As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Use this monthly home maintenance checklist to stay ahead of problems around the house.
Sink Aerator and Drain Cleaning
Mineral buildup from hard water will plug up an aerator in a faucet over time. If the flow looks irregular, this is most likely the problem. Remove the end cap of the faucet, pull out the aerator, and clean it with a nylon brush. Use water and vinegar to help remove the buildup.
While cleaning the faucets, dump a couple cups vinegar down each sink and tub drain. The vinegar will help to break down any buildup in the pipes to help prevent drain clogs. Drop a half cup of baking soda down the drain first for slow draining sinks or tubs. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and create a more powerful effect. Use a pot of boiling water to flush the mixture and other debris through. The same steps can be used to fix a clog.
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