To celebrate national Hug A Plumber Day we have joined Mr. Rooter Plumbing to share a few helpful DIY Emergency Plumbing Kit & a few Plumbing Hacks everyone should know.
Since it’s hard to determine when plumbing issues will happen we wanted to help you be prepared for clogged drains, toilets and smelly garbage disposals.
DIY Emergency Plumbing Kit
With the help of our friends at Mr. Rooter Plumbing we came up with the following DIY Emergency Plumbing Kit, which should include the following items:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Wire hanger
If you have not experienced minor plumbing issues yet, consider yourself lucky but don’t plan on it lasting forever. It never fails, plumbing issues happen, most often at the worst time. I hope these tips will help solve your minor plumbing issues before they turn into major issues.
Wire Hanger Method
Straighten a regular wire coat hanger as much as possible. Bend one end creating a hook and push it through the drain and fish out hair, build-up, and other gunk. Once it’s all pulled out run hot water through drains and it should clear things up for you.
Vinegar and Baking Soda Method
Mix 1/3 cup baking soda and 1/3 cup vinegar. The mixture will fizz when combined so you will want to pour immediately down the drain. The fix action will help to break down gunk, hair, and grime. Allow to sit for about an hour or overnight if possible and flush with hot water.
Another option is to pour dry baking powder down the drain first followed by vinegar.
Boiling Water Method
The easiest of all is to boil as much water as possible and slowly pour it down the drain in two or three stages. Allow boiling water to sit for several seconds so it can work between each pour.
Do not keep flushing your toilet because it will cause it to overflow.
Use a plunger, plunge your toilet with a good amount of force. The plunger will need a good connection with toilet. The goal is to push blockage through.
Use quick and repetitive plunging motions. If you notice movement in the toilet, this could be a sign that blockage is being pushed through.
Before flushing your toilet make sure that water is draining.
Never pour a chemical cleaner down your toilet, these chemicals can irritate your skin and eyes or even damage your pipes.
If this doesn’t work contact a professional plumber.
Pour ½ cup baking soda into your garbage disposal, followed by one cup of vinegar. Pour vinegar slowly allowing mixture to fix. If you have a double sink, you will want to plug opposite side of sink.
While mixture is fizzing, boil hot water. Carefully pour boiling water down the drain to rinse away debris the baking soda and vinegar loosened.
Fill drain with two cups of ice, adding 1 cup coarse rock or sea salt, run the cold water and garbage disposal.
Cut a lemon or lime in half, adding both halves to the drain one at a time. This will deodorize your disposal. Repeat weekly or daily if odors persist, continue until odors are eliminated.
In honor of National Hug A Plumber Day, April 25th Mr. Rooter Plumbing is taking Seattle, Washington by storm to salute America’s unsung heroes who we often forget about. They go above and beyond the call of duty to help keep our plumbing and lives slowing smoothly.
You can join Mr. Rooter on their journey as their mascot hits the streets on April 25th! If you see him on the streets, snap a picture and post it to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with hashtag #MrRooterHugAPlumber to show your support! By showing your support you’ll even qualify for a chance to win a prize for $2350 from Mr. Rooter’s partners Molly Mid! Be sure your post is public so they can see your entry.
This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Mr. Rooter Plumbing. All opinions are my own.