Plumbing Tricks That Can Save You Money
While some plumbing repairs are better left to a professional, there are some repairs you can do on your own. Here are some plumbing tricks that can be done by almost anyone that will save you money and a visit from a plumber.
If you find yourself with a clogged toilet, here are a couple of hacks to try if you don’t have a plunger, or the clog doesn’t seem to be clearing with a plunger. Before trying to clear a clog, make sure to turn off the water supply to your toilet.
For clogs from organic materials or toilet paper, simply pouring hot water down the toilet might do the trick. This trick works best when you use the hottest water you can because the heat helps to break up the clog. If the hot water is not working, add a little bit of liquid soap that will aid in breaking down the clog.
There are times when using a plunger is not the best idea. If you know what is clogging the toilet, for instance your child has flushed a toy or toothbrush down it, using a plunger may force the clog further down. Instead of plunging, a good hack is to use a wet/dry shop vacuum to attempt to suck up the offending item.
Clogged Kitchen Sink
With grease and other food materials, clogged kitchen sinks are a common problem, but one that can be easily solved without using dangerous chemicals. Often, all that is needed to clear a clogged drain is to carefully pour in baking soda, immediately followed by vinegar. Then cover the drain with a stopper or dish to keep the foam that is produced down in the drain. Once the foaming stops, pour hot water down the drain to rinse away the loosened food and debris.
Low Water Pressure in the Shower
If your shower head seems to be giving you less and less water, it’s probably clogged with limescale, which is not a major plumbing issue and can be easily fixed. After making sure the water to your shower is turned off, simply unscrew your showerhead. If possible, remove its spray plate or just place the head face down to soak it in white vinegar for several hours. The vinegar will break down the limescale and you will have a clean showerhead. Screw the showerhead back in place and you should see an improvement in water flow.
Annoying Leaky Faucets
Not only is a leaky faucet annoying, it wastes water. It’s not always necessary to replace your faucet, just some of its inner components like a worn washer, seal or O-ring. Depending on your particular faucet, inexpensive kits are available to replace these components with easy instructions.
Smelly Garbage Disposal
Your garbage disposal might stink because of the residue left by food debris. A half a lemon followed by a handful of baking soda is a homemade solution that will take care of any unpleasant odors coming from a garbage disposal. Turn your disposal on and let it grind away for about 30 seconds, then rinse with water.
Furthermore, to keep a garbage disposal clear, we recommend cleaning it regularly with salt and ice. Get more details about cleaning your garbage disposal in this helpful video. Reminder: never use warm or hot water to clean or clear a garbage disposal. Using hot water loosens any grease or oil, causing it to congeal further down in the pipes, which will, in turn, lead to a clog.
These plumbing tricks can help you solve minor plumbing problems and save you money. However, certain plumbing repairs, like slab leaks, broken pipes or replacing a bathtub are best left to the pros. Contact the plumbing experts at Bill Fenwick Plumbing for all your major plumbing jobs and plumbing emergencies.