Plumbing issues that you cannot ignore

Sometimes we tend to procrastinate because we feel that there wouldn’t be much effect on how things are.  However, this should never be the case with your home plumbing system.

When it comes to plumbing, every problem should be treated as an emergency.  This means immediately acting on it to prevent things from getting worse.  This is especially true when it comes to these 3 plumbing problems.

  1. Toilet Overflow


Let’s put it this way, when you have an overflowing toilet, chances are your problem is more than just a simple clogging.  You need to act fast because otherwise, you can be faced with a flooded bathroom or more expensive water damages.

What do you do?  We have all been told that a plunger can restore the smooth flow of your drains, including your toilet.  However, as we said earlier, an overflowing toilet can mean more than just clogging.  So before you reach for that plunger, remove the tank cover and set it aside to avoid damaging it.

Check if the rubber flapper is all the way down and creating a good seal with the valve.  Lift the rubber float to make sure that it is not a problem of with the locking mechanism that stops water flow into the toilet tank.

If you observe that water is still coming into the tank even when the ball is up, turn off the shutoff valve of the toilet.  If there is none, turn off the main shutoff valve.

You cannot flush the toilet because it will only cause the water to overflow more.  At this point get a bucket and remove some of the water from the bowl to allow you to use the flange plunger and plumber’s snake.  You have 2 choices really.

First is to go through the process of removing blockage using the mentioned tools, or to pick up the phone and call a professional plumber to get the problem solved immediately.

  1. Yard Drainage

As a homeowner, you have to realize that the drains outside your home are equally important as those outside.  This is especially true when you live in an area where there is heavy rainfall.

You cannot allow rainwater to simply stand in any part of your yard.  Why?  For one, this allows mosquitoes to breed and cause other health problems.

What do you do?  Obviously the problem has to do with the drains in your yard.  Basically, the cause may be a blockage that is preventing the water from draining properly.

One thing you can do is to have a catch basin to help the water to freely flow to lower sections.  However, to get to the cause of the problem and have a more accurate solution, you need a professional plumber to inspect the plumbing system like

  1. Foul Odor

What causes foul odor in your home?  In terms of plumbing, the most common reason is that sewer gases are seeping into your home.  Most probably they are coming through the drains and traps of your plumbing system.

Can cleaning help remove the smell?  No!  Because the source of the smell is not dirt, but odor being released from the sewer.

So what you need to do is to make sure that there is water in the P-trap and similar sections of your drains.  It is also important to note that this smell, similar to rotten eggs, should not be coming into your home.  So you definitely have a problem to deal with.

Damages in your plumbing system can also allow the sewer gas to creep into your home.  If you have sinks or bathtubs that have not been used for some time, run water through them for about 10 to 15 minutes.  This should allow the traps to fill and the smell should disappear almost instantaneously.

If this does not remove the smell, it means that you have to deal with the complex nature of your home plumbing system.  The best way to solve this would be to call a licensed professional plumber to trace where the real source of the problem and fix it.