Uncategorized – What is a Septic Tank? http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com Wed, 01 Mar 2017 02:06:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 3 Ways a Plumber Can Help You Save Money on Your Water Bill http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/2017/02/28/3-ways-a-plumber-can-help-you-save-money-on-your-water-bill/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:37:59 +0000 http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/?p=150 Water is becoming scarce in many parts of the country, and for many homeowners, this has lead to increases in water rates. This has made many property owners to consider what can be done to reduce water consumption. If you’re curious about lowering your water bill, the following are only a few ways that a […]

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Water is becoming scarce in many parts of the country, and for many homeowners, this has lead to increases in water rates. This has made many property owners to consider what can be done to reduce water consumption. If you’re curious about lowering your water bill, the following are only a few ways that a plumbing company can help you.

Install a programmable sprinkler system

If you already have a sprinkler system that turns on and off manually, it is easy to forget once it is running, and too much water is used. With a programmable watering system, you can make sure that the water is turned off exactly when you desire. You can also make sure that the watering of your property is done at the best time of the day.

For example, in the middle of summer it is usually best to avoid the peak hours of the day as water is wasted with evaporation. Early morning and early evenings are often the best times. In addition, a programmable system can water only parts of your property and not all of it like a manual system does. There may be certain areas that require less water than others.

Install low flow toilets and water fixtures

The modern low flow toilet designs not only use less water than the traditional flush toilets of the past, but they also do so more efficiently. So you are not sacrificing performance simply to save money. Shower heads are another place to save water usage. Low flow shower heads allow you to take the same length of shower and use less water. A plumber can also install an aerated faucet for kitchen sinks that save water without sacrificing needed water for sink uses.

Install new appliances

The two areas where you can save the most on water usage will be the dishwasher and the clothes washer. You are not likely to want to replace them unless they are old and not working properly, but keep in mind that if you have washers that are old enough, you may to able to buy newer models that are more energy efficient. Not only will you save money on water, but you may also bring your electricity bill down at the same time.

Of course, there are many things you can do to cut back on water usage, and saving water should begin with conservation. But conservation can only do so much. A plumber can install a variety of devices, including those mentioned above, that will create a system with lower water usage in your home. In addition, a plumber can assist you in selecting the best water saving devices on the market.

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Leaky Garbage Disposal? Oh No! A Look At The Common Culprits http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/2017/02/24/leaky-garbage-disposal-oh-no-a-look-at-the-common-culprits/ Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:22:37 +0000 http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/?p=148 Have you noticed a growing pool of water underneath your garbage disposal? Sadly, this means you have a leak. While a leaky garbage disposal may seem like a serious issue on the surface, the truth is, this issue usually has a simple fix. You may not even have to call your plumber! Here’s a look […]

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Have you noticed a growing pool of water underneath your garbage disposal? Sadly, this means you have a leak. While a leaky garbage disposal may seem like a serious issue on the surface, the truth is, this issue usually has a simple fix. You may not even have to call your plumber! Here’s a look at the three most common causes of leaky garbage disposals and how to address each one.

A Leaky Flange

The flange is the portion of the garbage disposal that connects the actual motor unit to the drain in your sink. It looks like a flared, plastic apparatus and is typically attached to the drain with two or three bolts. If one of these bolts gets loosened — which can happen if someone bumps against the sink or garbage disposal repeatedly — a leak can result.

Check the bolts connected to the flange, and if they seem loose, tighten them up with a wrench. With any luck, this will correct your leaking issue. If any of the bolts are stripped, you may need to remove and replace them.

Cracked Dishwasher Hose

If you have a dishwasher that is hooked up to empty into the garbage disposal, look over the rubber hose that comes into the disposal beneath the sink. This hose can sometimes develop cracks and fissures that begin leaking. You may need to run the dishwasher and then watch as water runs through the hose to actually pinpoint the leak.

If you do spot a leak in your dishwasher hose, then the best solution is to replace the hose. Just remove the bolts or screws that hold the hose in place, and take the old hose with you to the hardware store to ensure you choose a new one of the same size. Screw the new hose into place, and your problem is solved.

