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Rubber-gloved hands cleaning limescale off a showerhead with a sponge.

These simple DIY plumbing maintenance tips go a long way in keeping your home plumbing functional and efficient.


Learn How to Use a Plunger Properly & Invest in a Good One (or Two)

A good plunger is your best friend when it comes to clearing clogs. We recommend getting two plungers, a cup plunger and a flange plunger, so that you have the proper equipment to deal with clogs in both flat-surface drains like sinks and tubs and curved-surface toilet drains. To use a plunger effectively, place the cup over the drain and slowly push the handle down until the plunger forms a seal around the drain, then rapidly move the handle up and down until the blockage is removed.


Flush Out Your Hot Water Tank

Over time, hot water tanks build up sediment deposits which decrease efficiency and can damage the unit. Flushing out your hot water tank to get rid of sediment and keep things running smoothly is easy to do yourself. For detailed instructions on how to flush out your own hot water tank, check out our blog


Clean Limescale Regularly

If you notice white, flakey buildup on your faucets and showerheads, this is mineral deposits known as limescale. Limescale is very common, especially if you have harder water. Limescale buildup can clog up your showerheads and faucets, causing a dip in water pressure. Get rid of limescale on showerheads and faucets by cleaning them thoroughly.


Do Regular DIY Inspections

Give your plumbing a good once-over on a regular basis to make sure that you are aware of any issues that may need to be addressed. Take a look at all faucets, exposed pipes, and hot water tanks and carefully check them for rust, discolouration, puddles, condensation, and any sign of leaks. If you don’t take the time to inspect your own plumbing now and then, it is easy to completely miss signs of damage and end up having a much bigger problem on your hands later.


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