4 Plumbing Quick Fixes You Should Learn


When a pipe bursts or an appliance starts to leak, you can’t always afford to wait for a plumber. Water damage will take its toll quickly. Knowing a few basic but important plumbing quick fixes can make a big difference in how you recover from a plumbing disaster.

Here are some easy repairs you can perform to minimize damage before your local smell good plumber arrives on the scene. These simple stop-gap solutions may not sound like much, but they could save you money and spare your home from greater catastrophe.

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Leaking Pipe

No matter how small a pipe leak is, you don’t want water pouring out into your home. Even small drips can develop into big problems. Luckily, there are plenty of home plumbing tools designed to help you make quick fixes to prevent disaster.

Whatever method you go with, start by turning off the water. and measuring your leaking pipe’s circumference.

How to turn off the water

To turn off the water to a leaking pipe locate the nearest shut off valve. Sinks and toilets will have a small knob underneath where the water supply connects. Showers and tubs often have an access panel on the opposite side of the wall. Simply turn the shut off valve counterclockwise to stop water from flowing.

If your leak is not located near a local shut off valve, you may need to turn off the water to your entire home until the leak is addressed. Locate your water main where the city water supply enters your home. It will have a knob or lever type valve where you can shut off the water supply into your home.

 The right repair supplies

Your nearest hardware store should have what you need to temporarily stop leaking pipes until they can be replaced. If you have iron pipes, purchase an epoxy compound. If you have copper, PVC or other, purchase a pipe clamp or wrap.

To repair a leaking iron pipe: Apply epoxy directly onto the leaking pipe, like you would with caulk or plumber’s putty. The epoxy will temporarily form a seal over the leak.

To repair leaking PVC or copper pipes: Affix the pipe clamp or wrap around the leak. The pressure should hold in the water until you can get the pipe replaced.

Remember that none of these three products offer a permanent solution. While they function admirably as quick fixes, the only foolproof way to be rid of a plumbing leak permanently is to replace the pipe.  

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Leaking Pipe Joint

Leaking pipe joints are a little trickier than normal pipe leaks. The angle of the joint can make quick repairs awkward or ineffective. Luckily, there are a few tools designed specifically for administering quick fixes to vexing leaks like these.

Repair sleeves and rubber pipe connectors are flexible enough to wrap around a leaking joint and will press in on it to squeeze water back through the pipe.

To use a rubber pipe connector or repair sleeve: Measurement is important here. Cut rubber pipe connectors so they fit tightly around the leak. The rubber of the connector resists water if it’s wrapped tightly enough, but it won’t last forever. Repair sleeves work well on smaller joint leaks. Add a clamp over your rubber wrap to hold it in place.

Over time, however, the leak may grow wider than the sleeve. In a real pinch, you could supplement either of these tools with duct tape, but keep in mind how temporary a solution it would be.

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Cracked Porcelain

Toilets, bathtubs, sinks, and showers can crack or break just like anything else. Unlike everything else, however, these appliances are sometimes full of water. It’s easy to panic if the bottom of your toilet cracks open and starts flooding your bathroom. In cases like these, you’ll want to prevent the leak from damaging the floor as quickly as possible.

This is where our old pal plumber’s putty comes in. First, apply plumber’s putty to the inside of the leak. Try to squeeze it in as snugly as possible. Plumber’s putty naturally resists water, so it should hold for long enough. After you’ve squeezed the putty in as much as you can, apply caulk right over the top of it. The caulk will help form a secondary seal and lasts longer than plumber’s putty will, but it would be hard to put on without the putty. Neither the caulk nor the putty will last forever, however, so consider having your toilet, sink, or tub replaced soon after.

Faulty water heater quick fixes
Faulty Water Heater

If your water heater isn’t working well, it’s likely that sediment has collected in the tank. When a layer of sediment builds up at the base of a water heater tank, it blocks the heating element. The water heater wastes time and power trying to heat through the sediment. You don’t get hot water as quickly, and your water heater becomes strained. All water heaters need to be replaced eventually but flushing your tank can extend its lifespan significantly.

