Category Archives for "Bathroom"

Air Gap: Installation and Importance in Plumbing

It is funny how everyone takes for granted so many little things that protect them and/or facilitates their life – clean, drinkable water being one of those things. You don’t appreciate how important it is until you don’t have it.

If you are fairly privileged, you have a constant clean water supply. This can all go away and cause contamination of clean water if you don’t have or don’t properly preserve air gaps in your home.

Such a small device is of utmost importance for our well-being. So, let’s establish what it is exactly.

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Shower Trap: What It is and How to Clean It

As a student, I lived in dorm-rooms for all of 4 years. I had fairly luxurious rooms, and every one of them had a bathroom. However, in the first year, my room smelled absolutely disgusting. I was on the first floor, and whenever someone above me would shower, sewer odors would escape from the kitchen sink and shower.

Even though I took good care of my plumbing system, cleaning it frequently and thoroughly, nothing helped the smell. Months later I found out why. Firstly, there was no p-trap installed anywhere in the building, and the building itself was quite old.

Therefore, even though I cleaned my bathroom and kitchen every 7 days, that doesn’t mean my predecessor did, right? And with all the other stress that came with moving to the new city, new school, and exams, I became resigned to the smell. I just kept my windows open.

Thankfully, I remained healthy. It should be emphasized that no one should resign to my technique.

To continue, I mentioned this interesting thing called a p-trap. Let’s see what it is.

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What is the Difference between Borescope and Endoscope?

Have you ever been in a need to examine, observe, or take a look into something hidden in the dark place or a crack, but because of the small dimensions that object was unreachable for the human eye?

When you cannot see, measure or even touch that desired place or object, you find yourself in a situation where a very small but precise light would solve all your problems.

These light sources do exist, they are greatly used in the examination, plumbing and any job which requires reaching something normally too dark and unreachable.

These sources of light are referred to as the borescope and the endoscope, and they both serve the same purpose but in a slightly different manner. So let’s see what exactly differs these two products.

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How to Turn on Handheld Shower Head

As we all know, showerheads can be handheld or fixed. On some occasions, it is more convenient to use fixed ones, but there are instances where a person wants to use a handheld showerhead.
However, there is large number of faucet types and the way you can turn it on differs from type to type. Therefore, we are going to explain everything you need to know in order to turn on handheld showerhead.

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How to Convert Fixed Shower Head to Handheld

Fixed or commonly known wall-mounted shower heads can be very reliable, easy to use and enjoyable because you can just walk right in and have a nice relaxing shower with your both hands free.

But, if you want to teach your child how to shower on his own, or you have a demanding dog whom you have to shower from close range, considering a handheld showerhead can be a very smart idea.

Let’s see how exactly can you change your fixed shower head for a handheld on your own.

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How to Remove Recessed Faucet Aerator

Have you noticed that every time you turn on your faucet the water pressure is lower than it used to be?

This is actually a quite common problem in households, and while most people’s first reaction is to call a plumber there is in fact a really simple solution to this problem.

The trick is to locate the aerator on the end of the faucet spout and remove it.

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How to Remove Calcium Deposits from Faucet

As we all know, every household needs to deal with calcium deposit stains every once in a while.

Calcium deposits, also known as limescale, usually come from water that contains softened calcium salts (calcium carbonates). Water that contains a high level of these minerals is commonly known as hard water.

Hard water is easy to notice, the first signs that you are having this problem are white stains and build-up around your faucet. The build-up may also take a yellowish tone and this could be an indicator that there is also some iron in your water and this can lead to your sink being blemished and rusty.

But before you rush and call your plumber to the rescue, you can try out this method to try and take care of the problem yourself.

All you need are a few supplies that you probably already have sitting around in your home. So, let’s begin.

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Cold Water Tap Makes Loud Noise: Causes and Fix

When problems with plumbing occur in our households we lose our minds.

As an individual living in the 21st century, you become very dependent on running water inside the house. You cannot imagine your life without it!

Even if your house is brand new, or you take good care of the pipes, faucets, and drains, you have professionals inspect them from time to time, a mishap can still happen.

Sometimes the problem is not with water supply or pressure; it’s with unusual and unexpected sounds that come out of your faucet.

No, your pipes are not haunted. You don’t need to call ghostbusters, but rather a plumber!

But firstly, you’ll need to establish whether the taps are maybe vibrating, producing a screeching high-pitched sound or banging or knocking sound. Perhaps only your cold water tap seems to make noise while the hot one is all fine.

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What to do When the Faucet Makes High-Pitched Whining Noise

When I moved into my first proper apartment with my friend, the biggest problem we faced was the “screaming” faucet in our bathroom.

We called it screaming because if one of us went to the bathroom in the middle of the night, the other one would, without fail, jump out of bed thinking someone was being murdered.

However, this seems to be more than a common problem in today’s houses. The faucets can make high-pitched sounds when turned on, and this problem is neither too complex nor too costly to fix.

You can even do it yourself and save yourself from a long process of moving out as we did. I know, it seems stupid, but the noise was unbearable and the building was quite old so we thought we might as well move out.

But guess what, this also can happen in newer buildings – usually for a different reason on which we will elaborate later.

Anyway, let’s see what the most common causes of “whining” faucets are and some possible solutions.

We should preface this by saying that if you decide to try to fix anything plumber-related in your house yourself, always turn off the water supply first, and then proceed.

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Replacing Shower Trim without Replacing Valve

When a shower trim is old, rusty or you would simply like to change it for a better-looking one, it brings up one important question: Is it possible to do so without having to make a hole in your wall?

On the other hand, some will think about the cost of changing the whole valve, so it is the best solution to simply just change the shower handle.

However, that’s not easy as well since there are different types of valves you might face. In that case, you will need to determine which type of valve you have installed in your bathroom.

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