Today’s society takes the whole concept of indoor plumbing for granted. We turn on the tap or flush the toilet and we forget about it. So, what actually happens to bring water into our home and get wastewater out of our house is something of a mystery. Still, we get a lot of plumbing questions. Here are few and our best answers.
Question 1 – Help! My daughter just flushed a roll of toilet paper down the stool. How do I get it out?
- Step No. 1 is to take your plunger or a nearby toilet brush and try to remove the roll. Sometimes it’s as easy as that if the roll isn’t too far in.
- If not, put a tablet of dishwasher detergent in the bowl and let it soak for 30 minutes. The roll should soak up more water and get softer. Remove the tablet and flush the toilet 3 or 4 times. If the roll got soft enough, you can probably just flush it down. If it’s being stubborn, go to work with the plunger again, then flush.
- If that does not do the trick, the next step is a drain snake; or, if you don’t have one, straighten out a wire coat hanger and try to work the roll free.
- Finally, if you determine that the troublesome roll of toilet paper just isn’t going to come out, admit defeat and call the plumbing pros at Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. Then put your daughter’s allowance in escrow until she’s old enough to know better.
Question 2 – My bathroom sink (or shower) is draining very slowly. What can I do?
- This usually means the drain is clogged with hair and other yucky stuff. The good news is that a drain clog is normally easy to unplug, albeit a little messy.
- If your sink is stopped up, you need to remove the stopper. Look in the cabinet below the sink and you should find a rod that opens and closes the drain. Disconnect it from the stopper. Put on a pair of rubber gloves (remember the yucky stuff?), remove the stopper, then clean out all the hair and debris. Run some water to make sure there are no other stoppages, then replace the stopper and reconnect it to the rod under the sink.
- For a clogged shower drain, a screwdriver is likely required to remove the plate covering the drain. Then, same process used with sink.
- In either case, if the problem persists, you may need to try using a drain snake again or just call in the best plumbing company, Kotz.
- Please note that chemical drain cleaners generally don’t work well and contain toxic chemicals, to boot. Natural solutions such as Bio-Clean® or BioSmart™ are much better options.
Some routine plumbing repairs and maintenance can be performed by the homeowner, but don’t overstep your expertise. The damage caused by plumbing mistakes can often be expensive and catastrophic. When in doubt call on Kotz. Doing what’s best for the customer since 1929.