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If you’re like most homeowners in Short Pump, VA, your bathroom is your private escape from screaming kids and other responsibilities, but your Zen can become short-lived if you find yourself needing to call a plumber to handle a plumbing issue. From backed-up drains to funky odors, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Richmond, VA, is ready with a reliable fix so that you can hop in the tub and relax sooner than you thought. Here’s a quick rundown of the things that can go wrong with your bathroom plumbing.
Low Water Pressure
Nothing kills the vibe of a hot shower quicker than not getting enough water pressure coming through the showerhead. Water comes out in a slow trickle, making it impossible for you to get your body and hair rinsed as good as you’d like and adding minutes you just don’t have to your morning routine. Provided there are no problems in the municipal water supply, then the problem may just be caused by a buildup of sediment or minerals on your shower head’s aerators. A plumber can help get everything running more effectively again.
No Hot Water
If you turn the tap and the hot tap doesn’t respond, then you obviously have a hot water heater problem. Finding out what can be difficult, so get a plumber on the job to determine if you have a spent heating element, malfunctioning thermostat, or some other issue. Similarly, if you have hot water at the beginning of your shower but not enough to finish your shower, then your hot water heater may be slowly going on the fritz. A professional can give it a good once over to figure things out for you.
Leaks in your bathroom pipes (or anywhere, for that matter) aren’t just a nuisance. Fixing a leak can be expensive, especially if you ignore it when it is minimal, leaving it to its own devices to cause more damage. Call on your plumber as soon as you suspect a leak as they have special equipment that can detect leaks between the walls and under the floorboards.
While a plumber is a pro when it comes to detecting leaks, absent standing water, or water stains, you can also do a quick check to see if you probably have a leak. Plan to use no water for a couple of hours. Check your water meter. Come back two hours later and check it again. If it has moved, you have a hidden leak, so call up your Short Pump, VA, plumber and let him remedy it for you.
A toilet that runs on its own after you flush wastes an enormous amount of water over time. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a running toilet is evidence of a leak, and homes with toilet leaks can waste 90 gallons of water or more per day. Usually, the problem is a worn toilet flapper or valves. No matter the cause, your plumber is well-versed in fixing toilet leaks of all types.
You can identify leaks in the toilet by dropping some food color in the tank. Wait 10 minutes, and then observe the bowl, looking for color to have leaked from the tank to the bowl. Be sure to flush immediately or you may end up with a stained tank.
Clogs in Bathroom Drains
When you pull the plug on your tub or sink drain and the water drains slowly or (worst scenario) not at all, something is obstructing the flow. In the tub, it’s usually hair, and it usually requires a professional’s help to remove if it has worked its way deep into the piping. In the same vein, if your toilet doesn’t flush or the water gets up the rim when you flush and then slowly drains out, then you have a clogged or nearly clogged pipe. Call on bluefrog Plumbing + Drain for help.
Faucets That Drip
That drip-drip-drip sound you hear coming from your bathroom faucet getting annoying? Plumbers see it all the time. It’s also costing you money while wasting our natural resources for a needless leak. Check with your professional for a fix. The problem is usually in the washers located in the faucet failing to hold back water flow waiting in the faucet lines.
If your sewer is backing up into your home, it sometimes will become evident in the bathroom. For example, you may experience suds in your bathtub when you are running your washer, or your toilet may be perpetually in need of a flush from the influx of sewage into the bowl. A professional will know exactly what to do to get things running smoothly again.
Ewww That Smell
Clogged drains, worn toilet rings or waxed seals, damaged drain pipes, and dry shower taps can cause a foul odor in the bathroom. While there is a lot of colloquial advice on ridding your bathroom of this stinky phenomenon, your plumber is best equipped to determine the cause of the problem and apply a fix before it turns into something more ominous.
DIY Fixes for Bathroom Plumbing Issues
Some of these problems seem simple enough to solve yourself. However, remember that you are always better off when it comes to plumbing to ask a licensed professional to do the work instead. They have the equipment and know-how to get things done right the first time.
If you are in the Short Pump, VA area be sure to call on bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of Richmond, VA to help scout out your plumbing problems and make your home’s plumbing system work as it should again. Our friendly technicians are ready for deployment to your home around the clock, including emergency calls after hours and on weekends.