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Common Bathroom Plumbing Problems

pipe-wrenchWhen plumbing problems strike, they can really strike anywhere in your home. In fact, issues like leaks can even lead to symptoms in areas of the house that don’t have any actual plumbing fixtures in them or pipes running through them. All of that being said, it is a law of averages, so the bathroom, an area of your home with quite extensive plumbing, is always a likely target.

As you can imagine, with your bathtub, shower, sink, toilet, and any other fixtures that your bathroom may house, there are plenty of opportunities for plumbing problems of many different varieties to strike. When they do, it is almost always going to be in your best interest to schedule service with a professional plumbing in Des Moines, IA right away. Let’s take a look at a few possible problems, some possible causes of those problems, and some potential courses of action.

Your General Leaks

First things first, you are going to run into leaks at some point. They may not seem minor, and you may even figure that, hey, at least the leak is winding up in the sink or tub. No cleanup, right? Well, that may be true—for now. If you don’t address any such leaks, though, do you really think it is going to be that long before you are faced with another? And another? And another? Because a leak in your plumbing system probably is not going to be an isolated event forever.

Certain leaks may drip into your fixtures, such as those coming from showerhead connections or faucets. Others may develop in toilet supply lines, or even from the toilet tank! In that case, you’ll need a new one installed, though leaks in pipes can typically be resolved much easier. Just make sure that any signs of leaks you’re seeing are actually the result of leaks. Sometimes you’ll see water on the floor, but its source is condensation dripping off a toilet or even someone failing to towel off well before stepping out of the shower.

Your Clogged Drains

Clogged drains are incredibly common. They are also incredibly misunderstood, with a lot of homeowners honestly believing that they can dump a bottle of chemicals that they can’t pronounce down a drain and that is that. These caustic chemicals are not an effective solution. They may get water moving through the drains again, but they will likely clear only enough of the clog to let the chemicals themselves through. Then, that clog rapidly rebuilds.

Having a professional plumber come and clean your drains is a much more effective method. It’s more environmentally-friendly, it’s more thorough, and it leads to longer-lasting results. Trust us when we tell you that actually resolving a clog at its source, rather than treating the symptom, is the way to go.

Your Toilet-Specific Issues

Running toilets are not just a matter of white noise. It shouldn’t be something that you adapt to or let lull you to sleep. It’s a problem, and it’s a problem that you paying for each and every day that you allow it to persist.

All of that water is going to waste, and that will be reflected in your water bill. You may just need to adjust or replace the flapper in your toilet tank to fix the problem. If the issue is resulting in water pooling around the toilet on the floor, though, it may be more serious and the toilet may need to be removed to resolve the issue. If you don’t see an obvious cause, or if you’re just unsure, contact us to have the job done right.

Schedule your plumbing services with Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling today!


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