A Cracked Disposal

When the problem is not the flange or the hose, then sadly, there’s usually a crack in the disposal itself. You may see water leaking from a tiny crack or fissure if you watch as the disposal operates. This is not an issue you should attempt to address on your own since it typically warrants replacing the entire garbage disposal. Give your plumber a call and schedule an appointment. They can remove the old disposal and replace it with a new one. In the meantime, you can keep operating your current disposal if you put a bucket under it to catch any drips. Contact an emergency plumber for hire if you suspect that you need help with plumbing.   

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When To Have Your Hot Water Heater Serviced http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/2016/09/30/when-to-have-your-hot-water-heater-serviced/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:19:10 +0000 http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/?p=146 A critical appliance for any home is the hot water heater. It’s an appliance often ignored, but when it breaks down, it will disrupt the routine of your household as you try to do without hot water until the problem is fixed. Instead of waiting for the appliance to completely break down, have the unit […]

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A critical appliance for any home is the hot water heater. It’s an appliance often ignored, but when it breaks down, it will disrupt the routine of your household as you try to do without hot water until the problem is fixed. Instead of waiting for the appliance to completely break down, have the unit serviced when you experience any of these 3 problems.

The Water Is Not Getting Hot Enough

Do you have to run your shower for a long time in the morning for the water to feel warm enough to finally jump in? It’s a clear sign that there is a problem with the hot water heater. For instance, the thermostat that controls the water temperature could be broken, and it is not relaying the right temperature to the tank’s heating element. The heating element itself may be failing and not getting the water to the desired temperature. Have this problem sorted out by a plumber before your hot water heater loses the ability to heat the water.

The Tank Is Making Very Loud Noises

A hot water heater that’s in good condition will run silently. When you hear odd sounds, like loud banging, it means there’s a problem with the tank. Usually, it is because sediment has built up inside the tank.

Sediment gets in the tank through your main water source, and it is a normal household problem. The sediment causes the tank’s heating element to work harder than it has to in order to do its job, which will cause the tank’s heating element to have a shorter lifespan. The banging is caused by the sediment moving in the tank when water inside gets hot, and it is a sign that you’ve neglected the problem for too long.

You can service the tank yourself by draining the water from it. By opening the pressure relief valve at the top of the tank, it will let the water flow out through the water release outlet at the bottom. The sediment should come out along with the hot water.

The Tank Is Leaking

An obvious problem will be when the tank has a leak anywhere along the tank’s bottom or side. It’s a sign that rust has eaten through the tank and that it needs to be completely replaced. Ignoring the problem could lead to a big mess as the tank empties all the water onto the floor. You are better off having a plumber confirm that the tank cannot be repaired, and then move forward with the replacement of your hot water heater.

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Have Kids? 4 Steps To Prevent Clogged Toilets http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/2016/09/30/have-kids-4-steps-to-prevent-clogged-toilets/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:51:48 +0000 http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/?p=144 If you have children, it’s hard to tell what they’re going to put in the toilets. Unfortunately, some of the things they’ll flush down the toilet will lead to clogs, which means you’re going to be faced with some messy situations. While you can’t stop all clogs, you can help reduce the number of incidents […]

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If you have children, it’s hard to tell what they’re going to put in the toilets. Unfortunately, some of the things they’ll flush down the toilet will lead to clogs, which means you’re going to be faced with some messy situations. While you can’t stop all clogs, you can help reduce the number of incidents you have to deal with. Here are four steps you can take to reduce the number of clogged toilets you’re faced with.

Have a Teaching Moment

Kids don’t always know what belongs in the toilet and what doesn’t.  That’s where the teaching moment comes in. Plan a time when you can gather the kids around the toilet for a quick lesson on toilet etiquette. Conduct a “hands-on” experiment to show your kids exactly how much toilet paper is the right amount for each use – and how much is simply too much. If you have teenage daughters, take the time to let them know that sanitary napkins and tampons should never be flushed down the toilet.

