The bathroom is one of the most commonly used rooms in your home. It also contains more plumbing fixtures and pipes than any other room. Therefore, the importance of bathroom maintenance should not be overlooked. Regardless of the size of your bathroom, proper maintenance can reduce the risk of plumbing issues and headaches, as well as costly repairs. Roto-Rooter recommends the following bathroom plumbing tips to all homeowners.
Check for Toilet Leaks
Your toilet is likely the largest source of leaks in your bathroom. To check for toilet leaks, add a few drops of food coloring to your tank. Inspect the bowl of the toilet after 30 minutes to determine whether the food coloring has seeped into it. If it has, you have a leak and require the assistance of a professional plumber.
Be Mindful About What You Flush
All too often, toilets clog because they were flushed with products that actually belong in the trash. Refrain from flushing objects such as feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, q-tips, cotton balls, dental floss, pills, diapers, paper towels, and tissues.
Evaluate Water Pressure
If you notice weak or low water pressure in your shower or bathtub, plumbing maintenance may be necessary. Low water pressure is particularly common in older homes and is typically the result of a poorly performing water heater, a leaky pipe, or shower head buildup.
Resolve Sink Clogs with a DIY Solution
Fortunately, there is a DIY solution that may fix any bathroom sink clogs you may be facing. Simply mix ⅓ cup of baking soda and ⅓ of vinegar, let the mixture sit in your sink for about an hour, and flush it down with hot water. You’ll likely find that it’ll effectively remove any grime or hair from your sink.
Consider a Low-Flow Showerhead and Toilet
One of the easiest ways to significantly reduce water consumption is to invest in a low-flow showerhead and toilet. Believe it or not, a traditional showerhead can use up to 42 gallons of water in a ten-minute shower. Low-flow fixtures guarantee far less water usage and are a breeze to install.
Look for Wet Spots
Unusual wet spots on your bathroom walls and ceilings may indicate a bathroom plumbing issue. If your walls or ceilings are white and you notice brown stains, there are areas that have been damaged by water and there may be a leak in your bathroom. Contact a professional plumber if this is the case.
Check Your Drain Assembly
Check your drain assembly if you believe your water isn’t draining as quickly as it should be. You’ll likely find a drain plug comprised of metal and water. Be sure to loosen or remove it to get rid of any debris or hair that may have collected in the drain.
If you find yourself with a serious bathroom plumbing issue or would like the peace of mind of knowing your bathroom plumbing is in good shape, our professional plumbers are an invaluable resource. Contact Roto-Rooter today.