Bathroom plumbing maintenance may not be the most exciting topic around but, if you’re reading this, chances are you have some concerns about the fixtures and drains in your bathroom. Although most of us don’t think about it very often, having bathroom plumbing that works is one of those modern comforts that we would be lost without. In order to keep your bathroom in top working order, follow these five handy tips for bathroom plumbing maintenance.
- Run hot water down your drains at least once a week. Even if you’re partial to cold showers, giving your drains a dose of hot water will help keep them clear of debris and free flowing.
- Address leaking fixtures as soon as you find them. This will help you avoid future damage to your fixtures, which will occur if the leaking goes on unabated. However, if you feel uncomfortable addressing the problem yourself, it might be better to contract a licensed plumber experienced in bathroom plumbing.
- Speaking of maintaining your fixtures, get rid of those unsightly mineral deposits that collect on your showerhead. This tip is super easy, and will make for much better flow during your shower. Just take one cup of vinegar, place it in a plastic bag, and secure it over your showerhead with a twist tie. Leave it overnight and remove it the next morning, using a damp cloth to wipe away the broken up mineral deposits. You can do this as often as the buildup collects.
- Put strainers in your tub and shower drains. A simple strainer costs a couple of dollars and will keep soap chips and loose hair from clogging up your pipes. Just make sure to clean them out regularly.
- Avoid flushing anything down your toilet besides toilet paper. Cotton swabs, make-up pads, facial tissues, and especially non-flushable moist wipes can clog up your pipes and cause a ton of headaches. Just remember, the toilet is not a wastebasket.