3 Easy Ways to Unclog Your Drains

One of the most common problems of household moms unfortunately include clogged drains. When this worst case scenario happens, some would definitely panic, but, do you know that there are easy ways of unclogging your drains using the things which can be found on your home?

Amazed? Here are five hacks on unclogging your drains easily.

Hack #1: The power of wire hanger

Aside from its main responsibility of being your clothes’ support while drying them up, your wire hangers can actually help you out on picking up those stuff which caused your clogged drain. Just take a regular wire hanger and straighten it out as best as you can. Afterwards, bend one end in order to create a small hook. Now, simply put in your drain and pick up the stuff that hinders your drain to function properly. Pour hot water after getting all the stuff from the drain.

Hack #2: The baking soda-vinegar solution

This might be the best and the most common solution to almost every household problem that needed some hacks. Mixing a third of a cup of baking soda with a third of a cup of vinegar in a measuring cup is a wondrous mixture that can unclog your drain. Creating a basic acid solution, it can help on removing the stubborn gunk, hair, and grime on your drain pipe. Thus, making it easier for you to just flush it with hot water and ta-dah!

Hack #3: Simply, a boiling water

Just boil an ample amount of water and while it is (still) very hot, pour it in two to three stages and let the water do the work for several seconds. Easy peasy, isn’t it? Now, if there’s a lot of hot water left in the kettle, pat your back and make some cups of coffee.

But, when the worst things happen, do you know who to call? Of course, your plumbing buddy GSR Malabanan! We house the best plumbing services specialists and we will surely do our job with utmost excellence and professionalism. Don’t forget to take note of our contact number!

All About the Kitchen Plumbing System

One of the two minor plumbing systems that are in your home is the Kitchen Plumbing System. In our previous blog, we have discussed the Drain-Waste-Vent Plumbing System which is also connected to the plumbing system that we are going to tackle in this article.

A kitchen’s plumbing system is usually composed of water supply lines, and in many cases, a gas supply pipe. This plumbing system is normally connected as well to the water supply plumbing system for it needs water to operate and be functional. Then, the drain-waste-vent is responsible for seeping out the waste water for disposal.

This just means that the kitchen plumbing system needs the two major plumbing systems in order to perform its function – water supply plumbing system for input and the DWV system for the output.

According to Home Tips.com, the visible part of the sink’s plumbing is nearly always located directly below the sink, inside the sink’s base cabinet. Generally, a flexible gas connector, controlled by a gas valve located at the wall or floor beneath a gas range, serves that appliance.

Underneath the sink are two small valves – one for the hot water supply and one for the cold ones. However, in the Philippine setting, not all houses have these.

Meanwhile, on the side where the faucet is located, you can find some water connections and a saddle valve, sometimes. This is where the connections made with flexible copper or plastic tubing are made to supply the water-treatment device and other kitchen appliances that need water to function.

Some flexible supply tubes connect the valves to the threaded tailpieces of the faucet. Those faucets with a separate or integral sprayer have a hose that connect it to other tailpieces at the center of the faucet body. Lastly, the gas supply in the kitchen’s plumbing system for the gas range is normally controlled by a shut-off valve underneath the range while a small and flexible supply line or pipe delivers the gas to the appliance.

In case of clogs or problems on your kitchen’s plumbing system, you can count on us! GSR Malabanan’s expertise on siphoning and plumbing services will surely benefit you! Call us now!

What You Need to Know About the DWV System

In our previous blog, we have listed down the different types of plumbing system that can be found in your home. Now, we will dig a little bit deeper on Drain-Waste-Vent or DWV system.

According to Plumbfix, in modern plumbing, a drain-waste-vent (or DWV) is part of a system that removes sewage and greywater from a building, and regulates air pressure in the waste-system pipes to aid free flow. A DWV plumbing system is the collection of pipes that are responsible for disposing your home’s sewage and water wastes from your toilet bowls, bathtubs, showers, sinks and other appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.

Your DWV plumbing system is vital in order to prevent your sewage and waste water from spilling into your house, possibly harming your health.

The system is divided into two parts: the drain-waste pipes and the vent pipes.

The Drain-Waste Pipes

This part of the DWV system is responsible for taking the actual wastes from the various drains (e.g. bathroom, sink) and appliances inside your home and delivers them to the public sewer or the septic tank.

