What Are the Plumbing Tools and Their Uses?

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There are those who tackle the problems as and when they come and there are those who need to be prepared for emergencies to tackle difficult situations efficiently. In case of plumbing, however, it is always beneficial to be in the latter category. On average, a homeowner will be faced with at least one emergency plumbing situation every year and as the house gets older, the cases may rise. In order to keep yourself prepared to handle small plumbing needs and emergencies, a home should have a kit that has the right tools to help navigate the problem with ease

There are tools for every problem you face and a professional plumber would carry at least 25-30 tools excluding the variants of each with themselves. However, if you are not a plumber then it is illogical for you to have so many tools lying around just for plumbing. The right mix of tools will take care of most of the worries.

The minimum plumbing tools one should keep in the house

Being prepared does not mean one needs a full garage of tools. Having 5 or six tools in your garage will help you overcome most cases and manage extreme cases till professionals arrive. All you need is a bag and the following tools

  • Plunger – Used to clear clogs in your drain. The easiest method to clear blocked drainage is to fix the plunger and go for it. Whether it is your shower, sink or toilet, you can use the plunger to clear things up easily
  • Wrench – This is one tool that plumbers cannot do without. If you see someone holding this tool, chances are they are a plumber. Wenches do come in a lot of shapes and sizes but a basic wrench with adjustable mouth is all you need for your home kit.
  • Pliers – When it comes to tightening or loosening nuts and bolts that are hard to reach, the pliers can come in very handy. It is also used to hold one end for grip and tighten the other using the wrench.
  • Putty – If you are looking to replace or remove a fixture then putty will help you achieve the best fit for your fixture. It remains soft even when used for longer durations and does not work like an adhesive hence is easier to remove.
  • Sealing Tape / Sealant – Most of the time when there is a crack in the pipes or a hole that seeps, all you need to do is put a sealant on top of it. This prevents any further water damage to the area and you can gain some time before the plumber arrives to help you fix the problem.

The following tool kit will be a bare minimum starter pack for you to be able to deal with the leaking tap, clogged drains, or any such minor plumbing issues and emergencies that you will have to face. It will help you prevent further damage before the professionals arrive and take charge of the situation.

A blocked drain is not only a plumbing problem, but it causes a lot of inconvenience and damage like foul smell, damage to furniture and interiors. That is why it is important to ensure that blocked drains are fixed immediately and we try and prevent this issue before it occurs. As a homeowner, it will help if you have some basic knowledge of potential issues, you can do the first-level diagnosis and then take the help of professional plumbing services to fix the drain.

How to identify a blocked drain?

The signs of a blocked drain can creep up over time at a slow pace and if left unchecked will become a major issue. The following red flags are easy to spot and can help you identify a blocked drain:

  1. A foul smell emanating from the sink or a drain hole indicates that some household matter like food and paper has blocked the drain and is decomposing to cause the bad smell.
  2. An overflowing toilet bowl could point toward a blocked outdoor drain or manhole.
  3. Gurgling sound in the flush or the drains indicates trapped air. This can help you spot the exact point of blockage as the sound is generated when water tries to flow around a blockage.
  4. Slow drainage is a very prominent sign of a block in the drain. If you see slow drainage in sink, shower or the toilet bowl there is a surely a blockage obstructing the water flow.

Easy tips to clear blocked drains

Here are some easy tips you can use to clear minor clogs in the drain.

  • Boiling water is a simple and non-toxic option to clean blocked sink, drain or toilet bowls. Boiling water will break down grease, food and soap that might be causing the blockage. If you have PVC pipes, you must choose hot water rather than boiling water.
  • A combination of baking soda and white vinegar is a great household solution and a natural drain cleaner. After using this solution, you should flush the drain with hot water to remove any remnants.
  • Cup plungers are simple and practical non-chemical ways to unclog drains. A plunger helps create air based force that can shift any object that is causing the obstruction.
  • Caustic cleaners are commonly used for tough to handle clogs, however, these are not very environment friendly and hence must be used carefully. You must wear a mask and gloves while using these cleaners.
  • A severe blockage which cannot be unblocked with these simple measures will need professional intervention. A plumber might need to dig the area around the pipe, remove blockages and repair the damage.
  • High pressure water jets can resolve some of the toughest blockages. However, these need to be operated by professional plumbers as the force is very strong. This is commonly used when tree roots are blocking the main drains.

If you think the blockage is not so tough can be resolved with one of the DIY tips you should try that, in case of a large-scale property or a tough block you must call for a commercial plumbing service.

