Repairing your bathroom by yourself is a challenging DIY project. You need to have the right diagnosis and repair tools as well as an understanding of the plumbing systems. Once in a while, you will have to replace piping or fixtures, meaning that you should know exactly where to get genuine replacements. If you don’t have the equipment or knowledge, please consider hiring an expert. Otherwise, as the infographic suggests, the following tips will come in handy for a bathroom DIY project.
Pour hot water down the drain
Although most DIYs recommend boiling water, it surely isn’t ideal to use water that is above 140 degrees to unclog slow drains. Most of the drainage pipes are made of plastic and such high temperatures might cause them to deform. Metal pipes on the other hand might shrink, loosening the washers hence another problem will brew altogether. Stick to using hot water, under 140 degrees, at intervals until the drains start running normally.
Fit bathtubs with strainers
No matter how small they might seem, strainers play a great role in keeping your drains flowing. These mesh-like devices help keep out hair, big chips of soap, and other items that don’t belong to the drain. Having a functional strainer in your bathtub is essential as this is where any small-sized item can flow into the drain unnoticed.
Place vinegar over a shower head
Vinegar is renowned for being a good cleansing agent. Showers on the other hand tend to accumulate all types of dirt and oily substances, most of which can be found beneath the showerhead. You should, therefore, add vinegar into a plastic bag and tie it around the showerhead overnight to remove all the nasty substances. This is effective and requires less effort compared to unscrewing the shower head. Don’t forget to remove the plastic bag in the morning!
Don’t make your toilet a waste bucket
Don’t toss substances such as personal hygiene wipes, female hygiene products, make up remover pads, cat litter, or even scrubbers in the toilet. Toilets are flushable, but they don’t just transport everything down the drain. Some of these items may accumulate hence cause blockages.
The tips above are essential for those who want to go an extra mile to ensure their drainages are well maintained. However, if the damage is already done and pipes have clogged, just go ahead and contact reliable plumbers. Not only will they solve the task easy, but will also give additional tips for ensuring your drains are running properly.
— Ted Craig, Manager