DIY Holiday Plumbing Tips
Holidays bring families together for meals, parties, and celebrations. While togetherness is important for families and loved ones during the holidays, the extra people in the home can wreak havoc on a plumbing system. Busted pipes, clogs, or leak put a damper on holiday activities quickly. Keep the following DIY plumbing tips in mind and avoid the expense of calling out a plumber when problems occur.
This tip is not useful once plumbing issues occur, but may prevent them. Take care of the plumbing system all year long. Call out a plumber when problems occur. An annual inspection is also a good way to keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape. It’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. Use the toilet only for its designated purpose. Even items labeled flushable harm the plumbing system. The same rule applies to the dish disposal.
Use the Plunger
A plunger is your best friend when plumbing issues occur. It resolves many clogs that would otherwise require a plumber. Purchase both a sink and a toilet plunger and keep them on hand in the event a clog develops while family and friends are at your home. No embarrassment or calls to a plumber!
Baking Soda Drain Cleaner
Baking soda is alkaline in nature while baking soda is acidic. The two together make an excellent clog-buster for toilets. Baking soda drain cleaner is one of the most commonly used clogged toilet solutions that’s been used in homes for generations. It sure beats a plumbing call! Give it a try. Pour one gallon of hot water down the drain. Next, follow with ½ cup baking soda. Allow the mixture to sit for 2-3 minutes. Follow with a concoction of 1-cup water and 1-cup vinegar. You may notice sputters as the two ingredients interact with one another. Wait 10 minutes, pour in another gallon of hot water. Proceed to flush the toilet.
Fiberglass Tape to the Rescue
Fiberglass repair tape comes in handy for all of your plumbing issues. It’s a quick fix that stops leaks in their place -no plumber needed. Choose a quality tape, even if it costs a few bucks more. This tape is used by plumbers around the world, giving you more confidence in its results.
Dish Liquid & Hot Water
Sometimes, a simple sudsing of the pipes will loosen the clog. Give it a try. Just pour a gallon of hot water into the toilet or the sink. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and follow with one-teaspoon dish liquid. Plumbers recommend Dawn dish liquid. Let this mixture sit in the clogged fixture for 10 – 15 minutes. Plunge the sink or toilet and then flush the toilet to remove the clog.
The DIY plumbing tips above are a few that can ensure your holidays with the family are a little easier and much less stressful. Keep these tips with you this holiday season and throughout the year to take charge of your plumbing system.