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4 Common Bathroom Plumbing Repairs

Nothing is more inconvenient than an out-of-commission bathroom. Your problem worsens when you realize you don’t know the issue. Not only are bathroom hiccups bothersome, but things like water leaks can cause a spike in your water bill and severe damage that extends beyond your bathroom.

We don’t often recommend that homeowners take on plumbing issues as a DIY project, but a few bathroom plumbing mishaps are easy for any homeowner to straighten out. The key is recognizing them. Below, your plumbing experts at Southern Air have compiled 4 of the most common plumbing repairs homeowners come across in their bathrooms and whether or not each is a job you can take on or better left to the professionals.

Low Water Pressure

Nothing will add more disappointment to your shower routine than experiencing low water pressure. You know your system suffers from low water pressure if the water trickles down instead of steadily flowing out of your faucet. Low pressure is often due to a build-up of sediment on faucet aerators.

Try giving your shower head a deep soak and gently rub away the grime with a toothbrush. If the problem persists, you may have a more complex issue. Give our experts a call about how our tub and shower services can help you.

Clogged Drains

Clogs are another common issue that can have a quick solution or become a nightmare for your system. If it takes your sink or bathtub a while to drain after use, that’s a sign that something is wrong.

The most common clog in this area is because of hair. Drain snakes are an easy-to-use tool that even the most inexperienced homeowner can use to unclog their drain.

Many people turn to chemical solutions like Draino for a quick fix. We advise against that. Chemical solvents do a great job burning right through a clog, but they also have the potential to burn right through your pipes. Opt for a natural drain cleaning alternative or call a professional.

Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes can quickly become an expensive problem. Leaks are water-wasters and can go from filling up a small cap to filling up a bucket if left untreated.

Leaking faucets aren’t always a complex job, but most require the pipe or faucet structure to be taken apart and can become messy fast. Leave this job in the hands of a professional.

Running Toilet

A running toilet can be caused by many different things. Faulty refilling tubs or wear and tear on the flush valve are the most common reasons.

There are a few things homeowners can do to try their hand at fixing a running toilet, but if all else fails, give Southern Air a call.

Some Helpful Tips

Your bathroom plumbing system often goes unseen, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need the same TLC you give the other major components of your home. Here are some tips to keep your system in good shape.

Only Flush Toilet Paper

When you flush items other than toilet paper, you risk creating clogs or further damage to your toilet. Even flushable wipes and facial tissues have the potential to cause problems. Your safest option is to use the trash can.

Use Proper Drain Covers

Many drain stoppers on the market help keep hair and other items from getting stuck in your drain. Investing $5 into one of these can save you from an expensive problem.

Replace Dated Pipes

Take into consideration when your home was built. If your home was built in the 60s or 70s, it is time to look at replacing those pipes. Corrosion, breakage and even lead may be found in old pipes.

Don’t Wait to Fix Your Plumbing Issues!

Plumbing hiccups can seem minor and are often mistaken for something you can hold off on fixing. After years of serving home plumbing systems, your experts at Southern Air can confidently tell you: do not hold off on fixing your system. Even common plumbing repairs will not go away on their own, and the longer you wait, the more you put your home and pipes at risk for irreversible damage.

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