5 Bathroom Plumbing Issues You’re Overlooking
If a pipe bursts and floods your bathroom, that’s a pretty good indicator that something is very, very wrong with your plumbing. However, a burst pipe is an obvious, dramatic effect of an issue. The real question is, could you diagnose a bathroom plumbing issue that only displayed subtle warning signs? In reality, most pipes don’t burst without more than a few warning signs of their own. Recognizing those signs is the key to averting potential plumbing disasters. Most plumbing mishaps are the result of a problem that’s been allowed to continue and grow over time. At Dial One Johnson Plumbing, Cooling & Heating, we know from experience that certain critical bathroom plumbing issues go unaddressed because homeowners don’t recognize them as problems. When this happens, small obstacles with manageable solutions can grow into plumbing disasters that end up costing a small fortune to repair. Don’t let this happen to you! Keep reading to learn about five bathroom plumbing issues you may be overlooking. Need emergency plumbing services? Not a problem. Dial One Johnson Plumbing, Cooling & Heating has your back. Contact us online to schedule service or call us at 469-557-2703 to speak directly with a team member about emergency repairs.
1. Frequent Toilet ClogsHow often do you plunge your toilet? If you only have to plunge it once in a while when it refuses to flush, that’s no big deal; the cause is likely something minor, like flushing too much toilet paper. However, if you find yourself frequently plunging the toilet in order for the water to drain, you may be dealing with one of the following issues:
- A clog in the toilet trap (a curving channel inside the toilet’s base)
- A blockage in the plumbing vent (a pipe that regulates airflow to help waste and water flow through the right pipes and out of the house)
- A clog in the sewer line (the line that connects your home’s drains to your community’s main sewer line)
2. Leaky FaucetsLeaky faucets may seem like just an annoyance, but they’re another commonly overlooked warning sign of larger plumbing issues. Left unaddressed, a leaky faucet that drips one time per second can waste 3,000 gallons of water per year. Not only is that kind of water waste irresponsible — it’s extremely expensive. Even minor leaks like dripping faucets can drive up your utility bill. More often than not, leaky faucets are caused by a damaged washer or valve seat. However, if the problem doesn’t appear to be mechanical, you could be dealing with deteriorating pipes, high water pressure or other damage. The best thing you can do for your bathroom plumbing and your wallet is call an experienced plumber to assess the situation. They can help you pinpoint the culprit and avoid any potential plumbing catastrophes.
3. Water Heater IssuesNothing feels better than a hot shower to wake you up in the morning. If you’re expecting to step into a refreshing, steamy shower, it’s downright unpleasant to step into a cold one. Although most people see hot water issues as merely an inconvenience or frustration, these temperature fluctuations can actually indicate larger issues. Water heater issues can be caused by water leaks or mineral deposits, which reduce the heater’s ability to provide hot water to your entire home. If you’ve noticed that your hot water doesn’t get as hot as it should or turns cold abruptly, you may be dealing with water heater issues. Don’t let those issues fall by the wayside — call Dial One Johnson for water heater repair. If your water heater isn’t able to be repaired, our experienced plumbers can install a new water heater.
4. Low Water PressureOut of all the overlooked bathroom plumbing issues, low water pressure is potentially the most dangerous to ignore. It’s an insidious issue because it doesn’t seem like a big deal to most people, yet it’s often the symptom of a serious, looming problem. These are some of the common causes of low water pressure:
- The pipes are clogged.
- The pipes are corroded.
- You share pipelines with a neighbor.
- Your pipes are leaking.
- You’ve got faulty plumbing fixtures.