Living as a student is one of the most enjoyable things you will ever do. The freedom to study, party, meet new people and see different parts of the country is incredible. However. with it comes student loans, dodgy landlords and very little money. Fortunately enough students are often quick thinking and intuitive, especially when it comes to saving money and living a little on the rough side. This guide will give you a few quick and cheap solutions to help make your university experience a little more bearable when things go wrong with the plumbing.
Cleaning sink holes
Keeping your water running is imperative. How else will you hydrate after a night on the town or freshen up for those university dates? Before you call the landlord asking for an emergency plumber, there are a few things you can try. Often blocked sinks in the kitchen are caused by food blockages or fat build-ups.
First off try unscrewing the u-bend, making sure that you have a bucket underneath. If there are any blockages, they should fall out; however, if it's a shower that you're fixing, use a cotton bud to scrape out any hair. Failing that, if it's a fat blockage, try pouring hot water down the sink. It'll melt the fat and help it to move on. You can even pour down some bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice. The chemical reaction will bubble, helping to dislodge debris. Then you can flush it all away with more hot water.
Cleaning leaky faucet
There's nothing worse than not being able to sleep the day before a big test. Leaky taps can be the bane of any student and need to be fixed quickly. If your tap has a leaky faucet, tie a piece of string around the top and allow it to drape down and touch the sink. The water will travel down the string and avoid making that repetitive dripping sound.
Stop the sink from singing
You may be fortunate enough to have a double sink. If so, you'll have more space to pile up your dishes. If, however, it makes an annoying ringing sound because of vibrations, you may need to sort that out. Get some expanding foam that's used to fill gaps in walls, and spray it between the two sink basins underneath the sink. It'll dampen the soun, so that it doesn't create a reverberating noise when you're busy cleaning late at night.
For more information, contact local professionals like those found at Sam's Local Plumbing.