Posted on: 27 October 2015
A host of things can go wrong with bathroom fixtures every day, and it helps to know how to fix them without spending a fortune (or an entire weekend). Keep reading for simple, practical tips on how to fix three common plumbing problems without breaking the bank or your back.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure in a faucet or shower head is one of the most annoyingly common plumbing problems, and people often assume that the solution is far more complex than it actually is. While low water pressure can sometimes be traced to problems with the main pipes or general water supply, that's rarely the case.
In the vast majority of cases, the cause of low water pressure is actually mineral deposits that have built up over time on the faucet aerators. Removing the aerators and soaking them in a vinegar solution overnight can rid them of mineral buildup and have your faucet or shower head working like new.
Leaky pipes are a bit more of a tricky fix, but still don't require more than an hour of your time. First, you'll need to shut off the main water valve and wait until the pipe joint has stopped leaking entirely. Then use low grit sandpaper to dry the joint and elbow of the pipe. Any debris or corrosion should be completely gone at this point.
After the pipe is completely dry and free of debris, apply soldering flux to the leaky joint. Then use a soldering torch to seal the leak, giving it time after soldering to cool. Finally, turn the main water valve back on to see if the pipe no longer leaks. If there is still a leak, you may be forced to replace the pipe fittings completely.
Not into the idea of dumping a bunch of chemicals down your drain in order to remove a clog? Don't worry, there's an easier, quicker and cheaper solution.
Simply attach a thin wire - such as a straightened coat hanger - to a screwdriver and remove the plug from your drain. The majority of the time, especially in shower drains, the cause of the clog is simply a clump of hair that has made its way down the drain, so it takes no more than a few seconds to insert the wire into the drain and remove the clump. Forming a small hook at the end of the wire may help with this.
If your problem is more complicated or these remedies fail to resolve the issue, consider contacting a plumber for help.Share