Vancouver drains tip. If you see dirty water all of a sudden, do not panic. It could be the simplest of solutions. Sometimes the city flushes their systems, breaking up debris and sending it into your home. Fixing this requires flushing the drains and strainers until the water runs clean again. If this municipal flush caused a problem like a drop in water pressure though, that could mean your drains need to be flushed to clean out mud and debris. Or it may also mean your drainage system has root intrusion and may need a roto-rooter machine to cut out the roots. In extreme cases you may have to replace the perimeter drains or even have the pipes leading to the sewer system replaced.
In Case of a Flood
If water is flooding your home, immediately switch off the main electrical power. If water comes into contact with any electrical components, it can become a fatal situation. Once the power is off, then deal with the flood water. Put your own and your family’s personal safety first, and show each member of the family how to shut off the power.
To help you find a good plumber, you should get recommendations from people whom you trust. Asking a friend or a neighbor is usually more trustworthy than picking a random plumber out of the phone book. You need a competent plumber, otherwise you could be in for a much bigger problem down the road. Another resource is our website CertifiedLocalPro.com. We only host local plumbers with excellent track records.
The Main Water Shut off Valve
Make sure you know where your home’s water shutoff is located. You never know when there might be an emergency involving a broken pipe or damaged connection that requires you to turn off the water right away. In addition, knowing where the shutoff is located is vital before you start any plumbing project, in case anything goes wrong.
For a clogged drain try using a plunger first, as your clog may simply be a build-up of hair and debris. If this doesn’t work you may have to clear the drain with a snake. Feed the snake into the drain line as far as it will go. Turn the crank gently which will either collect the blockage or loosen the clog. Remove the snake, and run water down the drain to see if the clog has been removed. You may have to use the snake a couple of times, before the clog is cleared so don’t give up!
How to Retrieve a Lost Ring
If you drop a small item like a ring or earring into a sink drain, hope is not lost. By carefully removing the U-shaped trap underneath the sink, you can probably retrieve the item. Be aware that the trap will be full of water, though, so have something under it to catch the spills.
If all esle fails call one of the Vancouver drains contractors listed on our site and they will dispatch a technician right away if it’s an emergency. If it can wait we usually book an appointment that’s convenient for both.