20 Tips to Manage Common Plumbing Problems: Drains and Drips

10 Novel Tips on How to Unclog a Drain – The Simple and Practical Way:

  • The Hair Helper:

Grab a coat hanger and bend it into a hook. Fish out hair clumps from the drain—think of it as a hair rescue mission.

  • Lemony Fresh Fix:

Slice some lemons and send them down the drain. Lemons break down grease and leave a fresh scent. Slice them thin though so the peel doesn’t create its own blockage.

  • Plunger Power:

Use a plunger in an up-and-down motion to unclog the drain. Simple and effective.

  • Fizz Away Frustration:

Pour baking soda and vinegar down the drain. The fizz helps break down the blockage.

  • Duct Tape Dynamo:

Stick duct tape, sticky side out, on a stick. Use it to grab onto the clog—like drain magic.

  • Bubble Wrap Breakthrough:

Seal overflow openings with bubble wrap. Plunge away; the extra pressure might clear the clog.

  • Hot Water Helper:

Boil water and pour it down the drain. Hot water melts fats and grease. Repeat several times.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide Help:

Pour neat hydrogen peroxide, (the strongest you can buy) down the drain and watch the fizz.

  • Magnetic Marvel:

Tie a string to a magnet and fish it down the drain. The magnet can pull out metallic clogs.

  • Bubblegum Buster:

Wrap gum around a straw and insert it into the drain. Twist and pull—it’s oddly effective.

10 Tips on How to Stop a Running Toilet – The Simple and Practical Way:

  • Lift Lid and Look: Duh!

Take off the toilet tank lid and peek inside. Check if the flapper is sealing properly.

  • Flapper Fix-Up:

If the flapper (the orange rubber thingumie)  isn’t sealing, adjust the chain length. It should have a little slack, not too tight.

  • Float Adjustment:

Inspect the float. If it’s too high, it can cause constant running. Bend the metal arm to adjust it to sit a bit lower. Be careful you don’t bend it too much otherwise there may be insufficient water in the cistern for a ‘proper’ flush.

  • Chain Charm:

Ensure the chain connecting the flush lever to the flapper has just enough slack. Not too loose, not too tight. Too tight and it will run constantly, and too loose will result in…nothing… when you flush.

  • Fill Valve Finesse:

If the water level is too high, adjust the fill valve. Lower it until it’s about an inch below the overflow tube.

  • Leak Detection:

Drop some food coloring (perhaps not yellow) in the tank. If color appears in the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it.

  • Toilet Jiggle:

Give the flush handle a jiggle after flushing. Sometimes it gets stuck—no fancy moves needed.

  • Old Flapper Farewell:

If the flapper is worn, consider replacing it. They’re not eternal, and a new one might do wonders.

  • Check for Sediment:

Look for sediment or debris in the tank. A good cleaning might be the ticket to a quieter toilet.

  • Fill Valve Friendliness:

Ensure the fill valve is functioning well. If it’s old and cranky, consider replacing it for a quieter toilet life.

Remember, a dripping toilet will call you in the still watches of the night so best you fix it when the little annoyances arise. Happy fixing!

For big jobs, call us.

Bruce

Author: Plumbworld

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