Keeping Your Plumbing Flowing Smoothly

If you deal with plumbing clogs on a regular basis, you might find yourself struggling with bent wire hangers, chemical drain cleaner, and unfamiliar pipes. Unfortunately, unless you are a trained professional, all of your efforts might be in vain. Most people don't realize it, but it is possible to damage your plumbing by making a few missteps. If you use the wrong chemicals or you push a little too hard, you might end up dealing with damaged pipes or your clogging problem could get worse. Fortunately, you might be able to use this blog to help you to keep your plumbing flowing smoothly.

Strange Smells From The Water? Look Closer For The Cause


The smell of local water can say a lot about local water treatment and your own plumbing. Contaminants, maintenance, changes to purification processes, clogs and plumbing irregularities can lead to changes to your water that will either manifest as clogs, weak water pressure or smells. Take a look at a few scent indicators and related problems to figure out what could be wrong with your plumbing or water system in general.

Smell Any Pool Water?

Chlorine and Chloromine are often used in water systems to provide safe drinking water. Chloromines are ammonia derivatives that substitute two hydrogen atoms with two chlorine atoms, which delivers the sanitation potential of chlorine with a less harsh smell. 

Some local water management facilities will perform a periodic maintenance, which involves switching from the chloromine derivative to chlorine. People who frequent pools will notice the telltale scent of chlorine, which is also similar to some bleach products.

If you smell a strong scent of chlorine, you should be aware of any local water management changes. If you weren't notified of any cleanup, maintenance or purification change procedures, contact your local water management company. In the event that there haven't been any changes, contact a plumber immediately.

A plumber can check your home water connections and survey the general area for any leaks. There could have been a buildup of chlorine, higher concentrations of fluoride or other similarly smelling substances. Such a buildup could mean other clogging issues, a broken pipe or contamination in the area. Any results involving contamination should be reported to your local water management company and saved for your own records.

Old Food And Other Clogs

If something smells rotten or fragrant from your drains, there could be a clog that is either rotten itself or holding in moisture. Large chunks of meat, vegetables or even hair from the shower and bathroom sink could cling to the pipes while still allowing water to flow, leading to a bad smell without an obvious clog.

Before buying a bunch of drain-cleaning products, make sure to contact a plumber. The plumber can inspect the pipes safely and either clear the pipes or provide replacements. You may want to ask the plumber to install a garbage disposal to the kitchen sink in order to both pulverize foods into a near-liquid form that can be washed away and provide a flushing effect as the spinning disposal process sucks water in.

Contact a plumber at the first sign of trouble for both your health and avoiding more expensive repairs when bigger problems build up. 


25 May 2016