Must-Know DIY Plumbing Tips For The Independent Woman


Women nowadays are doing it all, from running Fortune 500 companies, to tackling their own home plumbing dilemmas.  If you’re stuck at home alone – or you live alone – don’t think for a second that you need to call a man (or a plumber) to manage every little blockage fiasco.  We know how frustrating it can be that moment when the build-up of hair in the shower drain suddenly leaves you feeling like you’re standing in a bathtub… or the embarrassment when a stubborn tampon plugs the toilet.  We talked to Tucson plumbing experts at The Sunny Plumber, who answered some common questions and gave us these must-know DIY plumbing tips for the independent woman:

How to flush a stuck toilet – If you’re toilet is plugged, fill a two gallon bucket with water.  Flush the toilet by pouring the bucket of water into the bowl.  You’ll get one flush per bucket.

How to remove hard objects from a drain – When a hard object like a toothbrush, a comb, or a toy plugs up a toilet or drain, a plunger may not always do the trick… in fact, it might actually push the object in deeper.  Instead, suck out the water and the obstruction with a wet/dry shop vacuum.

How to clear a slow draining sink – A slow draining sink is pretty common.  Often, the pop-up that is used to stop up the sink collects hair and debris, and to help the drain flow smoothly again, the debris must be cleaned out.  One simple way to do this is to use the Zip-it, a handy plumbing tool, to clean out your drain.  Another option is to remove the pop-up and clean it out manually.  Most pop-ups are held in place with a nut attached to the drain just under the sink and can be unscrewed by hand or with pliers.  Once the nut is removed, the pop-up can be cleaned and then easily reinstalled.

pointing-out-the-aerator-on-a-faucetHow to fix low water pressure – Low water pressure is usually most obvious at your sink faucet.  The first thing to check is if the low water pressure is affecting both your hot and cold water.  If both the hot and cold water have low pressure, the most likely cause is the aerator.  Calcium deposits slowly build up in the faucet aerator and gradually reduce the water pressure.  Luckily, a blocked aerator is a very easy thing to fix, even for a novice.  Simply remove the aerator (usually by unscrewing), clean out any debris and build up, and replace it.



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  1. Thank you for this educational post. I am terrible when it comes to any type of handy work. Living by myself, I need to learn how to do these types of things on my own. These suggestions will be a good start towards self reliance. Thank you!

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