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.
When you move into your first rental apartment on your own, you likely do not have experience with home maintenance issues that may arise when you have an entire apartment all to yourself. Plumbing issues are among the most common home maintenance issues that an apartment renter may experience. However, you may not know which plumbing problems you can handle yourself and which require you to contact your landlord for professional plumbing services and assistance. Get to know more about some of the most common plumbing issues you may experience in your new apartment and how you can properly handle them.
A Clogged Sink In The Kitchen Or Bathroom
Sinks can clog for a number of reasons. In the kitchen, food may get trapped or built up in the pipes and in the bathroom hair, toothpaste, or other items can cause a clog that slows your sink from draining properly.
Oftentimes, a sink that is partially clogged and therefore draining slowly is something you can deal with yourself with relative ease. In fact, you may be able to solve your dilemma with a little bit of baking soda and vinegar. All you need to do is mix equal parts baking soda and vinegar and pour it slowly down the clogged drain in your sink or bathroom.
Let that bubbling mixture work its way down your pipes for about 10 to 15 minutes to eat away at and force out any buildup in those pipes. Then, pour hot or boiling water down the drain to further clear out the buildup.
However, if this method and/or standard drain cleaners do not work or your sink will not drain at all, you should definitely contact your landlord for professional plumbing services. The clog may be more extensive or further down, perhaps even a part of the main line out of your apartment building.
An Unpleasant Odor Radiating From Your Plumbing Fixtures
If you walk into your kitchen or bathroom and encounter an odor reminiscent of sewage or rotten eggs, you may think that the problem is simply that you need to thoroughly clean your apartment. However, that particular odor is actually a sign of a larger plumbing problem.
The smell of sulfur (the rotten eggs) or sewage in your apartment is indicative of a clogged sewage drain, or the pipes that carry wastewater to the city's main sewage lines. This problem likely is affecting not only your apartment, but others as well. And if it is not addressed quickly, you may find yourself with an apartment full of backed up sewage that overflowed.
Call your landlord right away and warn them of the issue so that they can get plumbing services over to the complex as soon as possible. The smell often means the sewage is just on the verge of overflowing, an issue that would cause major damage to the residents' possessions as well as the landlord's property.
Now that you know more about a few of the common plumbing problems you may encounter in your first apartment, you can be sure that you are prepared to handle these issues should they arise in the future. For further assistance, contact a local professional plumber, such as one from Clean Plumbers BY Phillip Maurici Plumbing Inc.