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How to Unclog and Replace a Drain Trap

How to Unclog and Replace a Drain TrapEvery homeowner has experienced such a plumbing issue as a clogged drain at one time or another. Sometimes, the fix might be as simple as plugging the drain. However, other times, you may need to clean or replace the drain trap.

In some cases, the issue may be more serious and drain repair by a professional plumber may be required. In this article, we shall provide advice on how to clean or replace the drain tap in your bathroom or kitchen sink.

What Is a Drain Trap?

The drain trap is located beneath the sink or bathroom drain pipe. It allows the drainage system to function properly. Also, the curved section of the p-trap, as it is also called, maintains a water plug to seal the house drain pipe against harmful sewer gases. 

It is imperative that every drain trap in your home is in proper working order. If you notice that the drainage flow is slower than usual or has stopped, there could be an issue. You should regularly inspect your drain trap for any damage or malfunction. 

P-traps are either composed of PVC pipe or steel. However, they may also be made of a variety of other materials. Some of these may be prohibited by building or provincial codes, so it is best to ensure that you are only using the correct P-trap for the area in which you reside. You should be able to purchase a P-trap at a local DIY, hardware, or plumbing supply store.

How to Clean and/or Replace a Drain Trap

Materials Needed:

  • Bucket
  • Drain Trap Replacement or Parts
  • Plumbers Tape (or Joint Compound)
  • Screwdriver 
  • Wrench

Step 1: If the p-trap is designed with a cleanout plug (found on the bottom of the curved part), first, remove it carefully with a wrench. Then, drain the water into the bucket. If it is not designed as such, unscrew the slip nuts so that they are not in your way.

Step 2: If it is a swivel type of drain pipe, you will be able to easily remove the curved part. Keep it upright and pour the water into the bucket. However, if it is fixed, carefully remove the tailpiece slip nut via the drain flange as well as the one at the top of the trap. Place the tailpiece into the p-trap, twisting it clockwise until the water drains into the bucket. Remove the tailpiece and unscrew the p-trap from the drainpipe.

If a Кeplacement is Тeeded:

Step 1: Purchase whatever parts are needed for replacement including the correct size of the drain trap, drain extension, tailpiece, and any other required fittings. 

Step 2: In the appropriate order, replace the purchased parts. Ensure that all the compression seals, large washers, and slip nuts are properly lined up. Using slip nuts, loosely couple the parts together. Then make the final adjustments before tightening them snugly. You may seal the trap with plumber’s compound or joint tape if you wish.

Step 3: Test the trap immediately for leaks by running water. This will also fill the trap with the proper amount of water to protect it from sewer gases.

Should you have any questions regarding how to install drain traps, do not hesitate to call DrainCom. Our expert plumbers can assist you with all of your plumbing issues.

Basic Plumbing Tools: Quick Guide for Homeowners

Basic Plumbing Tools: Quick Guide for HomeownersHave you ever wondered what basic plumbing tools you should have at hand for plumbing repairs? Sure, there are some jobs that require the help of a professional, but some of the issues can be easily fixed with the help of a few plumbing tools and a little know-how.

In the following, we will highlight some of the most common plumbing tools for homeowners. Any serious plumbing issues should be completed by a professional plumber Toronto. But this guide should help equip you for any minor plumbing issues that may arise in your home.

Basic Plumbing Tools for Toronto Area Homeowners

Following is a list of common plumber tools for those homeowners who wish to keep them at hand in the event of a minor plumbing problem. 

  • Adjustable Wrenches: Wrenches are used to hold, adjust, and turn plumbing fixtures and pipes. They come in a variety of sizes and are turned clockwise to tighten and counter-clockwise to loosen an item.
  • Basin Wrench: Otherwise known as a sink wrench, a basin wrench is used to reach nuts in those areas that are out of reach. 
  • Closet Auger: A closet auger is used to unclog toilets when a toilet plunger is not doing the job. Feed the auger into the opening of the toilet and gently pull it out to help remove the clog.
  • Gloves: Gloves are needed to protect your hands from injury as well as harmful bacteria and other debris you may encounter while tending to a plumbing issue. 
  • Goggles: It is always wise to wear goggles to protect your eyes in case of any loose debris, dirt, or other particles when doing any type of home repair, especially plumbing.
  • Hacksaw/Handsaw: Both of these saws are useful for cutting wood, plastic, metal, or other materials. 
  • Pipe Cutters/Tube Cutters: Both tube and pipe cutters can be adjusted to fit the size of the tube or pipe in question and can be used to cut both metal and plastic.
  • Pipe Wrench: Pipe wrenches are used to tighten and loosen pipe joints. They are available in a wide variety of sizes and designed to slide one way while gripping the other. 
  • Plunger: Plungers are one of the most basic plumbing tools and should be a staple in every home. They are the go-to method for both clogged sinks and toilets.
  • Screwdriver: Another tool every home should have is a screwdriver. The most common types are Flathead and Phillips screwdrivers. Both come in a variety of sizes and can be used to screw or unscrew nails and nuts for home repairs or improvements. 
  • Slip Joint Pliers: Slip joint pliers are used to remove larger nuts, such as those found under the sink on p-traps.

Other Items You Should Have at Hand Include the Following:

  • Flashlight;
  • Hammer;
  • Step stool/ladder;
  • Tape Measure;
  • Teflon Tape;
  • Towels/Rags.

