When there is a problem with the bathroom plumbing, the result can be an upset in daily activities for the entire family. It can be a very frustrating experience for all family members, especially if you work and have children. For most homeowners, having a properly functioning bathroom plumbing is essential to running the household. Below are a number of tips on how to keep bathroom plumbing systems running efficiently:
1. A common bathroom plumbing problem is annoying constantly leaking faucets. It is important to fix a leaky faucet as soon as possible to prevent serious and expensive damage such as damage to faucets and flooding of the bathroom floor. As well, leaking faucets can drastically increase the water bill. Normally, fixing a leaky faucet requires either replacing a damaged or worn washer that is located within the faucet. As well, look for cracks around the taps and faucets that may need to be sealed with bathroom caulking.
2. Clogged drains and toilets are another plumbing issue that can be an irritating experience. However, there are things a homeowner can do to prevent a clogged drains and toilets. Once a week, run hot water through the pipes to keep the pipes clear of debris. Also you can use a homemade mixture of baking soda and vinegar poured into the drain to break up debris. Running hot water through after the baking soda and vinegar has sat for about an hour will push the broken up debris through the system. There are also natural cleaners you can use that will not damage the pipes. As well, it is important to clean the aerator in the faucets and shower heads to get rid of the build of mineral deposits.
3. To prevent the build up of hair and soap and other matter in the shower/bathtub drain, there are traps that you can insert into the drain that will catch the matter and prevent it from going into the drain and causing a clog.
You can also run hot water and use natural cleaner in the drain to keep sediment and organic matter from accumulating in the pipes.
4. Mineral deposit build-up in the pipes and in the showerhead is another common problem. You can get rid of mineral deposits by soaking the shower heads in vinegar and washing the sink and entrance to the drain with vinegar. The bathtub should be thoroughly cleaned once a week.
5. You can avoid toilet clogs by not flushing such items as Kleenex, paper towels, diapers, cat litter, food, and sanitary napkins. Keep a waste basket near the toilet. Also, it is important to test for silent toilet leaks using the red dye test.
These are just a few simple tips that will help keep your bathroom plumbing system running smoothly and efficiently. Having an annual inspection by a professional plumber will ensure the bathroom plumbing is properly maintained and the plumber will be able to identify and repair any problems that could eventually develop into larger and more expensive damage.