Sooner or later, your taps may start to malfunction and exhibit one or more problems. The problems may be minor, but occasionally, they may point towards a more serious underlying issue with your plumbing. In this post, we’ll take a look at the most common tap issues that plague property owners in Bundaberg.

Before we start looking at the problems in detail, we’d like to state right off the bat that whenever you experience any plumbing issues, you should immediately contact professional plumbing services. Going the DIY way may harm more than help, which can end up costing you a lot of money to fix. So, with that being said, let’s get back into the groove of things and take a closer look at all the common tap troubles along with their solutions.

1. Leaky or Dripping Taps

A drippy or leaking tap may indicate a problem with its washer or seal. Faulty washers or seals are typically encountered with independent cold and hot taps. In such a scenario, the best thing to do would be to very cautiously remove the washer and/or seal and have the faulty components replaced by a professional plumber in Bundaberg.

If you’re unsure about removing the washers and/or installing them, don’t take an unnecessary risk in trying to do everything on your own, as you may end up damaging other components that are working just fine. If you detect the drip or leak in a bathroom mixer tap, the problem may lie in the ceramic cartridge that stays within the tap. Replacing the cartridge is as easy as replacing the washers and seals of separate cold and hot taps.

2. Reduced Water Pressure

When water pressure goes down, the flow of water is severely affected. This comes to the surface when you turn a tap open. A change in water pressure doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong with your tap. It could very well be a problem with the external water mains or a half-open stop valve. It may also be triggered by multiple water systems running simultaneously.

It’s best to ask a reputed plumbing professional to pay you a visit to figure out what exactly is affecting the water pressure. If it is indeed a tap issue, it’s most likely due to locked air inside the pipes connected to your tap.

3. Limescale Deposit Build-up

Property owners residing in places with hard water often complain of built-up limescale deposits on their plumbing. While a little build-up isn’t really a great cause for concern, over time, a little may end up becoming a lot, and that is a problem. If the limescale deposits aren’t cleaned from time to time, they can severely restrict water flow and reduce the efficiency of your plumbing

Dealing with limescale deposits is something that you can do on your own. Simply get a branded cleaning product meant for removing limescale deposits or use vinegar or lemon juice to loosen the deposits. Once the deposits are loosened up and broken down, scrub them off.

So, the next time you encounter one of these common tap troubles, you’ll know what to do, won’t you?

It’s easy for drainage problems to go completely unnoticed, especially in their early days. Most of them develop very slowly over time, and their development is helped by the fact that drains stay underground. However, once one or more of those problems begin to surface, the situation can become overwhelming in a short span of time.

In this post, we’d like to take you through three of the most common yet dreaded drainage problems faced by property owners in Bundaberg – problems that need professional plumbing services to be dealt with. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it!

1. Displaced Pipe Joints

Ground movement is a natural phenomenon but it is often exacerbated by an increase in traffic levels or a sudden rise in construction activities in the vicinity. Over time, this movement can potentially displace the pipe joints and create openings for wastewater to leak out of. This problem may not be evident initially as the effects of the leaking wastewater will take time to come to the fore. But when it does become apparent, it can potentially cause structural damage to not just your plumbing, but your property as well.

Identifying and dealing with displaced or open pipe joints is best left to the professionals, who employ a process known as drain relining to solve the issue. If the displacement is minor, patch lining is used to repair the damage.

2. Root Rage

The roots of plants and trees grow downwards as they look for more nutrients in the soil along with oxygen and water, and your sewer system is a rich source of nutrients needed by them. All it takes for a root to penetrate the drain pipes is a small opening, and if the penetration occurs, it may lead to further openings and holes in the pipes. And as a result, wastewater will rapidly leak out, once again posing the risk of structural damage. Even if the penetration doesn’t result in significant wastewater leakage, a growing root system within the drain pipes can cause blocked drains.

Dealing with this root rage is no easy feat. DIY methods include using copper sulphate to get the roots out of the way. However, instead of risking further damage to your drainage, you should get in touch with the professionals who use techniques like drain jetting and high-pressure flushing to remove roots.

3. Debris Build-up

From coffee grinds to hair and more – all sorts of debris may accumulate inside your drain pipes over the years. The thicker the debris is, the greater the chances are of it causing a blockage within the drainage system. As a blockage becomes more significant, it slowly reduces the efficiency of the drainage system until it completely collapses, resulting in pipes breaking apart and all the accumulated debris and wastewater flowing out.

It’s not recommended to go down the DIY route when it comes to unblocking your drain pipes. If you notice your drainage becoming more inefficient with each passing day, contact a professional. A licensed plumber Bundaberg conducts CCTV drain surveys to identify the type of debris that’s causing the blockage. Once the cause is identified, the professional work out a meticulous plan for getting things back in order.

