3 Common Questions about Plumbing

When it comes to plumbing, some experiences are pretty universal. Most of us have had to deal with a toilet that won’t stop running, a clogged sink, and a faulty garbage disposal. Here are three helpful answers to some of the most common plumbing questions ever asked.

Q: Why won’t my toilet stop running, even after I jiggle the handle?

A: There’s a flap in the bottom of the toilet tank that is not shutting properly. To see if this is the case, remove the tank lid and watch the flap while you flush the toilet. If it’s not completely closed, the water will never reach the fill line, and the toilet will keep running. If jiggling the handle doesn’t help, call a professional!

a photo of a drainQ: What makes my drains get all clogged up?

A: Oil-based products. In the kitchen sink, this can be due to grease getting dumped down the sink and congealing into a solid mass. In the bathroom, oily residue from shampoo or soap can mix with clumps of hair to form clogs. Use a natural drain cleaner instead of one that contains toxic chemicals.

Q: What should I avoid putting in my garbage disposal?

A: Any grease or oil that are solid at room temperature. Also avoid bones and coffee grounds. The disposal unit doesn’t have the power to grind up bone, and the texture of coffee grounds can clog drains or fill up the disposal’s trap.

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