Plumbing is essential to daily life, yet it's something most people take for granted until something goes wrong. There's nothing more frustrating than a clogged sink or toilet. Next time something goes wrong, try these plumbing hacks before calling your local Cincinnati plumber:
1.) If you or your child drops something in the toilet, don't try to get it out with a plunger. The plunger can push the toy or object further into the pipes and cause damage. Instead, use a wet shop vacuum to suck the object out. Don't try and use a regular vacuum due to the risk of electrocution.
2.) Next time your garbage disposal gets clogged, try vinegar ice cubes. Pour vinegar into an ice cube tray and allow it to freeze. Place the ice cubes in the garbage disposal and let them melt. The slow melting ensures that the vinegar will have enough time to break down the clog. Once the vinegar melts, rinse your garbage disposal with cold water. Doing this once a week will also prevent clogs.
3.) To save water when you flush your toilet, place a plastic water bottle in one corner of your toilet's tank. The water bottle will take up space which causes less water displacement when the toilet is flushed. Fill the bottle with water or some gravel or weights so that it does not float. If it gets near other parts of the toilet it can damage them.
4.) Hard water deposits can be the culprit if you don't get enough water pressure during a shower. To dissolve these deposits, let the shower head soak in vinegar. Boil the vinegar on your stove carefully. Allow the vinegar to cool until it's still warm but not hot. Place the shower head in the vinegar. The acidity and heat will work together to loosen all those mineral deposits. Remove the shower head, rinse with water, and scrub it with a toothbrush. Rinse the shower head again before reattaching it.
5.) There is nothing more irritating than a toilet that won't stop running. You can hear the sound of water and money going right down the toilet. You can fix this issue yourself if the flapper is the cause. Shut off the water to your toilet by turning the knob on the pipe near your toilet. You'll know when the water is off since your toilet will be silent. Next, lift the lid to the toilet tank. Check to see if the chain that connects your flusher to the arm is in good shape. If not, replace or readjust the chain. If it is in good shape, the flapper is the problem. The flapper is a rubber lid that fits over the hole in the bottom of the tank. You can find a flapper replacement kit at any hardware or home improvement store.
These are five plumbing hacks that can save you time and money. If these tips don't work, call a local Cincinnati plumber like Midwestern Plumbing Service today.