To flush your water heater

First, turn off the water heater. Run hot water in a sink for about 10 minutes to drain the tank of hot water. Shut off the cold-water supply on top of the tank, and then attach a garden hose to the drain valve. Make sure the hose leads to the nearby floor drain. Re-open the cold-water supply WITHOUT closing the drain valve or disconnecting the hose. Watch the water drain until you can’t see sediment discoloration in it.

For Plumbing Emergencies in L.A.

Try these quick fixes for any of the above plumbing emergencies and then call us right away. We can fix your emergency quickly, effectively, and permanently. Mike Diamond has been on the Los Angeles scene stopping all manner of home plumbing problems since 1976.  

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How to Fix a Toilet That Won’t Flush

Person flushing their toilet

Stuck in that awkward plumbing limbo where your toilet won’t flush? Fear not. We’re here to explain the most common reasons your toilet may not be flushing and how you can fix them. If you live in L.A., your local plumbers at Mike Diamond are always ready to help.

Your toilet may be clogged (even if you can’t see it) or it may not be getting enough water.  Any number of working parts could be faulty too. Before the next person in your home needs to go, let’s, ahem, plunge in and help you fix that toilet that won’t flush.

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Your Toilet is Clogged.

An obvious reason why your toilet won’t flush, but a necessary one to consider is that it’s clogged. Never flush anything other than toilet paper and waste down your toilet. Wipes and other items can build up and block your sewer line. Clogs may not be visible if they’re further down the line.

A partial clog somewhere in the line could mean that your toilet will still flush but not very strong. A way to test for a partial clog is to pour a bucket with a gallon of cold water into the bowl. If your toilet still doesn’t flush properly, you probably have a partial clog.

What to do: Use a plunger or toilet auger to loosen things. Make sure you use a flange plunger, since the cup will help you create a better seal in the toilet bowl. Another way to loosen things is to turn off the toilet’s water, flush it, and then add hot (not boiling) water to the bowl. Let the water sit for several minutes, then flush it. If that doesn’t work, either, you should consider snaking the toilet.  If your toilet still won’t flush after trying any of the above methods, you may want to consider professional drain cleaning services.

Check Your Toilet’s Handle and Chain

If the handle doesn’t do anything when you flush, you may have an easy fix. The handle connects to the flapper (the valve that holds the water in the tank) via a small length of chain. A simple explanation may be that the chain got disconnected at either end.

It’s also possible that the chain is the wrong length. When you depress the handle, the chain yanks up the flapper to initiate the toilet’s flush. If the toilet chain is too long, it won’t be able to yank up the flapper. If the flapper doesn’t rise, the toilet doesn’t flush. If the chain’s too short, then then your toilet flapper won’t seal properly and your toilet will run without ever completely filling with water.

What to do: Lift off the lid of your toilet tank. Check that both ends of the chain are connected. If they aren’t clip them back into place. If they are, pull the handle to test that the chain is the right length to lift the flapper fully open and also allow it to close tightly.

Why Won’t the Flapper in the Toilet Close?

As mentioned above, the flapper is the rubber valve at the bottom of your toilet’s tank. A toilet’s flapper opens and closes whenever you flush, allowing water to run from the tank into the bowl. When you depress your toilet’s handle, you’re lifting the flapper. Your toilet’s flapper is in constant contact with moving water that, over time, can bend or otherwise warp the flapper.

What to do: Examine your flapper. Does it seal tightly when it’s closed? Can you see wear or damage? Flappers are inexpensive and available at any local hardware store. Turn off the water at the supply valve, drain your toilet tank and replace the flapper. Make sure you reattach the chain. If you need help, we’re standing by.

djust or Replace Your Overflow Tube

Your toilet’s overflow tube is a part of the tank near the refill tube. Overflow tubes help empty water directly into the toilet bowl during a flush. These tubes are not infallible, unfortunately. The toilet’s constant pressure can easily crack or otherwise damage them. If the tube does crack, water will run into it instead of past it.

What to do: Replace the overflow tube to restore its ability to work. If your overflow tube isn’t working, give us a call and we’ll diagnose the problem and install the proper part.

Your Toilet Tank isn’t Filling Up All the Way

When you flush your toilet, you release water from the tank into the bowl. Releasing a lot of water into the bowl quickly generates the suction required to flush the toilet. When the tank doesn’t contain enough water, it doesn’t create the necessary pressure for a strong flush. You may notice a weaker flush, or no flush at all.

