You also don’t want your pets to think all that water looks tasty, so be sure and put your lid down as soon as you possibly can. Even if water is still gushing out of the toilet place the lid down to reduce any issues.

Step Six: Shut off Near By Electrical Appliances

Everyone knows that water and electricity do not mix, so be sure and scan the bathroom to see if any electrical appliances are open. Turn off your electrical outlets and make sure they stay off. This is also a good follow up to the last step as children and pets could be seriously injured if left unattended.

Step Seven: Use a fan or Dehumidifier

If moisture is gushing out of your toilet then pull out the fan or dehumidifier. This helps eliminate or reduce the clean up after the damage is already done. A dehumidifier is great for reducing mold build up and gets to the source of the problem in the air. A fan simply evaporates the moisture in the air quickly and easily.

Step Six: Cross Your Fingers and Wait for the Plumber

The final step is to simply cross your fingers and hope for the best. Your professional plumber is the key to getting to the source of the issue. Obviously, gushing water from your toilet is a bad sign and needs to be dealt with as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes the only hope is a professional, which means waiting uncomfortably while you are waist deep in toilet water.

Don’t worry, a thousand other homeowners have been in your shoes, so rest easy understanding that a professional plumber can dramatically help you restore your bathroom back to working condition.

Need a Plumber for a Clogged Toilet

When you need a plumber for a clogged toilet

It’s difficult to think of anything worse than a clogged toilet. It keeps you from enjoying your bathroom properly and it can cause serious distress for the whole family. There are several reasons for a clogged toilet, ranging from obstructions to build up, to improper plumbing. The reality is, despite the cause, all homeowners want is for it to be cleared and gone. Of course, you still need to figure out the cause and possibly take some steps to relieve the clog quickly and easily.

While it might be your first instinct to call a professional plumber, that isn’t always necessary to begin with. The best way is to start with a few home remedies to see if you can quickly resolve the obstruction or clog. If after you have put in sufficient effort to no avail, then it might be time to call a professional.

A few steps to see whether or not you need a professional plumber include the following.

Steps to Consider Before Calling a Plumber

Step One: Don’t Flush Your Toilet More Than Once

To begin with, if your toilet doesn’t completely flush after your first try, then whatever you do don’t flush it again. All you will do is cause it to overflow onto your bathroom floor and pump more water into the toilet bowl unnecessarily. Start by taking the lid off your toilet tank, and close the flapper at the top to prevent more water from flowing into the bowl. The flapper is a circular rubber piece that stops water from flowing in and out of the toilet.

Step Two: Prep Your Environment

After you have prevented the toilet from overflowing onto the floor, it is still a good idea to prep the environment by placing paper towels or newspapers around the bottom of the bowl. Turn on your ventilation system to keep the air fresh and prevent foul odors from filling up the room. This will make it easier to work and unclog the drain. You might also want to grab a pair of rubber gloves, and throw on some old clothes.

Step Three: Avoid Plunging if There’s an Obstruction

The next step is to see if there is an obstruction inside the pipe. You may already be aware of this if your child has thrown a toy down the pipe or something else is obstructing the water from freely flowing. If you can see the obstruction, grab your gloves and pull out the obstruction with your own hands. If you can’t see it and can’t reach it, then use your plunger gently. However, the best bet is to avoid plunging and try something else instead.

Step Four: Use a Plunger

If there is no solid obstruction, then go ahead and use your plunger. If you do, ensure that your plunger is high quality for the best results. Either a ball shaped plunger or a plunger with a fold-out rubber flange on the bottom part which forms a suction seal, is best. If your plunger is not sealing, then it’s not working. It’s also a good idea to put the plunger under hot water for a few minutes to soften it and prep it for the toilet.

Step Five: Flush with the Plunger Inside

You want your plunger to completely cover the hole of your toilet. It needs to be completely submersed to guarantee a solid suction. You want to push and pull water over the hole to guarantee a real result. Start by slowly pumping the plunger as you flush water into the bowl. This could very well go on for up to 20 minutes with little progress, but don’t give up.

If none of the above works, then it could be time to either try a homemade concoction of chemicals (or something from your local hardware supply store), or it could be possible you will need to hire a professional to help with your clog. Below we address the tell-tale signs that denote you need a plumber on your side.

Signs It’s Time to Call a Professional

  • You’ve Used Proper Methods and it Still is Clogged. If the above methods didn’t work to heal your clogged toilet, then the only thing left is to call a professional.
  • You’re worried about permanent damage to your system. Sometimes there is such a thing as too much elbow grease. Never try to force your toilet to unclog as this could damage your plumbing system. Instead, call an expert for help.
  • You may be concerned the issue goes much deeper than your toilet. Clogs can very well be a symptom of a much larger problem. This could be your sewer line or something else, but you won’t likely recognize the issue unless you get professional help.

Give some serious thought to your plumbing issue before trying any at home remedy. The wrong method could end up costing you more in the end. Contact a professional if your easy strategy isn’t producing results.