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Tips to Avoid Common Bathroom Plumbing Issues

beautiful-bathroom-with-glass-shower-stallSure, bathroom plumbing is not the most glamorous subject to talk about—okay, it’s not at all glamorous. Still though, your bathrooms are the most used rooms in your home, which means your plumbing in these rooms requires some attention.

There are a plethora of plumbing components within your bathroom—fixtures, pipes, your bathroom sink, your toilet, your bathtub, and your shower. Any or all of the following problems can impact these components, which we’ll go over, and talk about some ways to prevent issues.

A Continually Running Toilet

You may have encountered this particular problem already. In most cases, all you have to do is jiggle the handle to get it to stop. However, if the problem is occurring frequently, it’s likely due to a degraded flapper that needs replacing. This is natural wear and tear, and therefore not much can be done to prevent it, but being aware of the issue can help you avoid bigger problems.

Another possibility is that the chain from the handle to your toilet flapper might be tangled. Fortunately, this is something you can check and fix on your own. If you’re wondering how to best prevent other toilet problems, a great next step is to schedule plumbing maintenance.

Hair Clogs

This can occur in your shower or your sink and is probably something you’re a bit familiar with. It usually leads to slow shower and sink drains, which leave you reaching for a plunger or store-bought chemical drain cleaners (if a plunger works, great! We want to discourage you from using caustic, chemical drain solutions, however).

The best way to remove these types of clogs is by having a professional come in and use a drain snake, or in some cases even a hydrojetter, to eliminate the clog and reduce the chance of it occurring again. To prevent hair clogs altogether, we encourage you to use drain covers/strainers and disposing of the hair in your trash can after showering or using your sink.

Low Water Pressure

Have you ever hopped in the shower to notice that the water pressure isn’t where it used to be? If it’s only impacting one fixture then it might be that the aerator of that particular faucet or showerhead is clogged up with soap scum and other debris and just needs to be cleaned.

If, however, you notice water pressure decreased in multiple areas, then it’s a sign that you have a plumbing leak somewhere. The best thing to do in this case is to call a pro. And to prevent a problem like this, we recommend scheduling plumbing maintenance once a year—and if your professional plumber advises you to repipe your bathrooms or potentially even your whole-home, we encourage you to consider this service so you’re not facing an emergency situation later on.

IERNA’s Heating & Cooling handles more than just your HVAC services—our professional plumbers are highly trained and experienced in all plumbing jobs. Contact us today for expert plumbing service in Tampa, FL.

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