The Vent Pipes

One of the functions of the vent pipes is to ventilate the sewage gases out of the house through an exhaust pipe on the roof. The other function of the vent pipes is to provide air for the drain-waste pipes to perform its function. The air helps the sewage drain smoothly without the gurgling noise that can really be bothering.

 

In addition, the structure of DWV systems are commonly composed of the horizontal and vertical pipes. The vertical pipes are called stack that usually goes on from the roof to the basement. Connected to the stack are the multiple horizontal pipes located at each level or division of home.

The horizontal pipes catch the waste water from the drains of your sinks, toilets, and showers. These pipes then slope down from the drain to the stack in order to avoid clogs and stagnant water.

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Your home’s plumbing system is a complex network involving physics and of course, the different pipes for water supply, drain, and vent, among many others. As someone who is not familiar with these matters of the house, it really pays to do some research on how something works and where you can find it so that you’ll know, at the very least, what precautionary actions to do in case a problem arise.

On our previous blogs, we have already indicated the importance of plumbing systems, now, we will go over each of the different types of plumbing systems that are commonly found inside a regular house.

 

Water Supply System

Your water supply system is in charge of carrying out the water en route to your faucets, showers, toilets and/or bathtubs. It is also responsible for the ample stock of water for your appliances like water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine. This one is usually composed of a well-engineered system of water pipes, fittings, service valves, and faucets.

 

Drain-Waste-Vent System

Drain-waste-vent system is the most important plumbing system present in your home. Just like a human body, any waste must be thrown or released properly in order to have a smooth and systematic process. The DWV system is the one that carries out the waste water and sewage from your sinks, bathtubs, showers, and toilets to the septic tank or public sewers. Meanwhile, the vent system is connected to the drain waste-piping and its main job is to ventilate the sewage gases to prevent it from building up inside the house making that very awful smell. The pipes of the DWV system are usually hidden in the walls, beneath the floors or in the attic. The most frequent problem this system experiences is clogged drain, hence, a professional plumber is needed to fix this out when it happens.

 

Kitchen Plumbing System

This plumbing system is commonly found even on rural houses. This is basically composed of hot and cold water supply lines to faucets, a waste line for the sink, and for some kitchens who has a gas range, a gas supply pipe may also be included.

 

Bathroom Plumbing System

One of the most important plumbing systems in your house is the one that involves the bathroom. The bathroom plumbing system, just like the kitchen plumbing system, is also connected to the DWV and the water plumbing systems. Without the water supply and the drain-waste-vent function of the DWV system, your bathroom plumbing system may not function properly.

 

Now, if the worst case scenario happens and you need someone to fix your plumbing systems for you, make sure that you keep GSR Malabanan’s hotline number handy. Let us do the dirty work for you!

If you are not used to plumbing tasks, you may have no idea where to look for leaks and damages. To keep your house well-maintained, it is ideal that you check your house for possible leaks on your pipes or damages on your drainage system. Even if you are not a plumber, being aware of these things can help you a lot. And hiring the right plumbing service provider will fix these leaks for you.

To help you out, here are some pointers on where to look for leaks around your house:

 

Toilet and Faucets

These two are the most common places to watch out for leaks. For faucets, examining the seams for possible leaks is the easiest way to determine if it needs a fix. On the other hand, there is a simple trick to get a hint on possible leaks on your toilet. First, make sure that the toilet is not in use. Now, put some drops of food coloring into the septic tank and wait for at least 30 minutes. If the color appears or shows up on your toilet bowl then inarguably there is a leak between the septic tank and the toilet bowl.

 

Water Supply Line

Detecting possible leaks on this part can be crucial if not checked regularly. Early signs like water getting inside the water meter and a consistently wet soil under the pipeline are just some indications that there is a leak on this part. Calling your plumbing services provider must be done immediately to avoid further damages and increase on your water bill.

 

Water Meter

To check if there’s a leak on your water supply line, you can rely on your water meter as well. However, you have to do this manually. Here’s how: shut down the water supply switch in your home then read the meter. After an hour, read the meter again. If you have noticed some changes on your readings, then there must be a leak on your water supply line.

 

­­When leaks are already detected, it is advisable for you to call your siphoning and plumbing services provider immediately. This will not just save you time and money but also efforts on doing some temporary solutions to the problems. Entrust these tasks to the experts who can provide efficient and reliable solutions.

Call GSR Malabanan Siphoning and Plumbing Services now and see what we can do. We offer various siphoning and plumbing solutions for your household.

