Try a plunger: If it's a double sink, use a wet rag or rubber stopper to block the other drain. Place the plunger directly over the drain until it forms an air-tight seal. If you have trouble forming an air-tight seal with the plunger, run it under some hot water to make it more flexible. Move the plunger up and down to dislodge the clog from the drain.
“Don’t assume that every Mr. Fix-it advertising his services in the local Pennysaver or on Craigslist is a licensed plumber,” says one New York plumber. There is no national standard for issuing licenses. Some plumbers are licensed by the state, others by the counties they work in. Check with your local city hall or chamber of commerce. They should be able to direct you to the appropriate source for a list of licensed plumbers in your area.
Galvanized steel potable water supply and distribution pipes are commonly found with nominal pipe sizes from 3⁄8 inch (9.5 mm) to 2 inches (51 mm). It is rarely used today for new construction residential plumbing. Steel pipe has National Pipe Thread (NPT) standard tapered male threads, which connect with female tapered threads on elbows, tees, couplers, valves, and other fittings. Galvanized steel (often known simply as "galv" or "iron" in the plumbing trade) is relatively expensive, and difficult to work with due to weight and requirement of a pipe threader. It remains in common use for repair of existing "galv" systems and to satisfy building code non-combustibility requirements typically found in hotels, apartment buildings and other commercial applications. It is also extremely durable and resistant to mechanical abuse. Black lacquered steel pipe is the most widely used pipe material for fire sprinklers and natural gas.
Sometimes a faucet leak can be stopped by replacing the rubber washer at the end of a faucet stem or cartridge.  This is a more common repair on older fixtures when things were built to last and designed to be able to be maintained.  Other times the whole stem or cartridge needs replacement or the bibb seat deeper back into the fixture needs replacement.  That leads to matching up the right components and often times making a trip to the hardware store or plumbing supply house necessary due to the many varieties, makes and models of faucets.  My advice is to make sure your Plumber has faucet repair kit on their truck before having them come out to assess the issue.
Fixing appliances is not easy. It is tough as well as risky. You stand the risk of getting an electric shock. You should never handle them yourself. It is the job of a good workman. Hiring a workman is also necessary for reliable work. An expert provides work that lasts long. This is true for all types of devices. If you are not hiring a workman with experience, the issue will come back. You need to take care while choosing the workman. A poor workman will cost you money and the issue will still be there. You need to avoid this at all costs.
Tuesday March 6th my husband went into the basement to feed our cats and found that we had water in our basement and that it was from our hot water heater. This was the night before the big snow storm was supposed to hit us. We have a home warranty, but did not get a person and it would have taken 24 hrs before we heard from their plumber. I googled plumbers in our area and saw all the good things said about Elek. I agree with what was said, my call was answered by a live person who was caring and understood what we were going through. Within a short period Scott called and said he would be coming out to install a new water heater. Scott is very professional! He came in made sure that our rug was protected and went to work. Scott explained what was happening and went over the maintenance agreement which we purchased. All this happened from 5pm until 8:30 when Scott left us with a brand new hot water heater. I know that when the time comes we will be using Elek again. Thank you Elek and Scott - you made a stressfull time easier. I have already told my friends and co-workers this story and recommended your services.read more
Journeyman plumber: Once the requirements of an apprenticeship are fulfilled, plumbers can apply for a journeyman license. Many workers in the plumbing industry are journeymen. Obtaining a journeyman's license requires a fee and the successful passing of an exam. Licenses vary by state, although not all areas require journeymen to be licensed. Instead, the amount of work they are able to perform is limited.

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