What to do: Open the tank of your toilet to locate the float and the fill line. Flush the toilet with the tank open and watch the water drain into the bowl and fill back up. If the tube stops adding water before the float reaches the fill line, then your toilet won’t be able to perform a full flush. Adjust the float by moving its position on the arm that connects it to the refill tube. Flush again and see if you’ve solved the problem.

weak toilet flush

Clean Your Toilet Jets

The toilet jets are the little holes along the underside of the toilet bowl rim. When you flush, the water from the tank above rushes down through these small openings to create the swirling action you see. If they become clogged with lime or corrosion, it will limit the strength of your flush.

What to do: Get a small nail, length of wire or toothbrush and clean the jets. Use watered down bleach or a solution of vinegar. Place a small mirror on the underside of the rim to see which jets are clogged and dig out any blockage to restore them.

Fix Your Toilet that Won’t Flush

Hopefully, you’ve diagnosed the reason why your toilet won’t flush, and everything is moving again. If it’s still not working and you want Los Angeles’ best plumbers to have a look, call or contact Mike Diamond. We’re the plumbing experts who’ll turn your frustrations into flush elations.  

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Fuse Box vs Circuit Breaker

A fuse box or circuit breaker is the center of your home’s electrical system. It diverts the electricity from your utility company to all parts of your home. It also provides protection from overload, short circuit or ground fault by turning off the power when wires become too hot.

Most homes use circuit breakers. You can find them in your service panel box which is usually located in the basement. If your home was built before 1960 and your electrical system hasn’t been updated, you may have a fuse box instead. While both systems essentially perform the same function, there are reasons most homes upgrade to circuit breakers.

The Difference Between a Fuse and a Circuit Breaker

Determining whether you have fuses or circuit breakers in your home is easy. Locate your service panel – that’s the metal box containing your electrical circuits – and open it up.

When you open the door, you’ll see rows of either circular plugs or rectangular switches. If you have plugs – which look like the end of a lightbulb – you’ve got fuses. If you see a column of switches, you’ve got circuit breakers.

How Fuses and Circuit Breakers Work

Circuit breakers and fuses both serve the same function: to protect your electrical system from overloading and causing a fire. The difference is how they each achieve this.

Fuses. Those little plugs you see have a filament inside of them that will melt if the circuit gets too hot. When that filament melts, electricity is no longer able to travel to that circuit until you replace the “blown” fuse. You can see the filament through the clear window at the top of the plug and identify if it’s melted or not. A cloudy window is a sign of a blown fuse.

Circuit breakers are electromagnetic on/off switches that control the current to each circuit in your home. When a circuit draws too much power and overloads, the switch receives the surge first and flips off or “trips.” Normally you can unplug whatever overloaded your circuit and simply flip the power back at the tripped circuit breaker.

The Pros and Cons of a Fuse Box vs Circuit Breakers

It’s generally agreed that an old fuse box should be replaced with circuit breakers. While fuses worked well for a time, circuit breakers are more convenient and can handle higher electrical loads more safely. These days, most families run multiple devices that require more amperage. If you are considering fuse box replacement, it’s a great time to beef up your home’s electrical capabilities.

If you have an electric fuse box and a fuse blows, you’ll need to replace it with a new one. That may mean a trip to the hardware store. It also means unplugging everything in the circuit, standing on a rubber mat and making sure you’re replacing the blown fuse with the proper type. Different fuses are rated for different amperage. If you introduce a 20-amp fuse to a 15-amp circuit, it may try to draw more power than it can handle and you risk fire.

My Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping, Why?

Hopefully, we’ve made a strong case for upgrading from a fuse box house to a circuit breaker house. The benefits certainly outweigh the disadvantages but that’s not to say that circuit breakers have their own quirks. Sometimes a circuit keeps tripping. Here are the possible reasons why:

A worn out breaker. Normally, when a circuit in your home trips, you simply find the offending switch in your service panel, flip it all the way “off” and then all the way “on.” If you have a circuit that keeps tripping regularly, you may need to replace it. Circuits that trip a lot do wear out. Remember, circuit breakers are there to protect you. If it continues to trip, it may indicate another issue.

