As a busy mom, you have a lot on your plate. The last thing you want to deal with is a plumbing problem, but unfortunately, they happen. Luckily, there are some simple DIY solutions to common plumbing problems that can save you time and money. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the most common problems and offer some easy solutions that any mom can do.
Clogs in your sink or shower drain can be a real headache. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to try and clear the clog before calling a plumber. First, try using a plunger to create suction and pull out the clog. If that doesn’t work, try using a drain snake to remove the blockage physically. You can also try pouring hot water and baking soda down the drain to break up any grease or soap buildup.
A running toilet can be a big waste of water and money, but it can also be an easy fix. The most common culprit is a worn-out flapper valve, which can be replaced yourself. First, turn off the water supply to the toilet. Then, remove the old flapper by disconnecting it from the chain and sliding it off the overflow tube. Install the new flapper by sliding it onto the overflow tube and reconnecting it to the chain. Turn the water back on and test for any leaks.
Dripping faucets not only wastes water but can also be annoying to listen to. Most often, the problem is a worn-out washer or O-ring that can be replaced. Turn off the water supply to the faucet, remove the handle, and use pliers to remove the nut and stem. Replace the washer or O-ring and reassemble the faucet.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure can make it hard to shower or wash dishes. Before calling a plumber, try cleaning your faucets and showerheads. Mineral buildup can clog the small holes in the fixtures, reducing water pressure. Remove the showerhead or faucet aerator and soak in vinegar overnight. Rinse well and reattach to see if the water pressure has improved.
Garbage Disposal Issues
Garbage disposals can be a convenient tool in the kitchen, but they can also cause problems. If you’re experiencing a clog or bad odor, try grinding up some ice cubes and lemon peels to clean the disposal. If it’s not turning on at all, check if it’s tripped the circuit breaker and hit the reset button on the bottom of the unit. If it still won’t turn on, it may be time to call a plumber.
Plumbing problems can be a headache, but they don’t have to be a major expense. As a busy mom, you can save time and money by trying out some of these simple DIY solutions. Remember, if you ever feel unsure about a repair or don’t want to deal with it yourself, don’t hesitate to call a professional plumber for help.