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DIY Plumbing Tips

By Alex Woodby

Christmas is over, and your guests have left town. However, your plumbing still remembers the extra flushing, draining and disposal-use you gave it during the holidays. As post Yule-tide woes spring up, we recommend you call our professional Mr. Rooter® plumbers to provide relief. But, if your end-of-year budget is stretched thin until 2016, we have developed a list of do-it-yourself, (DIY) plumbing tips that can help get you through.


Weak Water Pressure

  • Having weak water pressure in your shower is inconvenient, and leads to longer showers. Want a quick fix? Unscrew your showerhead and put it in a bowl of descaling solution. You can find this solution at the local hardware store.

Unclogging a Toilet

  • Planning to host a New Year's Eve countdown, but now your toilet won't flush? Toilets don't normally clog for no reason; they clog because the toilet is not operating properly. You can get temporary relief with a ball plunger by making a tight vacuum seal where the water is backing up. Repeat this action a few times. Keep in mind, if you have frequent clogging, it is a warning flag that there may be problems that require professional assistance from a Mr. Rooter. Ignoring it and frequently plunging will not make the larger issue go away.

Unclog a Sink Drain

  • The kitchen is supposed to smell of delicious baking, not spoiled food. If you catch this scent near the sink, it's a sign you have a clog. You can temporarily fix this using our DIY trick. Mixing vinegar and baking soda will help break up the clogs in a sink drain before you deal with holiday leftovers. After the party guests go home, consider calling your friendly, neighborhood Mr. Rooter to inspect your sink's disposal. If it's not functioning properly, continued use can lead to more serious plumbing problems down the line.

Water Shut Off Switch

  • If the worst should happen, and your toilet or sink begins leaking or overflowing, it's a lifesaver knowing where your home or business' water shut off switch it. The toilet's valve is most often located behind the base. A larger leak may require you turning off the main water switch, which will be located either in your home or by the street. Be sure you know where these are located before trouble strikes!