Taking care of a home is hard work; especially when things break and need to be replaced. But, that’s a part of homeownership. Well, it doesn’t have to be all the time. You can’t prevent some problems from happening, or at least know how to fix the minor breaks.
Plumbing problems are never welcome in your home. We understand that. There are things you can do to prevent the issues and help your pipes and parts last longer and perform more effectively. Use the basic fixes next time your plumbing has decided to act up or to prevent future problems.
Tub and shower
- If your tub doesn’t have a strainer, it’s time to buy one. It will catch the hair and soap chips which will prevent blockages in the drain.
- Does your showerhead have mineral and other deposits on it? You can clean it and protect it from that buildup by soaking the head in vinegar overnight. In the morning, flush it with water and put it back on. This keeps your water pressure from weakening and keeps your water bill down.
- Make sure your drain stoppers are sealing correctly by filling your bathtub with water and marking the water level. Leave it for a bit and return to see if the level has fallen and by how much. If it has fallen, replace the drain stopped could save you thousands of dollars over time.
- Check your toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank, and if there is color in the bowl after 30 minutes, your tank is leaking. You might need to replace the ball or flapper to fix the seal.
- Close your toilet when not in use/ random object falling into the toilet can clog the pipes.
- Do not use your toilet as a trashcan. Things are not meant to go down those pipes and can also clog your toilet and cause it to overflow. And that’s not fun to clean up.
- Your sink could also use a drain strainer to keep hair and other objects out of the drain. Hair is all over the bathroom and will clog anything very quickly.
- Remember to check under your sink for leaks that could be damaging your cabinets and floors, but also be wasting money.
- Has your water pressure seen better days? Checks the aerator on the sink faucet’s tip and gently unscrew it to take it apart and clean it. Scrub what’s dirty and screw it back on.
If you’re having plumbing problems that are too big for you to handle, trust our professionals to get them fixed ASAP! We want your home to be in perfect working order as much as you do. 301-459-5888