Plumbing Tips to Save Your Bathroom
Because the bathroom is one of your home’s most utilized rooms and one of the few areas where guests will go, it requires regular care. There are lots of potential for plumbing problems in every bathroom, regardless of its size. Avoid plumbing disasters by keeping your bathroom in good working order, from the sink to the shower and everything in between. We’re breaking down some of our most useful plumbing ideas to help you get your bathroom back on track and avoid plumbing disasters.
The bathroom has the most pipes and plumbing of any room in the house. This makes sense when you realize that bathroom appliances use the majority of the freshwater consumed in a home. Every home bathroom’s toilets, sinks, bathtubs, showers, hot and cold water lines, and drainpipes handle a tremendous amount of labor.
We offer some tips on how to keep your bathroom plumbing in good working order so that blockages and leaks are a thing of the past.
Do not flush anything other than toilet paper down the toilet
It’s never a good idea to use the toilet as a garbage can. Toilet paper is the only paper product that should be flushed down the toilet. Face tissues should not be flushed since they are very absorbent and can quickly bloat and clog the pipes. Wet wipes of any sort are also a serious issue since they clump together and can form a large, difficult-to-remove blockage in the bathroom plumbing, as well as the sewage line and municipal sewer system.
Use drain covers to protect your drains
Hair and soap scum are more prone to collect in exposed drains. Small things, such as toothpaste caps, are also more likely to fall down an open drain and become caught in the pipe. Simple mesh drain covers in the bathroom sink and shower protect drainpipes from the majority of clog-causing issues. Be sure to clean the drain covers on a regular basis to avoid delayed draining.
Never clean drains using chemical drain cleaners
Please don’t grab a bottle of chemical drain cleaner and pour the contents down the drain if you have a sluggish or clogged drain in the bathroom (it’s difficult to prevent all causes of obstructions). These store-bought mixes of acidic chemicals are only effective for a short time, and they can also cause serious harm to the drainpipe, resulting in corrosion. Call a professional plumber if you can’t clear a clog using a plunger or a hand-cranked drain snake.
Replace old or worn pipes
If you live in a house constructed before 1970, the piping in your bathroom is almost definitely old. Lead, steel, iron, and polybutylene pipes should all be replaced since they are prone to corrosion and/or fracture. Lead pipes in drinking water lines might be dangerous.
Schedule maintenance and drain cleaning on a regular basis
Drain cleaning is more than just a last-resort service to assist you in the event of a serious drain obstruction. It’s a fantastic preventative and maintenance service for keeping your bathroom plumbing in good working order. Regular drain cleaning with expert tools eliminates build-up, which not only avoids blockages but also helps to prevent pipe degradation. Plumbers can find out if there are any concealed leaks during drain cleaning.
Resolve leaks as soon as possible
You can’t afford to let the water flow, whether it’s from a running toilet or a trickling leak. Add a few drops of food coloring to your toilet’s tank to check for leaks (just enough to change the tint of the water). Check the toilet bowl after 30 minutes to determine if the coloring has been absorbed into it. If that’s the case, you’ve got a problem. To minimize stains, flush immediately and contact your local plumber for assistance.
Toilets are undoubtedly the most common source of leaks in your bathroom. Water waste may easily build up, with slow leaks losing about 30 gallons of water per day and a running toilet wasting an average of 200 gallons per day. This is why it’s so important to inspect your appliances on a regular basis and schedule leak detection services if you think you have a leak.
Remember to inspect your faucets
Because faucets include moving parts, they are unlike other sections of your plumbing system. Whether you’re filling the tub for a long soak or brushing your teeth in the sink, your faucet is designed to keep water flowing. Be sure to check your faucets regularly to make sure they are working properly and not leaking. A sure sign you have a leak is when water drips out of the faucet even when it is not running.
Keep everything in place
Those moving bits we discussed before might easily wear out. You may need to tighten things up or replace worn components over time. Contact your local plumber if you find something isn’t operating as smoothly as it should or fits a bit looser than it should.
Save money by addressing leaks
It’s easy to dismiss a small trickle from the sink, but according to the EPA, a leaky faucet leaking one drop per second loses nearly 3,000 gallons of water each year. It’s the equivalent of 180 showers! Can you afford to spend money on water that you won’t use? If the water won’t stop running, you’ll have to turn off the main water valve. To avoid further damage, approach leaks with caution. Put a halt to leaking faucets today to start saving money.
Check your showers regularly
Water pressure that is too low or too weak indicates that your system needs to be serviced. It’s more frequent in older homes and is caused by a leaking pipe, a malfunctioning water heater, rust, or accumulation.
To clear away water residue, fill a sturdy plastic bag with vinegar to dissolve mineral deposits in the shower head. Using the shower head, immerse it in the solution. Use a rubber band or twist knot to secure the bag to the faucet’s neck. Allow overnight for water pressure to be restored in the morning. If this doesn’t fix the dripping showerhead, you might have a leak instead.
You can have a clog if water drains slowly from your sink or tub. You won’t know how reliant you are on your drain until it breaks down. When your drain isn’t working properly, even simple actions like washing your hands or brushing your teeth may become a pain. Clogs can sometimes be difficult to remove. It’s the most common cause for contacting a professional plumber for assistance. Don’t wait for drains to clear on their own.
Clogs in the Bathroom Sink
13 cup baking soda and 13 cup vinegar is an ancient tried and tested treatment for sink blockages. This method produces a natural combination that successfully removes hair and filth from your sink. Allow the mixture to remain for an hour before flushing it with hot water.
Are you out of vinegar? A mixture of 1/4 cup of table salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda will work just as well. Pour it down the drain, then follow with 15 minutes of hot water to make an aggressive, homemade compound designed to remove stubborn build-up.
Plumbing Tips to Save Your Bathroom
We hope this short guide has helped you identify the most common leak areas around the house and how to address them. If you discover a leak, be sure to schedule a leak detection and repair service with Leak Science as soon as possible to save you time, money, and hassle.