How To

How can I prevent grease clogs in my kitchen sink? Don’t pour grease or oil down the kitchen sink – it can solidify and slow or stop your drain. Instead, pour grease into a coffee can, and when hardened throw it away.

How can I prevent my kitchen sink from draining slowly and smelling bad? Kitchen waste that fits down the drain can build up in the pipes. Don’t wash coffee grounds or bits of food down the sink. Use a drain catcher to strain the water as you empty the sink to gather up bits of food and throw them away.

My shower isn’t spraying the way it used to. What’s wrong? The problem could be mineral build up. Unscrew the showerhead and soak it in a small bowl of vinegar overnight, or follow the instructions on a commercial mineral deposit remover. If you can’t remove the showerhead, fill a bag with vinegar and tie or duct tape over the showerhead overnight. The next morning use an old toothbrush or nylon scrub pad to remove the deposits.

My showerhead leaks where it connect to the pipe. You probably need to replace the washer or the plumbing tape. Simply unscrew the showerhead, wrap fresh tape around the threading on the pipe, and replace the washer if it is broken or looks especially worn.

My bathtub drain keeps clogging. How can I prevent it? Put a metal “hair catcher” in the drain opening to catch hair before it gets into the pipes and clean it out once a week.

Why does my toilet keep running? Take the lid of the back of the tank. Check to see if the tank stopper (the plug in the bottom of the tank) is sealing properly. Sometimes in-tank water fresheners can interfere with the flushing mechanism, or the chain can get in the way.

My toilet tank is always wet. Is it leaking? It might be leaking, or it might just be condensation. In the summer, the cold water in the tank cools the porcelain causing warm humid air or steam from the shower to condense into beads on the outside of the tank. Just to be safe, check for leaks by adding food coloring to the tank water. Wait a few hours, then dry the bolts under the tank with white tissue or cotton balls. If the color has passed through, it’s leaking. If the bolts are just wet, it’s condensation.

How can I prevent my outdoor faucet from freezing? Invest in some insulating tape or, for very cold climates, commercial heating wires to prevent the faucet and pipes from freezing and bursting.

My pipes froze! What should I do? Shut off the water at the main shutoff valve. Protect the area with buckets and plastic sheeting or drop cloths in case leaks occur. Open the faucet, and slowly thaw the pipe with a hair dryer, heat lamp, or by wrapping the pipe in cloths and pouring hot water over it. Call a plumber.


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