The bathroom’s sole function is running water. Whether you are using the shower or tub to bathe, the sink to wash-up, or the toilet to answer nature’s call, your bathroom depends on the ability of water to flow. When you have bathroom plumbing issues it can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, and expensive. In this two-part series, we would like to share a few helpful bathroom tips to help keep your bathroom plumber-free.
Shower or Tub
Install a strainer over the drain in your shower or tub to catch hair and other debris that may otherwise travel down the drain with the water, causing a nasty clog over time. Teach your family members to remove their own hair after they bathe and be sure to regularly bleach clean the strainer to remove any build-up.
Clean shower head
Shower heads tend to become clogged with mineral deposits from water over time. This causes an uneven spray or the inability to spray out of some of the holes. Every now and again, take the showerhead off and clean it. You can use wire to individually clean the holes and soak it in vinegar. If you are unable to remove the shower head to clean it, put a cup of vinegar in a sandwich bag and twist tie it around the showerhead overnight. Allow warm water to run through it and clean it prior to taking a shower!
Repair leaky faucets
Leaky faucets, whether it is at the shower head wall attachment or at the water spout in the tub, are fairly common. An annoying drip or water trickling down the shower head rather than being forced through it is much more than an inconvenience, it could mean costly damage if not corrected right away. The great thing about tubs and showers are they are sealed so that water from bathing can’t soak the walls behind it. This also means you cannot see water damage until it is too late. If you have a leak, fix it immediately!
Only water down the drain
Resist the urge to rinse mud and dirt off in the sink. Although it isn’t always practical to put a strainer in the sink, do not let hair escape down the sink drain either. Only water (and spit) should go down the sink drain. If you need to use the sink for something heavier than water, make sure to place a temporary strainer and use the sink stopper to hold the water in until it is strained.
Clean faucet aerators regularly with a scrub brush — like an old toothbrush — and vinegar. This will help remove mineral deposits and film that make it difficult for water to flow through. When water flows freely, it reduces the likelihood of leaks.
Speaking of preventing leaks, if you do spring a leak, make sure you have it fixed right away! Common places for leaks to occur are at the base of the faucet — you’ll notice a trickle when the water is running or pooling of water around the back of the sink — and in the curved piping underneath the sink — you’ll notice a puddle in the cabinet under your sink.
Stay tuned to part two of this bathroom plumber prevention series to find out tips to keep your toilet from clogging and general bathroom maintenance. In the meantime, you can get those faucet heads cleaned and complete any other interventions you may need to that we listed here. If you do have a leak, don’t hesitate to call us at Culler Plumbing Services of Belleville — we can fix the leak and identify any damage it may have already caused. Schedule your estimate today!