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What is the Easiest Way to Unclog a Toilet?

Not every clog requires a plumber’s assistance. Often times with a little elbow grease and plunger, you can easily solve the problem. The toilet plunger has been around since the 1800’s.  Have you ever asked yourself, “How does a toilet plunger work?”

How Does a Plunger Work?

When you place the plunger in the toilet, make sure it’s as centered as it can be over the drain hole at the bottom. Gently press the handle until the plunger is pushed all the way down collapsing the rubber cup. The key is to maintain a seal between the toilet and plunger when pushing to allow for suction when you pull the plunger back up. Sometimes you can dislodge a clog with the push, but the real magic happens on the pull when the suction kicks in. That’s the key. Also, when choosing a plunger, avoid picking the one with the hardest rubber cup. The softer the rubber, the easier it will be to create a nice tight seal to get maximum suction.

What Does a Plunger Look Like?

The physical appearances of most plungers are similar with an attached long straight handle and a half-circle bowl shape at the end. The bottom is made of a pliable rubber that can be pressed and flattened into a basin.

I Have a Clog in my Kitchen Sink; Can I Use a Plunger There as Well?

Yes, you can use a plunger in a kitchen or any sink.  But, please use a different plunger, not one that has previously been used to unclog a toilet. The plunger will unclog the sink piping just as it does with the toilet. Remember, gentle push while maintaining a seal to the sink, and then pull back to create a nice suction. You don’t have to get rough with plunger. Let it do the work for you. Nice and easy pressure when pushing and pulling will get the job done.

What should I do if I cannot unclog my toilet or sink?

Sometimes clogs can lodge themselves in the tight curves of the plumbing with toilets and sinks.  If this is the case, plungers will not be able to release the clog and you will need to call a plumber.

For your pluming emergencies, Andy’s Pipe Dream has 24-hour Emergency Plumbing Services Available.

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Another great review!

Thank you, we love hearing feedback from our customers.

Have a plumbing problem? Call us, we are here to help! Andys Pipe Dream technicians practice social distancing and are equipped with the proper personal protection equipment to ensure your health and welfare with every service visit.

What Our Clients Have To Say About Us
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Begin 2021 with Money Saving Plumbing Tips

If you’re thinking about making some upgrades to your house this year, an important investment is your home’s plumbing system!

Leaks or malfunctioning appliances can quickly add to your monthly utility bills. Andy’s Pipe Dream provides some simple plumbing tips that can help keep your household budget in check this year, saving you money.

Replace Outdated Faucets:
Faucet aerators, high-efficiency showerheads, and shower flow restrictors will also help reduce water use and the volume of water entering your septic system.

Upgrade Your Water Heater:
One of the best ways to lower your utility bills is to replace an older water heater, over ten years old. Older models can drain your electric and gas bills each month. If you need assistance/maintenance with your current water heater or are considering installing a new water heater, take advantage of our current quarterly discount promotion $100 OFF New Water Heater Installation. bit.ly/water-heater-discount

Inspect Your Toilet:
Replacing existing toilets with high-efficiency models is an easy way to reduce the amount of household water entering your septic system.

Look for Drips/Water Leaks:
Puddles of water forming on your basement floor are typically an obvious sign of a plumbing leak. But, in many cases, a loose valve or cracked pipe may cause condensation to build up in a specific area. Our certified technicians can examine & diagnose the issue before further damage occurs.

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Begin 2021 with Money Saving Plumbing Tips

If you’re thinking about making some upgrades to your house this year, an important investment is your home’s plumbing system! 

Leaks or malfunctioning appliances can quickly add to your monthly utility bills. Andy’s Pipe Dream provides some simple plumbing tips that can help keep your household budget in check this year, saving you money.

Replace Outdated Faucets:
Faucet aerators, high-efficiency showerheads, and shower flow restrictors will also help reduce water use and the volume of water entering your septic system.

