Frequently Asked Questions
1- Did you know there are different plungers designed for different purposes?
There are two basic types of plungers. The first is a cup plunger, or a sink plunger. This is the plunger we knew as kids, usually with an orange cup like shape. These are actually meant for sinks, not toilets because they do not seal the toilet opening properly. The second is a flange plunger, or a toilet plunger. This is a plunger with a flap that can be folded out to fit snugly into the narrow part of your toilet bowl and thus getting a better suction. The flap can also be folded back inside the cup to resemble a cup plunger however for sanitary reasons, we recommend you do not use the same plunger for your sink as your toilets.
2- Did you know there is a right way and a wrong way to plunge?
To begin, put on a pair of rubber gloves and place a few old newspapers around the base of your toilet to help protect your floors in the event it gets messy.
Next, lift the toilet lid and seat and place the plunger into your toilet. Make sure there is enough water in the toilet to cover the top of the rubber plunger. We don’t recommend you flush your toilet again to add water but rather add water from a bucket.
Get all the air out of the plunger cup by tilting your plunger and filling it with the toilet water, and releasing the air bubbles. Having no air in the plunger head will add more force with each plunge because a greater suction is created with water than air.
Now that you have covered the drain opening and created a seal, slowly push down the plunger until it is pushed all the way down. Then quickly pull up. The emphasis should be more on the pull than push because this can create a more powerful suction. You want to use suction to remove the blockage rather than forcing it to move further down the drain.
Repeat this process a few more times until your toilet begins to drain itself.
*We never recommend those toxic de-clogging chemicals to fix a blocked toilet as they are mainly made to break down hair and grease and can be harmful to both your porcelain toilet and the environment if over-used. If you do however choose to try them, never use a plunger after using toxic cleaning chemicals – Plunging can create a lot of backsplash, and can be harmful to your eyes, lungs and over-all health.
If you require the assistance of a plumber, King City Plumbing and Heating is always available to fix your toilet and all your plumbing concerns.
- Foul Smell – this is one of the first signs and the most obvious of a drain problem. It’s usually a sign that something organic (like grease or food scraps) are trapped and starting to rot in your pipes.
- Clogging – you may notice that the water in your shower, kitchen sink, or laundry tub takes longer to empty. This is also a sign that your drain needs some help. If left untreated, the slow drain will continue to get more clogged until eventually nothing will go down. If you feel you have a clogged drain, you can try to fix it by using a sink plunger or a clog-dissolving chemical (be sure to check if it is safe for septic systems if you are on one). If this however does not change anything, your clog may be further down or bigger than these chemicals can handle. In this case, you should contact a licensed plumber to professionally diagnose and clear your drain system.
- Damage to the Drain Systems – did you know that most drain systems have a life span? If you are not careful to take care of a clogged or smelly drain, years of neglect can actually result in a permanently damaged drain system. This is a big problem that usually requires expensive repairs throughout the house.
It’s best not to let a clogged or smelly drain remain that way for too long. Have your licensed plumber do a professional drain cleaning service and inspection. King City Plumbing and Heating has a state of the art camera for thorough inspection and proper maintenance at an affordable price.
If your water supply comes from a well, the main water shut off can be found adjacent to your pressure tank.
You may also choose to have a Professional company come and test your well water. These tests will reveal the hardness of your water as well as levels of unwanted minerals, and PH imbalances.
- Fix all leaks and dripping faucets as soon as they are noticed
- Only run your dishwasher once it is full
- Wash your laundry in cold water
- Install low-flow shower heads
- Install low-flow toilets
- Use energy efficient washing machines