Here you will find additional tips to help you with your household plumbing maintenance from the numerous questions we answer each week.
Maggie P. of Highland Village, TX asked: I hate cleaning toilets, so is it OK to use “in tank” cleaners to cut both cost in cleaning products and my time scrubbing the toilet?
Investing in “in tank” cleaners that claim to make your chores easier and cut your cleaning costs can cause you more heartache in the long run.
These products can deteriorate the rubber seals in your toilets causing them to fail prematurely.
The Best Alternative:
Instead, try pouring vinegar down the overflow tube. At a fraction of the cost, vinegar is a natural deodorizer that removes smelly build-up that can damage the flow of your toilet.
Brenda Z. of Plano, Texas asked: My tub seems to be draining a little slower than usual, but all the water does drain out. How can I determine if my tub is draining properly?
If your bathtub, sink, or showers are draining slowly this is usually a sign of a clog in the drain or a blocked pipe. You should see a full swirl when the water is draining. If you see bubbles this usually indicates a problem with the pipes.
Do not use a caustic drain cleaner, instead call a licensed plumber to determine the entire scope of your drainage problem and the best course of action.