Tips & Tricks
To save you time and money down the road, here are a few tips and tricks for solving common household plumbing problems. Most of these tips make use of things that cost less than $20 and these tips could save you an expensive service call.
Flush Toilet with a Bucket of Water
You don't have to run to the neighbor's bathroom during a plumbing project.
Before you turn off the water supply, fill 2- gallon buckets with water. Flush the toilet by dumping the water in the bowl. Works just as well as the usual method, although it won't refill the bowl.
Removing Hard Objects From a Toilet or Drain
When a hard object like a toothbrush, comb or toy plugs a toilet or drain, a plunger may not be the solution—it might only push the obstruction in deeper. Instead, suck out the water and the obstruction with a wet/dry shop vacuum.
Use Pipe Insulation to Prevent Hose Hang-Ups
If you have to jiggle the hose as you pull out your kitchen sink sprayer, chances are the hose is catching on things like the water shutoff valves. For a smooth operation, slip 1/2 inch foam pipe insulation over the pipes and shutoff handles. This will help keep your hoses from snagging on anything important.
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