A Fix To Basic Plumbing Issues

Have you ever found yourself washing dishes in your kitchen sink only for the water to stop flowing down the drain? Worse yet, during your downtime in the lavatory, you start hearing growling sounds, but instead of it being your stomach, it’s your pipes. We’ve all been there at least once. Plumbing issues are common in many households. Therefore, it only makes sense to teach yourself the basics of plumbing.

Note, however, that this discussion only applies to basic plumbing issues. If your living room resembles a scene from the Titanic with water levels knees high, please call a professional plumber.


Step one; prevention is key. Most plumbing issues are brought about by debris that builds up in pipes. This debris restricts the natural flow of water and other fluids through the plumbing system. Slowly these ‘dams’ become reinforced with more debris, and before you know it, part of your drainage system is clogged up.

The best way of dealing with this is to prevent this debris from getting into your pipes in the first place. “How do you do that,” you may ask? Firstly ensure that all food that remains on your dishes is scraped off before beginning the dishwashing process. Scrape off as much as you can.

For the water closet, (in other words, your private bathroom with a toilet), avoid pouring dirty water with foreign particles inside. Many of us sometimes use water closets to dispose of all solid waste. Taking that other turn instead to the garbage bin outside could save you a lot of grief in the future. Simply put, if it’s not liquid, then don’t pour it down your drain.

While still discussing prevention, bring about one liter of water to boil. Mix this with two teaspoons of vinegar. Pour this down your kitchen sink. The hot water helps clear pipes of fat debris that build up slowly throughout the piping system. The vinegar acts as a disinfectant and ensures your drains smelling fresh.

Sink Pump

Plumbing hack number two; invest in a good sink pump. Science always manages to provide the best solutions for common problems, so let air work for you. A good sink pump can create enough vacuum that forces debris clogging up pipes to be displaced.

If you followed the preventative steps outlined above, you will hardly ever use the sink pump. However, it’s still an essential component of your home repair kit.

Call a Professional

In many cases, a professional will need to be called.

Plumbing problems should be taken seriously to avoid further problems with the potential for serious damage to the plumbing itself as well as the surrounding space.

At All A’s Plumbing and Heating, we are here to address your issues and concerns. We offer 24-hour emergency service as well.