It’s best to schedule CCTV drain surveys a few times every year to ensure the health of the drainage systems in your property. After all, the quicker a pro manages to identify the problem, the faster it gets resolved.

Leaking tap with continuously dripping drops of water are common sights in households. In our busy lives, it is highly likely to push the repair of taps and wait for some free time at hand. However, you must know that these taps with leakages are quite dangerous and hence it is advised that you quickly act to fix them up. Experts suggest that as soon as you notice a leak in any of the taps you must call for an emergency plumbing service. Sometimes you might be tempted to go the do-it-yourself way and fix the problem, however, if you have an iota of doubt about your capacity to fully solve the issue you must call for a professional service provided.

Here are some of the most common reason to fix the leaking taps:

  1. Health risks: Leaking tap cause problems like mould and mildew which can be hazardous to you and your family’s health. These problems are usually discreet and hidden in the structure and foundation of the house. By the time they become apparent they have caused a lot of damage already. Mould is a profoundly serious concern because of the toxic chemicals, mycotoxins it produces. These chemicals cause allergies and respiratory problems. Stagnant water, that gets deposited due to leakages in taps also becomes breeding ground for insects and bacteria. You can avoid these health risks by calling for an experienced professional service provider as soon as you notice a leak.
  2. To save water: It is estimated that a leaking tap can lead to wastage of up to 20,000 litres of water in a year. This number is a clear indication, that even a small leakage issue has a significant impact. Climate change and growing population are already putting our environment under a lot of pressure. If we do not fix leakages in tap on time, we will end up adding to the environmental issues.
  3. Save money: The cost of water has risen greatly in Australia and hence the homeowners cannot ignore. If you do not fix the problematic tap in time and the issue becomes serious you might have to replace the entire system which will cost you heavily.
  4. Prevent structural damage to your home: Taps that have a leakage can result in structural damages to your home if they are left unchecked. Some of the most common damages are the ones to the foundation, walls, or doors. Fixing these structural damages is a very costly and time-intensive affair. It is prudent to call for emergency plumbing services the minute you see a leak and not wait for the problem to grow bigger.

A plumbing problem like a tap that has some leakage might look like a minor problem initially. However, it can lead to several serious problems and more permanent damages if it is left untreated. You must get this fixed by an expert who can dive into the root cause of the issue. If you need help with any plumbing service for your home, you can reach out to us at Platinum Plumbing. Write to us at info@ppbundy.com or give us a call on 0741552828.

Overflowing toilet bowls or sinks that do not empty are the worst nightmares of all homeowners. Usually, it is blocked drains that cause these problems and become a reason to call for emergency plumbing services. Clogged drains give some early warning signs, and it is best to recognize them before the problem gets worse and becomes a disaster. If you are aware of the common early signs you can get professional help at the right time and solve the issue before the problem becomes more serious.

Some of the most common signs of blocked drains are:

  1. Slow drainage: If you see slow drainage in your bathtub, sink or shower area it is most probably because of a clog in the drain. When the drain is working perfectly fine and is healthy the water goes into the drain quickly but when items like food scrap or hair enter the drain, they lead to a blockage.
  2. Gurgling or noisy drains:  When the water struggles to get drained you may witness a gurgling noise. This is a quite common sign of a problem in the drains.
  3. Water level in toilet bowl: When there is a blockage in the drain, the water level in the toilet bowl becomes unusually low. When you flush the toilet, the water will rise and then slowly drain.
  4. Foul smell: When there is a clog in the drain, the items causing the clog start to decompose over time and these along with the stagnant water causes a foul smell in the affected drains, bathtubs, toilets and sinks.

The blockage takes time to build up and become apparent, but once the drain is clogged you will very soon see the obvious signs. If you are aware of these early signs of problems in the drain you will be able to act at the right time and fix the problem soon. The sight, smell, and sound aspects of drains are particularly important to recognize clog in the drains.

What to do next?

If you see any of the above signs in your drains it is an alarm to quickly tackle the issue. The first step is to understand who is responsible to deal with the issue. All parts and systems that are within the boundary of your home and are used solely in your home are your responsibility. If the system or parts are common and used by many houses in the neighborhood then the local water company will take care of them. With this you will know your next action, if the blockage is off-site then you just need to report to the relevant company.

On the other hand, if see evidence of clogs within your boundary you should call for professional plumbing services. If the item causing the blockage is visible you can attempt removing it on your own, however, if the clog is deep into the drain you must call for an expert. If you need help with a clogged drain you can reach out to us at Platinum Plumbing on 0741552828.