Upgrade Your Water Heater:
One of the best ways to lower your utility bills is to replace an older water heater, over ten years old. Older models can drain your electric and gas bills each month. If you need assistance/maintenance with your current water heater or are considering installing a new water heater, take advantage of our current quarterly discount promotion $100 OFF New Water Heater Installation. http://bit.ly/water-heater-discount

Inspect Your Toilet:
Replacing existing toilets with high-efficiency models is an easy way to reduce the amount of household water entering your septic system.

Look for Drips/Water Leaks:
Puddles of water forming on your basement floor are typically an obvious sign of a plumbing leak. But, in many cases, a loose valve or cracked pipe may cause condensation to build up in a specific area. Our certified technicians can examine & diagnose the issue before further damage occurs.

CALL TO SCHEDULE SERVICE: (913) 210-2086
OR SCHEDULE ONLINE: http://bit.ly/schedule-plumbing-service

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#MoneySavingTips #PlumbingTips #PlumbingSolutions #PlumbingDiscount

2 weeks ago

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The cost of heating water consumes almost 20 percent of your household budget, second only to what you spend on heating and cooling your home. Despite this expense, water heaters are typically ignored until they break, leaving you with no hot water and, possibly, a flooded basement.

If your water heater is nearing the end of its useful life and you're thinking of replacing it before disaster strikes, you'll be happy to know that you have better choices, thanks to recent federal regulations that require water heaters to be more energy-efficient.

If you suspect your water heater is losing efficiency or if you see rust or leaking water, call the water heater experts at Andy’s Pipe Dream. We can come to your home to inspect your water heater and replace it if you need a new one.

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The cost of heating water consumes almost 20 percent of your household budget, second only to what you spend on heating and cooling your home. Despite this expense, water heaters are typically ignored until they break, leaving you with no hot water and, possibly, a flooded basement.

If your water heater is nearing the end of its useful life and youre thinking of replacing it before disaster strikes, youll be happy to know that you have better choices, thanks to recent federal regulations that require water heaters to be more energy-efficient.

If you suspect your water heater is losing efficiency or if you see rust or leaking water, call the water heater experts at Andy’s Pipe Dream. We can come to your home to inspect your water heater and replace it if you need a new one.

CALL TO SCHEDULE SERVICE: (913) 210-2086
OR SCHEDULE ONLINE: http://bit.ly/schedule-plumbing-service

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3 weeks ago

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Another great review!

Thank you, we love hearing feedback from our customers.

Have a plumbing problem? Call us, we are here to help! Andy's Pipe Dream technicians practice social distancing and are equipped with the proper personal protection equipment to ensure your health and welfare with every service visit.

What Our Clients Have To Say About Us
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Another great review!

Thank you, we love hearing feedback from our customers.

Have a plumbing problem? Call us, we are here to help! Andys Pipe Dream technicians practice social distancing and are equipped with the proper personal protection equipment to ensure your health and welfare with every service visit.

What Our Clients Have To Say About Us
https://bit.ly/307fIi4

CALL TO SCHEDULE SERVICE: (913) 210-2086
OR SCHEDULE ONLINE: http://bit.ly/schedule-plumbing-service

4 weeks ago

Andy's Pipe Dream

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Andy's Pipe Dream Plumbing. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season!

Call on us during the holidays before you have visitors – Make sure your plumbing has a happy holiday season as well…

Anticipate the following plumbing problems when having visitors this holiday:
• Garbage Disposal
• Water heater
• Toilets

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Andys Pipe Dream Plumbing. We hope you have a happy and safe holiday season!

Call on us during the holidays before you have visitors – Make sure your plumbing has a happy holiday season as well…

Anticipate the following plumbing problems when having visitors this holiday:
• Garbage Disposal
• Water heater
• Toilets

CALL TO SCHEDULE SERVICE: (913) 210-2086
OR SCHEDULE ONLINE: http://bit.ly/schedule-plumbing-service

 #ChristmasEve2020 #Christmas2020 #KansasCityPlumbing #HappyHolidays
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