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What Your Bathroom Plumbing Is Trying to Tell You (Repairs, Upgrades and More)

Whether you just started noticing a slow drip from your faucet or you have been hearing rattling pipes for the past several months, these kinds of bathroom issues can mean it might be time to replace or repair your bathroom plumbing.

To help you decipher what your plumbing is trying to tell you, read on to learn more about some of the most common plumbing issues.

Knocking Pipes

You might have heard knocking pipes at one point or another while you were using your sink or taking a shower. Knocking pipes can stem from anything from loose valves in your pipe system to high water pressure.

If the cause of your knocking pipes is high water pressure, especially anything over 60 PSI, then your pipes can shift and even break free. This much force can also cause the pipes to bend and leak.

Low Water Pressure

Low water pressure can be inconvenient whether you are trying to brush your teeth in the morning or take a relaxing bath after a long day. Many times, it is caused by a clogged faucet or showerhead. You can remove buildup by tying a bag of vinegar over the faucet or showerhead and leaving it there for a couple of hours.

If that does not work, there could be a mineral deposit in either your faucet cartridge or faucet aerator that needs to be dissolved with a water softener. Other common causes of low water pressure include a clog or a leak in a pipe.

Leaking Sink or Shower

If you have a sink or shower that constantly leaks, the sound can get annoying. Leaks can also raise your water bill and even lead to permanent plumbing damage.

Common causes of leaking include an old washer, high water pressure or a broken valve in your faucet or shower. Since a washer is typically the most common cause, you can start by removing the faucet handles and cartridge and seeing if those parts are worn out.

Slow Drainage

No one wants to wait around for a sink or tub to drain. If slow drainage is caused by a simple clog, you can solve this issue by yourself by using either a commercial cleaner or a DIY recipe using boiling water, baking soda and vinegar.

Slow drainage could also be caused by more serious plumbing issues involving a broken pipe. If that is the case, you will need to call a professional.

Running Toilet

Plumbing issues with toilets are extremely common. There are many causes for a running toilet, including a broken flapper valve, a leaky flush valve or a loose fill valve.

You can fix these issues with a toilet repair kit — but if sediment build-up is the root of the problem, a professional plumber will have to come out to fix that.

Cold Showers

Cold showers, especially in the winter months, are not pleasant. If your tub or shower is not heating up, you could be using up too much of your hot water from your water tank too quickly.

If you are the first one to take a shower and you are dealing with cold water, though, you could have an issue with your water heater, which requires a professional repair.

Schedule a Plumbing Diagnosis and Inspection Today

Some common plumbing issues are easy to fix on your own. When you need professional assistance, you can trust Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida for your maintenance, repair and emergency needs.

Our licensed plumbers can perform an inspection to figure out exactly what is going on in your bathroom and then professionally repair it. Contact us at 315-363-1565 or request a free estimate today!