Useful life hacks for the bathroom. The bathroom is one of the most important places in a house / apartment, since it is in it that everyone transforms, wakes up and carries out hygiene procedures. Naturally, this room should be properly looked after.
Let's look at three popular situations in which bathroom life hacks come in handy.
Even the cleanest room can get clogged.
Naturally, neat owners have such a problem at times less often, but still we cannot exclude the possibility of clogging. To do this, in order to be fully armed and not to get confused in a critical situation, be sure to have several extremely important tools at home at home, and also carefully study how to properly remove blockages in the bathroom.
Sooner or later, but in the pipes, clumps of hair, particles from fabric, wool and other substances that can form a mud block begin to accumulate and it will impede the passage of wastewater. In addition, grease deposits can be another cause of blockage, which can help other contaminants adhere to the pipe walls. To understand what to do when the pipe is already clogged, you must first determine the nature and degree of clogging.
If the problem caught you in an apartment building, then first you need to find out if the blockage is local (in the apartment's sewage system) or common (in the sewer riser). If you have the first option of the problem, then there is a high probability that you will cope on your own, and if the second, you cannot do without a specialist.
It is very simple to define everything - open the water at two points at once (kitchen and bathroom), and then observe - the water may not leave only at one point (then the blockage is local), or it is worth in both (in this case, the problem is in the pipe riser and a plumber should be called). You can deal with local blockage with your own hands. Be sure to follow a number of rules, as well as listen to the recommendations of the masters.
There are several ways to clear the pipes from blockages:
- Thermal - using boiling water, hot water.
- Mechanical - with the help of a special cable, opening the siphon bowls.
- Chemical - with the help of drugs that can corrode corks.
- Cleaning pressure - using a plunger.
Please note that the thermal method cannot be used on pipes that cannot withstand high temperatures.
Sometimes it takes about several hours to fill out an application for a call and wait for the master, and the blockage does not make it possible to use both the water supply system and the sanitary facility as a whole.
Every good housewife always has all the necessary tools and means at home to eliminate any problems in the house.The plunger is one of the most important household items. You cannot do without it if a blockage appears in the kitchen or bathroom. Clearing the blockage in the bathroom is a little more difficult than in the sink, and when eliminating such a problem, it is worth closing the overflow hole with a plug or a second plunger to create a vacuum at the cleaning site.
Life hack for the bathroom - how to clean the pipe with a plunger:
Just keep in mind that the sink and the bathroom are connected by a single sewer system, so shocks directed into the bathtub will reach the washbasin. Be sure to cover the drain holes to avoid spilling out all the contents.
If the plunger does not work, then the problem is much more serious than it might seem. In this case, you will need to resort to method number 2 - using a plumbing cable.
The length of the device is usually no more than 3.5 meters. To clear the blockage, insert the cable into the drain hole.
Slowly rotating the handle, which will be located at one of the ends of the cable, you should insert the device and do this until it hits the blockage. Then, with a sharp twisting motion, pick up the plug in the tube and make a back and forth motion to unclog the tube.
Please note that precautions must be taken when handling sewer blockages. Work must be carried out in gloves made of a thick layer of rubber, wear goggles and a mask. In addition, rope work should be done by two people instead of one.
What to do if the clogged pipe is not cleaned with a plunger or cable? In this case, you should resort to a radical method - chemical means. With the help of chemistry, you will have the opportunity to clear any blockages, and at the same time not put any effort.
When choosing a pipe cleaner, it is imperative to take into account the active ingredients of the drug. It's just that some of them are so aggressive that they can only be used for cast iron pipes, and some can only be used for plastic pipes.
To get the desired result, you should fill in the amount indicated on the label, and then wait for it to work. Next, pour clean warm water and clean the pipe from both the blockage and the cleaning agent. When working with chemistry, it is worth observing safety precautions, avoiding contact with mucous membranes or skin.
In old and worn pipelines, there is a high probability that a mud plug will appear, because the surface of the pipe inside has many cracks and roughness. The best prevention of blockages will be the timely replacement of the sewerage wiring and risers. In addition, to avoid blockages, install a removable drain grate that will trap anything that should not enter the drain.
Now we propose to consider the second life hack for the bathroom. It is associated with water consumption.
It so happens that you need to pay off debts and tighten your belts. In this case, people try to save as much as possible in order to quickly pay off debts. And some are simply tired of paying astronomical amounts for water. So, in order to save water 2.3 and even 4 times in the bathroom (or in the combined sanitary unit).
