DIY Bathroom Plumbing Maintenance Tips

These simple DIY tips will keep your bathroom plumbing humming.


Be Mindful of What You Flush

One of the most common bathroom plumbing problems is a badly clogged toilet. Avoid flushing anything down your toilet other than waste and toilet paper. Using your toilet to dispose of anything else is likely to cause blockages in the pipes and make your toilet clog easily. Even products that advertise themselves as “flushable,” such as some wipes or kitty litter, should not be flushed down the toilet. These products will break down eventually, but it takes a long time and they can block up your pipes in the meantime.


Check for Tank Leaks with Food Colouring

Put a few drops of food colouring into the toilet tank water in order to easily check for leaks. If, after about an hour, you see the colour from the food colouring in your toilet bowl, you have a leak from your tank. 


Get Rid of Limescale with Vinegar

Limescale is the white, flakey substance that accumulates on bathroom fixtures as a result of minerals from water building up. Limescale doesn’t just look nasty, it’s also a common culprit of low shower pressure. Cleaning the limescale out of your showerhead can go a long way in making it function like new again. Simply soak a cloth in white vinegar, then secure the cloth around your showerhead with an elastic band. This gives the same effect as soaking your showerhead in vinegar without having to disassemble your fixture. Leave the cloth on for about 2 hours, then remove it and gently wipe down the showerhead with a sponge or cloth.


Use Drain Strainers

One of the biggest causes of slow or blocked shower drains? Hair. A super simple thing you can do to reduce the amount of hair that washes down your shower is to use a drain strainer. Simply pop it in the drain before you shower and any loose hair will collect in the strainer, then you can empty it out in the trash after you shower.

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