Do-It-Yourself projects are a great way to save money - and plumbing projects are no exception. Some jobs are better left to the professionals, but here are a few you can likely tackle.
Hair clogs are often the cuplrit behind drain backups. Clean the drain by straightening a wire close-hanger and bending a small hook at one end. Insert the hooked end into the drain. Twist to grab the clog and pull to remove the obstruction. Vwallah!
Hard water can lead to mineral buildup in shower jets. Remove the shower head and soak it overnight in a bowl of vinegar. Reattach the shower head and use a toothbrush to remove any remaining residue.
Slowly turn the valve clockwise with a pair of Channellock pliers. You can risk breaking the valve if you turn it counterclockwise and the valve is already open all the way. Turn the valve clockwise a half turn, then turn it counterclockwise to loosen it.
Run the water and turn on the sink disposal. Drop some ice cubes and half a cup of baking soda or lemon juice into the drain. This should eliminate most odors that are lurking in the disposal.
That pesky leak under the sink may be the result of a loose spray handle. Simply twist the handle to stop the leak. Leaks around the faucet base might require a repair kit from the manufacturer.
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