An Overloaded circuit. The circuit connected to that breaker may have too many outlets or fixtures plugged into it drawing power. A professional electrician can diagnose the problem and rewire or add circuits if needed so that you receive enough electricity without overloading.A Short circuit or ground fault. Other reasons a circuit keeps tripping are a short circuits or a ground faults. These are similar issues where moisture or loose wires create a hazardous electrical connection. A mouse inside the wall may have chewed your neutral wire allowing it to come in direct contact with your hot wire. Or an appliance may have gotten wet allowing the hotwire and the ground to connect via moisture. You can test for these by unplugging everything in the circuit, flipping it back on and reintroducing items one at a time. If you plug an item in and the circuit trips again, you’ve most likely identified the problem.

While it’s possible to diagnose these electrical problems on your own and even replace your circuit breaker yourself, electrical work is dangerous. Having a trusted professional perform the work ensures that it gets done safely and properly.

Get Expert Advice on Fuse Boxes, Circuit Breakers and More

If you live in the Los Angeles metro area and you have outdated fuses, circuits that continually trip or want to know how you can upgrade the electrical in your home, give us a call. You can also contact us online to schedule your service.

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A Plumbing Expert Can Fix Problems With Your Plumbing System Within No Time

Plumbing experts deal with significant plumbing repairs or even new bathroom or kitchen plumbing construction. They deal with everything from clogged drains and toilets, to grease trap and backflow testing, from leak detection to full-on bathroom installation. Plumbing experts do it all from the best plumbing companies. 

The plumbing system of your home is subject to extreme temperatures, constant exposure to humidity, chemicals, and bacteria. Hiring professional lPlumbing contractors is essential to get the best quality service. If you do not have a plumbing system, it is recommended that you carry out an on-site inspection before starting any plumbing repairs. Once you have a basic understanding of the condition of your plumbing system, then you can better assess the nature of any plumbing problems that need your attention. Professional plumbers will carry out a thorough inspection of the premises before recommending any repair works.

Inflatable tanks are one of the most common causes of plumbing problems. If your tank gets damaged, it can be challenging to access the pipes under the tank. However, experienced plumbing experts can quickly locate the damaged pipes under your tank. Once you have found the lines, it becomes much easier to fix the plumbing. With the help of your plumbing expert, you can replace the old, damaged, or malfunctioning pipes with ones that are in good condition. A professional plumber can also advise you on the best possible options that will help you maintain the plumbing system in your house for a long time without any significant complications.

Cracks and damages around faucets can be pretty intimidating for the inexperienced user. Expert plumbing repair experts are well equipped with the latest tools and gadgets to fix such issues at a fraction of the cost. Repairing minor plumbing issues can cost you less than repairing a big problem. This is because when you call an expert, he will gather all the relevant tools you will need and give you a detailed quote of the cost of the plumbing work. You can get estimates from various plumbing companies based on the scope of work, type of damage, and other specifications.

It is essential to hire an expert plumbing service provider when you encounter problems with your gas or water heater. Water heaters are costly, and most of the time, people do not replace them when they break down. However, if you want to avoid spending thousands of dollars for the replacement, it is advisable to call a professional before calling your mechanic to solve the problem. Plumbing companies are equipped with the latest tools and gadgets to repair common plumbing issues, and they can even make recommendations on better maintenance of the water heater.

If you have made the mistake of using the wrong type of plumbing pipe in your house, the chances are high that you will face substantial plumbing bills every month. Calling a plumbing expert at the first instance will help you save a lot of money as he will fix the broken pipes at a fraction of the cost of replacing them. There are different types of plumbing systems: burst pipes, faulty pipes, clogged pipes, and much more. Therefore, if you experience problems with your lines at home, it is advisable to contact a plumbing expert immediately and fix the problem.

It is advisable to do a little research work before hiring a plumbing expert. There are plenty of online professionals who have uploaded their services on the internet. Take a little time out to research the websites of these plumbing experts and check out their qualifications, reviews, and other credentials. This will ensure that you are hiring an expert who is qualified to work on your plumbing system.

