While your plumbing system is likely something that you don’t think about too much, it’s one of the most important systems in your home and one that you rely on every day. While it’s easy to ignore your plumbing when everything is working properly, try to avoid falling into this habit. Instead, stay on top of preventative maintenance and make sure that you’re working to take care of your pipes and plumbing – ΑΠΟΦΡΑΞΕΙΣ ΠΕΡΙΣΤΕΡΙ.
When you know how to properly take care of and use your plumbing system, it will help it to last longer. With that goal in mind, here are some tips from local plumbers to help you take better care of your bathroom and toilet plumbing.
Should you use toilet cleaning tablets?
Toilet cleaning tablets can be tempting to use, as they seem like an easy way to keep your toilet clean. The reality, however, is that these aren’t great for your plumbing and can cause several problems. Used consistently over time, blue toilet tablets can break down essential parts of the toilet tank.
Also, they can get stuck in the flush valve and keep your toilet from flushing properly. Finally, they give off chemicals that can impact the air quality in your bathroom and home.
To help avoid plumbing and toilet issues, it’s best to avoid blue tablets and to stick to traditional cleaners. Better yet, try using natural cleaning substances to further protect your toilet and pipes!
Remember to only flush toilet paper
One of the best things you can do to protect your toilet and plumbing systems is to only flush toilet paper. There are more and more products available that are advertised as “flushable,” yet the reality is that even these products are not good to flush, for your toilet. The same can be said for items like floss, q-tips, and even cat litter!
To avoid clogs in your piping system, build-ups in your pipes, or a clog in your main sewer line, only flush toilet paper. This will keep your pipes running smoothly and will help to avoid any clogs or backups. It’s always a good idea to schedule a family meeting so everyone knows the best etiquette for your plumbing system.
Clear a clog with a bucket of water
This might sound like an odd tip. After all, if your toilet is clogged, the last thing you want to do is add more water and risk the toilet overflowing. However, an old plumber’s tip is to use a bucket full of water to unclog a toilet with a water bucket flush.
Simply fill a bucket with water and pour it into the toilet as quickly as possible. The rush and pressure of the water will often help to clear out the clog and enable the toilet to flush. While it might not work on the toughest of clogs, it’s generally an effective way to clear out a clogged toilet.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to take good care of your home’s plumbing systems and bathroom plumbing. If you have any concerns or plumbing issues, it’s always a good idea to contact a plumbing professional.
Keeping your source of water running – i.e., the faucet (including the sink and bathtub faucets) – is important for a successful bathroom experience, whether you’re taking a bath, washing your hands, or cleaning. Check out these bathroom faucet tips to maintain working faucets that get the job done well:
- Unlike pipes, the moving parts of a faucet can wear down easily over time and might need to be tightened or even replaced more often than other plumbing parts.
- Repair leaky faucets immediately. This will help you avoid further damage to the fixtures and faucets. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a leaky faucet dripping at one drip per second wastes at least 3,000 gallons of water every year – or the equivalent of what’s needed to take more than 180 showers.
- Clean your faucet aerators. Low water pressure from the faucet or water leaks from the handle are usually caused by lime build-up and sediment blocking the small openings inside the aerator.
- Clean the aerator using the following steps:
- By hand, carefully unscrew the aerator from the faucet by turning counter-clockwise. If it will not unscrew, wrap the jaws of your pliers with masking tape and loosen the aerator with the pliers. Continue by hand.
- Take aerator or spray head apart.
- Use a small brush dipped in vinegar to remove sediment.
- Reassemble the aerator and screw it back on to the faucet.
Shower head maintenance
Shower heads develop uneven spray when the holes become clogged with mineral deposits from the water. Follow these steps to clean it:
- Unscrew swivel ball nut. You will need an adjustable wrench or channel-type pliers. (Hint: To protect the finish from scratches, first wrap the jaws of the tool with masking tape.)
- Unscrew the collar nut from the shower head.
- Gently clean the outlet and inlet holes of the shower head using a thin wire.
- Flush the head with clean water.
- Reassemble the shower head.
- Soak the shower head in vinegar to remove mineral deposits. Specifically, put one cup of vinegar in a plastic bag and place it over the shower head. Hold it in place with a twist tie and let stand overnight. In the morning, remove the bag and wipe off the mineral deposits with a damp cloth.
Did you know that your toilet can be a primary source for bathroom leaks? Check the water level in the toilet’s tank to be sure that the water is not overflowing by way of the overflow pipe (the pipe in the middle of the tank with a small piece of tubing connected to it). Then follow these steps to correct the problem:
- If water is running into the overflow pipe, adjust the fill valve until the water stops approximately one inch below the top of the overflow tube.
- Test the flush valve mechanism by putting a few drops of food colouring into the tank.
- Check the bowl after 15 minutes. If the water in the toilet bowl has changed colour, the ball or flapper is leaking and needs to be replaced.
Here’s another tip for keeping your toilet in the best working condition possible:
- Do not use your toilet as a waste-basket. Do not flush facial tissue, cotton balls, make-up pads, sanitary products or diapers as they do not dissolve and can clog the lines. Keep a trash container in each bathroom and toss these items away.
Avoiding and fixing bathroom clogs
Bathroom clogs are no fun at all. Here are a few ways to prevent them – and fix them when they do occur:
- Once a week, run hot water down the drain to help keep it free-flowing.
- Apply – Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου – to bathroom drain lines once each month to keep soap scum from building up and causing clogs.
- Fix tubs and showers with strainers that catch hair and soap chips. Clean the strainers regularly.
- Avoid putting things down the sink or toilet that don’t belong there.
- Call in a professional.