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Update on the plumbing

Just as an amendment to my last post. We complained to the company that had the drunk plumber employed, they were shocked and said they will handle it, also providing us with a full refund. I feel a bit bad for the guy now as what if he was just having a really off day or something bad in his life had recently happened? Ah well, what’s done is done.

Anyway, about the plumbing….turns out we have another problem. Now the septic tank is playing up! We need to be given a break, our plumbing system seems to hate its new homeowners, next thing we know we’re going to have sewage backup!

I found a good guide to septic tank pumping here. I’m going to have to have a serious discussion with my worse half about how much we can afford to spend.

To be truthfully honest, I actually had no idea what a septic tank really was until recently. I watched this video and it gave me a better idea but according to the comments it’s not entirely accurate.

It’s a little disgusting but pretty hilarious.

So yeah, I’ll keep you updated with my crappy sewage disposal system!

My Nightmare with the Unprofessional Plumber

So I just had what could be described as possibly the worst two days of my life (perhaps an exaggeration)

Just under a month ago, my partner and I noticed a leak in the kitchen sink drain, with water slowing coming out from under the cupboard. My boyfriend decided to play Mr. Fix-it and did his thing with a wrench and several hours of cussing and deliberately banging around. To my surprise he actually solved the problem and our kitchen floor was water free….for about a week.

One day we came home in the evening, opened the front door and walked inside, suddenly feeling our feet felt extremely damp. We turned on the light and to our horror we saw a thin layer of water all down our corridor and in the kitchen which is close by. Immediately we called a plumber and to be fair to the man he sounded like he knew what he was doing, that was until he arrived.

This “plumber” first diagnosed the issue as a blocked drain, which was a ludicrous conclusion to come to as we could point out to him the exact spot where the leak was coming from, yet it took him at least 3 hours to be convinced (charging us per hour of course!).

So he places a bracket around the pipe as a temporary fix until he would come out the next day, leaving us to mop up our floor and hope that underneath the tiling isn’t too damaged. He arrives later than he stated the next day and smells of alcohol, to which my boyfriend could be seen visibly angry about. The plumber could barely focus on the job and in the end he actually made things worse for us and we sent him home and rang another company, that fixed the problem within an hour and cost us four times less than the alcoholic plumber tried to charge us (we still haven’t paid him for the second day and don’t plan to)

Drain Cleaner Woes

How to fix a clogged toilet

The problem of a clogged toilet is quite common. To correct the situation yourself can be difficult. However, if you know how to construct the sewage system, and how you can effectively help clean the pipes, then we can save money and quickly restore normal operation mandatory in every modern home sewer system.

So if I have a blockage in the toilet - what do you learn from this article.

Quick help with clogged toilet - hot water and soda

Two easy ways proven to be effective in cleansing the pipes from clogging simple:

Before you remove obstruction in the toilet bowl to be heated bucket of water to a boil and pour the water into the bowl, creating a strong pressure - bucket must be raised so that the water is poured into the bowl at the right angle and quickly. To perform such simple actions can effectively cope with simple blockage. In that case, if the water after the cleaning process has been gradually so care should again be poured into a bucket of hot water bowl. If the blockage was small, such a way to quickly and effectively help to cope with the problem.

Good help for flushing sewer regular soda, familiar each hostess. If a blockage occurs in the toilet bowl dissolve ½ portion packs of soda, then formed with the active alkali can quickly rectify the situation. As a rule, provides fast relief soda, if the blockage was uncomplicated.

Household chemicals are clogged with

All educated people today understand that an effective means of clogging the toilet to be found on the shelves of household chemicals or drain cleaner. Special funds in the form of liquids, powders, granules and sprays can quickly deal with a vexing problem. In addition, the chemical industry produces a variety of means and for preventing the occurrence of blockages use allows to control the condition of pipes and to ensure their long-term normal use.

Tools for solving problems clogging the toilet mechanically

Plunger and its analogues

When boiling water, soda and chemicals have no noticeable effect on the blockage, then before unclogging the toilet clogged by professional plumbers, you can try to use a plunger 10 cm diameter rubber cup. To be effective with the plunger excess water from the toilet bowl should be removed so that the water covered only the rubber part of the tool.

If there is no air valve and the blockage yet arisen, in this case, you can use home-made instruments, which, in spite of the primitive species are often very effective means of solving the problem:

Cropped bottom plastic bottle that cut end dipped into the bowl and carried it by press-cutting;

"Tolkushkoy doll" made of sticks and rags.

Core cable

Special flexible wire that is a rigid hollow shaft equipped with a rotating handle - is a professional tool that can find every plumbing. At the end of such a tool is attached peaked cap or a spiral process of thick wire - such equipment can destroy the blockage.

How to break through the blockage with it:

Coiled end dipped into the bowl until it stops and clockwise rotate the handle - thanks to the actions of the cable is pushed into the water seal.

The cable could run into an obstacle. Dining thus can be different:

If it abuts the opposite side of the diaphragm cup (for partial immersion in water cable), then before remove the blockage, the pushing movement continues until the wire does not slip on the inner side of the bowl portion.

If the path rope vertical wall riser occurs - in this case the cable is required, the length of which must be greater than 1.5 m

If the toilet has a direct output, the cable is pushed along a horizontal drainage pipe to the inside surface of the riser - the difficulty in moving the cable at the same time can occur if the cable end came across a blockage. How to remove the blockage in this case? Movements back and forth should push him into the riser.

Blockages in the sewer pipes in the beginning of operation, usually does not occur.

To decide how to clean the toilet from clogging, you need a good understanding of its structure and have simple tools to help you to rinse pipes. However, if you restore patency of the home was not possible, you have to seek professional help.