Another essential aspect to consider when hiring plumbers is the pricing structure. Most people often fall into the trap of paying for unnecessary charges when replacing blocked pipes or producing a new hot water tank. Do not pay extra for emergency services because this may lead to further damage to your plumbing system. If you feel the need to contact a plumbing expert at any point, even if to ask about a particular plumbing problem, do so immediately. This will help prevent the issue from becoming worse.

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How Can I Fix a Loose Electrical Outlet?


Since we use electrical outlets nonstop every day, it’s easy to forget how dangerous they can be. All that separates you from the high-voltage electrical currents flowing through your wires is a hard plastic shell. If your outlets ever seem loose, it’s important to perform outlet repair right away. Loose outlets could expose you to direct voltage, sparks, or other electrical hazards. 

Outlets can loosen in two different ways:

The whole outlet face wobbles.The receptacles are so loose that plug falls out of the outlet.

These problems occur for different reasons and require different fixes. Luckily, we can teach you how to fix an electrical outlet in either scenario. Here’s how your outlet got loose, why it’s a problem, and how to fix it. 

Why is my outlet loose?

Electrical outlets are mounted inside of an electrical box within your wall. Electrical boxes that are too far back aren’t secure enough, which affects the stability of the entire fixture. Outlets attached to these boxes will eventually loosen.

This instability could bump or jostle wires loose, creating even more major problems. Loose, damaged, or disconnected wires could shock you or spark, leading to fires and other electrical hazards.

How do I fix an electrical outlet that wobbles?

Fixing a loose outlet requires outlet shims, a wire tester, and a screwdriver. Once you’ve collected these tools, take each of the following steps:

Time needed: 10 minutes.

Turn off power to the outlet.Use the circuit breaker in your electric panel specific to that room.

Test outlet.Insert your wire tester and be certain the power is off before you proceed.

Remove outlet.Unscrew the outlet cover and outlet screws. Remove the outlet from the box so that it hangs freely.

Add outlet shims.Place outlet shims onto the outlet screws. These shims will compensate for any gap between the screws and the recessed box. You may need more than one shim per screw depending how far back your box is.

Replace and test.Replace the outlet back in the housing box and tighten the screws. If it still seems loose, add more shims. Reinstall the outlet cover, restore power and use your newly secure outlet!

How to fix a plug that falls out.

A loose plug slips out of an electrical outlet.

If plugs constantly fall out of your outlet, the problem is the outlet’s receptacle. An outlet’s receptacle is the two narrow slots your plugs go into. Contact points and other parts of your outlet wear out over time. Old, worn-out outlets and receptacles could arc, spark, or start fires. 

If your outlet receptacle is worn out, the best way to fix it is to simply replace it. New outlets are inexpensive and well-worth the peace of mind.

Replacing an outlet requires rewiring it into the electrical box. It’s crucial that you attach each wire to its appropriate connection to avoid shorts. If your electrical plugs keep falling out and you’re not comfortable with electrical outlet repair, we recommend calling a professional to replace it. An electrician can replace an outlet quickly and easily to ensure your home is safely powered.


Electrical Outlet Repair for Los Angeles

These are fairly simple electrical fixes, but even the simplest electrical fixes pose some risk. If you have even the slightest doubt in your ability to make an electrical fix safely, don’t do it.

Instead, call an accredited, professional electrician like the ones employed at Mike Diamond. Our technicians will be able to fix your loose outlets or any other electrical problems you face quickly, safely, and correctly.

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Clogged, Blocked, or Slow Moving Drains? Here’s What to Do

Getting a great plumbing system requires you to be as proactive as possible. While it’s common for plumbing problems to sneak up on you and cause interupptions, we don’t want this to happen to you repeatedly. This is why we’d like you to take a step back today and understand what’s going on with your plumbing system when this happens.

We specialize in plumbing in Orlando, FL. If you’d like to improve your plumbing, then we’re the ones who can make this happen for you. Today, we’re going to discuss what might be going on in your home if you have clogs, cracks, or slow-moving drains and we’ll explain how to fix these issues.

What’s Going On?

Let’s go through the problems that you might be experiencing and their backstory.


Food debris, soap scum, fats, oils, grease, and more all add up. These are the things that create the clogs that cause your sink to bubble.


