Under the sink is a u-shaped piece of pipe that blocks sewer gas from getting into your home. Unfortunately, it can also block water from going down if too much junk has collected there. This is the infamous “trap”.
To clean it you’ll need a bucket to catch any sewage water that may drip from the pipe, a pair of rubber gloves, an old toothbrush, a damp rag, and some cleanser. If the nuts/clamps are too tight you may also need a large pair of pliers.
Remove the trap and clean it and also clean the exposed pipe ends under the kitchen sink with a damp rag and some cleanser as well.
Replace the sink trap and tighten the nuts and run water down the sink to look for leaks.
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If your showerhead pressure is lower than it used to be and the water is squirting out in directions that it should not be then mineral buildup in the showerhead could be the cause. Remove the shower head and use a paperclip to poke the minerals out the holes of the showerhead. Rinse the showerhead with clean water to remove any mineral pieces. Soak the showerhead in white vinegar for about an hour to remove any mineral deposits inside that you can’t reach with the paperclip. Rinse the showerhead in water and place back on shower pipe. Turn on water and test the clean showerhead to remove any of the remaining vinegar solution.
Lets face it; we pour everything down the sink and after a while it starts to smell pretty foul.
You can disinfect your sink pipe and drain by mixing a gallon of hot water with a cup of chlorine bleach and pouring the solution down the drain.
If your sink is made from delicate material such as natural stone you’ll want to carefully pour it down the drain so it does not come into contact with the sink.
You can also keep a sink smelling clean just by pouring several buckets of boiling water down the sink each week. After you use boiling water to cook food such as pasta or making tea, pour the boiling water down the drain and it will kill many germs near the top of the drain and flush them away.
Finally, there are bacterial powders that you mix with water and then pour the solution down the drain. If your house uses a septic system, then this may actually be your best solution, since it will help keep your septic healthy as well!
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