It is important to know the basic quick fixes for your lingering plumbing problems such as odorous sinks and temperamental toilets. This will save you from being at your wit’s end and busting your pockets.
Here are some of the quick fixes you need to know in tackling basic plumbing problems:
1. Slow Flushing Toilet
Do not let temperamental toilets who do not get along with gravity blow your fuse. Refrain from calling a professional plumber first and see if this DIY solution will fix the problem. The crux of the matter might be behind your toilet, which is your water valve. When you locate it, turn it counter clockwise as far as possible until it would not allow you to turn it anymore. Once it is fully open, that should allow the tank to get enough water which would give more gush to your toilet flush.
2. Stinky Garbage Disposal
If your sink seems like a city dump filled with rancid odour the usual suspect of your sniff-test would be your garbage disposal. Although you may expect the garbage disposal to clean itself, food particles and debris may accumulate on the pipes, interior sides and blades of the unit. In order to remove the usual culprits that cause the overflowing stink, you do not have to buy costly and potentially caustic and toxic cleaners. Switch off your disposal and pour a cup or two of ice into it. Run water and turn on the unit. This will help loosen the gunk that sticks to the blades. After, put a ½ cup of baking soda into the unit followed by a cup of vinegar. That will create a pop and fizz chemical reaction which will help disintegrate any remaining particles. Lastly, wash down with hot water and grind some citrus fruits or rinds such as orange, tangerine and lemon and place them into the unit to deodorise the disposal.
3. Leaky Taps
Leaky and dripping taps are surely not just annoying to hear since they can also increase your water bills. Hence, they should be repaired immediately.
Water that enters your home has pressure as it moves through the pipes. Silicone or rubber-based washers seal the water tightly and prevent it from pushing its way through the tap if it is turned off. As time passes by, these washers deteriorate, becoming torn or dislodged, which allows a tiny trickle of water through and produce that annoying drip. Although washers can be replaced by yourself, there are tendencies where the repair job needs to be left to a certified plumber such as a worn or corroded valve seat.
Moreover, some sinks do not have washers to stop the water flow. For example, ceramic taps consist of durable ceramic plates that fit together to hold the water. Their repair jobs are more complicated compared to changing simple washers.
4. Winterise Exposed Indoor Pipes
Exposed pipe areas include basements, laundry room and other utilitarian areas. Although they seem to be unnoticed, but when the temperature drops, these pipes can be prone to freezing. The best solution would be insulating pipes and installing heating cables. Just simply run the cables up the pipes and attach them every few inches. Afterwards, use an insulating foam to cover them and plug in the cord.
5. Lime Deposits from Sinks
Use vinegar to remove the white stains of lime deposits that may seem intractable out of your sink. Just dip paper towels in vinegar and apply them to areas affected by lime-deposit hard-water stains. Just beware that vinegar may discolour brass or any other coloured fixture so be careful in cleaning those kinds of drains.
6. Reeking Front-Load Washer
Have proactive measure against stinky washers – move clothes out before they turn musty. Allow the washer to air out after loads by leaving the door open and make sure to maintain the door’s seal with a ½ vinegar and ½ water mixture once a month. Further, clean your drain pump regularly, following the unit manufacturer’s instructions.
To conduct a cleansing cycle, simply place a cup of baking soda in the drum and put distilled white vinegar in the detergent dispenser. Then, run the unit to its hottest cycle.
7. Rusty Stainless Steel Sink
Rust is often one of the plumbing eyesores that most homeowners deal with. A cast-iron left in a stainless steel sink for a few days will surely leave some marks due to the damp environment.
You can simply use household materials to remove such an ugly sight that taints your kitchen aesthetics. Just mix some vinegar and baking soda until you get a paste-like consistency and spread it to the affected areas. Leave it on for 5 -10 minutes then scrub off using a scrub pad and water. Repeat the steps if necessary until you get the desired results.