We recommend the following:
- Instead of a bath, it is better to take a shower. The fact is that for each filling of the bathroom, 200 liters are required, and for a shower lasting 5 minutes (without turning off), only 50 liters are spent. Even if you shower for 15 minutes, the consumption will be more economical. If you also turn off the water while soaping the body / hair, even less water will be spent.
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, shaving and other hygiene procedures.
You may not know, but in 3 minutes 40 liters of water flows out of the tap. And if more than one person lives at home, and everyone should spend time at the sink at least twice a day, can you imagine what the overrun is? If about 43.9 m 3 water is spent on a shower procedure lasting 10 minutes, then with such a nozzle the number decreases to 16. 5 m 3 .
- When using water, turn off the water when you are not using it.
This should be done when you shave, scrub your skin. So you can save up to 11 m 3 of water per year!
- There is a mixer, and its feature is that the temperature is regulated with one lever so that the water mixes faster, and there is no need has to wait for the cold water to turn hot.
As we have already said, sometimes the bathroom is combined with the toilet, so we will consider additional life-saving factors for the toilet:
And a little more on the topic. Set the counters. This is how it will be easier to reduce the cost of paying utility bills for water, although there is one snag - if more people live in the apartment than prescribed, such a move will be inappropriate, but if it is the other way around (for example, three are registered, but one), the meter will save you both money and water. Believe me, the costs of buying and installing a meter are repulsed very quickly.
One person is not even able to physically use as much water as he pays for according to the established standard without meter readings.
Try another useful bathroom hack - installing an infrared sensor on a faucet. Many of you have seen such a device in hotels, shopping malls, restaurants and similar places. The sensor can also be installed at home.
Such mixers have only advantages:
Why will the flow rate be lower? A lot of water is consumed while a person brushes his teeth, washes dishes, shaves and does not want to stain the mixer at this moment or he is simply too lazy to turn off the water. This problem will disappear by itself with an infrared sensor. Raised hands - the water turned on, removed - turned off.
Other advantages of the sensor:
- Profitability - for a family, water saving per month is 10 cubic meters; the faucet does not drip or leak, and the bills from the counters are much smaller.
- The durability of the device - there is no valve on it, which must be constantly twisted, there are no parts that can wear out and fail.
- Safety - water is supplied from the tap at normal temperature, no one gets burned. The faucet has a system for adjusting the temperature, and this is useful for those who have children.
- Disinfection - bacteria will not be transmitted by household means, since a person will not touch the tap with his hands.
Personal hygiene is maintained.
Due to the high cost of the device, it is better to buy a separate attachment.
Technical characteristics make it possible to install it on many cranes. The savings start immediately after installing the sensor.
When the bath is just installed, it pleases the eye with its cleanliness, smoothness, but due to intensive use, over time, quite noticeable signs of wear begin to appear on it ...
Chipping is a defect on the enamel of plumbing equipment, and may appear after mechanical impact, pinpoint impact or falling of a heavy object. Fortunately, the appearance of a chip is not always a reason to replace the bath as a whole. Most often, scuffs and chips can be repaired even at home using available tools and tools.
First, you should carefully prepare the treatment site in order to be able to perform a high-quality repair of the enamel-coated bathtub and repair all chips. The durability, quality and resistance of the result to temperature extremes, damage and exposure to water will depend on compliance with the technology.
To terminate, do the following:
To speed up the process, you can use a building hair dryer.
Please note, that the time spent on preparing for repairing chips will directly depend on the degree of aging of the damage, and therefore it is better to repair the bath immediately, do not wait for more rust spots to appear.
If the chip is fresh and did not have time to "overgrow" with rust, it can be repaired with the help of improvised means, without resorting to complex restoration. Naturally, the result of such a restoration will not last so long, but the costs are much less. If the bath is more than 15 years old, and in addition to chipped enamel, it has yellow and limescale, then it will require large-scale repairs.
For the simplest cases, the following methods are allowed:
Please note that it will take at least 96 hours for the glue to dry completely.
Now let's look at how to fix the problem using special tools.
Much more lasting result is obtained if the enamel layer of the bath is restored with the help of special means. It can be a moisture-resistant putty, aerosol-type enamel, a spatula, fine sandpaper.
To eliminate defects, you should:
- Dilute the putty according to the instructions, make a thick and homogeneous mixture, and then apply on the chip so as to level surface with intact areas.
- When the top layer has set, it should be sanded with sandpaper to make the surface smooth and even.
- Once dry, paint the patch with aerosol epoxy enamel. Paint processing should be done in several layers.
- Drying of the enamel will last from 48 to 96 hours, and at this time it is better not to use the container, and also try to make sure that no water gets on the container.
- After drying, sand the surface with emery paper and then polish with GOI pastes.
At this, the cleavage can be considered completed.
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