If you live
a busy, fast-paced life or have young children, then the bathroom might be the
only place you get some privacy during the day! Our bathrooms should be a
calming place to relax and unwind, but there are common issues which can get in
the way. Leaky taps, mould and low water pressure can all contribute to an
atmosphere which is stressful and unpleasant to be around, but luckily there
are solutions out there.
You may be
able to solve some bathroom issues yourself (or need to call a professional),
but either way, it helps to know which problems to tackle at home and which
require calling in the experts. With this in mind, read on for our guide to
some of the most common bathroom issues and how to solve them.
drip drip’ of a leaky faucet can be incredibly irritating and those small drips
can add up to a significant amount of wasted water over time. A dripping tap
usually indicates that your washer has worn out and needs to be replaced. It is
possible to change a washer yourself (remember to turn off the mains water
first!), but if you’re not confident at DIY then a plumber can fix it for you
in no time.
If your tap
is leaking at the joint (near the handle and spout), this indicates a loose or
damaged o-ring. Again, you can replace this yourself if you feel confident, by
unscrewing the grub screw (at the back of the tap) and removing the spout. If
you’re unsure which size o-ring or washer you need, try taking a picture of the
tap and taking it to a hardware store to see if they can help.
drains can cause unpleasant odours and build-ups of stagnant water in your
shower or bath, which can encourage damp and mould growth. Therefore, it’s
essential to deal with blocked drains as soon as possible to avoid further
blocked drains include unpleasant odours, gurgling noises and water that’s slow
to drain down the plughole (or it may pool and refuse to drain at all). Minor
cases of blocked drains can sometimes be solved using a plunger or specialist
drain cleaner, but if the blockage won’t shift then it’s time to call the
need a professional CCTV drain survey for more serious blockages; this is
a service which uses cameras to identify the source of the blockage without the
need to dig up your pipes. A drainage company will also be able to clear
severely blocked drains using specialist equipment like high powered water
avoid blocked drains in future by using a drain guard (to catch hair, soap scum
etc in the shower) and avoid flushing anything except toilet paper (e.g cotton
buds, kitchen towel, wet wipes).
mildew look unsightly and it can exacerbate health issues if you suffer from
asthma or respiratory problems. Mould occurs if your bathroom isn’t properly
ventilated; this allows moisture and condensation to build up and creates a
damp environment where mould can thrive.
should be removed by a professional as it can pose a health risk, or you can
remove minor patches of the mould with a bleach spray. Always wear gloves and
ensure the room is as ventilated as possible while doing so. To prevent mould
from recurring, ensure as much air can flow into your bathroom as possible,
either by opening the windows when you take a shower or installing a bathroom
Low water pressure
pressure from your showerhead is usually caused by a buildup of limescale. Try
using a descaling solution, or if the damage is severe, you may need to replace
the entire shower head. If the problem remains, you may have a blockage or leak
in one of your bathroom pipes (especially if low water pressure is also
affecting the taps).
case, you’ll need a professional to inspect the plumbing to identify the source
of the problem. Your plumbing system could just need a thorough clean, or some
sections of piping or fixtures may need to be replaced in more serious cases.
above, adequate ventilation is essential to prevent build-ups of moisture which
can lead to excess condensation and mould. Keep your bathroom window open when
taking a shower or running a bath, but if this isn’t possible you’ll need a
bathrooms come equipped with ventilation fans to reduce humidity and moisture
and you should keep an eye on your fan to ensure it’s continuing to work
properly. Clean the vents to keep them free of dust and debris and arrange for
a professional replacement if you suspect the fan isn’t working like it used
to. A buildup of condensation on windows or moisture drips on walls indicates
that your ventilation system isn’t filtering moisture effectively, so it’s time
to get it looked at.
Leaky shower head
shower head continues to trickle or drip water after it’s been turned off then
you’ve probably got a worn-out washer. Like taps, these drips can build up over
time and cost you extra on your water bills, so it’s important to fix the issue
as soon as possible. If the inner seal isn’t worn, then you may have an issue
with one of the parts due to corrosion or a build-up of limescale.
the showerhead can solve the problem, but if you’re still experiencing drips or
leaks then the valve body is likely to be damaged. This is a job for an
experienced plumber and not something to be attempted at home, so call a
Slow water drainage
water is slow to drain in your bath, sink or shower then you’re already on your
way towards blocked drain issues. Most slow drainage is caused by a buildup of
hair and soap scum in the plughole, so in some cases, you may just need to use
a drain snake to remove any clogs. You could also try flushing the drains with
boiling water or a specialist drain unblocker.
It’s best to
act as soon as you notice slow drainage so that the problem doesn’t build up
and lead to a more serious blockage. Flushing your drains once a week with
boiling water and soda crystals helps to maintain your system and prevent
clogs. If this doesn’t work, you’ll need a professional to examine the pipes
and identify if there’s a more serious blockage in your system.
running toilet (when water flows even after you’ve flushed) can put a serious
dent in your water bill and cause distracting background noise. In some cases,
it’s as simple as too much water in the tank, in which case you’ll need to
adjust the height level of the float. It could also be due to a stuck flapper
chain; inspect the tank to see if the chain is caught and adjust it if needed.
doesn’t work, then you may have a dirty valve. You can remove build ups of dirt
and debris yourself, but the process can be quite complicated so it’s best to
call a professional plumber.
Domestic Drainage Services from Drainage
experiencing drainage issues in your bathroom, get in touch with the experts at
Drainage Consultants Ltd. We’re proud to offer a comprehensive range of
drainage services, including emergency drain clearance, CCTV drain surveys,
drain relining, repairs and more.
you’re experiencing a leaky shower, clogged drains or a toilet with water that
won’t go down, we have all the skills and knowledge you need to identify the
problem. With over 25 years of experience, we can offer professional advice and
a no-obligation quote, without any hidden charges to worry about. For more
information or to book an appointment, give us a call today or visit our website.