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How to Snake a Drain and Stop a Leak

How to Snake a DrainHave a clogged sink? A leaking faucet? You may not need to call in the experts just yet. At Star Cities Plumbing, we love to help homeowners save a little bit of money by giving them tips, like how to snake a drain. If you are experiencing an emergency, our specialists are prepared to help. Otherwise, try these convenient do-it-yourself plumbing techniques.

Problem: The Sink Is Clogged

If your kitchen or bathroom sink is clogged, there are a few things you can try doing:

  • Get a sink plunger at a local hardware store and pump until the clog is clear.
  • Check and clear the p-trap, which is the curved section of pipe below the sink, by turning off the water and disassembling the pipe.
  • If you’re wondering how to snake a drain, it’s relatively simple. Place the tip of the device into the drain’s stub-out, crank clockwise to move it through the pipe and push through the clog.

Problem: The Faucet Is Leaking

As any New York City plumbing specialist knows, your faucet could be dripping for a number of reasons. You can try taking apart the hardware to look for a cracked piece or clean out the aerator, which is the little screen over the mouth of the faucet.

Problem: Water Is Dripping Through Your Ceiling

If you see a wet spot and drops of water coming through your ceiling, shut off water at the source of the leak if you can find it, or turn off the main water valve in your home. Next, call a professional plumber. Do-it-yourself repairs are great for minor clogs and leaks, but situations like this need expert attention.

If you know how to snake a drain and remove and replace a faucet, you can save yourself a little bit of money when it comes to some plumbing issues. It is best to call our staff at Star Cities Plumbing when you can’t resolve the problem or if the leak is beyond your abilities. Contact us today at (800) 547-1422 to find out how we can help you.