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Buttons on our concealed dual flush cistern have stuck in, water constantly running into pan?


the ring where the buttons are should unscrew and the full unit should pull out,if that dos,nt stop the water try to gently pull the plunger up, if that stops it push the plunger back in to flush toilet,see if plunger returns to normal position and water stops, if that dos,nt work have it checked out by aservce engineer.

Jul 08, 2011 | Plumbing

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Backed Up Kitchen Double Sink Fix with Garbage Disposal- Quick and Simple Fix


Here's how to fix a backed-up double sink (running water down one side/sink causing dirty water to well up out of the drain on the other side, with slow or no emptying). Note that this quick-and-easy tip only works if you have a functioning garbage disposal.

What you will need: a stopper, and possibly a clean toilet plunger (the cup-shaped kind that stands on its own, not the kind that is bulb-shaped)

Stopper up the side in which the water is rising up out of the drain. Make sure you hold down the stopper as well; if you don't, the stopper will shoot up on a geyser of dirty water when you perform the next step. Once you have the stopper in place and are holding it down, run water on the other side/sink and turn on the garbage disposal. Once you have done that for a reasonable amount of time, shut off the garbage disposal and water, and unstopper* the other side. Run water on both sides to make sure everything is draining properly. Doing this should save you the hassle of taking the pipes apart or plunging one side repeatedly to clear the clog.

*Note: If the stopper is stuck, place the plunger so it completely covers the opening the stopper is stuck in and give it two good plunges. The plunger should create a vacuum that will suck out the stopper, and is more effective than you trying to pry or pull on it. Do this ONLY after you have shut off the garbage disposal and water.

What is happening is that there is a clog in your pipes. When water goes down one side, it hits the clog somewhere in the pipes, has nowhere to go, and gets pushed back up the pipe leading to the other side of the double sink. By stopping up the side without the garbage disposal, you are creating a barrier preventing the water from coming back up. At the same time, the garbage disposal running on the other side is forcing the water down. Since the water now cannot escape up the stoppered side, it has nowhere to go but down, forcing the clog out with it.

on Jun 28, 2014 | Home

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How to unclog a garbage disposal


Before you tackle this problem, you should understand how to use your disposer so you'll probably never have to deal with a clog again. You can easily use put a sinkfull of waste down your disposer without a hitch. It's all about controlling the amount of water mixed in with the waste. Your disposer is designed to break waste down to pieces a little smaller than a BB. This is efficient but without much water, the pieces will clump together right where the disposer connects to the drain line, and will cause a clog. Never turn on the disposer without a full flow of cold water. Cold water not only helps to cool the motor, but keeps any fat solidified so that it doesn't build up on the walls of the pipes. The full flow of water will allow the disposer to mix the waste in and it'll go right down the drain. The second thing you must control is the amount of waste that goes in the disposer. It's really a bad idea to put more than like half a cup of waste in the disposer without it running. Ideally you'd turn on the water first, then start the disposer, then feed the waste in. Listen to the disposer running with waste in it. It sounds different when the waste inside is gone. Use this to get yourself used to keeping up with its pace. The problem with any disposer is that they work so fast, they can grind the waste faster than the water can carry it away.

Whatever you do, don't use a chemical unclogging product. Over time, this can damage the metal components of the disposer, and if you have to call a plumber, they will charge you extra because these chemicals make their equipment wear prematurely and can burn the skin.

If water doesn't drain, make sure the problem isn't fixed by simply turning the disposal on. If the water just swirls around, you'll probably need a plunger. When you want to use a plunger to unclog your disposal, the easiest way is to use suction more than pressure. When you push down on the plunger, the pressure from it will cause the backed-up waste to compress even further and make it impossible to push water down. You want to push the plunger down so that it "leaks" water out, and, when the plunger can be pushed down no farther, make sure it then has a good seal on the disposal's opening, and yank the plunger up pretty hard. This will pull the backed up waste back, mixing it with the water and will probably unclog the unit in only a couple strokes. Be careful not to soak yourself when pulling up on the plunger. In a pinch, a full soda can will actually form a seal and can be used in place of a plunger for disposals that have a splash guard made of one piece. If water is backed up into the other sink bowl, that means the clog is in the trap and not in the disposer itself. One way to fix this is to make sure the other bowl(s) of the sink are firmly stopped up. If you use a stopper you'll most likely have to push down hard on the stopper while plunging the disposer to form a good seal. If none of this helps, you may need to take apart the sink trap. This can be done by loosening the two nuts on the part of the drain pipe assembly shaped like a "U". You then may be able to clean the clog directly out of the u-bend or you may need to snake the pipes. If you take the pipes apart, have a bucket under there to catch the large amount of that will gush out.

on Dec 07, 2009 | Plumbing

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It takes several times till it flushes. Does not flush right away.


