Plumbing problems can be a huge headache. Whether it’s a slow leak, clogged toilet, or any other plumbing issue, dealing with them on your own can seem overwhelming.
But there aresome basic DIY plumbing and cleaning tips you can follow to keep your pipes clean and working properly. Even better, these tips are often free or inexpensive. And can be done by practically anybody.
Let’s go ahead and dive in so you can get started on your plumbing today.
1. Check Your Toilet For Leaks With Food Coloring
This DIY tip is very easy to use.
All you’ve got to do is pour some food coloring in your toilet tank and wait 20-30 minutes. The colored water will travel down the pipe to the bowl, so you’ll know if there’s a leak or not.
If the color changes, you’ll know that you have a problem. If it doesn’t, you’re good to go.
And if you find that your toilet is leaking, check the flush handle valve for cracks or wear first. If everything looks good, try tightening the nuts on either side of the tank with an adjustable wrench before replacing them altogether.
This will be a final measure to stop leaks from happening in the future.
2. Clean Out Your Pipes By Running Water Through Them And Using A Plunger Periodically
This is another easy trick to use.
Plunging your pipes on a regular basis will help keep them clean and clear of any debris or clogs that might be in there. Even if there’s no noticeable clog, plunging your pipes every few months will help prevent one from forming.
Also, if your bathtub or toilet is overflowing, this trick will work to clear it up.
Just run some water through the pipes and give a few forceful plunges with the plunger until everything clears out. Plunging once every week should be enough for most households.
3. Get Rid Of Mold On Grout With Baking Soda, Vinegar, And Hydrogen Peroxide
This is a great way to clean grout.
Just mix three cups of baking soda with one cup of vinegar and pour the mixture into your scrubber. Next, add some hydrogen peroxide to make it foam up even more.
Use this solution on tough stains or spots of mold and watch them disappear right before your eyes.
But keep in mind that mold could indicate a bigger problem. There might be leaks, cracks, or broken pipes you don’t know about.
Plumbing problems involving mold can quickly become expensive if they’re not addressed quickly. So always try to fix the root of the problem as early as possible to avoid major repairs down the road.
4. Keep Drains Clear With Boiling Hot Water Followed By Cold Water
This is a simple method to keep your drains clear.
And you can use this method for any type of pipe, such as the one in your toilet or bathroom sink.
To do it, boil some water and pour it down the drain (along with dish soap if you have it). Wait until the bubbling from the boiling water stops, and follow up by pouring cold water through it.
What this does is help to keep your pipes clean from any debris that might be accumulated in them.
And it works to unclog drains as well.
Just pour boiling hot water down the drain and follow up with cold water afterward for about three minutes. Be sure that no one turns on their sink or toilet during this time either. Then, turn on the water and see if it drains.
If not, repeat this process until you’re satisfied with the results.
Of course, if it still doesn’t work then you should probably just call a professional plumber in to help you fix the problem.
5. Unclog Sinks And Tubs With This Simple Diy Tip – Pour Salt Down Into Drain Followed By 1/4 Cup Baking Powder
This is perfect for clogged drains.
Just pour salt down the drain and then follow it with baking powder. It will cause an acidic reaction that can help dissolve any debris or hair blocking your pipes – almost like magic.
If you’re going to use this DIY trick in the shower or bathtub, make sure to cover it with water first so that the drain doesn’t get clogged up. That way, the water can continue to run through your pipes and keep them clean.
Keep in mind that this trick is a last resort – meaning it might not work if you have an especially stubborn clog.
But, for most people who are dealing with regular clogs in their pipes, this DIY trick should do the job and unclog your drain without any problems.
For a more comprehensive guide on clearing sink clogs, check out our guide, “How to Unclog Your Sink or Drain.”
6. Remove Stains From Fixtures With White Vinegar Mixed With Warm Water
Want a smart way to remove tough stains from fixtures?
All you’ve got to do is pour white vinegar mixed with warm water on the stain, and then wipe it off after about 30 seconds.
It might seem pretty simple but this really works to remove tough stains and odors.
The acid in white vinegar is a great cleaning agent that does wonders for removing unwanted dirt on your fixtures. So as long as you’re okay with a little vinegar smell, it should be easy for you to keep your sink and fixtures clean. The smell goes away pretty quickly anyway.
Plus, because it’s a natural cleaning agent, you can feel good about using this DIY trick because there are no harsh chemicals involved.
Get Plumbing Maintenance From The Pros
Although these DIY plumbing and cleaning tips are great to use, they don’t replace the keen eye of a professional plumber.
You can guarantee your plumbing is functioning perfectly with a quick and easy plumbing maintenance check. That way you won’t be caught off guard with a leak, mold, or any other issues that will lead to a huge headache and financial burden.
Contact us today by phone or on our contact page.