When it comes to household maintenance, the proper function of your bathroom
fixtures and drains may rank pretty low on the list of things on your
mind. But, although we take clean running water and plumbing for granted
as a modern convenience, a busted toilet or shower would certainly be
cause for alarm to most people. In order to keep your bathroom plumbing
working optimally, here are five basic tips for better bathroom plumbing.
- Keep the drains clear by running the hot water at least once a week. This
includes the sink as well as the shower. Even if you are one of the few
who enjoy cold or lukewarm showers, turning up the heat once a week is
important to keeping the lines clear and draining properly.
- Another step you should take to keep your shower or tub draining properly
is installing screens on the drains. A simple strainer – available
at home improvement and hardware stores for less than $20 – will
keep hair and soap chips out of your pipes. Make sure to clear the strainer
regularly to keep it from blocking your drains.
Repair leaky faucets and fixtures as soon as you notice them. Over time,
leaking fixtures can become more and more damaged. Fixing them early means
you can avoid total replacement and will waste less water. If you cannot
fix the problem yourself, contact a licensed plumber for
bathroom plumbing services.
- Maintain water flow by cleaning mineral deposits off your showerhead. Whenever
you notice buildup, simply put a cup of vinegar in a bag and tie it around
the showerhead with a twist tie. Leave it to soak overnight, then wipe
away the minerals with a damp cloth.
- Avoid flushing anything down your toilet besides human waste and toilet
paper. Even materials like facial tissues can obstruct the lines and cause
serious backup. Make-up pads, cotton balls, sanitary products, and cotton
swabs should also go in the wastebasket, not the toilet. One of the biggest
culprits when it comes to toilet clogs is the moist wipe, which many people
use these days. But that clean feeling could cost you, as the non-flushable
variety has a tendency to clog pipes and disrupt septic systems. If it
doesn’t say “flushable” on the label, don’t flush it.
Follow these simple tips, and your bathroom should continue to be one of
those modern conveniences that you hardly have to think about. And if
you do have a plumbing problem, you know who to call.