Bathroom Renovations 101: Running New PipesBathroom Renovations 101: Running New Pipes

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Bathroom Renovations 101: Running New Pipes

When I decided to add a pedestal sink and claw foot tub to my bathroom, I had no idea how much new plumbing I had to run. Since I had never run pipes before, I wasn't sure how to do it properly. I did a lot of research before I started so that I could be sure that I was doing it right. As I was researching, I knew that it would be helpful to have all of the information I found in one place. That was the inspiration for this site. I hope that the plumbing resources help you with your next home improvement project.

4 Time-Saving Bathroom Plumbing Hacks

As a homeowner, it is important for you to know that there are many things you can do to resolve minor bathroom plumbing problems and irritations. To this end, here are four time-saving bathroom plumbing hacks you can use when necessary: 

Hack #1: Fix a Leaking Pipe Using Marine-Grade Glue

If you have a drain pipe under your bathroom sink that has a small leak, then you can quickly patch and seal the leak using a marine-grade epoxy glue. Marine epoxies will cure in the presence of moisture and are perfect for sealing small plumbing leaks in your home while you are waiting for a plumber to replace the pipes. Simply mix the two-part epoxy and apply it liberally to the leaking area using a small brush. Once the glue hardens, the leak will be sealed underneath the glue. 

Hack #2: Use a Shop Vacuum to Remove Toys and Drain Clogs

If your child drops their toothbrush or a toy down your sink or toilet, then you can easily remove the clog with your wet-dry shop vacuum. Remove the excess water by bailing it out with a cup or bowl, and then use the vacuum to suck out whatever is clogging the drain. This technique is simple and will save the cost of having a plumber take your pipes apart to retrieve the clogging object.

Hack #3: Soak Faucets in Vinegar to Remove Scale

If your bathroom faucet and shower head are not flowing well because they are clogged with hard water scale, then you can put white vinegar in a baggie and tie it over the ends. As the faucet and shower head soak in the vinegar, the mild acid will dissolve the water scale. After soaking for a few minutes, remove the vinegar bag and rinse the faucet with clean water.

Hack #4: Flush a Broken Toilet with a Bucket of Clean Water

Finally, if there is a problem with the workings in the back of your toilet and it won't flush, then you will be pleased to learn that you can still make the toilet flush by using a bucket of water. Dump the water directly into the toilet bowl when you want to flush it. After a couple gallons of water have been added, the toilet will automatically flush itself. You can repeat this process as often as necessary until you have fixed the toilet's mechanical problem.