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Quick Plumbing Tips

A home is usually a person’s biggest investment. To keep things running smooth and without a hitch, homeowners should be knowledgeable of ways to maintain appliances and fixtures throughout their house. Sometimes you need to call a plumber in Houston TX to come survey your problem. However, several simple steps and 15 minutes every few months could prevent a costly emergency, and can extend the life of your investment!

For your shower head:

Start by unscrewing the swivel ball nut. You will need channel-type pliers wrapped in masking tape to protect the finish of your fixture. Unscrew the collar nut from the shower head. Gently clean the outlet and inlet holes of the shower head using a thin wire. Next, flush the head with clean water. If there is more buildup, soak the shower head in vinegar overnight to remove mineral deposits.

For your toilet:

Make sure the water level isn’t too high, causing overflow into the overflow pipe. If water is running into the overflow pipe, adjust the fill valve until the water stops approximately one inch below the top of the overflow tube (or where there is a marking). Drop a few drops of food coloring into the tank to test the flush valve mechanism. If there is coloring in the bowl after 15 mins, the flapper is probably leaking and needs to be replaced.

For your sink:

If you are experiencing low water pressure in your sink, chances are there is lime buildup and sediment blocking the small openings inside the aerator. Carefully unscrew the aerator from the faucet by turning counterclockwise. Take the aerator and spray head apart and use a small brush dipped in vinegar to remove the sediment. Finally, reassemble the faucet.

Here are some additional tips to prevent having to call your plumber!

  • Use strainers in showers and tubs to catch hair and soap chips. Clean the strainers regularly.
  • Do not flush facial tissue, cotton balls, make-up pads, diapers, or sanitary products! They do not dissolve and are not made for your plumbing lines!
  • To remove unsightly mineral deposits from your shower head, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and place it over the shower head overnight, held in place by a twist tie. In the morning, remove the bag and wipe off the mineral deposits with a damp cloth.
  • Run hot water down the drain once a week to help keep it free-flowing.