Blocked Drains: Not as Bad as You Might Think
So you’ve got a clogged drain and you’re not sure how to remove its contents. This unclogging process is one of the easiest do-it-yourself repair jobs that any new homeowner can accomplish.
Household salt has been known to unclog drains very effectively. Pour a half cup of ordinary salt down the drain followed by a continuous flow of boiling water. Do this multiple times until the drain clears.
If salt doesn’t fix the problem, you may want to head to your nearest hardware store to purchase a clog removal product.
Running Water in Your Toilet
Running water is a common problem among household toilets. First, try jiggling the lever to see if you can loosen the chain. This will often fix the problem right away.
If the problem persists, remove the top of the back of your toilet to inspect the moving parts. At the bottom of the toilet, you should see a small piece of rubber that is supposed to be blocking water from entering the toilet bowl. If it is old, cracked or worn out, you will likely have to replace it.
To replace this item, head to your nearest hardware store to purchase the rubber part. All you need to do is to replace the old rubber with the new rubber that you purchased. This can be done by prying at the old part with a puddy knife, pulling it off the arm and gluing the new piece onto the same place.
Your Toilet is Backed Up
A clogged toilet is another common issue that can be fixed without the help of a professional.
First, use your plunger to attempt to unclog the toilet. Push down and let the plunger head rise slowly so you don’t experience any “back splash”. You may need to repeat this motion multiple times to unclog the drain.
If the toilet is still backed up after you have used the plunger, head to your local hardware store and purchase an auger. A toilet auger works much like a snake and can extend up to five feet. Sticking an auger down your toilet should remove the clog immediately.