You come home from a busy day of work, you decide to head straight for the bathroom after coming home, disregarding everything else that needed your attention as you stepped through the front door. Your first decision is to use the toilet, you lift up the cover and the water is running, you decide to switch up the routine and jump into the shower instead, as you are showering the water hitting you in the shower feels very soft instead of the massaging feeling you usually get, you look down, and see the water level building up in the shower. Uh oh, is it time to check the plumbing health around the house?
Here are a few common plumbing issues that you’ll most likely run into one of those days, and here we’ll give you the fix for these issues.
So you’re showering and realize the water pressure is Low, your first thought would be how is that possible? Well the water that’s running through your house is treated before it gets to your home and usually at the treatment site the water is mixed with a few different minerals in order to create a safe and usable water, have you ever tried to boil water and all that’s left is white flakes? Those are calcium that’s mixed into the water of your home. And with that in mind, calcium builds up in the aerator and can cause low water pressure, however that may not always be the case and can be something that is a lot more complicated, however if it is calcium build up the most easiest fix is to remove the aerator and clean it with chemicals, lime, vinegar or simply with a toothbrush that can scrub away the water scaling left by the calciums.
So you did all of that, but still ran into another issue, you wanted to use the toilet and realise the water is running continuously, never stopping. You then realise it’s a running toilet issue, and you see the water bill’s number keep going up in your head. How do you resolve this? A couple of things to take into consideration is that the running toilet could’ve just been a flapper valve issue, so check the lever on the outside of the toilet first, if it moves more than usual and its very loose, it’s time to open up the water bowl cover and adjust the flapper, if the problem continues it may be time to replace the flapper valve itself. But what happens if even after replacing the flapper valve and the toilet still won’t flush what do you do then? Don’t try and fix it yourself, the last thing you wanna do is have a sewage spillage fill your bathroom. With that being said a toilet that doesn’t want to flush could actually be something more complicated, and will require some assessment of the situation, and diagnosis of the problem itself. Either way, with a toilet that doesn’t want to flush means it may require one or several parts of the toilet that needs replacing and from there it would be best to hire a professional.