Ahh, plumbing repairs. This is the impending doom of every homeowner. One minute, everything’s working in order then the next is a roster of chaos. Nobody wants to deal with these things, yet it has to be done before it got way too out of hand.

Some homeowners like to play hero for a bit of time. After all, what can’t a few twists and turns of the wrench and some Teflon tape fix?

A temporary fix is okay, alright. But does it work in the long run? Think and look into the bigger picture. You risk getting yourself into a problem that can be harder to deal with.

Read on and find out the dangers and other hazards of not taking care of plumbing problems as soon as they sprung out.

  1. A costly water bill

Putting off repairs doesn’t save you money. It actually does the opposite. So think about that leaky faucet you can’t even do something about. You think that the bucket may offer a temporary solution, but what if it gets full in the middle of the night? Clean usable water just goes down the drain for naught. And of course, this can be affirmed by next month’s water bill arriving on your mail. Getting that leaky faucet repaired is a fraction of a cost of what you have to pay for all that wasted water.

  1. The likelihood of mold plus other ghastly costs

A leaky faucet is the least of your worries, at this point. If a leak occurs anywhere in the pipes along your supply line, you are in for serious trouble. Leaks occurring in far more obscure places can be the cause of mold growth, which in turn, can rot woodwork in the home. A rotten woodwork will mean ripping out and replacing all affected areas, like wooden ceiling, floors or walls. The cost is too much. So, fix the wound before it worsens.

  1. A complete waste of precious resource

Earth is made up of three quarters of water. But not all of it is potable or safe to consume. Without fixing a leak, you’re not just wasting water. You’re wasting a resource that some people can’t even afford. Fixing that leak goes beyond just the cost. It’s a responsibility that every person owes to being a resident of this planet.

Have your leaks fixed before you learn your lesson the hard way. For plumbing problems, just reach us through our contact numbers and we’ll help you out of the mess you’re stuck in. That’s what GSR Malabanan is all about.

 

Making sure that your draining system is in good working order and condition may seem like not the top priority in your list of tasks as a homeowner, but trust us, there’s more to it than how you make it out to be.

Maintaining a clean drain is very important in your home’s internal functions.

Monitoring it is a must to make sure that nothing could go wrong with your plumbing setup, or else you will end up with a major trouble that will paralyze the entire household. If you started noticing signs such as blocked pipes, smelly drains and sluggish water flow, you may want to call a professional immediately.

Here are just some of the benefits of getting professional help on drainage cleaning.

  1. A safe cleaning

One of the weirdest irony in the world of plumbing and drainage is that the drain cleaning products that most homeowners use to alleviate a minor plumbing concern are the ones responsible for causing the major plumbing problems. These drain-cleaning products contain a lot of chemicals that worsen the clogging in your pipes, and sometimes cause the pipes to erode. With professional drain cleaning, any kind of buildup in your piping system will be eliminated. A regular professional drainage clean ensures that your pipes are not just cleaned, but cleaned in the proper way to last a long time.

  1. A pleasant smell

Drains are home to a lot of unwanted stuff. From rotting food, to grease and oil, to a few things only one can imagine, there’s just too much happening that a horrible smell coming into picture is just highly likely. Getting a professional drain cleaning ensures that your sewers and pipes won’t exhibit an unpleasant smell that can be of harm to you and your family.

  1. A cost-cutting plan

As always, prevention is better than cure. Regularly letting a professional check your sewers and plumbing system allows you to oversee any concerns before they turn into a far more disconcerting damage which will probably cost you more.

Spotted any signs of troublesome pipes? Talk to the professionals, talk to us. GSR Malabanan is a well-known pozo negro and siphoning service provider in the Philippines.

Tips on Picking a Faucet

It has always been the hard task of every homeowner to deal with faucets. The decision has always been between something stylish or something practical. If you’re one of those homeowners dealing with this tough choice, then read up on some tips on picking a faucet for your home.

  1. Don’t base it on looks and style alone.

So there’s point number 1. You shouldn’t choose a faucet just because it looks fancy and stylish. It should also be convenient and usable in the long run. There will always be an available option that can provide you with the style that you like and the practicality. You just have to visit a lot of stores and look.

  1. Allot just enough budget.

A pricey faucet doesn’t always mean you get a better quality, in the same way that there’s a reason why a cheaper faucet is cheap. Ask around. Look into several stores and compare prices of faucets from different brands. From the information you gathered, you can set the price of how much your faucet should cost and how much you’re willing to spend more as a margin.

