Even if you have your drains cleaned once a year, those little plumbing problems can crop up and spoil the day. That's where it comes in handy to have a few quick fixes up your sleeve. These little quick fixes will get you out of some tough spots so you don't have to call the plumber so quickly. Here are four simple tips that will help you prevent plumbing catastrophes.
Clogged Kitchen Sink
You're busy cooking a holiday meal for your family, when all of a sudden, your kitchen sink decides it's had enough. If you've been sending large quantities of grease and garbage disposal debris down the drain, you could have a coagulated mess in the P trap – that P or J shaped pipe located under your kitchen sink.
To take care of that mess, and get your drain running again, you're going to need to warm up the grease. Wrap a heating pad around the pipe and turn it on to its highest setting. Leave the heating pad in place for about 15 minutes and then flush the drain with hot water. If you don't have a heating pad, you can also use a blow dryer.
There's nothing more unpleasant than having your home fill with noxious odors from a dirty drain. If the odor smells more like rotten food than raw sewage, you can take care of the problem with some vinegar and lemon juice. Pour 2 cups of vinegar down the offending drain and allow it to sit for about half an hour. Flush the drain with hot water and then pour 1 cup of lemon juice down the drain. The foul odors will be a thing of the past. To keep odors away, repeat the process once a month. You can use this trick on all of your drains.
Sluggish Bathroom Drain
If your bathroom sinks are draining at a trickle, you're going to need to bring on the plunger. Place your plunger in the sink and make sure the cup opening is completely covering the drain. Fill the sink with a few inches of water to form a seal around the plunger. Stuff a damp rag into the overflow hole in the sink. Press down on the plunger using firm strokes. Repeat the process until the clog is cleared. Once your sink is draining properly, flush it with hot water to send all the debris through to the sewer or septic.
You don't have to put up with plumbing problems. Use the simple tips provided here to get you through those minor aggravations. To keep your drains flowing smoothly, be sure to have them cleaned at least once a year. Contact a company like Rooter Pro Plumbing for more information.