How to Repair Common Problems with Toilets, Sinks and Tubs

Too often we are caught up in a situation where in you have no idea what to do next. This is probably common to home equipment or furnishings when one just fails and you can’t fix your mind on making the best thing to do. Yes we’ve all come across that moment and so therefore, let us all be equipped with some basic knowledge on how to resolve issues at home especially bathroom disasters.


1. Clogged Sink or Tub Drain

Sinks and tubs whisk away a lot of stuff, including dirt, soap, shampoo, hair, dead skin — a lot of material that can build up in the drain. While we may be quick to grab a drain cleaner or try a plunger when water won’t go down, sometimes a simple cleaning out can do the trick. Feed a drain snake (if you don’t have one, try straightening a wire clothes hanger) a few inches past the stopper, twirl it around and slowly pull it out. This will be easier if you can remove the stopper. There’s a good chance you’ll snag a clump of hair and gunk. Keep doing this a few times until the water drains and you can’t remove anything else. Now’s a good time to follow up with a drain cleaner or a simple combination of baking soda and vinegar, followed by very hot, but not boiling, water.



2. Broken Toilet Handle

The toilet handle has one job: to open the flapper and allow the tank water to release and flush out the contents of the bowl via pressure. If the handle breaks, no flush. A handle can fail outside of the tank, where it simply snaps off, or inside, where the arm connected to the flapper chain breaks. The chain can also slip off the arm, which will give the impression that the handle is broken. Check the chain first, and simply slide it back on the arm and flush. If the arm breaks, you’ll need to pull the chain to open the flapper to flush. If the handle breaks on the inside, simply lift the arm to flush. Handle replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to find in the plumbing department at a home center.


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