In order to keep a reliable and functional bathroom plumbing system, routine maintenance and care are vital. When regular care isn’t taken with a home’s plumbing, problems can start to occur. Once you start to notice signs that your plumbing might be failing you, it is time to call a licensed master plumber for help. Continue reading to learn the five most common signs that your bathroom needs plumbing repair.
Low Water Pressure
When your shower doesn’t seem to give of the water power it used to, don’t reach for the shower head to adjust it, because it may just be low water pressure. Although it could be a clogged shower head, which can be easily fixed with a long soak in CLR (calcium lime rust cleaner), low water pressure can be caused by a long list of things. More serious reasons for low or lowered water pressure is damages water heater, burst pipes, blockages, water leaks, and more. This is why it is important to have something like this checked out by a licensed plumber before it becomes an expensive and tedious repair.
Non-Stop Running Toilet
High water pressure can also be a sign that something is wrong with your bathroom plumbing. Things like a constantly-running toilet that never seems to finish its flush cycle, or a persistent dripping faucet, are indications of high water pressure. But leaky faucets and running toilets are not the main problem with high water pressure, these are simply signs that can indicate a larger plumbing repair. Not repairing high water pressure can result in floods, burst pipes, broken water heaters, busted plumbing fixtures, and much more.
When water starts to smell funny or change in color, it may be an indication that your plumbing pipes are in bad shape. Water that is supplied to your home should be clear and odor-free. When it appears discolored or foul-smelling, it may be a sign that rust, sulfur, iron, or air is inside your plumbing pipes. It can also be related to broken water mains and wells, or pipe corrosion. Different colors indicate different problems, so consult a master plumber for an accurate and professional water quality assessment.
When a tub or sink drain is slow, or has stopped up completely, this is an obvious indication that something is blocking the drain’s passage-way. Store-bought drain cleaners and drain snakes are very helpful for minor or moderate clogged drains. Usually one will pull out hair, soap residue, and maybe even a few Band-Aids. But for major clogs, professional assistance is required.
No Hot Water
One of the most frustrating plumbing problems to have, especially in the winter, is no hot water. When your hot water seems to stop, or doesn’t get as hot as it used to, there may be a problem with your hot water heater. Scale, sediment, and a damaged heating element within water heater tanks can be the source of no hot water. There could also be leaks in the major water lines, or elsewhere in your plumbing, taking away the ability to heat your home’s water supply properly.