5 Basic Plumbing Tips For Beginners

How to Clean a Showerhead

Clogged showerheads reduce the shower pressure by 20% or more which gives you a weak shower. Get your shower back with these easy steps.

  1. Scrub the nozzles: you can scrub the showerhead nozzle with any toothbrush and gently squeeze the showerhead and rub the lime or scale off with your fingers. This removes any built-up at the nozzle.
  2. Clean the showerhead: soak the showerhead in vinegar by immersing it in a plastic bag containing vinegar and tying the bag to the showerhead with a wire or rubber band. Remove the bag with vinegar and turn on the water for a few minutes to clear the vinegar and all the accumulated build-up that peeled off. You can also remove the showerhead from the pipe and soak it in a bag of vinegar for a few hours. Wash the showerhead clean in running water and fix the showerhead back to the pipe where you have removed it.
  3. Clean the filter

Remove the showerhead from the pipe and pull out the filter screen from the pivot ball using a nose plier. Gently squeeze the filter and wash it under running water. You can also use a brush to remove any hard deposits on the filter screen.

How to Clean a Slow Drain

A slow drain is due to clogging down the drain pipe. When only one drain is slow, it is manageable and you can fix it for yourself, but If all your drains are slow, then it could be a major blockage somewhere.

  1. Salt & baking soda: pour a half cup of table salt and then another half cup of baking soda into the slow drain. Then pour half a cup of vinegar over these salts in the drain and leave it for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then pour very hot or boiling water into this drain for 3 minutes. You will notice some of the clogs getting removed. Repeat these steps a few more times till the drain is completely clean.
  2. Use a drain snake to remove hair and clogs: you can also use a drain snake to catch the clog and then pull it out. It will be messy but usually does the trick. This will save you from pouring chemicals down the sink. Plunge it up and down several times to remove the clog.
  3. Long metal wire: when nothing works, you insert a long and heavy wire into the slow drain and wiggle it hard till all the clog in the drain moves down in the drain.

Know where the House Water Shut-off valve is and how to turn it Off. When you need to completely shut down the water to your house, you need to close a shut-off valve. A shut-off valve is the main passage of water from the outside water supply to your home. You can shut down the entire water supply to your home by closing this valve. You can find this valve on the basement or ground floor. In many cases, it is by your washing machine. It is the 1st valve coming in on the waterline. It can either have a round handle or a straight handle, both of them can be rotated to open and close. The valve with a round handle needs to be rotated several times to close while the straight handle valve can be closed by one simple rotation – normally 90 degrees.

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposal cleans by breaking up the food and waste into fine particles and flushing them down the drain. When you find a foul smell in the kitchen, it might be because the garbage disposal is not clean enough.

  • Turn off the power or unplug the garbage disposal.
  • Shine a light down the disposal so you can see if any silverware fell down there.
  • Remove the fork/spoon. Sometimes a fork or small items get stuck in the drain.
  • Remove them for the proper functioning of garbage disposal.
  • Turn the garbage disposal back on and it should be clear. If not, check to make sure the reset button on the bottom has not been tripped. This is often overlooked.
  • Add a garbage disposal cleaning package. Follow the directions and rinse so the pipes get clean and the disposal smells better. Use this cleaner once a week to keep your disposal clean and clear.

Water Heater Temperature

The ideal temperature for your water heater recommended by the Department of Energy is 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures beyond 120 are less effective and waste energy. Most manufacturers set the temperature at 140 degrees Fahrenheit which needs to be set at 120 at your home. You can save over $400/year in demand losses with just a turn of your screwdriver.

Recommended Tools

  • Pipe wrench
  • Basin wrench
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Faucet key
  • Hacksaw

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