Keep a Wastebasket by the Toilet

Take a look in the bathroom. If you don’t see a wastebasket next to the toilet, you have an increased risk of toilet clogs. That’s because the toilet is an easy place to toss things like cotton applicators, Kleenex, baby wipes, etc., especially if there isn’t a wastebasket nearby. Reduce the occurrence of clogs by keeping a wastebasket next to each one of your toilets.

Enforce the Flush Rule

Kids don’t always flush after they use the toilet. Unfortunately, that means that large amounts of toilet paper – and human waste – can build up in the toilet bowl between flushes. While you’re teaching your kids about what goes in the toilet, take the time to set the rules about flushing. Be sure they know that they should flush after every use, even if they just urinate. If you need to, place a decorative sign over the toilet as a gentle reminder.

Take Preventative Measures

Over time, the drains leading from your toilets can clog with particles of toilet paper and human waste. You can help keep your drains clean by taking some simple preventative measures. To keep your drains clean, flush one cup of rock salt down the toilet once a month. The rock salt will dissolve the particles of toilet paper and human waste that are building up inside the drains.

Clogged toilets are never any fun. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to prevent them. Use the simple steps provided here to keep your drains clear and your toilets flushing. For more tips, or in an emergency situation, contact a company like Garabedian Plumbing & Heating Inc.

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The Simple Solution For Eliminating Tree Roots In Sewer Lines Defined http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/2016/09/30/the-simple-solution-for-eliminating-tree-roots-in-sewer-lines-defined/ Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:16:44 +0000 http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/?p=142 Do you suspect that you have tree roots growing in your sewer line? Perhaps you have done a bit of online research, or you may have been given advice from a trusted friend or family member who “knows about these type of things.” If there is a blockage in your sewer line, there are a […]

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Do you suspect that you have tree roots growing in your sewer line? Perhaps you have done a bit of online research, or you may have been given advice from a trusted friend or family member who “knows about these type of things.” If there is a blockage in your sewer line, there are a number of things that could be causing it. Examples of other things that can cause blockages are grease and bellied pipes. Unfortunately, all of these things may exhibit the same symptoms such as drains that slowly release water or toilets that do not flush properly. The following are a few things that can be done to correct sewer line issues that are caused by tree roots. 

Contact a plumber

Plumbers can be used as a resource to determine the exact nature of your sewer line issues. They can fix the issue for you too if you want them to. Some people may not have the money to pay for eradicating tree roots from their sewer lines immediately. These individuals can rely on do-it-yourself measures to temporarily correct their issues, and plumbers can make suggestions about what things are helpful. Plumbers (like those at Optimum Plumbing LLC) can use sophisticated technology that does not involve digging to determine if tree roots are the issue. Their video inspections can save you time and resources that may be wasted by attempting to dig for clues yourself. Also, keep in mind that digging can be detrimental since there are gas lines, cable lines, and other utility-related devices implanted underground. 

Attempt mechanical augering

You can try to use an auger to break through tree roots in your sewer lines. This is not something that will be  beneficial as a long-term fix. The tree roots that are broken into bits by the auger will eventually heal and begin to grow again. Keep in mind that sometimes tree roots invade sewer lines to the point that they cause extensive damage to pipes. You may not be able to temporarily fix this type of issue with an auger because the pipe structures are damaged. A plumber will need to correct the tree root issue, which will be followed up with replacing the affected pipes. 

Use rock salt if needed

If your pipes are not damaged and augering is a good temporary fix, you can stunt the growth of the tree roots by using rock salt. The process involves flushing salt down your toilet. Salt will dry out moisture from the tree roots. Keep in mind that tree roots are attracted to sewer lines because they are seeking a water supply. You will need to routinely perform this process until you can afford to pay a plumber to fix the tree roots issue. If you try to use the rock salt method without including a plumber, ensure that you understand salt is toxic to plants, and it is possible to kill trees if you use too much salt. 

