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What You Don't Know About Your Bathroom Plumbing

How well do you know your bathroom? If something is not quite working the way it should, can you easily find the problem? Do you know how to fix it?

When something is not working right in your bathroom, you might just immediately call the plumber. While they do have the expertise, it is good to be able to differentiate a minor problem from something more serious. Learning how to fix the smaller problems yourself can save you some money and also give you the satisfaction of maintaining your home.

Here are some common signs of something being wrong in your bathroom and what those signs mean.


Pooling water in the cabinet below the sink and water coming out of places where it should not on your bathroom fixtures are a few of the more visible signs of leaks. If you see mold growing or dark spots on your walls or in closets, there could be a leak inside the walls.

Leaks may not seem like serious problems at first. It is just a little bit of water coming out, right? However, leaks become much more serious when they are not fixed quickly enough. Mold and structural damage are a few potential consequences of leaks that are let go for too long. Mold can lead to serious health issues, and structural damage can devalue your home.

When you notice a leak, get it fixed right away. If it is one of the smaller, more visible leaks, you can tighten fixtures or replace broken pieces. If it is a more serious leak, call a plumber immediately.

Strange Noises

If running water and other plumbing fixtures in your bathroom start making sounds you have not heard before, there may be an issue. Try finding the source of the sound, but if you can't, you may need professional help. Not all sounds mean something is wrong, either. For instance, homes with older water heaters may hear high-pitched whistling sounds. If you hear something that sounds strange, though, it is worth checking out.

If you hear a new sound but do not notice any other problems, it may just be a sign that your plumbing is getting older. While you may not need to do any plumbing repairs right away, it could mean you will need to do them down the road.

Water Pressure

Changes in water pressure is another sign of potentially faulty plumbing. Your water heater or plumbing fixtures in your bathroom may simply need to be replaced — especially if you experience conditions like low water pressure only with the hot setting on a fixture or in a certain area.

If repairing the water heater or the fixture does not remedy the issue, though, the cause of your low water pressure could be something more substantial. Low water pressure is more than just an inconvenience. It is also a sign something is not working correctly.

If you encounter a problem with the plumbing in your bathroom you can't fix, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.