As one of the most utilized spaces in your home, chances are you’ll face the odd problem in your bathroom on more than one occasion in your lifetime.
And no, we aren’t talking about tummy troubles or shower hogging.
Instead, we’re referring to plumbing – a basic necessity that usually tends to be out of sight, out of mind for most – well, that is until it starts giving you grief and a lot of mess.
Whether your little one decided to hide your keys ‘in the potty,’ a pipe bursts unexpectedly, your sink won’t stop dripping or you’re forced to brave ice-cold water for your morning shower, there are plenty of ugly situations that require a plumbing solution that can arise in your bathroom.
Unlike some home repairs, plumbing problems cannot be ignored or put on your to-do-list for down the road. If you don’t want to flush all your money down the drain, it’s best not to delay any repairs.
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Here are just 6 plumbing problems that need to be fixed right now.
1. No Hot Water
There’s nothing like a soothing, hot bubble bath to help you unwind after a long day at work. Imagine pouring your favourite scented oils and slowly sinking into the tub when it hits you – you’re about to submerge yourself in ice-cold water. While it’s common to run out of hot water from running the dishwater, washing machine or from a family member who decided to take an extra long, leisurely shower, water heater issues may also be the culprit. In fact, water heater issues are one of the most common reasons people call plumbers in the first place. While you’ll cut down on your hot water bill, we don’t recommend neglecting your hot water tank to save a few bucks. Get a plumbing expert to fix it or face freezing.
2. Leaking Pipes
A leaky pipe is a serious problem that needs to be fixed immediately. Any dripping water – even the smallest amount – can seep into your walls and installation, causing costly, extensive damage to your abode. In addition to being harmful for your home, the excessive moisture can hurt your health due to mold growth. Who wants that? Leaking pipes are among the most annoying plumbing problems around. If you find your pipes have sprung a little leak, you should really breathe a sigh of relief – by catching the problem early, you could be saving your pipes from bursting.
3. Drippity-Drop, Drippity-Drop – A Nighttime Plumbing Nightmare
You’re just about to drift off into dreamland when you hear that annoying drip,drop, drip, drop coming from your bathroom sink. Again. Begrudgingly, you’re out of your cozy bed in a flash to turn the tap off. Unfortunately for you, that doesn’t seem to silence the problem. Rather than drive yourself crazy and lose out on those precious z’s night after night, it’s time to tend to the problem of your dripping tap. Your tap may be indicating that the fittings surrounding it are in dire need of a little TLC from your plumber.
4. A Leaking Toilet
Either someone has very bad aim in your household or your toilet has sprung a leak? While neither scenarios are all that pleasant, the problem is likely due to a deteriorated gasket rather than a lazy roommate. In addition to being a big mess, you could ruin your flooring by delaying the problem. It’s also a slipping hazard if left unattended. Rather than wait until you have a bigger issue on your hands, or a potential lawsuit, it’s best to call a plumber ASAP.
5. A Plugged Toilet
A clogged toilet is one of the most dreaded household malfunctions – it’s also pretty darn embarrassing for the individual who gives it that final flush. While there’s never a good time to find out your toilet is plugged, however, it always seems to happen during the worst of times. From too much toiled paper being flushed to toys, keys or any other little treasures that have met their demise in your bowl, you won’t know the problem until it resurfaces again. For those whose stomach’s aren’t strong enough to clear the clog or who have no clue what to do in this type of situation, it’s best to leave the pulling to the pros.
6. A Running Toilet
With all the running your toilet has been doing lately, you’d think it was training for a marathon? Let’s face it – a running toilet isn’t just annoying, it’s expensive. Thankfully, it’s usually not costly or time consuming to repair a running toilet. The sooner you have the problem corrected, the sooner you can stop flushing your money down the toilet — quite literally!
While everyone has plumbing problems from time-to-time, the good news is that some are a quick fix that you can do yourself. However, if you feel uncomfortable tackling the project, it’s best-and much safer- to leave the task to a trusted plumbing professional.