Plumbing Advice For First-Time Homeowners

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 (PHOENIX)– According to the National Association of Realtors, one in three homebuyers are first-time homeowners.  Moving into your home can be exciting and overwhelming-especially when plumbing emergencies erupt. The experts at Donley AC & Plumbing share the following information to help reduce stress for first-time (and all) homeowners.

Ring Fell Down Drain

       Turn off the water. Place a bucket under the p-trap, which is the curved section of pipe under the sink. Place towels around the bucket. Pull out the access plug on the p-trap. Water will pour into the bucket. Let it drain and check the water for your jewelry. Replace the plug and run water to make sure no leaks.

       If you have older pipes you may not have an access plug and you’ll want to call a professional.

Clogged sinks

       Wait for the sink to clear and slowly pour boiling water down the drain. If water alone didn’t help then pour a ¼ cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down the drain. Let sit for 20-30 minutes and slowly pour boiling water down the drain.

       If the clog remains, try using a plunger. Remove the stopper, add enough water to cover the drain by about an inch, center the plunger over the drain and create a strong seal. Pump the plunger up and down for about 20 seconds. Test the drain. Repeat if needed.

       If the plunger didn’t help you may want to try a handheld snake or call a professional.

       To prevent clogged drains in sinks and showers, use strainers to catch soap, hair and debris.

Leaky Faucet

       Twist the valve under the sink to turn off the water. If there is no valve, turn off the main water supply to the house. Turn on the faucet to let the water line clear. Remove the handle. Remove the cartridge by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Clean the handle area, inspect O-rings and replace if worn or damaged. Insert a new cartridge-based on the manufacturer’s instructions. Reattach the handle and turn hot and cold water back on. If the leak continues, consult a professional.

Clogged Dishwasher

       The drain at the bottom of your dishwasher can collect food debris and buildup and lead to a clog.  You can clean the area around the drain by hand but may have to remove the screws and drain cover to access the smaller pieces. This will ensure dirty water is exiting and your dishes are properly cleaned.

Garbage Disposal Back-ups

       To avoid back-ups and service calls never treat your disposal like a trash can. Do not place starchy, stringy and fibrous waste into the disposal because they don’t sufficiently break down. Before you toss in scraps, turn on the disposal and gradually add scraps. Keep water running while the disposal is on and for a full minute after it’s turned off. To safely clean the disposal, pour a half-cup of baking soda then slowly add a half-cup of vinegar. When the mixture stops fizzing flush the disposal with hot water.

Good to Know

       Baby wipes are not flushable- no matter what the package says.

       Keep a wastebasket visible in the bathroom so guests don’t toss cotton swabs and tissues in the toilet.

       Know where your main water valve is located and how to turn it off.

About Donley AC & Plumbing

Since 1976, Jim and Mike Donley and their employees have been providing “old-school” service to Arizonans. Family-owned Donley AC & Plumbing has twice been honored with the Better Business Bureau’s Ethics Award. Donley technicians receive ongoing training to provide the most comprehensive service for air conditioning, plumbing, heating, sewer repair, maintenance management and solar hot water.



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