Name the most frequented room within the household. No, it’s not the kitchen. It would be the bathroom. Because of this, the appliances that are found here, such as faucets, toilets, showers, and all the plumbing involved, need routine maintenance. If you disregard the condition of your bathroom plumbing, you could be setting yourself up for serious plumbing problems that go beyond a leaky faucet or squeaking toilet. To help you with keeping your bathroom operating like new, here are some top tops on bathroom plumbing maintenance:
First, if you apply these steps to avoiding clogs in the bathroom, maintenance of your bathroom will be easier. Here’s how you prevent bathroom clogs:
- Once a week, run hot water into the drain to keep it flowing freely.
- Use baking soda and vinegar once a month to clear out soap scum.
- Clean strainers after every shower to remove hair and slivers of soap.
- Don’t flush or put things down the drains and pipes that shouldn’t be there. Remember, plumbing isn’t a waste receptacle.
Sometimes showerheads start to spray unevenly or lose pressure. This happens when the holes get clogged with mineral deposits and rust. To fix this issue, follow these steps:
- Unscrew the swivel ball nut. To do this, you’ll need pair of channel-type pliers or an adjustable wrench.
- Next, unscrew the collar nut.
- With a thin wire or soft brush, gently clean out the holes on either side of the showerhead.
- Flush out the showerhead with water.
- Lastly, soak the head in vinegar overnight. This will help dissolve any remaining mineral deposits.
Bathtub and sink faucets are pivotal for a working bathroom. Without functioning faucets, a bathroom isn’t a bathroom. Here’s some ways to maintain faucets:
- Replace any leaking faucets immediately to help conserve water and reduce your utility bill.
- Clean the aerators. Without properly working aerators, the faucet will lose pressure and be unable to push out mineral deposits. In order to access the aerators, you need to unscrew the faucet carefully to remove it. From there, brush the aerator gently then soak in vinegar to remove sediment.
- Reassemble the aerator before placing it back into the faucet.
Believe it or not, the toilet is the major cause of all bathroom plumbing woes, including leaks. You are going to want to check water levels in the tank frequently to make sure it is neither too low nor too high. You will know if it’s too high if the water is above the pipe in the middle of the tank, called the overflow pipe. Otherwise, look to the stamp on the inside of the tank to where the appropriate fill line should be. In the event you have too much water, do the following:
- Readjust the fill valve so water stops one inch below the top of the overflow pipe.
- Test the flushing mechanism but putting some food color in the tank and checking the bowl after 10-15 minutes. If all the color has been removed from the tank, either the ball or flapper is leaking.
Though these maintenance tips are excellent for prolonging the life of your bathroom plumbing, problems may still happen. Should you need immediate repairs for serious problems, call a professional plumber immediately.