Plumbing problems can cause a lot of stress in your household, especially if you leave them for too long before calling in the professionals. As most homeowners aren’t qualified plumbers with knowledge on how to repair major plumbing problems, the best course of action is always to contact a skilled tradesman to rectify the problem before it becomes costly, some plumbing problems can be nipped in the bud whilst you wait for the plumbers to arrive.
Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas have provided the South West with reliable, friendly and highly skilled service for almost 40 years, assisting with all types of plumbing, gas and hot water problems, maintenance and repair. Whether it be a leaking toilet, a major burst pipe or a full replacement of your plumbing system, you can be assured that Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas carry the skills and experience to ensure the job is done professionally and on budget every time.
Some jobs that can be managed by the home owner whilst you wait for the experts include:
- Blocked Toilets
- Leaking and/or Not Flushing Toilets
- Blocked Drains
Has your toilet started to fill up too high when you flush and not draining quickly? Statistics show that blocked toilets are the top residential plumbing problem and can be quickly eased whilst waiting for the professionals.
You can temporarily fix the blockage by gloving up and removing the excess water form the toilet with a cup and bucket. Place a rubber plunger in the bottom of the toilet bowl and plunge gently at first to avoid being splashed with water. Plunge more forcefully, once the hole is sealed and hopefully, the plunging forces the water down the pipe and dislodges the blockage.
Keep in mind that this is only a temporary fix for unblocking your toilet. Most often, the problem will reoccur so further investigation down the pipes is required by an expert such as Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas.
Leaking and/or Not Flushing Toilets
Apart from blockages, there are other toilet issues that you may experience, such as it not flushing properly or leaking from the base of the toilet itself. If there’s a pool of water near your toilet, the mechanisms for the inflow and outflow may have started to deteriorate and they often need replacing. This is not a job that you should try out your DIY skills on.
If your toilet is not flushing, it could be that the cistern hasn’t filled before flushing, the buttons are out of kilter or possibly the cistern itself is faulty. You can check this yourself by opening the cistern lid to see if the mechanism is working correctly. If it appears to be slow to fill, check that there isn’t anything obstructing the valve that triggers the tank to fill and remove it cautiously. Be sure to replace the lid carefully, so that that buttons are lined up correctly over the mechanism. However, don’t keep tampering with it if the problem continues, as it more than likely will become a bigger problem.
Whilst most homeowners turn to a caustic agent to pour down the drain to loosen any blockages, this will usually result in more build up further down the line or worse, the blockage backwashing back up into the sink, shower, toilet or bath. The accumulation of all that hair, oil, grease, dirt and foreign objects will eventually need to be professionally removed, but you can opt for some home remedies to ease the pressure on the pipes before the plumbers arrive. Best advice – lay off the water running until Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas can assist.
Call Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas for all your plumbing problems
With no penalty rates or call out fees and availability 24/7 for emergencies throughout the South West, Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas are your local choice for all of your hot water, plumbing or gas needs, contact Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas on 9791 1608 (Bunbury) or 9759 1317 (Dunsborough) or call in and see us at 144 Forrest Avenue, Bunbury.