Buy and install a little strainer to place over the drain for trapping food, hair, soap, etc. Clean the strainer regularly. Collect cooking fats in a container such as a can and dispose of it in the garbage rather than pouring fats down the drain. Fats can solidify in cold pipes and create clogs. Pour a kettle of boiling water down the kitchen drain weekly to melt fat that might be building up. Pour a mixture of a handful of baking soda with 1/2 a cup of vinegar down the kitchen drain weekly. This will break down fat and keep the drain smelling fresh too. If you want more advice on how to prevent clogs at your St. Paul or Minneapolis home, contact us today… Read more »
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If your sink faucet is making a clunking sound or if it’s dripping, it can often be fixed by replacing the rubber washer. Take apart the faucet and pull out the old washer. When replacing the old washer, be sure to bring it to the hardware store – you’ll need to find an exact replacement to ensure a perfect fit. If you need us to do the repairs, we’re only a phone call away! Contact us today by calling (612) 922-9422 or Contact us Online for all your St. Paul faucet problem repairs!
If you have cold water, but no hot water and you have a gas water heater, check the pilot light. Follow the directions on the heater to make sure that the pilot light is working properly. If you are unsure how to do this, call your local gas company. They may send out a serviceman, possibly at no charge, to help you with the heater. As a note, many newer water heaters have no pilot light. Instead they have an electronic ignition. If you have followed the directions for your heater so that the pilot is lit (or it has an electronic ignition) and you know that the gas is flowing to the heater, but it’s still not producing hot water, try turning up the… Read more »
Your water pressure may be low for one or more reasons. If every home in your neighborhood has low water pressure, the problem may not be related to your house, but to the entire area in which you live. In this case you’ll need to handle the problem by contacting the utility company that supplies your neighborhood with water and alert them to the problem. However, if your neighbors have good water pressure and your home does not, or parts of your home do not, then here are some steps you can take that may help to detect and resolve the low water pressure: Find out which of your plumbing fixtures has low pressure. If the low water pressure issue is isolated to a single… Read more »
Garbage Disposal Not Working 1. Before doing any work on the garbage disposal, ALWAYS make sure the switch to the garbage disposal is turned to the OFF position. 2. Using tongs, clear out anything inside the garbage disposal which might be jamming up the motor. 3. Briefly flip on the switch to the garbage disposal. Flip it off again. 4-A. If you DO NOT hear any humming noise with the switch on, locate the small button that is somewhere on the disposal and press it. This will “re-set” the disposal. Try turning on the switch to the disposal again. If you still don’t hear a humming noise, try re-setting the circuit breaker in your electrical panel that provides power to your garbage disposal. Click here to see How… Read more »