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Tips for Installing New Bathroom Fixtures

Posted by on April 16/2014 | 0Comments

Replacing Bathroom Fixtures?

Replacing bathroom fixtures can be costly and frustrating but it doesn’t have to be. Depending on how hard you hunt for the right bathroom fixture, you can find something affordable, appropriate, and gorgeous that suits your décor. The first step is to decide how much you are willing to spend. Once you have this ballpark figure, it will be easier to start shopping. Next, you will need to determine the size and shape of sink that you will need in order to fit the dimensions and placement of various features in your bathroom or kitchen.

Tips On Installing Bathroom Fixtures

In order to replace a faucet, check first to see how many openings there are in your sink and how far apart they are. Bathroom faucets in particular can have a variety of faucet styles which will need to be matched for ease of replacement. Once you have established what kind of faucet you require, go invest in a good quality one that you will be able to use for an extended amount of time.

Before beginning your replacement, review the instructions provided by the manufacturer and defer to their instructions when in doubt. You may wish to consider purchasing a basin wrench for this project as it will be extremely useful in removing the old faucet and installing the new one. Finally, remove everything from under the sink and store it out of the way. Make sure you have plenty of light and turn off the water supply to the faucet and you’re ready to start.

First, loosen the tube nut just above the valve on each tube and lift the tubes out of the valves. Water will come out of each tube as they drain back from the faucet so be sure to have a towel handy to collect water. It is a good idea to replace tubing at this point, especially if it is getting old or made of a flexible material. The best material for these tubes is braided stainless steel reinforced supply lines which virtually eliminate the possibility of flooding due to a line bursting.

Second, remove the large nuts which hold the faucet in place. There can be anywhere from 1-3 of these nuts and this may be the hardest part of the job. If you are unable to reach them, you will require a basin wrench as discussed above. Third, lift the old faucet up and out of the sink and give the sink a good cleaning.

Fourth, assemble the new faucet and slip it into place through the holes in the sink. Fifth, tighten the new nut from below the sink and stop when you get close. Sixth, check that the faucet is standing upright and not at an angle before you finish tightening the nut.

Seventh, insert the tubes into the valves under the sink and tighten the tube nuts. And lastly, turn on the water and check that your faucet is working correctly with no leaks. If necessary tighten the nuts a little more and check once more for leaks.

Need Some Help?

If you’re finding it difficult to install your bathroom fixtures, HY-PRO is always here to help. Our trained and experienced professionals are here to ensure that your bathroom fixtures are installed properly in a timely manner and within your budget. For any questions or concerns, contact us today!

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How You Can Unclog Sewer Pipes

Posted by on April 07/2014 | 0Comments

Looking to Unclog Sewer Pipes?

To unclog sewer pipes can be a difficult job but with the right tools, it is possible to get it done yourself. The two techniques described below should be enough to unclog most sewer pipes but remember: when in doubt, it is best to call a professional. Plumbing problems can quickly escalate so be sure to stop and call an expert if you run into any complications.

How To Tell If Your Main Sewer Pipe Is Clogged

The biggest clue that your main sewer pipe is clogged is multiple and simultaneous clogged drains throughout your home. This will usually involve more than one toilet, shower, or sink that is clogged or overflowing in more than one room at the same time. Sometimes a problem can be identified in its early stages if you notice that you frequently have to unclog many drains throughout your home.

Method 1: Plumber’s Auger/Snake

To unclog sewer pipes, there are a variety of methods available to you. First is the plumber’s auger or snake. Available in both 3 and 6 foot lengths, plumber’s snakes are often the easiest way of cleaning out serious drain problems. For clearing your main sewer line you will want to choose the longer option, find your home’s main cleanout, and then follow these steps:

1. Disconnect plumbing in order to reach sewer pipe.

2. Spread newspaper on the floor for extra protection – this can get messy.

3. Insert the plumber’s snake down the sewer pipe until you meet resistance.

4. Begin turning the crank to bore through the clog.

5. Keep cranking until you feel the pressure release it is works its way through the clog. This may take several attempts to clear out a clog completely.

Method 2: Sewer Jetter Nozzle for Power Washer

The second method to unclog sewer pipes If the plumber’s snake does not do the trick, is to use a sewer jetter attachment for your power washer instead. This will typically clean a drain more completely and more quickly than a snake and may work when a snake has failed. Before beginning, be sure to wear appropriate eye protection and rubber gloves.

1. Insert the nozzle into the drain’s opening.

2. Make sure the tip is at least 1-2 feet down inside of the drain and begin spraying highly pressurized water into the pipe to dislodge the clog.

3. The nozzle will work its way deeper into the main pipe as the debris clears, continue to feed it more hose until the blockage is clear. You may need to pull it back a few feet and repeat the process to fully unclog the drain.

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Need Additional Help?

To unclog sewer pipes can be a tricky job if you are not experienced or a professional. As such, HY-PRO provides all the assistance you will need when we are unclogging your sewer pipes. Our plumbers are trained, insured and licensed to provide you with the best service possible. Your sewer pipes will be debris-free and be healthy in the hands of our great plumbers. Contact us today!

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How to Solve Major Drain Problems

Posted by on March 28/2014 | 1Comments

Prevent Major Drain Problems

There are many major drain problems that can be fixed at home by a confident DIY-er but it is important to keep in mind that it is often best left to those with years of training and experience. For one thing, professionals are more likely to be able to see the big picture and accurately assess the cause of your problems in order to come to the right solution. You may be able to fix a small leak on your own but if that leak was systemic of a larger problem you may inadvertently make the situation worse in the long term. That being said, it is also a good idea to have some idea of what is wrong and how it might be solved so that you know what to expect.

Steps in Solving Major Drain Problems

The first step is to determine which pipe is causing the problem. If you are experiencing slow or clogged drains, establish the extent of the problem by testing other sinks and drains. If only one drain is experiencing issues than the problem is probably located in that drain or the pipe connecting it to the main drainage pipe. If many drains are acting up than you may have a blockage in one of the main pipes.

If this is the case, try to determine the route water takes from the slow drains to the main drainage pipe. This will help your plumber to identify where the problem is and what solutions will be required to get your drains running smoothly again.

Before calling in the professionals, try flushing the drain(s) with boiling water or using a baking soda and vinegar mixture to clear blockages. If this does not work your problem may require the use of a plumbing snake. This is not recommended for unfamiliar users as it can be messy and worsen the problem is used incorrectly.

General Home Plumbing Tips

To further prevent major drain problems, here are some general home plumbing tips. Learn the location of the water supply shutoff as well as individual water supply vales. This can save you a lot of money, damage, and time in the case of a leak. Insulate all exposed water pipes to prevent freezing. As water freezes inside pipes it exerts great pressure on them and can cause cracking and even bursting. Avoid this messy and expensive problem by making sure your pipes cannot freeze no matter the weather outside.

Most major drain problems have smaller symptoms that can be identified before it becomes a major problem. Things to look for include:

  • Slow sink or tub drains;
  • Water backing up in sinks, toilets, or bathtubs
  • Wet areas in walls or along floors adjacent to walls containing drain pipes
  • Wet areas in your lawn near the drain piping; and
  • Unusual gurgling or bubbling sounds while draining.

For additional information on major drain problems that can occur, do not hesitate to contact HY-PRO with a group of licensed and insured plumbers to combat all of your major drain problems.

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