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Spring Plumbing Tips: Top 5 Tips for Cleaning Your Plumbing This Spring


Winchester PlumberSpring has sprung, and it’s time to get around to Spring cleaning. People often forget to clean out one of the most important parts of their home. But one should always clean out drains and pipes on a regular basis.

There’s five in particular for you to concentrate on. Remember that these are just tips for spring cleaning and aren’t intended as a DIY project. Anything larger should involve qualified plumbers.

The Shower

1: There’s a couple things to take care of in your shower. The first thing to work on is the top of the drain guard. This is the little perforated thing that sits above the shower’s drain.

It’s there to collect hair and keep it from getting to the drain itself. But hair tends to get stuck in it, and eventually go down the drain. Remove it, and carefully wipe away all the hair and debris on it.

2: You’ll want to clean the shower-head as well. To clean it, find a ziplock bag that’s large enough to fit the shower-head into. Do so, and then pour in enough vinegar to cover it. Then carefully zip the bag closed. Let it soak for at least three hours and it’ll come out fully clean.

Taking Care of the Toilet

3: Nobody likes to clean a toilet, but it doesn’t have to be a terrible chore when done on a regular basis. First, pour some baking soda into the toilet. Let it sit for about ten minutes. Then flush the toilet. This should break through most of the mineral and biological stains.

But it’s safe for the pipes. And it’ll even help the pipes a bit when you perform the initial flush. Then using a toilet brush you should carefully scrub the toilet. Flush again and you should be all set. This will prevent bacterial and fungal growth which might later damage your pipes.

Sinks and Miscellaneous Drains

Winchester Spring Plumbing4: The sink can be difficult to clean because you don’t want to leave anything toxic in the bowl. One of the easiest methods is to begin by boiling water. Then carefully pour the hot water down the drain. The heat should kill a lot of bacteria.

5: Every drain has a chance of insect infestation. Sinks, showers and related appliances all share something in common. They feature biological material sitting around. And no matter what biological material one is speaking of, there will be a bug that’s attracted to it.

The best way to treat it is to go back to the earlier idea of using boiling water. Few insects can stay alive when subjected to a stream of boiling water. If one sees insects, try pouring some boiling water down the drain in question.

Spring is upon us, which means time to start your cleaning list for your Winchester home. Give Powell’s Plumbing a Call at 540-665-8196, and get assistance on your Spring list!

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