Knowing what to do when you have plumbing problems can save you time and money. Being aware of various plumbing components and how to fix minor plumbing issues can be beneficial for you. In case you face any minor plumbing issues, then do not panic. Consider the following handy plumbing tips and tricks to fix your problem.
- Fixing Minor Drain Clogs
Mix baking soda and white vinegar in 1:1 ratio. Pour this solution directly down the drains and pour half a bucket of hot water. The chemical solution will remove the clogs and the hot water will help in draining them further from the pipes.
- Unclogging the Showerheads
Fill a big ziplock bag with white vinegar. Unscrew your showerhead, put it in the bag and seal the bag. Let the showerhead soak the vinegar for 1-2 days. This will break down the minerals and sediment that clog the showerhead. You can do the same with the aerator present inside the faucets.
- Removing Sediment from your Hot Water Tank
Turn off the water and electric supply to your hot water tank. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve and drain the tank completely. Turn on the water supply and flush the tank for a few minutes. This will eliminate mineral deposits and sediment present inside the tank.
- Protecting your Plumbing System
Hard water can ruin your plumbing pipes and fixtures by corroding them or leaving mineral deposits behind. Install a water softener to protect your plumbing system from getting damaged. A water softener can also be a good option to retain the quality of your skin and hair.
- Unclogging the Toilet
A plunger can push the clog deeper inside the pipe and only worsen the situation. Instead, use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out water from the toilet bowl and also the clogged object. You can use the vacuum for clogged drains too.
- Addressing the Toilet Tank Leakages
Put a few drops of food color in the tank and wait for a few minutes. If you notice a change in color of the water in the toilet bowl, then it’s pretty obvious there’s leakage. Call our Edmonton professional plumbers to fix this at the earliest.
- Preventing Massive Clogs
One of the major reasons of clogs in the plumbing system is hair. Install a hair catcher in your drains and bathtub so that long hair won’t cause notorious clogs in the pipes.
- Managing your Garbage Disposal
To eliminate unpleasant odors from your garbage disposal, fill it with ice along with 2-3 slices of lemon and switch the disposal on without running any water. This will not only clean the mechanism and eliminate the smells but also sharpen the blades.
- Preventing Water Damages
Turn off the main water supply (shut-off valve) and the electric supply to your appliances such as the dishwasher, washing machine, and hot water tank before going for a vacation. This can save unnecessary water damages and loss.
Several plumbing problems can be solved at home using DIY techniques and regular maintenance. All you need is some knowledge and correct plumbing tools. However, not all plumbing problems can be fixed on your own. For all the other major plumbing issues, contact our Edmonton professional plumbers who are just a call away.