Spring Cleaning And Your Plumbing

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When you are ready to think spring and begin to plan your spring cleaning projects, don't forget your plumbing. You'll be (unpleasantly) surprised when you discover all of the muck that is hiding just out of sight inside your plumbing.

Cleaning will not only improve the efficiency of your plumbing, but also help to eliminate bacteria and mold from your plumbing components.

Where should you begin your plumbing spring cleaning?

Faucet aerators

These are small screens at the end of your faucets that filter particles from your water. Over time, these screens may become dirty and clogged by mineral deposits and other materials. This will impede water flow from the faucets.

Cleaning them requires their removal, which is accomplished by turning the entire aerator cap counter-clockwise. The screens inside are removable and can be found at local home improvement stores. Simply push out the old screen and insert the new one.

The edges may be sharp, and the screens slightly resistant from mineral deposits, so be careful to avoid the sides of the screens. Restore the aerator by twisting onto the threaded end of the faucet until it is secure.

Bathroom drains

Tub drains

Replacing your aerator screens allows you to acclimate gradually to handling slimy materials. Tub drains are not for the faint at heart, so be forewarned.

If you peer into your tub drain, you will likely see a few hairs draped across the spokes of the drain cup. These hairs are only the tip of a smelly iceberg composed of a hair ball mixed with congealed soap, along with anything else that had become ensnared in its slimy web.

Removing this hairball will likely require scissors, because it will probably need to be cut into smaller pieces so you can pull it through the drain cup spokes. A flat screwdriver and pliers (preferably needle-nose pliers) will also be helpful.

You will begin by placing the head of the screwdriver under the hairs that are stretched across the top of the drain spokes. Grasp the hairs and cut them them, retaining your grasp and wrapping them around the screwdriver.

Pull up the screwdriver until you feel resistance, then insert your pliers between the drain spokes until you grab the hairball. Pull the hairball up against the drain cup and use your scissors to cut it sufficiently to pull it through the drain spokes.

Your tub will likely drain much faster after removing this smelly obstruction.

Sink drains

While sink drains may also have a hairball hanging from the drain cup, they are more likely to have a collection of muck in the sink trap. This "J" shaped fitting below the sink traps potential clogging agents and remains filled with water to block sewer gases from entering the home through the drain line.

Removing and cleaning the sink trap involves removing the large plastic nut on each end. You'll need an adjustable wrench or locking pliers for this job, as well as a pail into which you will place the dirty sink trap.

Hold the trap upright as it is removed, or you will receive a shower of vile water and sludge. Before reconnecting the trap after cleaning, wrap a few layers of teflon tape (a thin plastic ribbon) in a clockwise direction around the exposed pipe threads to prevent leaks.

Your toilet

You should replace the rubber flapper inside your toilet tank. This is a round piece of rubber that opens and closes to allow your tank to fill and empty into your toilet. Over time, it can become worn and deposits can build under it. This allows water to run continuously from your tank to the toilet, causing an extensive amount of water to be wasted.

Replacing the flapper is cheap and easy. They are universal in design and only cost a few dollars. Simply pull the flaps on the sides of the old flapper away from the posts on the overflow pipe in the center of the tank, and slip the flaps of the new flapper onto the posts. Clean the tank drain opening of any buildup or mold to ensure a tight seal.

When you're finished with your plumbing spring cleaning, pour a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar into your drains. It will help to clean them in a natural fashion and add a refreshing air of spring to the home. Contact a business, such as Action Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, for more information. 

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