Home Improvement

Common Bathroom Plumbing Issues

If you have an indoor bathroom (or two or three), there is probably some point when you will need to do a little maintenance work on the sink. Use, age and climate can all affect how well this important appliance operates.

Clogged Sink

When water starts to back up into your sink, and it stops draining properly, chances are you have a clog in the pipe. At some point, getting sink repair & installation Sterling VA by a professional may be inevitable.

Many things can fall down a sink drain from earrings, fingernail clippings, barrettes or lots and lots of hair. Over time, the water just can’t push through anymore. There are plenty of self-help videos showing you how to remove and empty the drain catch, but unless your pipes are fairly new, the process can be tricky. If you’re not very confident at putting the plumbing back together once you’ve taken it apart, it’s best to call in an expert.

Low Water Pressure and Leaky Spigot

Leaky faucets are super annoying, but before you get carted off to the looney bin listening to it drip, try one of these simple solutions.

  1. Check the filter by unscrewing the tip of the faucet where the water comes out. Once the ring comes off, you’ll find a little mesh filter whose job it is to disperse the water gently as it comes through the faucet. Minerals get built up inside this filter. To clean it, just tip the grit into the trash can and wipe out with a damp paper towel.
  2. While you’ve got the filter off, check the integrity of the rubber washer that keeps the seal tight. If it has worn away or seems loose, replace it. Both a clogged filter and damaged washer can keep your faucet from operating at its best.

The best way to maintain your bathroom sinks is to try to keep anything but water and soap bubbles from going down the drain. It’s also a good idea to clean the filter once a year to avoid sediment build-up.