Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes
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Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.


Best Techniques For Winterizing Your Water Pipes

Simple Steps To Unclog Your Kitchen Sink's Drain

Carla Taylor

If your kitchen sink isn't draining, try the following tips to remove the clog. Very few tools are required and you don't need any plumbing experience in order to complete the repair.  

Use The Following Materials

  • commercial drain opener
  • cooking pot
  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • hot water
  • rag
  • wrench
  • bucket
  • flashlight
  • tube scrub brush
  • mild detergent
  • water hose

Try A Drain Opener

Pour a commercial drain opener directly over the drain. Wait several minutes for the water to go down. If you do not have a product like this at your home, you can make your own with baking soda, vinegar, and hot water. Pour one cup of baking soda over the drain. Follow with one cup of vinegar. Do not be alarmed when you see foam coming up from your sink. A chemical reaction causes this to occur.

Cover the drain with a rag. After a few minutes, lift the rag and pour a pot of hot water over the drain. If the clog has been removed, water in the sink will drain properly. If water is still sitting in the sink, move on to the next step.

Remove The Trap

The P-trap is a pipe that sits underneath your sink that is bent at an odd angle. It is responsible for preventing dangerous sewer gases from entering your home. Place a bucket underneath it. Loosen and remove the nuts that are on each side of the pipe with a wrench. Pull out the bolts that were connected to the nuts. Gently pull down the pipe and tilt one end of it into the bucket so that the water from the pipe goes inside. Take the pipe outside to clean it. 

Clean And Reattach The Pipe

Clean the pipe out with a tube scrub brush and mild detergent. Move the brush up and down to loosen any materials that are stuck on the interior walls. Shine a flashlight into the pipe if you are having difficulty seeing which areas are dirty. Once all substances have been removed, spray the inside of the pipe with a water hose that is adjusted to a strong setting.

Bring the pipe back in your home and line it up under the sink. Insert the bolts and attach a nut to each one. Tighten them with the pliers. Turn on your sink to make sure that it is draining properly. Try to prevent food from going down the drain so that it doesn't become clogged in the future. To learn more, contact a business like Puget Sound Plumbing.