Looks can be deceiving, and in the case of bathrooms, no matter how small they can be (at least in most average homes), the headaches can be big from the problems they can cause. Most people have endured the frustration of something going wrong in their bathroom. But don’t fret and don’t call a professional just yet. Here are some common bathroom problems and DIY solutions you can try before calling the plumber.
Hair strands and debris are the number one cause of slow drains, whether it’s the bathroom floor, bathtub, sink, or toilet. Some of the simple solutions you can do yourself include:
• Flush the drain with hot water
• Use the handy plunger
• Or fish the blockage with a drain snake
If none of them work, try using some drain cleaners that Good Housekeeping and home care experts recommend. These include chemical or enzymatic cleaners, which can loosen the nasty build-up clogging those drains, might just do the trick before you spend more on professional plumbing services.
Low Water Pressure
If you’ve noticed signs of low water pressure, which usually starts with your shower running slowly, the next step is to trace the cause. According to HomeServe Living, low water pressure can be due to either sediment build-up, the restrictive valves in the showerhead, or a clogged water system.
• What you can do, if you’ve tested the water pressure in all the taps and found that you have low water pressure everywhere, is to check for leaks. If this is the case, you might need a plumber to fix it or replace your pipes.
• Make sure your showerhead is also clean by immersing it in vinegar for eight hours, and then removing any remaining debris.
• Check the stop tap and make sure it’s fully open.
• Lastly, consider installing a shower pump to give the water pressure a boost. Or you can opt for a replacement and upgrade to a power shower, which already has a built-in pump.
One flush consumes a lot of water, what more when the toilet is continuously running? To deal with this problem before you waste a lot of water, Decorated Life suggests checking for signs like brown stains at the back of the bowl, water dripping or leaking into the bowl, or water leaks around the toilet and on the floor. If you’ve encountered any of these indicators, you might want to try these DIY steps:
• Remove the toilet tank cover and observe the flapper and the plastic float when you flush the toilet.
• Check the flapper if it’s jammed in any way or the flapper chain isn’t tangled. If it is you can simply realign. If it’s hard and brittle, it would need replacing, but make sure the new flapper is similar to the old one.
• If the float valve is broken, it needs to be replaced as well.
• Lastly, check the plastic float for cracks that may cause it to become waterlogged and not rise and fall properly. If it is damaged it would need replacing.
If you don’t see any damage, or you’ve already replaced all of the damaged parts, and the toilet still runs non-stop, then it’s time to call the plumber.
Another nuisance that contributes to a high water bill is a leaky faucet. According to Lowes, some of the reasons for a faucet leak include sediment build-up, parts corrosion, and leaks under the spout. It may also be due to a worn out stem washer typical of a traditional faucet, or worn out seals in the case of a cartridge faucet. Either way, you have to disassemble the faucet to inspect its parts.
• Shut off the water and unscrew the faucet using a flathead screwdriver.
• Remove the valve stem or cartridge by either unscrewing, pulling it straight out, or unclipping, depending on the faucet style.
• Inspect the parts and check for old or damaged parts that need to be replaced.
• Clean the valves by soaking them on white vinegar for several minutes and scrubbing them with a nylon scrubbing pad until they’re shiny and smooth again.
• Reassemble the faucet once you’ve replaced the parts that need replacing.
If replacing the parts doesn’t work, then it’s time to replace the faucet itself, especially if early on you see leaks from multiple areas, extensive corrosion of inner parts, or visible damage. If the parts that need replacing are simply hard to find, that’s enough reason as well to replace the faucet.
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