4 DIY Bathroom Fixes
Believe it or not, most common problems with your sink, toilet and shower often have extremely simple solutions. Rather than rush to call the repairman or plumber the next time something in your bathroom malfunctions, try one of these 4 DIY bathroom fixes.
To pinpoint the problem, remove the showerhead (without bending the pipe it's attached to) with a pair of pliers or a wrench. When removing the metal pieces, wrap them in an old towel so your tools don't come in direct contact with the finish. If the gasket looks worn, take it to your local hardware store to find a replacement. Also, clean the showerhead by soaking it in vinegar overnight. In the morning, use a toothpick to clear the sprayers in the head, and then scrub it. Reinstall the head, and enjoy your new leak-free shower.
If your sink is slow to completely empty, a quick solution is to drain it with hot water. Close the drain, fill the sink with hot (or boiling) water and carefully open the drain. The weight of the water will dislodge any debris. This may have to be done a couple times before noticing a difference. If your shower is slow to empty, it's probably a buildup of hair. To remove it, find a wire hanger straighten it, and bend one end into a small hook. Push it a few inches down into the drain, twist it around and carefully bring it back up.
First try plain white vinegar (be careful with natural stone, the vinegar can damage it). If that doesn't do the trick, soak some paper towels in vinegar and wrap them around your faucet overnight. Remove them in the morning and wash the faucet with regular soap and water. Use baking soda and an old toothbrush to tackle stubborn spots. To minimize the risk of any reoccurrence, keep a cloth handy for regular drying in between uses.
If you notice your sink is stopped up, try a sink plunger (it looks like a toilet plunger but it has a flat bottom) first. Make sure there's enough water to surround the plunger base and use a rag to ensure the plug up (the small hole toward the top of some sinks) is sealed. Then plunge away. If that doesn't work, use a zip tool or mini-drain snake to manually clear the drain. As a last resort, turn to the kitchen for a 1/2 cup of baking soda to pour down the drain, followed by a 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Cover the drain (a pot lid typically works well) and leave it alone for about 5 minutes. Then carefully poor a kettle of boiling water down the drain.
If you're brave enough to tackle any of these fixes on your own, The Lakeside Collection has a variety of odds and ends to help you complete the job. Make Lakeside your stop for home improvement ideas and products.