Do you have a septic tank, city sewer or what? Do you have access to the clean out in the soil pipe? How about a plunger? Something is stopped up, or something is in the vent pipe and it is not getting any air. If the plunger won't do it, get to the clean out and run a wire up there and down, if nothing comes down the pipe, try the vent on the roof, run the wire,(snake) down there and see if a squirrel didn't fall in there. one more thing is to make sure the tank is filling up. It won't flush with half a tank, and these toilets they got us buying aren't worth ten cents! Hope this helps.

May 20, 2010 | Home

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Vax carpet washer deluxe leaks from bottom of water tank, somewhere between coming out of the tank and going into the jet to squirt on the floor. pissing me off - any help would be great!


This is a common problem known by repairers. What happens is residue gets stuck in the seals. The next time you use the machine and press the trigger the seals stay open and water leaks continually. It was suggested that maybe after you finish using the machine you do a whole tank of plain water to rinse it out but I haven't had any luck with that. I am stuck with a machine that doesn't work.

May 06, 2010 | Vacuums

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Slow draining kitchen sink


Yes, if you had any sort of blockage that kept the water from flowing out, it would accumulate in the drain pipe and once freezing temps showed up, it most likely froze. You might try putting as much HOT water down the drain as you can to defrost the pipe and then try you plunger or auger.

A professional drain cleaning company could probably solve the problem much quicker if time is an issue for you.

Jan 09, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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I never put potato peels in but in the 3 months I have owned this house it has stopped up twice. Why?


The problem should really have nothing to do with potato peels. Even a cheap disposer should have no problem chewing up things much worse than that.
There are two main things that could be causing your problem: 1. Defective disposer or improper installation 2. Improper usage of disposer (more likely)
I've been known to put entire sinkfulls of waste down the diposer (mine is an ancient thing from the 70s), and I've had a clog maybe once. You have to be conscious of the amount of water that's going down with the waste. Ideally, before anything solid at all goes down the drain you should turn the faucet on COLD full blast and then turn on the disposer. The grinding mechanism is so fast that the disposer shreds the solids and blows them into the drain pipe at a very high rate. If there's not enough water down there to get thrown down the drain pipe with the waste that's when a clog happens. So don't turn the disposer on AFTER putting a lot of waste down there and always do it with a full flow of cold water. Feed the disposer gradually with the waste and let it run until it sounds empty.
When done right, the worst clogs can easily be dispatched with a plunger in three or four strokes. With a toilet the best way to it make sure the plunger is sealed good and plunger with short, fast, powerful strokes. When you unclog a disposer, the clog is almost always in the connection where the disposer discharges into the drain pipe because of the funnel effect. When you push the plunger down the water pressure will go up but the waste will compact tighter and resist flow even more. You want to push the plunger down and let it leak until you get it as far down as possible, then let it form a good seal and give a powerful upward stroke. That'll create strong suction and pull the clump of waste particles back, where they'll mix with the excess water and go right down the drain. If you don't have a plunger, you'll find that for some reason a soda can will work in a pinch.

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My ice maker is stuck in crushed mode, will not change to cube.


there is a plunger in the rear of the cabinet that the ice bucket bail arm fits in. remove the bucket hold the door switch closed with the door open and make sure the cubed ice is selected and watch the plunger it should move up ward when you try and get ice. if it dooes not move it needs to be replaced if it does move jjust make sure the bail arm is properly inserted into the plunger assembly.aslo make sure that the plunger is in the down position first sometimes it will get stuck in the up position.

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Leak from white plastic box under right side of door


Check the seal around the pipe the plunger runs in. The other thing is to make sure the switch cuts off water fill BEFORE the level gets to the top of that pipe. This could be defective switch or adjustment of it.

The water level should be well below the top of the pipe when filled.

If the switch has gotten wet, it may be defective due to internal damage.

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My kicthen sink is pulg up;


A power cable (snake) You can rent them or try a cheap hand cable snake one first.. 

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