Plumbers specialise in fixing all kinds of bathrooms problems, from leaking toilets to burst pipes and broken showers. But we thought it would be a great idea to list out some of the top issues plumbers often resolve. Here is a list of the most common bathroom problems:
Fixing leaking toilets
If you have a toilet that keeps leaking, your plumber will likely remove the toilet and then try to locate the leak by dye testing. It can be very tricky to find, but it’s usually located in one of three places: The incoming water line between the wall and toilet, where the metal pieces join together. The supply valve is on top of the tank. If there are cracks or holes in pipes or fittings that carry water into the tank. This means replacing all these items before doing any repairs.
Repairing broken vanities and shower basins
It’s very common for a basin to crack. This can be repaired and for it to never happen again by installing a flexible rubber peripheral gasket between the wall and the sink. These are very cheap, so you should just replace them as soon as you purchase your new vanity unit or basins. There are also various suites and sanitary ware online, so if your unit has incurred too much damage and is beyond repair, it can be a case of having a new one installed.
Repairing taps that are wobbling
This is often caused by hairline cracks in old pipes which have become loose over time. It can also be caused by badly installed accessory fittings such as soap dispensers or towel rails adding extra weight to the pipe, causing it to twist when turned off again—it doesn’t take much force on these fittings before they’re permanently damaged.
Low water pressure
This is normally caused by a combination of old pipes and limescale build-up which reduces the space for water to travel. The solution is regular maintenance, including cleaning out aerators and using chemical cleaners.
Broken overflow pipe
If your bathroom has a free-standing bath, then this issue will affect you. Overflow pipes are designed to protect against overflowing baths by taking excess water away through the drainage system. If it’s broken, then water will instead spill onto the floor—a nightmare if you have tiled floors downstairs! This can result in mouldy walls too as all that moisture isn’t drying out properly after use.
Leaky faucets and pipes
The majority of leaks can be repaired easily by a plumber, but there are exceptions. You’ll need to call in professionals if you have a leaking emergency pipe that is corroded and leaking. They will need to replace the whole pipe rather than simply patching it up.
Showerheads and taps that won’t turn off
Again, this is an easy fix for most householders – removal of the aerator on showerheads allows water to flow through even if the tap isn’t running full blast. Do ensure when turning off pipes that they’re left downwards as pressure may blow them out otherwise—be warned! If your tap still won’t stop pouring water ’til you’re blue in the face then it’s time to call out a pro!