Plumbing - FAQs
MY SINK IS DRAINING SLOWLY, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
First, we recommend getting out the ol’ plunger. If plunging doesn’t help, try using a liquid drain cleaning product. Don’t forget to read the directions carefully first! Still having an issue? Try opening the trap and removing any debris. If you’re still not finding a fix, call Pickett’s plumbing department and we’d be happy to fix the deeper clog.
SHOULD I HAVE MAINTENANCE PERFORMED ON MY WATER HEATER AND PIPES?
Absolutely! We recommend having your drains and water heater serviced twice a year to keep your home in tip-top condition. We will test the pressures on your water heater and inspect drains for any clogs due to hair, soaps and food. Our total protection plan covers both your air conditioning and plumbing maintenance twice a year. Joining Pickett’s VIP Club will take the worry of unnecessary breakdowns and repairs out of our mind.
WHAT IS THE WHITE, CHALKY SUBSTANCE ON MY SINK AND SHOWER FIXTURES?
This unattractive buildup is simply mineral deposits brought on by calcium and magnesium found in your tap water. While no health problems will come of it, it can be a process to clean up.
The best way to remove these deposits is to grab a cup of vinegar and pour it into a baggy. From there, attach the baggy to your shower head or faucet and let it soak overnight. After you’ve let it soak for some time, remove the bag and gently scrub off the residue with a sponge or toothbrush. You can do this for each fixture you are having troubles with within your home. Feel free to give Pickett Plumbing a call as well if you’re looking for a longer-term solution to these buildups.
HOW CAN I REMOVE FOUL ODORS COMING FROM MY GARBAGE DISPOSAL?
Occasionally, garbage disposals do not clean themselves fully and sludge will build up on the sides of the system. Food will then adhere to the blades and cause a less than pleasant smell. First things first, place the stopper in the sink and fill the sink with a few inches of hot water and dish soap. Next, unplug the stopped and turn on the disposal to help flush the system. Add a couple ice cubes and a little bit of salt into the disposal and turn it on. Ice will knock off the remaining food and the salt will act as a cleaner. To give your sink a “fresh” smell, add a few lemon peel slices into the garbage disposal and you should be good as new!