Being at home can be boring. There are only so many movies you can watch, so many recipes you can try, and so many naps you can take. But, this is a great time to do some home maintenance, especially plumbing cleaning. It is not so difficult, it can help you kill some time while stuck at home, and help you maintain your plumbing system. Here is the easy plumbing cleaning you should do.
Clean the Drains
The most important plumbing cleaning you can do while social distancing is cleaning the drains. If they get clogged, they can cause a lot of problems. They can cause nasty smells, sewer backup, slow drainage, mould, and mildew growth in your home.
Cleaning the drains is quite easy. All you need is vinegar, baking soda, and hot water. First, drop some baking soda into the drains, preferably a cup. Then, drop the same amount of vinegar and let it sit for half an hour. This will break down the clogs. Finally, pour some hot, almost boiling water into the drain to flush it all down.
Clean the Traps
The trap is the u-shaped component under your sink that connects the sink pipe to the drainpipe. It is also often overlooked, but cleaning it can really make a difference as they are susceptible to mineral buildup over time.
Place a bucket under the trap, loosen the coupling nuts connecting the two pipes, and then disassemble it. You can use a brush and soap water to clean the trap. Once cleaned, simply assemble it. Make sure the washers are correctly set to avoid any leaks near the trap.
Wash the Showerheads and Faucets
The showerheads and faucets can also face mineral and gunk buildups over time, especially if you have a hard water supply. Such buildups can restrict the flow of water and make showering and carrying out chores difficult.
First, to clean these, take a brush, dip it in soap water, and then rub the faucets. Second, fill half a cup of vinegar and baking soda, or soap water, in a plastic bag and tie it around the showerhead and faucet. Let it hang for half an hour so that it can seep into the faucets and clean the interiors. Next, you can use lime to clean the surface of the faucets to remove the stains and restore the shine.
Cleaning the plumbing of your house during social distancing is great and fun, so do it. But here’s a tip from our drain cleaning experts at Capital Plumbing, avoid using chemical cleaners. They have more cons than pros. They are toxic for the environment, they cause deterioration in PVC pipes, causing health issues if not handled properly. The DIY methods work fine at doing menial cleaning around your plumbing system.
Lastly, if you are not sure about what you are doing, do not risk it. It is better to have a slightly dirty plumbing system than to try something and break it.
If you notice any impending issue with your plumbing system while cleaning it, contact Capital Plumbing, a leading plumbing service provider in Edmonton. Our experienced plumbers and technicians will guide you through the process to ensure your system gets fixed on time.