Common Bathroom Plumbing Repairs: A Guide for New Homeowners

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It’s estimated that a family of four in the U.S. uses 400 gallons of water a day. Nearly 70% of that water use is from indoors and the bathroom is where most of our water use occurs. If you’re a new homeowner, and you want to save on water use, you can start by fixing that leaky toilet or other plumbing issues in your home. Some of these issues you may be able to fix yourself. Want to learn more? Keep reading to learn about common bathroom plumbing issues and how to fix them.

Running Toilet

One common bathroom plumbing issue is a running toilet. You may hear your toilet sporadically running throughout the day.

A toilet may run due to the flapper valve. It may not fit right or close right and allows water to run. You can try replacing the flapper valve.

It could also be that you have a water leak. You can check this by adding food coloring in the upper tank. If you see the color leak into the toilet bowl without flushing, then you have a leak.

Backed up Toilet

Another common, unwanted issue is a clogged toilet. Something may be causing an obstruction in the toilet. You can try to use a plunger and see if the clog dislodges.

You can also prevent toilet clogs by not flushing any objects down the toilet except toilet paper and human waste.

Any other items such as diapers, baby wipes, hygiene products, and even flushable wipes can clog your toilet or cause problems in the sewer system. Toilet paper is okay because it disintegrates.

Low Water Pressure

Is your shower experiencing low water pressure? It could be as simple as deposit buildup on your showerhead or faucet aerator. You can try cleaning your showerhead or faucet aerator with vinegar.

If that doesn’t work, or if you’re experiencing low water pressure in more than one faucet, you can contact a plumber to get it checked out.

Slow Draining Sinks or Tubs

You’re brushing your teeth and washing up in the morning, and you realize that the sink is taking forever to drain.

Hair and soap scum could be the reason behind a clogged sink or tub. You can use a plunger to dislodge the clogs. If that doesn’t work, you can use a snake drain to try to get the blockage out.

However, if the problem persists, you may want to call a plumber to get it taken care of. You also want to prevent this problem by not allowing hair to drain down the sink or bathtub.

Fixing Common Bathroom Plumbing Issues

The above are common bathroom plumbing issues that you’ll encounter as a new homeowner. However, if you’re experiencing frequent plumbing problems or a reoccurring problem, you can call a professional plumber to resolve the issue.

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