Plumbing Cleaning to Do While You’re Sheltering at Home

If you’re looking for simple and productive ways to take your mind off of things for a little while and stop thinking about the coronavirus pandemic, taking care of your plumbing fixtures is a great idea. Each of these cleaning and maintenance projects is easy, quick, and doesn’t require very many tools:

Clean the Showerheads

Over time, scale build-up, minerals, and other gunk may clog up your showerhead’s nozzles. This happens more frequently when your home has hard water. Cleaning your showerhead is a quick and easy way to the most out of your showers again.

First, try dipping an old toothbrush in a cleaning solution and scrubbing the nozzles. If that doesn’t work, try throwing ½ cup of white vinegar, ½ cup of baking soda, and 1 cup of hot water (remember this?) into a plastic bag. Tie the bag around the showerhead so the nozzles are submerged. Finally, try taking apart the showerhead following the manufacturer’s directions. Find the filter inside the shower head and clean it out in the sink. Scrub out the nozzles from the inside while you’re at it.

Clean the Drains

Clearing out that gunk early will help you prevent most future clogs. We recommend periodically cleaning out your sink, shower, and tub drains even if they don’t seem clogged.

First, pour around ½ a cup of baking soda down your drain. Follow that up with ½ a cup of white vinegar and let the mixture sit for 15 minutes. While you’re waiting, repeat this process on each of your drains. Boil one cup of water per drain you’re cleaning. After 15 minutes, pour one cup of your hot water down each drain. The chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar breaks up the gunk in your drains, and then the hot water flushes it away.

Clean the Traps

The trap is the curved pipe beneath every sink that connects the drainpipe to the sewer pipe. The curve of a trap is meant to retain some of the water you flush down the drain. This water creates an air seal that prevents sewer gases from rising back up through the drain. Unfortunately, traps frequently retain the other stuff you inadvertently flush down the drain.

First, find the trap under your sink. It’s curved, made of either metal or PVC, and connected to each pipe via two slip nuts. Put on some rubber gloves and place a bucket beneath the trap. Detach it by loosening the slip nuts, either by hand or using a wrench. Pour everything in the trap out into the bucket. Check to make sure nothing’s caught inside the trap, then scrub it out. When you’re done cleaning, replace the trap by re-tightening the slip nuts. Run the sink to make sure everything’s working correctly.

Always remember that any cleaning you do now, could prevent a much more annoying and time-consuming problem later on. Social distancing is the perfect time to get a headstart on all spring cleaning, including plumbing cleaning.

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