Repairs You May Need for Your Bathroom Plumbing
Bathrooms use more water than any other room in the house. Just think about it – how many times each day does your toilet get flushed? Every single time you flush, gallons of water go down the drain. Add in several showers a day and some hand washing, and that adds up to a lot of water coming in and going out of your bathroom. It’s no wonder, then, that eventually you will need to make some type of a bathroom plumbing repair.
These are some of the most common bathroom plumbing repairs that homeowners encounter. If you run into one of these problems, be sure to call a professional plumber for assistance.
- 1. Clogged Drains: Every homeowner has a clogged toilet or drain at some point. Toilets get clogged by toilet paper, organic matter, and wet wipes that are labeled as flushable. Bathroom sink drains get clogged by hair, soap scum, and cleaning products. A plunger will usually take care of these clogs. You can use a plunger on a bathroom sink drain as well as a toilet, although you may want to keep separate plungers for each of these uses. If a plunger does not clear the clog, you may be tempted to use a chemical drain cleaner. However, chemical drain cleaners are not a good option. The chemicals in these products are quite toxic and can cause damage to your pipes, not to mention your eyes, skin, and lungs. These certainly are not chemicals that you want to introduce to the water supply. To top it all off, chemical drain cleaners may not even get rid of the clog. Instead, you can try pouring a combination of baking soda and vinegar down the drain to clear it out. Let this mixture foam up and work its magic, and then flush the drain with water. If this doesn’t get rid of the clog, you should call a plumber. A plumber can clear the drain using a plumber’s snake or hydro-jet.
- 2. Leaking Toilets: A leaking toilet is a repair issue that should not be ignored. The leak can waste hundreds or thousands of gallons of water. The collecting water can allow mold and bacteria to grow. Worst of all, the leak can cause flooding and water damage to the structure of your home. The leak may be caused by something as simple as a loose gasket or bad wax seal. If your toilet springs a leak, call a plumber to assess the problem and make the repairs right away.
- 3. Low Water Pressure: Low water pressure is often caused by hard water. The minerals present in hard water leave deposits of scale buildup inside the plumbing pipes, which eventually narrows the circumference of the pipe’s interior and decreases the water pressure. In this case, the pipes will need to be descaled and a water softener should be installed. Low water pressure can also be a sign that there is a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. It’s important to locate and repair leaks right away before more water is wasted and structural damage occurs.
Clogged drains, leaking toilets, and low water pressure are some of the most common bathroom plumbing repair issues faced by homeowners. If you experience a problem like these, call Scott English Plumbing. We will come out to your home right away, determine the problem, and provide you with a free written estimate for the repair. Scott English Plumbing is available 24/7 to deal with emergencies, so call us anytime that you have a bathroom plumbing repair need.