Most people will deal with minor issues like a slow drain and clogged bathroom with the aid of simple tools such as a plunger without the need of seeking professional assistance.
However, major bathroom plumbing problems require qualified individuals to handle them. The best way to prevent these bigger problems in your bathroom is to ensure a regular inspection and maintenance schedule which will allow for early detection and repair of any fault. This way you can reduce costs and severe structural damages can be avoided. This article discusses the most common plumbing problems likely to affect your bathroom.
Although a leaking pipe will eventually require the attention of a professional, you can use a leaking tape to stop or reduce the leak before the expert arrives. Unless you are a handy individual with skills in plumbing, you need to hire a professional to handle the leaky pipes since they have to be replaced.
Slow or Clogged Pipes
Debris in pipes can cause a slow drainage or a complete clog in your sink, toilet or tub in your bathroom. Some of this debris can be removed with a pair of pliers if they are visible or by use of a plunger. However, some clogs can’t be removed entirely using these tools or commercial drain cleaners and therefore requires the attention of a professional. Installation of drain screens can help prevent detritus from finding its way into the linear drain and cause clogging.
Low Water Pressure
Low water pressure in your plumbing system occurs when the water that is supposed to gush out of your tap forcefully just trickles. A municipal supply issue may cause it, but the accumulation of sediment or deposits on your faucet aerators can also be a major contributor to the problem. If the issue is only in your bathroom, it can be solved by cleaning the aerators and shower heads.
Running water in your toilet usually occur when the flapper valve that allows water flow from the holding tank to the bowl of the toilet is improperly fitted. These may require replacement which is mostly east to install for most models using the toilet repair kit. Other problems that may cause your toilet to run is the accumulation of sediment affecting flushing and filling and also a silent leak that may be the source of a higher water bill.
Sewer odours in your bathroom can indicate a damaged drain pipe, dry shower trap and sink drains, clogged drain or a worn out toilet ring. Most of these issues require an expert plumber to handle them since they need replacement. Some may even require you to tear apart part of the bathroom wall and lead to an expensive renovation, so if you notice a problem it’s better to get it checked out sooner rather than later!
Therefore, it is important to ensure your sink and strip drains are grated to prevent large sediments that may result in clogged drains from passing into the pipes. You should be careful when handling these problems in your bathroom since repair tasks are a messy job. If you need some further advice on blocked drains please see the information here.
Contact a reputable professional in cases where you cannot identify the problem or where complex repair and maintenance is required.