Basic DIY Plumbing Solutions for Home Owners

In many cases, hiring a professional to solve a problem is often the best solution. After all, they have the knowledge and expertise to work through the issue in order to ensure that the problem stays solved for as long as possible. However, hiring an expert for every little problem has a couple of little snags. First, the costs of doing that can add up very quickly. Second, sometimes the experts are a little careless, and that can end up costing even more money to fix the new problem.

Therefore, knowing how to fix some of the basic problems around the house is essential for economical and stress-free living. Plumbing is one of the most notorious systems that malfunctions and, because of that, is the most important for you to learn how to manage its most common problems.

Unclogging a Sink Drain

This is easier than it seems. In fact, it only involves a few steps. The only tool that you should need is a plunger, similar or identical to the kind that you might use in toilets. If you are using a toilet plunger for this, ensure that you clean it well before you use it here. To unclog a sink drain with a plunger, first fill up the sink with enough water to go over the top of the rubber part of the plunger. Use the plunger over the drain to push the water to go through the clog, breaking it up. If you have a basin with two drains, plug the drain that is not clogged before filling the basin with water.

The second step, once the drain is unclogged, is to pour a half cup of baking soda and a half cup of vinegar into all of the drains of the system that was clogged. This causes a bubbly reaction that loosens and cleans all of the debris or dirt that may clog your drains in the future. This baking soda and vinegar mixture is inexpensive and safe to use on all your drains, even if they have not clogged yet. Another plus to using these ingredients is the fresh smell that accompanies it.

Unclogging a Toilet

This is perhaps the most common plumbing issue that comes around to haunt a homeowner. If this happens, do not panic; the solution is simple. First, remove the toilet lid and look for the device that enables the toilet to flush, a small, round rubber flapper. Ensure that it is in the down position so that no more water can enter the bowl. Second, turn off the water that is located behind the toilet near the floor. Then you can start trying to use the plunger to remove the clog. Before you start, ensure that the water is just above the top of the rubber part of the plunger. This provides the plunger with enough water to push through the clog. Push the plunger up and down enough to push the clog through the system. Finally, after the clog is through, turn the water back on and return the flapper to its original position.

This Is the Beginning

Use these tips to help maintain the plumbing system in your home. Of course, if these solutions are not enough to solve the problem, you may need more extreme answers, or you may need to call a professional. However, this should be enough to keep your plumbing running smoothly.

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