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Your First Apartment With A Boiler System http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/2016/09/28/your-first-apartment-with-a-boiler-system/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:37:54 +0000 http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/?p=118 If you’ve lived in places with forced air heating your whole life, then you may feel a bit confused and overwhelmed when you move into an apartment with radiators. There’s no blowing air when the heat kicks on, and the hissing and gurgling noises the system makes seem utterly foreign. In time, you’ll get used […]

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If you’ve lived in places with forced air heating your whole life, then you may feel a bit confused and overwhelmed when you move into an apartment with radiators. There’s no blowing air when the heat kicks on, and the hissing and gurgling noises the system makes seem utterly foreign. In time, you’ll get used to living in an apartment with boiler heating. Here are the basics you need to know about this type of system.

Identifying Your Boiler System

There are two types of boiler systems. One type of system generates steam and sends that steam up into the radiators. If your radiators only have one pipe coming up into them from the floor, they are steam radiators. Water boiler systems send hot water up to the radiators. This type of radiator has two pipes coming up into it: one to bring hot water in and another to bring cold water out.

Bleeding The Radiators

Why is it important to know the difference between steam and water boilers? Well, there’s a procedure called “bleeding” that must be performed on water radiators, but not steam radiators. Bleeding refers to letting air out of the radiators so that water can fill them completely.

If you have water radiators and they’re making banging and clanging noises, then there’s probably air in the system that you can relieve through bleeding. Locate the bleed valve–it looks like a big screw on the side of the radiator. There may be a key that fits into it (ask your landlord for it if it’s not in the apartment) or a screwdriver may fit into it. With the heat turned on, wait for the radiators to get warm. (This means they’re filled with water.) Turn the bleed valve until air starts flowing out. Wait till water starts dripping out, and then close the valve tightly. Repeat this with each radiator. Bleed your system at least once a year or whenever it gets noisy. Check with your landlord to ensure they want you to do this, rather than call maintenance to do it for you.

Dealing With Noisy Steam Boilers

If you have a steam boiler system that’s making noises, the solution is not always as easy. Start by checking the vents on the sides of the radiators. They look like little cylinders with pointed caps. If they’re too tight or loose, they may be letting the wrong amount of air out, causing squealing or hissing. Adjust them until they’re quiet.

If the noises don’t stop, there may be issues with the angle of the pipes. In this case, call your landlord–they may need to have a contractor come in and make some heating repairs.

With the tips above, using a boiler heating system is simple! Just use the thermostat as you normally would, and remember not to put anything flammable too close to the radiator.

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Three Natural Sources Of Well Water Contamination http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/2016/09/28/three-natural-sources-of-well-water-contamination/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:01:45 +0000 http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/?p=120 Your well water can become contaminated due to human activity—like improper fertilizer usage or poorly maintained septic tanks—but it’s also possible for the contamination to occur naturally. While naturally occurring contaminants aren’t anyone’s fault, they’re still a very serious problem for anyone who drinks or bathes in the well water. Here are three natural sources […]

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Your well water can become contaminated due to human activity—like improper fertilizer usage or poorly maintained septic tanks—but it’s also possible for the contamination to occur naturally. While naturally occurring contaminants aren’t anyone’s fault, they’re still a very serious problem for anyone who drinks or bathes in the well water. Here are three natural sources of well water contamination.

Arsenic

Arsenic is a mineral that’s found in the Earth’s crust, and some areas are known to have high levels of this mineral in their groundwater. This mineral is odorless and tasteless, but if you consume it, you could become very ill. Arsenic is also a carcinogen, and exposure to it could lead to cancer of organs like the bladder or liver.

If arsenic is detected in your well water, it’s best to use an alternate water source, like a public water system. If that isn’t an option for you, you can have an arsenic removal system—which consists of a series of polyglass tanks—installed. This system will treat your well water as it comes into your home.

Radon

Radon is a gas that forms when uranium breaks down inside the earth. This gas can dissolve into your water supply, and since it’s odorless, colorless, and tasteless, you won’t even know that it’s there.

When you have a shower, flush your toilet, or wash your dishes, the radon can be released from the water into your home’s air. Breathing this air is very dangerous, and the Centers for Disease Control report that as many as 1,800 deaths occur every year as a result of radon-contaminated water.

