9 Awesome Plumbing Hacks In San Diego
You can’t just call for a plumber every time a plumbing issue takes place at your home. That will be too costly and take up a lot of your precious time. Now, don’t get us wrong: We love helping our San Diego plumbing customers with problems big and small!
But if you’re feeling empowered to DIY your simple plumbing problems, we’re here to help you do that, too.
Hack #1: The Emergency Shut-Off Valve
Let’s say you have an overflowing toilet that has taken an oath never to stop, or a pipe busted in your basement. Your first step should be to shut off the water at the source!
Hack #2: Garbage Disposal 101
Knowing how to use your garbage disposal correctly helps you prevent repairs and blockages. There are a few things you should never put down at your disposal:
- Fibrous foods, like celery, asparagus, or sprouts
- Fats, oils, and greases
- Coffee grinds
- Starchy food, like peels, beans, rice, or pasta
- Non-food items
Hack #3: Clear The Clogs
While we’re talking about disposals, let’s talk about clogs. You can unclog the pipelines by several methods.
Hack #4: Cleaning Your Disposal
There’s a pretty simple DIY tip for keeping your disposal blades sharp and getting rid of the foul odor. Now and then, put several ice cubes and a hunk of lemon peel down the disposal.
Hack #5: DIY Drain Cleaner
We can’t stress this enough: Commercial drain cleaners are bad news for your plumbing. They’re too strong and corrode your pipes over time. A DIY cleaner is safer, cheaper, and just as easy.
Hack #6: Tackling Toilet Clogs
Your first pro-plumber move for tackling toilet clogs is to use a plunger for every toilet in your home. When you’ve got an overflowing toilet, time is of the essence. You don’t want to be running upstairs for the only plunger in the house!
Hack #7: Finding Invisible Leaks
It’s the end of the month, and you’ve received an unexpected colossal water bill. Next, you begin to spot water damage, mold, and insufficient water pressure. It sounds like you might leak, but how can you know for sure?
Hack #8: Ultimate Shower Pressure
Low pressure leads you to longer showers, which leads to higher bills. So why not lower your account and have better pressure—but simply cleaning your shower head? Put a small plastic bag full of white vinegar over your shower head. Secure with a rubber band and leave overnight.
Hack #9: Tighten The Pipes
Threads on your pipes get looser over time, which can cause small leaks. For a quick DIY pipe tightener:
- Turn off the water.
- Unscrew the leaky pipes.
- Wrap a single layer of masking tape around the threads.
- Screw the pipes back together.