  1. Consider the spout height and reach.

Aside from the cost and the design of the faucet, you should also be able to look into several other factors that may affect the type of faucet you’ll buy and that includes the elements surrounding your sink. If you have a shelf above the sink, a faucet with a tall spout is out of the question.

  1. Opt for ceramic valves.

If you’re worried about faucet drips, go for ceramic valves. These cost just as much as other faucets, so you don’t have to worry about paying more.

  1. Choose a single handle.

Going for a single-handle faucet may sacrifice the stylish aspect one may have been looking for but it definitely fits the bill when it comes to practicality. This type of faucet is more convenient and easier to clean, plus adjustment of water temperature is way easier.

Keep those tips in hand for the next time you may need to buy a new faucet for your kitchen or bathroom. But before you do that, make sure your plumbing and piping system is in good condition. For plumbing concerns, just call GSR Malabanan and we’ll do the best we can to help you.

Why Plumbing Vents are Important

Have you tried putting a straw in a drinking bottle and capped it with your finger then pulled the straw back out? Have you noticed that the liquid stays in the straw? The reason for this phenomenon has something to do about physics.

But, in layman’s terms it’s simply because of you blocking the air flow so the liquid stays in the straw. Because of this, the air is being prevented from pushing the liquid back out. Sounds confusing? Well, this is one of the simplest way of explaining the importance of plumbing vents in a plumbing system.

Air is essential to the plumbing system. By means of having ample access to the outside air, the sewer gases can escape and the air can enter the pipes when someone flushes or uses the drain. Thus, the vent is important as an air passage.

If your plumbing system has no vent, these problems may occur:

  • The fixture will not drain slowly.
  • The drain will make disturbing gurgling noises.
  • The water in the S-trap could siphon out, which will result in sewer smell.
  • The smell emitted from an unsealed trap called methane gas can put your health on danger.

For a clearer example, let us go through the actual process happening on toilets. The U-pipe located right below or behind the porcelain throne seals the access to the sewer with fresh water from the tank. The next fixture on it is called the S-trap which acts as the plumbing vent. When someone uses the toilet and flushes, the air rushes from the vent to maintain the neutral pressure in the pipes while gravity does the rest.

The fresh water that is plugged at the u-pipe blocks sewer gases and lets them harmlessly leak out the plumbing vents. Be it a bath tub, toilet, washing machine, or kitchen sinks, there will always be a need for vents and, it has to be working properly.

GSR Malabanan does not only have the best tools and equipment needed for plumbing venting. We also have the best and well-trained plumbers to give you services with utmost professionalism and excellence. When it comes to the best siphoning and plumbing services in the country, trust GSR Malabanan!

Why You Should Consider a Plumbing Repipe

Pipes are the most essential component of a house’s plumbing system. Without these, there’s no way for the water to flow to your showers and faucets; and the wastes from your toilets and sinks will not be transported to the drainage and sewerage system.

That’s why, observing proper maintenance of your piping system is very important. And when the need for repiping comes in, don’t hesitate to call your plumbing services provider immediately.

You have to know that pipes get rusty and erode over time. Even if you have galvanized pipes, which are generally considered safe, you are not exempted from the experience of rusting and erosion. This type of material has limits that usually depend on the water supply it transports. If the water that runs through it is acidic due to low pH level, using galvanized pipes can compromise the safety of your water supply. Remember your Chemistry experiment back in high school when you used the litmus paper to test substances as if they are acidic, neutral, or alkaline? Well, it can somehow help you with this.

The signs that your galvanized pipes are slowly corroding include a higher water bill and brown coloring of the water coming from your faucets or showers. Next to this will be rust, a foul smell, and low water pressure which makes the water not safe for drinking. Few more days and cracks will start appearing on your pipe creating more spaces for molds.

Here is when the importance of repiping comes in.

A repipe is a process wherein a licensed plumber gets rid of your current corroded plumbing system and replaces it with an upgraded plumbing system like copper or PEX.

Doing so not only guarantees your family’s safety, but also improves the state of your house or office. Moreover, it could save you from having expensive water bills.

Since this is a very tough work to do, you can rely on your plumbing services provider on doing this for you.

Make sure that your plumbers have the experience and the credibility for doing such services, just like GSR Malabanan Siphoning and Plumbing Services. We are committed on giving you the best services for a more improved home living. Check out our contact details here.

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