If radon is detected in your well water, a plumber can install a point-of-entry filter to remove it. Point-of-entry filters treat all of the water that enters your home, unlike point-of-use filters that only treat the tap that they’re attached to.

Lead

Lead is a naturally-occurring mineral that can be found in soil and groundwater, which can allow it to enter your well water. Lead can also be found in your pipes, soldering, well pump, faucets, and fixtures. If any part of your plumbing system corrodes, lead can be released into your drinking water, causing contamination.

Lead, like radon and arsenic, can’t be seen or tasted, so you’ll need to have your well water tested by a laboratory to find out if it’s contaminated. If lead is detected, a plumber can help you determine where it’s coming from. Corroded parts of your plumbing system, like your well’s pump or your lead pipes, may need to be replaced. If the lead contamination is coming from the groundwater, not your plumbing system, a filter can be installed.

To find out if your well water is contaminated, have the water tested by a laboratory. If contaminants are found, ask a plumber, such as Mike Hensley Plumbing Inc, to help you treat the water.

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Prevent Kitchen Sink Clogs by Using and Caring for Your Garbage Disposal Properly http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/2016/09/28/prevent-kitchen-sink-clogs-by-using-and-caring-for-your-garbage-disposal-properly/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:55:18 +0000 http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/?p=116 Having a garbage disposal makes cleaning up after dinner so much simpler. Instead of scraping messy plates into the garbage, you can just send those little scraps down the sink. Even tasks like peeling apples become easier. However, garbage disposals do increase the chances of a clogged kitchen sink. You’ll want to follow these tips […]

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Having a garbage disposal makes cleaning up after dinner so much simpler. Instead of scraping messy plates into the garbage, you can just send those little scraps down the sink. Even tasks like peeling apples become easier. However, garbage disposals do increase the chances of a clogged kitchen sink. You’ll want to follow these tips for using and caring for your garbage disposal if you don’t want clogs.

Don’t put fibrous foods down the disposal.

Fibrous foods like orange peels and squash don’t chop up well in the disposal. They tend to shred into long strings. If there’s anything sticky on the sides of the pipe leading from your kitchen drain, the long fibers from foods like this can get stuck and form a pretty stubborn clog. So, put anything fibrous in the trash rather than the disposal. Celery, potato peels, grapefruit peels, coconut rinds, and artichokes are other foods that shouldn’t go in the disposal.

Stay away from grease and greasy foods.

Pouring grease down any sink is a big no-no, and a garbage disposal does not change that. The grease may become cooled when it hits the pipe, congealing on its edges and forming a clog. Even a small amount of grease can lead to a clog as it grabs on to other food particles that are later sent down the drain. Greasy foods, like fat from the edge of a steak or the remnants of a fatty sauce, should not be put down the disposal, as they have the same effect.

Pour some dish soap down the disposal drain.

Every week or so, pour some dish soap down the disposal while it’s running and while running hot water. This will clean the disposal blades so that any gunk buildup does not become substantial enough to cause a clog. If any greasy buildup is starting to form in the pipes, the dish soap will help clear this out, too. If you’ve noticed any odors coming from the drain, you can pour some baking soda down with the soap. The baking soda’s grittiness will help scrub away buildup, and it will also neutralize nasty odors.

If your sink with the disposal does start working slowly or showing signs of a clog, call a plumber to clear it. This is not a repair you should attempt yourself because of the risk of cutting yourself on the blades. For more information, talk to a professional like Cleary Plumbing.

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When You Lose Things In The Plumbing http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/2016/09/27/when-you-lose-things-in-the-plumbing/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:44:33 +0000 http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/?p=114 Losing jewelry down the sink or toilet is horrifying no matter what type of plumbing system you have. Maybe it fell off the edge of the sink or somehow slipped off your finger and into the toilet. If you are lucky, your ring or another item can be retrieved, either by you or by a […]

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Losing jewelry down the sink or toilet is horrifying no matter what type of plumbing system you have. Maybe it fell off the edge of the sink or somehow slipped off your finger and into the toilet. If you are lucky, your ring or another item can be retrieved, either by you or by a plumber. Do not panic, your beloved item may not be permanently lost.

