With the advent of technology into almost every sphere of our lives, professional services can be solicited at the click of a button. Whether you need electrical assistance, professional plumbing services or even a skilled mechanic, simply hit an online search to have them at your doorstep.
Having said that, there are definitely some domestic emergencies which cannot wait until professional help arrives. In such events, it is important that all of us are adept at basic quick-fixes to salvage the situation.
From a plumbing standpoint, we have got you covered. Here are 6 simple DIY plumbing hacks for commonly faced problems that can bail you out in an emergency.
Poor Water Pressure in Your Shower
The last thing you need during rush hour mornings is poor water pressure to slow you down. But, like all other problems, there’s a workaround to this as well.
The spray plate on your shower gets blocked due to the accumulation of debris, fine sand particles, and lime scale. That causes reduced water pressure in your shower. What you will need to do is unscrew the spray plate using a right sized screwdriver and place this plate in a bowl filled with a chemical Descaler for a few hours for the particles to clear out. You can even use citric acid and water in a 1:20 ratio or a vinegar and lime juice solution as natural rescaling solutions.
Water Clogging in Bathtubs
This is another common issue that can be tackled with simply DIY remedies. What usually clogs bathtubs and even sinks is an accumulation of hair over time in the drain. To clear it out you will need to first remove the tub stopper in order to reach into the problem area. Use a pair of needle nose pliers and or the famous Zip-it tool to reach out into the drainage outlet from your tub and clean out all the hair and accumulated debris.
Even if you aren’t faced with clogging issues, it is always a healthy practice to clear out drainage pipes every few months by employing a good drain cleaner in order for the issue to never escalate.
Leaking Pipes under the Sink
You don’t want to waste water by allowing it to drip until your on-call plumber arrives. Here’s how you can patch in a quick fix and save your bathroom from becoming a flood fest.
Start with turning off the water supply to your sink. If you aren’t able to figure the local sully to your sink, you’re good to turn off the main supply valve too. Use a monkey wrench to undo the pipes under your sink. Keep a bucket in handy as the pipes may still carry some water in them. Next, apply plumbers tape around the threads for each of the pipes in a clockwise direction. Reconnect the pipes and open the valves. You will notice a tighter grip and significantly lesser leaks, if not a complete seal-in.
Reduce Your Water Consumption
This one is an absolute favorite with most of our readers. We’re all guilty of trying to reduce our water consumption and bill in every small way.
A simple way to reduce water supply in your flush tank is by adding a full large water bottle in the corner of your tank. Every time you flush, the displacement will ensure that lesser water is used for every flush.
Smelly Water with Rust Exposure
When your water heater gives out smelly rust-colored water, know that this problem stems from an accumulation of minerals in your heaters mechanism. Bathing with this water could cause serious allergic skin reactions. Hence, this is an issue you must attend to urgently. Here’s how.
Turn off your water heater and water supply to it. Attach a garden hose to the bottom valve of your heater and turn on the supply. Drain this water out and run this exercise a couple of more times to make sure all mineral deposits are washed out. Refit the water pipes and turn on the water supply to continue using your heater after a few hours.
This is one of the most common plumbing issues and hence it’s all the more important that you know how to deal with it swiftly.
In the event of a clogged drain, start by leaving it to seep through completely and dry out. Next, mix vinegar with baking soda in equal portions and pour it down the drain. Let this sit for 2-3 minutes, following which pour 2-3 mugs of steaming hot water down the drain slowly.
This should give you a temporary fix to the problem until your professional plumber turns up.
Don’t be afraid to put your hands in some basic household plumbing fixes that could not only save you from paying a professional but can also nib the issue in the bud.