You don’t need to be a plumber to know and perform some maintenance on your plumbing with some handy little tricks and tips. There are simple things that you can take care of and for the bigger problems, it’s best to call the plumbing professionals. Things will occasionally go wrong since you use it every day, with the majority of it very likely being the bathroom, so it helps to have a little knowledge to make the right calls.
1. Clogged Showerhead
Does your showerhead spray water everywhere except on you? Here’s what to do with a clogged showerhead; remove the showerhead and soak it in white distilled vinegar. If you can’t remove it, then fill a bag with it and tie it off with an elastic band to the showerhead. This should clear mineral deposits. You may want to rinse and repeat (literally).
2. Shower Drain Maintenance
Boil a few litres of water and pour it down the drain. This should help clear hairs and other debris that’s there. You can follow up immediately with warm water for several minutes to make sure it all goes down. You can do this once a month to keep your drain clear and unclogged. Alternatively, you could get a hair catcher to prevent hair from going into the drain.
3. Mild Clogs
If it’s not serious, use baking soda and vinegar to clear a mild clog. First pour hot water down the drain. Then pour 1 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of vinegar. Cover the drain with a plug or stopper for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, flush it with hot water to help clear it. This only helps if there’s no grease, so it’s best in a bathroom sink but not as effective in the kitchen where grease may be present.
4. Using The Correct Plunger
If your toilet is clogged, don’t use a cup plunger. You will need an accordion plunger or a flange plunger. If you don’t have anything and the stores are all closed (or far away), you can try this trick. Pour about half a cup of dishwashing liquid into the toilet bowl. Let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then slowly pour warm water into the bowl. By now, the clog should be loosened. Try flushing. It should take care of the problem.
By knowing a few tricks and tips, you could take care of minor issues. You could also do some simple maintenance on a monthly basis so that you have little to no problems. However, if you can’t handle something, or if it’s a major issue, don’t handle it on your own. It’s time to call in the cavalry.