A home’s bathrooms go through a lot. From clogged sinks to long showers, the plumbing in this most-important of rooms is always under stress. While sensible use and regular maintenance will lengthen the lifespan of bathroom plumbing, below are a few signs the bathroom may need more than a bit of TLC.
If the pipes knock during showers or when the tub is filled, there’s a problem. Knocking pipes have multiple causes, including pressurization, loose valves, or excessive water pressure. Loose supports and high pressure are particularly damaging, as they lead pipes to shift and jerk. If these issues are left unaddressed, the pipes may bend or leak.
Low Water Pressure
Turning the shower or faucet on full blast should provide a vigorous stream. However, if the pressure is low regardless of the setting or there’s no water coming out at all, there’s a big issue. Begin by ensuring that the fixture isn’t clogged, and if it isn’t, it may be time to call a plumber.
If the shower or sink drips constantly, even a little bit, there’s a serious plumbing problem. It could be that the water pressure within the pipes is too high or that water isn’t being drained properly after the tap is turned off. While it seems like a minor issue, it can cause permanent damage if it isn’t treated.
Every homeowner has encountered a slow-draining sink or tub, and it’s usually possible to resolve it with a pipe snake, a commercial drain cleaner, or boiling water. If these methods don’t work, though, the drainage issue may be within the plumbing itself. Still water poses significant health risks, while a broken pipe means water (and possibly mold) behind the wall.
Home plumbing is designed for years of hassle-free usage, but like all other parts of the home, things can and do go wrong. When there’s a plumbing problem, treating it early on can keep it from turning into a major and expensive issue. Don’t handle these repairs alone. Call a licensed, certified plumber for advice, service recommendations, and fast fixes.