Common Repairs

Common Repairs

Plumbing problems are only a problem when they affect your day. The reality is, plumbing issues start long before anything bad happens. Whether it is because of our own habits or the corrosive effects of water, plumbing is constantly taking a beating and needs regular cleaning and care in order to work the way you want it to. The reality is that plumbing is out of site and easy to forget about until we get an unpleasant reminder. A+ Plumbing & Rootering is happy to be reminder through good information so that you can help prevent some of the more common plumbing issues that arise. For problems that are out of your control, A+ Plumbing & Rootering has the service, products, and experience necessary to get the job done right. With many years experience and million of happy customers later, we are still here to help everyone take better care of their plumbing.

One of the most common plumbing problems out there is a clogged toilet. The reason that toilets get clogged to often is because they are constantly being used and there are many different causes of toilet bowl clogs. To start off, here are a list of things you should never put down a toilet bowl even if someone tells you it is ok.


• Food products. It doesn’t matter if it starts out innocently with a ladle full of gravy, it is a bad habit to get into. Grease, skin, cores, pits, seeds, and bones from foods products quickly cause clogs and can especially wreak havoc on septic tanks. With nowhere to go, food will eventually come back up the toilet.
• Packaging. Wrappers, cardboard, and foam are TERRIBLE. They will never flush so never even try. They will only cause an extremely difficult clog to get rid of and require the professional service of a certified A+ Plumbing & Rootering plumbing technician to fix.
• Solids. Stone, metal, plastic, toys, etc. should never be flushed. Obviously they cannot pass through pipes and will immediately give you grief.

Here are the things that are fine to flush.

• Toilet paper. Toilet tissue is designed to dissolve and pass through drainpipes easily. Despite the ability to dissolve, too much toilet paper per flush can also cause blockages. So be careful to flush multiple times if you need to use more toilet paper than normal.
• Drain cleaners. It is ok to put drain cleaners down the toilet like A+ Plumbing & Rootering Pipe Shield. They can help keep your pipes clear and even push through clogs that can be dissolved by chemicals.
• Human waste is always ok to flush down a toilet bowl.


With regular maintenance and the occasional plumbing repair your house plumbing system will be in top condition. Rather than living with the problem or paying a small fortune for service, turn to A+ Plumbing & Rootering company. We offer high-quality work, punctual service, and competitive rates that our customers appreciate.


Our friendly staff is ready to help you schedule a convenient appointment, or you can request service any time when an emergency occurs. We’ll provide you with respectful service, and we’ll clean the work area thoroughly before leaving. We offer reliable repairs so that you can count on your plumbing to work properly for years to come. Our customers rely on us for:

24/7 emergency services
• Licensed plumbing professionals
• Great customer service

If you live in the area mentioned below or the surrounding area, then call us to handle your next plumbing repair. We’re committed to customer satisfaction, and we hope that you’ll be pleased with the service available at A+ Plumbing & Rootering company.

• Mission Hills • Reseda • Porter Ranch • San Fernando • Stevenson Ranch • Studio City
• North Hollywood • Santa Clarita • Northridge • Simi Valley • Sylmar • Thousand Oaks
• Toluca Lake • Topanga • Universal City • Valley Glen • Valley Village • West Los Angeles
• Westlake Village • Westwood • Woodland Hills • Agoura Hills • Burbank • Calabasas
• Canoga Park • Eagle Rock • Chatsworth • Canyon Country • East Los Angeles • Encino
• Glendale • Marina Del Rey • La Crescenta • Los Angeles • La Canada Flintridge


FIX IT

Fix Common Plumbing Problems

Learn how to repair clogged traps, blocked drains, stopped-up toilets and weak showers.

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STEP 1

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Unblock Traps

One of the most common areas where blockages occur is in traps. A basin trap is shown here. Snakes can unclog many types of traps, but sinks usually need to be dismantled for the blockage to be removed.

Materials and Tools:
bowl
bucket
old toothbrush
replacement washers

Steps:
Undo the sink trap (Image 1). Position a bowl beneath it to catch any water.
Remove debris (Images 2 and 3) and wash the trap in a bucket of clean water. An old toothbrush is an ideal cleaning tool.
Replace the trap. It is worth replacing worn washers while the trap is disassembled to prevent future leaks.


STEP 2

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Unclog the Sink Drain

Clogs in bathroom sinks are fairly common, and they usually occur near the pop-up assembly of the drain.

Materials and Tools:
drain plug adjustment arm

Steps:
Remove the spring tab from the drain plug adjustment arm (Image 1).
Remove the ball valve from the sink trap (Image 2).
Remove the pop-up plug and then remove the debris clogging the sink (Image 3).


STEP 3

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Clear Stopped-Up Toilets

If flush water rises to the rim and then drains slowly, the toilet trap or drain is blocked. To unblock these, use a plunger first, then a snake — the latter burrows into the blockage and loosens it up.

Materials and Tools:
snake

Steps:
Pull a section of the snake out of the drum (Image 1).
Tighten the retaining nut on top of the snake body (Image 2).
Rotate the drum of the snake so it burrows into the waste system to dislodge the blockage (Image 3).