Here are some common bathroom plumbing problems, and a look at how to fix them. Sometimes, taking care of the problem is a simple do-it-yourself fix. However, there are times when you need to call in the professionals. We’ll let you know which time is which.
- Sewer Smells
The presence of sewer odor in your bathroom is not only unpleasant, but it can actually be dangerous. Sewer gas can contain high concentrations of methane gas, which is known to cause headaches, nausea and in significant does, can also cause an explosion. So, don’t allow this problem to linger.
There are several possible reasons for the presence of sewer gas in your bathroom, such as damaged drain pipes, a dry shower trap, an old toilet ring, or a drain that has been clogged.
While there are a lot of DIY remedies that can get rid of the smell, it’s still a good idea to have a plumber in to rule out the possibility of damaged drain pipes.
The Fix: Call a pro.
- Running Toilet
Do you have a toilet that continues moaning and groaning long after it’s been flushed? A running toilet is pretty close to the top of the list as far as the most common bathroom plumbing problems go. In terms of why it’s happening, more often the not, the blame can be placed on the chain that’s used to connect the flush lever and the rubber flapper. A chain that is either too short or too long can interfere with the flushing mechanism and leave the water rushing through the system.
Problems with a running toilet can also be blamed on the flapper itself. If it doesn’t sit properly, either due to a broken hinge, mineral buildup or warping simply head to your local home improvement store to purchase a replacement.
The Fix: DIY
- Poor Water Pressure
9 times out of 10, the culprit behind weak water pressure in the shower is lime scale buildup on your showerhead. If lime scale is the cause of your reduced water pressure, then you’re in luck. Removing lime scale is fairly simple to do. Simply remove the showerhead and soak it in white vinegar overnight. Then, give it a good scrub and reattach it.
Note: If lime scale is clogging your showerhead, then chances are it’s showing up in other areas in the bathroom. Luckily, white vinegar can clean away lime scale stains on your faucets and in your toilet as well.
The Fix: DIY
- Soft shower/tub floor
It can be disconcerting to step into your shower or bathtub and notice a bit of flex or sponginess to the tub/shower floor. More often than not, this problem can be attributed to either fiberglass or acrylic showers/tubs. When this type of shower/tub is installed additional support from mortar mix or something similar must first be put into place. Without this additional support, the tub/shower can experience movement and may even eventually crack.
The best way to fix this problem is to gain access under the tub (although this may not be easy to do or even possible) and add some mortar or similar substance underneath the tub or shower.
The Fix: Call a pro. Remedying a spongy shower or tub floor is a case for a professional plumber
- Slow Drain
The slow draining sink is probably the king of all bathroom plumbing problems. Your slow drain could be caused be a few different issues, but the culprit of most likely to be a clog. Hair and scummy built up can get caught on the stopped and slow the water’s decent. To fix it, you could use a chemical solution, or try a combination of baking soda, vinegar, boiling water, and a little elbow grease.
Of course, that’s the best-case scenario solution. There are times when you might have to go a little further to get the job done. A stubborn clog could mean having to snake the pipes or even call a plumber in to solve the problem.
The Fix: It Depends
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