For major plumbing emergencies or if you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact the expert staff at DrainCom. We will gladly assist you with any of your plumbing needs.

Guide to Installing Backsplash Tile

Guide to Installing Backsplash TileAre you considering installing backsplash somewhere in your home but not sure you can undertake such a task on your own? We are here to help!

Follow our step by step guide on installing backsplash. Check out our site for other helpful information, such as weeping tile installation.

What Is Backsplash?

Backsplash is a type of tile or panel that is installed on the wall over a counter area to protect the walls from splashes from cooking and the like. Besides, it can add a decorative flair to your kitchen or bathroom, as it comes in an unlimited number of colors, designs, and patterns. If you know how to install backsplash tile, you can get as creative as you like with the different patterns and designs. 

Backsplash is Available in a Wide Array of Materials Including the Following:

  • Ceramic Tile
  • Porcelain Tile
  • Natural Stone Slab
  • Brick
  • Wood/Plywood
  • Glass or Metal Panels

Installing Backsplash Tile

Materials Needed:

  • Level
  • Mixing Paddle
  • Tape Measure
  • Notched Trowel
  • Straight Edge
  • Tile Float
  • Power Drill
  • Tile Cutter/Utility Knife
  • Bucket and Sponge

Steps for Installing Tile Backsplash Are as Follows:

  1. Prep the area: Ensure that the work area, as well as the walls and surface area, are clear of any obstructions, debris, dirt, or other residue. You can use sandpaper to ensure that your surface area is clean and smooth before you begin.
  2. Measure the wall to determine the best way to fit the tile. Use a level to layout the desired arrangement to ensure that the tiles will be fitted tightly and snugly with the adjacent wall and/or countertop area. 
  3. Apply the adhesive by carefully spreading it on the backs of the tiles as well as the area of the wall. Work from the center outward. Take care not to get too far ahead of yourself in applying the adhesive, as it will dry out quickly. You can use grout spacers to space out the tiles to help keep them aligned in the desired pattern. Make sure to press the tiles firmly in place so they will set properly. 
  4. Apply the grouting and caulking. Grouting will fill any spaces between the tiles to allow for a refined appearance. Mix the grout and apply it to the surface of the tile at a 45-degree angle. Allow it to sit for ten to fifteen minutes before carefully removing the excess grout. You can do this by using clean water and a sponge. If needed, you can then fill any crevices using a caulking gun. We recommend using a mildew-resistant caulk to prevent mold growth. 
  5. Allow for the tile adhesive to fully dry. This should take around 12 hours. However, you need to take humidity and other such factors into consideration. In some instances, it may take a full week or so before the tile is fully set.

If you have any questions on how to install backsplash, give us a call at DrainCom. We can offer advice on how to complete the process as well as any other questions you may have with any plumbing issues in your home.

How to Install Sump Pump: Homeowner’s Guide

How to Install Sump Pump: Homeowner’s GuideDo you need some advice on installing sump pump in your home? Every homeowner can accomplish this task if they possess the know-how and the proper equipment. 

Read our handy guide on how to install the sump pump in your home. If you need help, do not hesitate to hire a plumber to complete the job. However, with this guide, you should be able to complete the process on your own.

How to Install Sump Pump And What Is a Sump Pump?

The sump pump is the self-activating electrical pump to protect your home from flooding. Typically, installed in the basement, they remove surface run-off and groundwater before it can enter your home. Water can cause damage to your home as well as mold growth, which is harmful to your health. 

It is advised to have your sump pump inspected by a professional plumber annually to ensure that it works properly. However, if you notice that it is not working properly, you can use the following guide to installing sump pump in basement. 

  1. Locate the area where the water is collected. This is typically near the GFCI (or Ground Fault Interrupter Outlet) where the sump pump is plugged. You should have this installed by an electrician if you do not already have one in your basement or crawlspace.
  2. Dig a hole for the pump that is 10 inches (ca. 25 cm) wider and 6 inches (ca. 15 cm) deeper than the pump itself. Three inches of gravel should be placed at the bottom of the hole and the pump should be placed in the hole on top of the gravel.
  3. Add gravel around the pump, but make sure to leave one to two inches exposed at the top. 
  4. Attach the male adapter to the discharge PVC pipe using glue and then insert it into the female adapter on the sump. Make a weep hole 6 inches (ca. 15 cm) above the pump into the discharge pipe using a ¼ inch drill 
  5. Using wires, attach the electrical cord of the pump to the discharge pipe. At the open end of the discharge pipe, install a check valve. Next, the pump will be placed into the sump. Check to see if the valve is vertical before running water out of the house.
  6. Using 1 ½ inch PVC and pressurized fittings, channel the water away from the house via the sump pump.
  7. Hang the PVC from the joists by installing J hooks. Run the PVC out by making a hole from the outside wall. 
  8. In the hole where the pipe leaves the house, apply silicone sealant. The connecting should run at least four feet away from your residence. 
  9. To spread the flow of the water, at the end of the pipe, affix a 1 ½ inch increaser. Attach the PVC pipe to the corrugated pipe to evenly dispense the water.
  10. To cover the sump and keep it in place, disperse more gavel around the corrugated pipe. Finally, plug in the sump pump and cover it.

Contact DrainCom if you have any questions or concerns about how to install sump pump. We are always ready to assist you with your plumbing issues.

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