Are you wondering how blocks are different than clogs? Blocks are what we classify as outside problems that have worked their way into your system. These are the tree branches and other things that can interfere with your home’s plumbing system.

Slow Moving Drains

Slow-moving drains are the warning signs that come before clogs. Don’t ignore this issue. It’s your sign to get a professional by your side. 

How Did It Happen?

Okay, now let’s get into how this might have happened. This is the backtracking that we alluded to in the introduction. Figuring out how this happened is the best way to prevent it from ever happening again. Here are a few reasons why you might have issues:

FOG: FOG is an acronym that stands for fat, oil, or grease. If you’re letting these substances slide down the drain, it might be fine at first, but it’s eventually going to settle and become an issue for your home. These substances are magnets for clogs and it’s going to create a snowball effect. No Drain Strainer: The best (and simplest) thing you can do for your plumbing is run out to your local hardware store and get yourself a drain strainer. We’re all fallible. If you make a mistake from time to time, your drain strainer will have your back.Lack of Proper Care or Maintenance: You should be maintaining your home’s plumbing system just like any other home system. Make sure that you have a professional out to your home when you need maintenance or any other plumbing service. 

What Should You Do?

Honestly speaking, the better way to phrase this might be, “what not to do” because the one thing you should do is schedule an appointment with a professional. Your plumbing system is complex and requires professional care. Don’t let someone who doesn’t have years of experience, training, and licensure touch your plumbing system. 

If you’re tempted by the in-store and over-the-counter drain cleaners, this is your warning sign not to go through with what you’re considering. You need professional care. Amateur plumbing efforts are always bad news. We want to help you move around this. 

Contact Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today to schedule an appointment with our professionals. 

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Do You Need a Water Treatment System?

The quality of your water affects your life. If you’re not paying attention to this, then it’s time for you to take better control of it. High-quality water means that you have a high-quality home. We’re going to make sure that you notice all the signs that your home’s water is subpar in any way. Then, we can help you figure out what water treatment system is right for you.

We specialize in water treatment systems in Orlando, FL. We’re going to help you find the water treatment system that’s right for you. We’re licensed, insured, and we’re experts in everything that we do.

Do You Need a Water Treatment System?

So let’s start from the top—do you need a water treatment system for your home?

We know that it’s not always so obvious. Sometimes, you can look at your water and tell that something has gone wrong. Other times, you need some other pointers. Here are a few:

Your water is cloudy Your water tastes badYour water stains your surfaces, clothes, or it makes your clothing or fabrics stuffYour water has an oily filmYour water has a sandy textureYour water has an odorYou’re noticing your stomach hurting after you drink your tap water

Don’t ignore any of these signs. Instead, get in contact with our professionals for the work you need.

The Systems We Work With

If you’ve realized that you need a water treatment system, then you can come to us for services on the following systems:

Water Testing

You need to start at the beginning when it comes to your water treatment services. Starting at the beginning starts with water testing. This is when our professionals will come out and run tests on the water in your home to determine what’s going on with your contaminants.

Although we all live in the same general area here in Orlando, that doesn’t mean that all our contaminants are the same. What’s going on with your home could be completely different than what’s going on with your neighbor. We’ll help you figure out the key issues that need to be addressed.

Reverse Osmosis Systems

If your water is full of unwanted mineral content, then a reverse osmosis system is something that you might need to solve this issue. Reverse osmosis systems are great because they contain a special membrane to remove the contaminants and separate all the salt and minerals within them.

Sometimes, water softener systems aren’t suitable for everyone because they replace mineral content with sodium. If this isn’t suitable for you, the technology of a reverse osmosis system can help you work around this.

Water Softener Systems

Hard water is so common in Orlando, FL. Hard water is caused by high mineral content in your local water supply. The most common minerals that you might notice are calcium and magnesium. Although these aren’t harmful to your personal health, that doesn’t mean that it’s not affecting your home’s plumbing system. The best way to solve this is through the assistance of your water softener system.

Contact Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today to schedule an appointment with our team.

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How to Unclog a Bathroom Sink

Unclogging a bathroom sink

The best method to unclog a clogged bathroom sink may depend on what’s clogging it. You can flush soap scum clogs with vinegar and baking soda or tweeze hair. For bigger clogs, a plunger or drain snake work best.  Figuring out why your drain is clogged is the best way to figure out how to unclog it.

