Your Bathroom Clogs Might Be Trying To Tell You Something
What room in your home has the most plumbing? If you said the bathroom, you are correct. In the master bath alone you have pipes leading to two sinks, a toilet, a tub, and a shower. When you add it all up, about 40 percent of the water you use inside every day goes to the toilet alone. Yep, that’s a lot of work for one room to take on.
That’s also why the bathroom is one of the most popular rooms in your home for maintenance and repair requirements. If you take a look at your weekend to-do list, chances are there’s something bathroom related on there. It might be to fix a leak – that drip, drip, drip in your sink is keeping you up at night. Or maybe it’s time for an upgrade, and you’re ready for a new faucet.
Some jobs are easy to tackle on your own. But if you avoid them, they can quickly escalate into something more. The sooner you solve some common bathroom problems, the less likely you are to face a bigger problem down the road.
A slow drain
Do you turn on the faucet to brush your teeth or wash your face, and find the sink quickly backing up? It takes a few moments for the water to head down the drain. That’s a sign of a problem within your pipes. Avoid using chemicals to clear the drain; they can damage your pipes just as easily as they attempt to break up the clog. Instead, use a snake or a plunger to do the trick. And if it still seems clogged, or the problem moves to your tub or shower, it’s time to call in a professional.
A drip that won’t stop
A dripping faucet is a nuisance, especially at three in the morning. But if you’ve tightened up the faucet head, cleaned the screen of dirt and grime, and tampered with the faucet, again and again trying to solve the problem, it might be deeper than you think.
Low water pressure
Has the trickle from your faucet been getting slower? You can check the aerator and make sure a build up of minerals isn’t preventing the flow of water. If you’ve noticed lower pressure in more than one area of your home, it could be a bigger problem. It could be leaks further down in the plumbing system, or trouble with your water heater.
Dampness or Soft spots
If you see damp spots or water pooling by the toilet or shower stall long after the fixture was in use, this is a sign it is need of repair as soon as possible. For the toilet, the wax ring could be deteriorating, meaning water could damage your surrounding floor. Water around your shower stall could be coming from a leak in the system. Water could be seeping back up through the floorboards.
If you suspect water damage at any time, call in a professional. Water damage can quickly escalate and turn into serious damage. It’s better to stop the problem quickly, long before it has the potential to escalate.