Our plumbing contractor answered 7 common questions you might have about your bathroom plumbing. Whether you are a new or old homeowner, you still might have some questions about your bathroom, especially if there are things such as random noises or drainage backups that need to be resolved. Luckily, we were able to answer some questions that will help you understand your bathroom better and give you some peace of mind.
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1.Why does my toilet keep running?
Ah, what a classic question to start off with. Well, after each flush, the lever on the side of your toilet tank opens the flapper that is located inside of the tank. The flapper acts like a plug allowing the tank water to refill after every flush, then falls back to place once the water level drops. If the chain on the flapper is too long, too short, or tangled, then the flapper won’t open for a full flush or close to refill the tank, which could explain the continuous running.
2.Why is flushing my toilet so noisy?
A noisy toilet is the worst. Sometimes they can be so loud and it’s quite embarrassing. What’s causing the noise is restricted water flow when the tank refills. Try checking the main shutoff valve to the tank and make sure it’s completely open. The ballcock mechanism regulates the water into the tank and if the parts are damaged or worn out it prevents the ballcock from operating properly. Replacing these parts might be necessary to get rid of the noise.
3. When showering, why does the water pressure drop?
So, you’re taking a shower and the water pressure feels perfect and then out of nowhere the pressure drops. What gives? Well, depending on the type of shower control valve, certain actions trigger the flow of water. Water distribution occurring at the same time within your home causes water pressure to drop, which you’ll notice most often in the shower.
4.What causes the temperature change during a shower when someone turns on a faucet or flushes a toilet?
Well first off, whoever is flushing the toilet while you shower isn’t very nice. Similarly, to water pressure, actions such as flushing the toilet or turning on the faucet changes the showers water temperature. Control valves like the ones mentioned previously can reduce or eliminate the temperature fluctuations. Thermostatic mixing valves balance hot and cold water automatically, preventing drastic fluctuations in shower temperature when someone uses another appliance.
5.Why do we run out of hot water so quickly?
Nothing beats a hot shower in the morning before work or after a long workout. Yet, sometimes we can’t take those nice warm showers if other people in your house are using warm water at the same time. Your water tank might also be too small to accommodate everyone’s needs. Or on a more serious note, the dip tube, if you have a gas water heater, could be broken if you’re running out of hot water too often. Electrical water tanks also have a heating element that can burn out, so take a lot at your water heater to make sure it’s nothing more serious than just someone else using hot water at the same time.
6.Why do I hear noises such as banging or rattling in my pipes?
Don’t worry, your house isn’t haunted. What’s causing the rattling noise is a broken strap that is supposed to hold the pipe in place when water moves through it. To re-strap and insulate the pipe, you’re going to have to locate the noise. If the sound is coming from behind the wall, then the wall needs to be opened. Another solution could be the water pressure. Too much pressure can also make sounds and even damage the piping, so check the PSI ratings of your water pressure.
7.Why do I keep having drainage backups and problems?
No one ever likes taking a shower and seeing a swimming pool after they’re done. What could be causing the backup is solid material in the pipe, such as hair, grease, or paper products. Tree roots also play a factor if they grow around the pipes and crush them. Structural damage to the pipes block flows of water. Heavy rain or melting snow can also affect your pipes by overloading its capacities, causing the backup.
Don’t let your bathroom plumbing questions go unanswered – call Payless-4-Plumbing today to speak with our plumbing contractor!