Trapped

When something you value goes down the sink, the first thing to do is check the p trap, that curved part in the pipe under the sink. Turn off the water and get a bucket. You will probably want a pair of gloves as well. Unscrew the p trap bolts, either by hand or using a plumber’s wrench. Then dump the contents into a bucket. If you are lucky, you will be able to fish your jewelry out of the muck.

If you flush something, retrieving it may be more difficult. First, put on the protective gloves, grit your teeth, and reach into the trap as far as you can. It’s possible that your item will have lodged within reach, and you’ll be able to snag it. If you can’t reach it, you will need to remove the toilet. First, you’ll need to turn off the water to the toilet. Then you’ll need to flush the toilet to get out as much water as possible. You will need to unscrew the toilet from the floor and have someone else help you lift it. In fact, you may need to flip it over and shake it, certainly not a job for one person. If fortune is smiling on you, your ring or another item will fall out of the toilet.

Septic Tank

If you can’t find the item using the above methods, you may be out of luck, particularly if you are hooked up to a municipal sewer system. If you have a septic tank, you may still have hope. You will need to have someone pump out your system, but you will need to specify that you want the content “field applied.” If you cannot find your lost item at the bottom of your septic tank, then you can go where the sewage will be spread and fish for it there. Of course, you have to decide how far you want to go in this quest.

If you lose something you love down the drain, you may be able to get it back. It will take some work and dedication to do so, but if you persevere, all may not be lost.

For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like http://www.newportnewsvaplumbers.com.

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How To Install A Bathroom Sink Trap With A Clean-Out Drain http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/2016/09/27/how-to-install-a-bathroom-sink-trap-with-a-clean-out-drain/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:46:51 +0000 http://thewagnercard_com.staticops.com/?p=112 If you are repeatedly cleaning out your sink trap because of hair balls or items dropped into the sink by family members, you’ll know the unpleasant job of removing the sink trap and cleaning out the muck amid the fetid water that is stuck in the trap. However, you have an option that will eliminate […]

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If you are repeatedly cleaning out your sink trap because of hair balls or items dropped into the sink by family members, you’ll know the unpleasant job of removing the sink trap and cleaning out the muck amid the fetid water that is stuck in the trap.

However, you have an option that will eliminate the need to remove the trap to clean it. You can install a sink trap with an clean-out drain at the bottom. You simply remove the plug and all the nasty contents of the trap can simply fall into a bucket. Installing a trap with a clean-out is as simple as installing a regular trap.

What you will need

A clean-out enhanced bathroom sink trap

You must be certain to buy a 1 1/4″ trap for bathroom sinks (kitchen sinks typically use 1 1/2″ traps). The sink trap will have a hexagonal nut on the bottom, which is loosened with a wrench to remove the plug that seals the drain opening.

Adjustable wrench

Teflon tape

Bucket

Removing the old sink trap

You will use the adjustable wrench to loosen the large plastic compression nut at the top of the “J” shaped trap, then grasp the trap and hold it upright while removing the plastic threaded nut from the other end of the trap.

Holding the trap as upright as possible will minimize the amount of smelly water and sludge that runs down your arm. You can then lower the trap into the bucket. Dropping it into the bucket may result in the same vile water splashing up into your face.

Installing the clean-out enhanced sink trap

Before installation, check the hexagonal nut on the bottom of the trap to be certain that it is fully tightened, or a leak may occur. Next, you will wrap a few layers of teflon tape around the short threaded end of the trap. Wrap the tape in a clockwise direction,

You will then slip the top end of the sink trap over the drain pipe that descends from the sink, and pull the compression nut to the top rim of the trap. Tighten the compression nut over the rim of the trap with your adjustable wrench until it is fully seated.

You will then tighten the threaded nut to the threaded connection at the short end of the trap. Use the adjustable wrench to be sure that the connection is fully sealed.

You are now liberated from future sink trap removal duty, and all of the unpleasant and smelly activities associated with it.

For help with a project like this, contact a company like Bilz Plumbing & Mechanical Inc.

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