Most times we encounter more problems with buildings than we expected. Numerous things seem to pop up every now and then and all of them require attention and probably, immediate correction.

One of these is Plumbing problems; these are problems that majority concern pipes and drainings in your home.

There are various things that can affect your pipes and consequently result in plumbing issues in your apartment.

In this article, we will be discussing the various common plumbing problems that can occur in your home during a bathroom and kitchen renovation, how you can prevent them, and also how to solve them in case you are already experiencing one or more of these plumbing problems.

Most Common Bathroom Plumbing Problems

Common Bathroom Plumbing Problems

1. Clogged toilet

This is probably the most common bathroom remodeling problem in most houses. There are several reasons why your toilet can get clogged.

In most cases, it is because of an accumulation of numerous materials in the toilet drain. These materials form a clog which eventually blocks the toilet drain.

To correct this, you will need to dislodge the clog using a plunger or drain auger.

2. Clogged drains

You know your drain is clogged when water no longer passes through the sink basin. This can be caused by materials blocking the pipe. In the bathroom, it is mostly because of hair, and residues of bathing soaps and other products.

The solution to this problem is to try to unclog the pipe, by either dislodging the clog or dissolving it. You can use a commercial drain cleaner to dissolve the clog, or a plunger to dislodge it. However, when doing this make sure you use the right type of plunger.

If you have similar problems with the pipes of your washing machine, try installing hose screens on the hot and cold water hoses, this can also help with the clogging.

3. Frozen plumbing pipes

This usually occurs in winter and in cold temperate regions. The pipes freeze and eventually crack or burst.

This usually results in interruption of the water supply in an apartment. When the pipe bursts, the water is let out, leading to flooding in the house which can be a serious problem.

It is important to correct this problem as soon as possible; you can hire a plumber to help fix this. Frozen plumbing pipes can be a big disturbance, and may leave a big mess to clear up.

4. Leaky faucets

A leaky faucet is another common plumbing problem that can cause serious water loss. It can damage the wall, cabinets, and floors.

Asides from this, it can drive up water costs. To fix a dripping faucet and improve the water flow you need to replace the worn-out internal rubber washer.

You can also try tightening the connections of the faucet to stop the leak.

5. Low water pressure

If water isn’t coming out of your bathroom tap as it should, then the aerator of the tap may be faulty. However, to be sure about this, check if the hot and cold water is affected. If they are, then you should replace the aerators.

But if only one of these is still working, then you should call a plumber to help you check what the problem is.

6. Dirty water

This is usually because your water store has been contaminated. It may also be because the source is the water is getting dry, and particles of sand are entering the water.

Dirty water can have different effects. Since the water is unclean, it can’t be used for bathing or even washing. So this is a problem that needs immediate attention.

How to prevent this Plumbing Problem

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. It is better to prevent these plumbing issues than go through the stress of correcting them. Here are the different measures to pull this off.

Plumbing Problem

1. Use a drain sieve, it keeps the dirt out

When pouring water into the drain use a drain sieve to keep out the particles in the water. Use this sieve in the bathtub and in the shower.

Particles like jewelry, toothpaste caps, hair, soap, and others that could potentially clog the drain will get trapped in the sieve and can easily be disposed of.

2. Avoiding frozen pipes

To prevent frozen pipes, you can thaw out the pipes, but make sure that you do not flame the pipes when thawing. Instead, simply use a hot air blow dryer or apply warm water to the outside of the pipe.

Other methods to prevent this are, applying heating pipes in order to generate heat, and insulating the pipes, especially in areas that do not receive enough heat.

Try the Monthly Baking Soda Treatment

Baking Soda

The Baking soda treatment is a cheap alternative to the regular expensive drain openers and cleaners. This process requires few materials which are easy to obtain, and it can be done every month. You will need only 60ml of baking soda and about 240ml of white vinegar.

The quantities for these materials may vary according to the size and length of the pipe, and also the degree of blockage caused by the clog.

Below are the steps to carry out the baking soda treatment.

  • Pour the baking soda into your sink and tub drains, and follow it with enough warm water to push the powder into the drain.
  • Pour the white vinegar into the pipe
  • Allow the mixture to stay for a few hours or probably overnight so the clog can dissolve, then flush the drain with hot water.
  • If done regularly, this method can help to keep your drains free, without a need for a regular call to a plumber.

Dealing with plumbing problems can be quite tasking, and they cause a lot of discomfort especially when they interfere with your day-to-day activities. Some of them are easy to correct as you have read in the article, but some others require that you seek professional help.

Bathroom plumbing problems are more common than you think, and they are usually a result of a long-term accumulation of different factors. Therefore, ensure you take the necessary precautions to avoid them.


Mashum Mollah

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