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Plumbing in Sydney: Some Practical DIY Tips

blocked_drainPlumbing problems are some of the most gruelling household problems. However, there are some plumbing problems that are simple enough to be fixed by anyone. All you need to know are some plumbing basics, and some tips from a reliable plumbing contractor from Sydney.

What follows are some tips from GF James Plumbing, Sydney’s leading plumbing company, on how to take care of simple plumbing problems.

Clogged bathroom drains

One of the most common plumbing issues that GF James always takes care of is clogged bathroom drains. It’s one of the most annoying things in the morning, especially if you’re in a hurry. Blocked drains can be easily spotted as you are taking a bath. Water gradually builds up and stands on the bathroom floor for a very long while before finally, but very slowly, going down.

There are several culprits to this problem. Accumulating hair and chunks of soap contribute significantly to bathroom drain clogging.

To fix this, you can use a drain snake or closet auger to remove any debris that could be clogging the drain. But this doesn’t work every time. It could work for a while, but the problem could come back soon. Another simple thing you can do that has worked wonderfully for many bathrooms is to use Drano, a liquid solution, or other similar products. They provide effortless solution to unclogging drains. All you need is to pour it down the drain. It effectively dissolves most debris that caused the clogging. The whole thing could last for only several minutes.

If the problem persists, then it’s time to call a plumbing specialist.

Clogged toilet

Here’s yet another simple plumbing problem that many contractor are called about: clogged toilets. Of course the reasons why toilets are clogged widely vary, and there’s no single solution to every problem of this sort. But there are simple solutions for most clogged toilets, and you can do it yourself without the help of professionals.

For most simple toilet clogs, a flat-mouthed toilet plunger can do the trick, but for tougher clogs, you need to use a bellows-type plunger, which should be available in many hardware stores. It’s a special type of toilet plunger which is shaped like an accordion. It’s more powerful and it plunges more effectively than conventional plungers. Despite its seemingly odd shape, it’s actually very easy to use. Just use it like you would a regular plunger.

Running toilet

Don’t you just hate it when you have to wake up in the middle of the night because your toilet is running, making that annoying noise? Running toilet is a plumbing problem that easily flushes your money right down the drain. Fortunately, there are very simple ways for you to do so you can have your running toilet fixed without having to call on the professionals.

You need to find out first if jiggling the flush button could solve the problem. It sets the float ball, or flapper, back into its place above the water level. You can also open the water tank to see if the float ball is above the water level or not. If the float ball isn’t working properly, then it’s time to replace it with a new one.

These are some cost-saving ways to fix simple plumbing problems. However, don’t hesitate to call plumbing professionals in Sydney to fix complex plumbing problems, as failing to take care of these types of problems could worsen your plumbing’s condition.

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Geoff grew up in Berala near Lidcombe in Sydney and attended Birrong Boys High School where he finished his Year 10 school certificate. Geoff was encouraged by his uncle to consider plumbing as he had done a bit of plumbing work on weekends during his school years. DJ Childs Plumbing in Canterbury offered him a plumbing apprenticeship and he spent most of his time working on plumbing maintenance and new roofs on commercial sites. Geoff on Google+.