The Plumber’s Q&A

Many don’t realize that they should never wash or clean their faucets with soap because it can damage the finish. It’s best to use a wet rag to wipe down the faucet, and this will keep the finish shining and looking beautiful. Make sure it’s not a scouring pad being used but a soft cloth that won’t damage the finish.

Many people try to cut out the plumber and do plumbing jobs themselves, but in some cases, this just cannot work. You wouldn’t want a lawyer installing plumbing in your Leesburg home, and you wouldn’t want a plumber representing you in court, so it’s always best to let the professionals handle their profession as opposed to trying to allow someone else to do it or doing it on your own.

In some instances, a licensed plumber must be the person to install plumbing in a home, especially water heaters, so installing certain plumbing on your own may not only be dangerous but against regulations.

If you have a foul smell coming from your garbage disposal unit, then you most likely have food stuck in there. The food can be in the garbage disposal, in the drain, or deep down in the pipes. If there is no food detected anywhere but the smell still lingers, then it’s possible that it’s sewage in the pipes that is causing the smell. The first thing to do is have the garbage disposal checked for food, and if necessary, have the disposal unit dismantled.

Checking the drains should be the next step, and it may be necessary to get the drains cleaned to completely get rid of the smell. Garbage disposal units that have slight smells even when there is no clog or food present can receive lime and vinegar to make it smell better as well as approved chemicals that can be put into the unit for a fresher smell.

Even though you may not see things go down the drain, there is always something going down the sink, whether it’s hair, soaps scum, toothpaste and more. Even though many don’t think twice about letting toothpaste down the drain, it eventually can cling to other things that go down the drain, which can then cause a clog that causes the sink to drain slower or not at all. It’s always best to avoid allowing things to go down the drain, especially hair.

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