Many people enjoy spending time in their bathrooms getting ready for the day ahead with a fresh shower or winding down and relaxing in the tub. For many people, this is the only room in their home where they can enjoy total privacy and collect their thoughts. We rely on our plumbing systems to deliver the water we need and carry it away again when we’re finished with it. Like any system, the plumbing in your home can fail, and then it’s time to call a local professional certified plumber for expert help. In this article, we will look at four of the most common bathroom problems encountered by plumbers.
- Slow Drains
If you notice that the drain in your shower is running slow, take a moment to find out if the drain on the nearby sink is acting in the same way. A drain can become clogged over a long period of time, you may not notice this at first, but gradually the water will drain away slower, and eventually, the drain will be clogged entirely. As we shower, shave and wash, soap scum, skin, hair, and other debris will enter the drain where it can form the nucleus of a new drain clog. It’s always a good idea to install hair traps at each drain to prevent this material from getting into the drain in the first place. If the water is already draining slowly, you could attempt to manually clear the clog with a sink plunger. Avoid using drain cleaning products because they contain caustic chemicals that can damage your plumbing pipes. If you cannot remove the clog contact your local plumber, they will have specialized tools to manually remove the clog safely without damaging your plumbing system.
- A Running Toilet
A toilet that will not stop running can be exasperating, but it could be simple to fix if you’re lucky. Check inside the water tank to see if the chain that attaches the handle to the flapper has become disconnected and if it has, you can reattach it. If this isn’t the problem, the flapper may have worn out, and this is causing the toilet to constantly flush and run. This is a tremendous waste of water, and it will keep you awake at night, so contact a local plumber and get them to fix the problem for you.
- Low Water Pressure
If you have lower water pressure than usual, it could be caused by a main water line break, so contact your local municipality or water company to check if they are doing any work in your area. If this isn’t the case, there is another underlying issue, such as a clog, water leak or break in your plumbing system that needs to located and fixed to restore water pressure.
- Odd Odors
If you notice any unpleasant sewer smells in the bathroom, there could be a problem with your main sewer line. Sewerage may be backed up into your plumbing, and this can result in some nasty spills and leaks. This can also cause sewer gases to be released into your home, and it’s necessary to release that gas safely. If you notice these signs, stay away from any water as it may be contaminated and contact your local certified plumber to get the problem fixed safely.
By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing
Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.