There are a couple of excellent reasons that you might be considering replacing your shower head. The most common reason for this simple DIY project is that your current showerhead is corroded and not functioning well. But even if it still seems to be doing its job well, you should think about replacing a showerhead that is over five years old. The biggest reason for this replacement is to take advantage of the water conservation that is now federally mandated. All showerheads must limit flow rates to 2.5 or fewer gallons per minute. And there are some that limit water usage to only two GPM.
Old style shower heads did little more than distribute water in a small cone. But new showerheads offer features such as massage settings, large rain shower patterns, and even handheld wands. Upgrading to some or all of these new features is easier and more cost-effective than you might think. And it is far easier to bathe a small child or even your furry pet using a wand. Get the most bang for your buck and treat yourself to new features and functions.
Shower drain clogs are most often a combination of hair and debris that has become lodged in the soap residue that has adhered to the inside of the drain pipe. Over time, the oils in soap, body wash, and shampoo accumulate inside the pipes and create a sticky mess. The result is a perfect storm when hair and other particles begin to stick inside the pipe rather than being washed away. But the good news is that there are several safe ways to remove these shower drain clogs that are inexpensive and relatively simple.
Because most clogs contain a large amount of oil, hot water can turn the almost solid oil into a liquid that will wash away. Boil a pot of water on the stove and then carefully pour the boiling water down the drain. The trick is to pour only into the pipe so that you do not damage your shower floor or any fixtures. Also, pour slowly enough to avoid overflowing the drain and backing up super-hot water on the shower floor.
Few household issues are more annoying and potentially messy than a clogged toilet. And if this mishap occurs and you don’t have a plunger, you might think that you are really up that often talked about creek. However, there are several DIY remedies that you can fall back on to clear up the clog and return your toilet to its much-needed function.
All of these tips use simple household products that are safe to use, will not damage your pipes, and that you should have around the house. BUT, these options can be a little messy, so it is best to always don a pair of rubber gloves before tackling any toilet clog. It is also a good idea to have some antibacterial wipes handy and a few paper towels in case things get a little out of hand.
Dish soap might not be something that you would consider using to remove a toilet clog, but it is the critical ingredient in this first toilet clog removal process. If the toilet bowl is full or nearly full of dirty water, it is best to remove some of the liquid and pour it into a bucket. Next, add about a half of a cup of liquid dish soap to the toilet bowl. The soap will sink and coat the pipes to make the surface more slippery. Wait about 20-30 minutes before flushing to allow the soap to settle in around the clog. If you are low on dish soap, try cutting a bar of soap into small cubes and adding them to the toilet bowl. It will take longer for the solid pieces of soap to melt and settle into the pipe, so wait a full hour before flushing.
Plumbing issues such as a broken pipe or a leaking valve are annoying and troublesome, but they cannot even compare with the issues and concerns that homeowners experience when a sewer line backs up. Not only are you faced with expensive water damage repair, but the need for contamination remediation compounds the cost. It is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. But the good news is there are a few simple tips that can eliminate the potential for sewage to back in your home.
Grease and oil-based products are the number one cause of drain clogs. Liquid cooking grease, oil, and fats that are dumped into a drain rarely make it all the way to the city sewer main. In most cases, these oil-based materials adhere to the inside of the drain pipes and create a sticky residue. This grime and residue act like a magnet, attracting food and debris particles and hair to create some nasty clogs. Properly disposing of fats, oil, and cooking grease in the trash rather than down the drain is the best way to avoid clogs and sewer backups.
Once you have experienced a clogged and overflowing drain, your outlook is changed forever. You quickly discover that the first signs of a slow clearing drain are not to be taken lightly and that they are a call to action that should be answered quickly. Because left unresolved, that small issue in your drain will grow into a time consuming and expensive mistake.
Dirty water and even human waste could begin to back up into your home causing damage and creating a health risk. After this happens just once, you will be eager to learn how you can prevent such a disgusting occurrence from ever happening again. And the answer to this question is as simple as scheduling a professional drain cleaning once each year.
Often times, it is the most simple things in life that are the most appreciated and enjoyed. A hot shower is one of those things that many consumers take for granted until they have experienced a few cold showers. But imagine how great it would be to know that you have an endless supply of hot water at your fingertips, any time you choose to reach for the faucet. This is actually a possibility when you install a tankless water heater.
When you find that you have a very slow clearing drain or a completely clogged drain in a sink, shower, or tub, it can be very tempting to try a DIY fix. Most consumers believe that spending $10 on a jug of drain cleaner will be more cost-effective and equally as successful as calling a professional plumber to remove the blockage. But the real truth is that not only is drain cleaner a less than reliable solution to most clogs, but the harsh chemicals in these products can also actually damage or destroy your drain pipes!
Most people never think about their water heater until that unpleasant day when you discover that you have no hot water. At that point, you become obsessed with getting the issue repaired or replacing the entire unit. But there are many other indications that you should begin budgeting and planning for a new water heater. You just need to know the signs and a few tips, so that you can avoid that day of a cold shower or no hot water to clean your dishes.
When you first notice a slow clearing drain, it is often more of a nuisance than a real concern. You find that the shower or tub takes more time to clear, but it is really not alarming. And a slow sink drain just takes a little patience, but no other action you tell yourself. But what is truly happening is that your plumbing is giving you a gentle reminder that it is time for some drain maintenance before things get really messy. Understanding a little bit about these subtle messages can save you a great deal of time and money in the future.
When you notice that a single drain is clearing more slowly than normal, it is time to take action and not wait for the situation to get worse. But that is not what most homeowners do. They might have good intentions, but a slow drain does not get the attention it needs to avoid becoming a clogged drain. And once that happens, a bottle of drain cleaner from the big box store is not going to be a viable solution. In fact, the harsh chemicals can actually cause damage to the pipes rather than removing the clog. The real solution to any tough clog is to call a professional plumber.
If your plumber finds that the clog in your sink drain is right at the trap, the U shaped pipe under the sink, it is often easiest to just disassemble the pipe and remove the clog. But if the clog is a little further away, a plunger, snake, or hand auger are going to be the tools used to eliminate the clog. All of these tools are used to break up the clog and then water is used to flush the particles out to the main city sewer line.