Keeping The Water Flowing In The Bathroom

Keeping the Water Flowing in the Bathroom
It’s only natural that you take water and how it gets to you for granted; most of the time you don’t get any problems, you simply turn on your faucet and hot or cold water pours out.
However, things do go wrong and having water or drainage problems is not only very inconvenient, especially in the bathroom, but it can also be very costly. If you undertake a few simple tasks on a fairly regular basis, it’s likely you can keep the water flowing in your bathroom.

You may assume that because you use warm water and soap when you shower the drainage system must keep clean. Actually it’s the complete opposite. Hair and soap mix together and then when you turn of the shower the water cools and the hair and soap can solidify. Eventually the drainage system gets blocked. Remember the water you use to shower is not going to be particularly hot. The easy remedy is pour boiling water down the drain about once a week. This will keep it from clogging and keep your water running. It’s sensible for shower and bath drains to have a strainer; this catches the hairs and makes it easier to keep clean.
You probably have noticed that over time your shower doesn’t appear to be as powerful. The rate of flow decreases and it’s not so good. It isn’t because there has been a drop in water pressure, it’s because there are natural minerals in the water in your home and they collect in the shower heads. As the mineral deposits build up, so the holes in the shower head get smaller and less water can flow through them. Not only does the water flow reduce, the shower head looks unsightly so you need to clean it.
One of the easiest methods is to leave the shower head soaking in a bowl of vinegar for several hours. When you remove it, flush it through with hot water and the shower head will be like new. If your showerhead can’t be removed then simply fill a bag with vinegar and put the shower head into the bag and tighten the top of the bag.
Your toilet puts up with a lot so it’s important you keep it clean and in good working order. Don’t put items such as facial tissues, cotton balls or diapers down the toilet; it will get blocked and make life very difficult, especially if you only have one toilet.
Check your toilet tank on a regular basis to make sure that it fills up correctly and that the water turns off when it reaches a set level. You can test for leaks by simply putting one or two drops of food coloring into the tank; you will be able to see where the leaks are very quickly.
Lastly, check your faucets for drips; replacing a washer is simply and only costs a few cents, but it will save you a lot of water. For example, a faucet that drips every couple of seconds will waste about 4 gallons of water a day; that adds up to about 1500 gallons a years.
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