Below are six methods that address how to unclog a sink drain. Most of these apply to kitchen sinks and showers drains too. Roll up your sleeves and get started. If your bathroom sink is completely clogged or your sink is full of water that won’t budge, your Los Angeles plumbing experts are on hand to help.

Why is my bathroom sink clogged?

bathroom hair clogs

There are four common reasons why most people’s bathroom drains clog. Figuring out which one of these problems you have will give us a place to start. Look for:

Clumps of hair

When hair enters your sink drain it clumps together and gets stuck on the walls and tangled in the drain’s components.

Use a long tweezers or a zip-it tool to remove hair. If neither works, try disassembling the whole drain. (see “clean the p trap” below)

Soap scum

Soap scum is especially prevalent where there is hard water. It can build up in your pipes over time and foster mold and mildew.

Pour a pot of boiling water down the drain or use baking soda and vinegar to dislodge built up soap scum. If it still doesn’t budge, plunge with warm water.

Something stuck in p-trap

The p-trap is the curving pipe beneath your bathroom sink that connects to the wall pipe. It prevents harmful sewer gasses from coming up through the sink drain.

Disconnect your bathroom sink p-trap and clean out the hair and any large items that may have gotten stuck within (see details below).

Damaged pipes

Rust, corrosion, and other common pipe damage can lead to a slow drain or a clog over time.

Replace old, rusted pipes before they become bottled necked with debris. Plunge or snake them for temporary relief.

Unclogging your sink

After you’ve figured out why you have a clogged drain, try the method we recommended for your problem above. If you can’t figure out what your drain’s problem is, then try each of these methods in order.

Note: Never use chemical drain cleaners.

1. Baking soda and white vinegar

baking soda and vinegar to unclog a drain
Unscrew the drain cover and remove the sink stopper.Measure out a ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar.Sprinkle the ½ cup of baking soda into the drain.Pour the cup of vinegar down the drain.Let the mixture sit in the drain for several minutes, until fizzing stops.Rinse hot water into the drain.Repeat the process up to three times.

2. Remove bathroom hair clog

Remove the stopper.Use a flashlight to look down the drain.If you can see hair, use a long-nosed tweezers to retrieve it directly.If you can’t see hair, use a zip-it tool or bend and insert a wire hanger to retrieve it.Slide the tool up and down the drain as far as it will go naturally. Don’t attempt to force it.Push the tool in at different angles. Try to move it around the drain to catch more hair.Repeat the process several times, rinsing with hot water as necessary.

3. Plunge

Plunging to unclog a bathroom sink
Use a cup plunger.Remove the stopper.Seal the sink overflow outlet with tape or a rag.Place towels or rags on the floor around the sink.Fill the sink with warm water.Use the plunger’s cup to create an airtight seal over the drain.Pump the plunger’s seal up and down several times with quick, sharp movements.Test the drain to see if you’ve cleared the clog.Repeat a few times as necessary.

4. Clean the p-trap

Put a bucket under your p-trap and wear rubber gloves.Loosen the slip nuts by hand or with a pliers as necessary.Remove the p-trap by hand and dump the water into the bucket.Remove objects and grime lodged in the trap.Clean the p-trap with a bristle brush.Put the p-trap back together and test the drain.

5. Snake

Using a plumber's snake to unclog a bathroom sink drain
Use automated drain snakes (called plumber’s snakes or plumber’s augers) if possible.Place towels or rags beneath the sink.Remove the p-trap.Remove the stopper.Thread the snake into the wall drain manually.Uncoil the snake using the handle.When you reach the clog, rotate the head up-and-down and back-and-forth.Pull the snake out and reassemble the sink components.Check the drain.

6. Dissemble the drain

Follow these directions to remove your sink drain. Replace old or corroded drains with a new one. A new drain can help your sink smell fresh again.

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We hope you’ve learned how to fix a clogged bathroom sink. If you’ve tried everything and are still up to your elbows in water, contact the pros at Mike Diamond. Some clogs are stubborn or so far down your line that they require extra finesse. We know how to dislodge these tough clogs and get your drain flowing again.

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