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The Most Common Bathroom Plumbing Issues

When it comes to your bathroom plumbing, it is important that everything runs correctly. Inefficient or defective bathroom plumbing can lead to a whole host of issues. It’s only natural that plumbing problems may arise in the bathroom, as the bathroom tends to get a lot of use. Natural wear and tear can occur over time, allowing plumbing problems to slowly develop. You may not even notice the issue at first. Here are some of the most common bathroom plumbing issues. 


Running Toilet

Toilets themselves actually last a really long time. However, the inner working parts like the flapper and flush valve can wear out over time. When these parts start to wear out, you may notice some mishaps with the function of your toilet. For example ghost flushes happen when water slowly leaks from the tank into the bowl. This happens when the flapper is worn out. A toilet that is constantly running could be the result of a faulty fill valve. If you are experiencing either of these issues, it’s time to replace some of the parts inside of your toilet. Ideally most of these parts last about 5 years, give or take a little. Staying on top of your plumbing maintenance can help keep your toilet working properly and efficiently.


Water Pressure

Water pressure is another common bathroom plumbing issue, and in all honesty can also affect your whole house. Low water pressure is often the sign of a leak or corrosion. In which case you may have an issue with your water supply lines. If you notice low water pressure throughout your home, it is probably best to call your plumber for proper diagnosis. If it is an isolated issue, it could simply be your faucet. Mineral deposits that buildup over time can eventually affect your water pressure. You can try cleaning your faucet by soaking it in some vinegar. Vinegar helps dissolve mineral deposits like calcium and magnesium, which are two of the most common minerals found in water. 


On the other hand, you may be suffering from too much water pressure. Too much water pressure can actually cause a lot of damage to your plumbing system, so it should not be neglected. Too much water pressure is often caused by a faulty pressure relief valve. Residential PSI should be around 80, anything over that is too much. High water pressure can be caused by recent construction, or usage of a fire hydrant, in which case the problem will usually resolve itself. However, if it is an ongoing issue, call your plumber right away to prevent unnecessary damage. 


Stinky Drains

The unmistakable foul stench of sewer gas emitting from your drains is an unpleasant experience. Usually it is the result of a dried trap, in which case simply running water down the drain will fill the trap which helps create a barrier that keeps sewer gas out. However, if the problem persists, you may have a more serious issue afoot that should not be ignored.


Clogged Drain

A clogged drain is a really common bathroom plumbing issue. It is often caused by buildup of soap scum, oils, hair, and other debris that gets swept down the drain. Regular drain cleaning can alleviate the buildup. In addition, drain screens are really effective at keeping unwanted items, like hair out of the drain.


Get Help With Your Plumbing

Bathroom plumbing issues are not something you should get used to. Jiggling the toilet handle to get it to flush is not normal, and can easily be fixed. Call the experts at Lesco Plumbing today to schedule your appointment! 

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