Residential plumbing solutions range from repairing anything from clogged drains to just repairing whatever leaking. Whether you have to unclog a messy sink or plugged a dripping faucet to prevent a leaky shower, you have probably already performed basic residential plumbing tasks! But what if the clogging in the sink or shower has caused the water to overflow and start flooding out? What do you do now?
While simple residential plumbing tasks can easily be performed by anyone, such as replacing broken faucets, repairing a clogged drain, fixing a broken toilet, replacing a burst pipe, etc., there are many plumbing repairs that require professional plumbing service. Whether you have a clogged drain or a leaking toilet, a plumber is usually the only person who can do a complete job of fixing a plumbing issue in one home. However, sometimes a plumber’s skill isn’t enough to get the problem fixed.
For example, if you discover that your kitchen sink drains into the bathtub, but when you turn the water back on, it still isn’t working, you have a major plumbing problem. Instead of calling a plumber to fix the issue, there are some simple things you can do to fix it. First, try removing the overflow plug, if any. Next, check to see if you have a shower faucet that is too small for the sink, and if so, replace the old one with a larger size. Lastly, you may want to try turning the water off and on several times before attempting to put it back on.
If, however, the drain clog is causing a flood in the bathroom or the kitchen sink, you need to call a plumber as soon as possible. It is important to avoid letting the problem becomes bigger by simply trying to flush away the drain clog by hand. A drain clog is usually caused by a clogged drain trap. The trap holds the wastewater until the liquid is drained. In some plumbing problems, the trap will be blocked so much that it completely blocks the drain, and water cannot drain through to the other side.
To fix the problem, disconnect the trap. Open the trap and turn on the water to clear it. Close the trap, and then drain the wastewater away from the drainpipe. You will find that the drain should empty into the toilet bowl instead of the bathroom.
Once you have drained the water and cleaned out the drain trap, it is time to check the water flow into the bathroom and the kitchen sink. Check the pipes for damage that may cause the water flow to not flow correctly.