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Why Does the Toilet Bubble When the Bathtub Drains?  

Do you hear a bubbly sound in the toilet when the bathtub drains? Homeowners often become surprised by the sound and panic as they wonder what’s wrong. The issue is usually due to a clogged drain in the pipeline. If you are experiencing this issue in your bathroom continue reading for more details.  

Current plumbing codes require all drains to be separately vented. This is mandatory to prevent pressure buildup and to assist sewer gases to escape outside. Bathrooms usually have multiple drains from the sink, tub, and toilet located closely together. This common configuration sometimes causes air to enter and exit through a fixture as you use another fixture.  

So, this means that your tub is draining but your toilet is gargling from the pressure. The wet vented system that is clogged can also show signs such as sluggish flushes and slow drains.  

To fix the issue you need to start by unclogging the shower/bathtub drain. A simple use of a plunger usually clear small clogs. Test the drain by plugging up the drain, filling the bathtub with water and removing the plug. The water should drain at a rapid consistent pace until the tub is fully empty. If the water is draining slowly continue using the plunger, then run the test again.  

If you find the drain is still not working properly after the second time it is time to call in a professional. Sometimes clogs can be deep in the pipes and require a professional to remove the clog. Surprisingly, some plumbers have reported clogs caused by small toys, too much hair, slime, small rodents and more. Serious clogs should always be left to a professional plumber.  

If you were able to determine what caused the clog you need to take preventative measures. The most common cause of clogs in the bathtub is hair. It easily falls down the drain and gathers together causing a ball that prevents water from flowing through the pipes properly. If hair was the culprit of your clog, you can easily prevent it by installing hair catchers in the drain. These small affordable gadgets will save you money and time in the future.  

If your home is experiencing plumbing issues you need to take action immediately. Remember, small plumbing issues can quickly turn into big expensive problems that inconvenience you and your family. Give us a call today for further assistance. Our friendly professional staff is standing by to help you with your plumbing needs.  

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Tips for Preparing Your Plumbing for the Holidays  

The holiday season has officially arrived! This means family and friends will be visiting your house for holiday parties and your plumbing will be put through the test. Before the relatives arrive, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner to prepare your plumbing for what is to come during the holiday season. Continue reading below for helpful tips that will keep your plumbing running in tip-top shape throughout the season.  

  • Invest in thin toilet paper – Plumbing is sensitive and if your toilet is already prone to get clogged due to the use of too much toilet paper, you need to be prepared for guests. An excellent way to prevent clogs during the holidays is to purchase thin quality toilet paper. It flushes and breaks apart easily preventing clogs even if more than a normal amount is used.  
  • Clear the clogs in drains – Check the drains in your sinks and tubs for clogs. If the water is not flowing down the drain easily and quickly or if you hear a gurgling sound you need to unclog the drain. A simple plunge should clear out small clogs. However, serious clog issues should be handled by a professional plumber.  
  • Check the water heater– The water heater often hides safely behind a closet door and is forgotten about until there are issues with the hot water. Don’t take the chance of having hot water issues during the holidays. Check the date on your water heater to make sure it’s not too old. If your water heater is more than 7 years old have a professional plumber inspect it to see if part replacements are needed. Don’t wait to have a house full of guests from out of town that have to suffer through cold showers to call the plumber. Make sure you take care of the issue before your family and guests arrive.  
  • Clean the garbage disposal – Holidays involve a lot of cooking. If you have family and friends visiting that enjoy cooking your garbage disposal will definitely be used frequently. Start your holiday season by pouring one cup of white vinegar down the garbage disposal, allow it to sit for ten minutes then flush with hot water from the tap for one minute. This will clean debris, residue, oil, grease and more from your garbage disposal.  

If you are having plumbing issues or need assistance getting your plumbing ready for the holidays, call us today for an appointment.   

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How to Extend the Lifetime of Your Plumbing System 

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Homeowners usually don’t think about the plumbing in their home until disaster strikes. A broken water heater, clogged drains, running toilet or flooded house are the most common plumbing issues reported by homeowners. It’s essential to take care of the plumbing in your home to ensure it has a long lifetime and requires minimal maintenance and repairs. There are a few things you can do to extend the lifetime of your plumbing system.  

  • Check for leaks – Water leaks are the number one cause of increases in your water bill. Unfortunately, leaks can go undetected for long periods of time because they are quite small and leak slowly. An excellent example of a small leak is a drip coming from a faucet. If you were to put a bucket under a leaky faucet to collect the water you would be surprised how many gallons of water is wasted in a 24 hour period. Once you find a leak get it fixed immediately. Sometimes it’s as easy as replacing a part and other times it could be a serious issue.  
  • Check for running water – The toilet is usually the culprit of running water. If you notice your toilet constantly runs there is an issue with the internal part of the toilet tank. You can inspect the issue further by carefully removing the toilet tank lid and placing it on a flat surface. Take a look in the tank to observe if you see any rusted, broken or malfunctioning parts. Fixing the issue immediately will save you money on your water bill and help extend the lifetime of the other working parts in the tank.  
  • Invest in a plunger– Clogged drains are a common issue in households across the United States. Most of the time a quick plunge will remove the clog, and all is well. Other times a serious issue could be to blame which requires a professional plumber.  
  • Prevent clogs – You can help prevent clogs by avoiding putting starchy, greasy or large object down the garbage disposal. You can also invest in drain catchers that easily collect hair preventing it from going down the drain.  

Sometimes even when you try your best to prevent clogs, check for leaks, running water and more, there are still issues with your plumbing. Always consult with a professional for further assistance. If you need help with the plumbing in your home contact us today for an appointment.