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4 Common Bathroom Plumbing Problems

Monday, April 10th, 2023 at 11:00 am


There are some bathroom plumbing issues that are easy to ignore. A running toilet and a leaky faucet are some things you may be tempted to put off having fixed for as long as possible. 

However, there are some types of problems with your bathroom plumbing in Olympia, WA that shouldn’t be ignored. Unless they’re addressed soon, they can quickly become big problems. Let’s look at four of the most common bathroom plumbing problems so you’ll know which can wait and which should be fixed as soon as possible.

1. Low Water Pressure

Homeowners who’ve had to deal with consistently low water pressure in their homes for as long as they’ve lived there might think that low water pressure is normal. They’re putting up with lackluster water flow from showerheads and washing machine and dishwasher cycles that take forever when they don’t necessarily need to.

Low water pressure from a single showerhead or faucet could be caused by something as simple as mineral buildup in the aerator. Your home’s water pressure gauge should be between 40–60 PSI. This is something you can easily check yourself with a water pressure gauge from a hardware store. 

If your home’s low water pressure doesn’t bother you, it’s not something that need ever be addressed. However, some homes have a problem with low water pressure throughout the house is because there is a leak that has gone unnoticed. 

A main water line that’s got a steady leak of water will decrease your water pressure substantially and cause a spike in water bills. Contact a professional plumber to check this water issue if none of the other fixes have helped.

2. Constantly Running Toilet

Running toilets are a common problem. This can be caused by minor things such as a leaky plug or a broken float in the tank. It’s a more serious concern when there is a leaking intake valve or a problem with the main water line. For a running toilet, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Contact a professional plumber when you hear your toilet constantly running.

3. Clogged Drains

Clogged drains can quickly escalate from a minor inconvenience to a major problem. Some homeowners will try using a plunger, drain snake, or drain cleaning chemicals (although we never recommend this last one).

These things can provide temporary fixes, but then within days or weeks, the drains clog up again or drain very slowly. If you’ve tried all the DIY fixes and your drains just won’t unclog, it’s time to rely on the tools and expertise a professional plumber will provide. You don’t want a clog to be responsible for even minor flooding in your home.

4. High Water Pressure

Contrary to the low water pressure problem, high water pressure is an issue that should always be addressed sooner rather than later. Signs of high water pressure in your home include clanging pipes, loud appliances, constantly running out of hot water, and high water bills.

If left unchecked, high water pressure is extremely hard on your plumbing system. It can cause leaking pipes, broken seals, appliances that wear down quickly, and the worst-case scenario: the failure of pipes in your plumbing system. 

For expert bathroom plumbing services, contact Brooks Plumbing Co. today!

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