Troubleshooting 3 Bathroom Plumbing Problems

11 January 2017
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Nearly all homeowners have occasionally struggled with pesky plumbing issues in their bathroom. Whether you are dealing with a leaky/wobbly toilet or foul smells from your bathroom sinks, you might quickly become frustrated and wonder how to troubleshoot the issue. Plumbing issues in your bathroom can often lead to water wastage, flooding on your floors and even water backups in your sink and bathtub. This article will focus on 3 likely plumbing issues in your bathroom and some insight as to what could be happening.

A leaky toilet

If your toilet runs constantly, the problem is most probably a leak in or around the tank. Begin your troubleshooting by jiggling the toilet handle. If this stops the flow of water to the bowl, you likely have an improperly adjusted float. You can adjust the float by tightening or loosening the screw on the float attachment.

If this doesn't do the trick, you probably have a leak around the flapper, which is usually located just above the flush valve seat. The flapper forms a watertight seal at the bottom of the tank, preventing the flow of water down the bowl until the toilet is flushed. Check if the flapper is worn out or cracked and have it replaced to create a more effective seal.

A wobbly toilet

Your toilet can be wobbly if the floor is wrapped, most probably due to water damage. The problem could also occur if the bolts that hold the toilet to the floor are corroded or loose. Simply tightening the bolts can help stabilize the toilet even if the underlying floor is wrapped.

A more likely culprit of a wobbly toilet is a worn toilet flange, which is the fitting that anchors your toilet to the floor and connects it to the drain line. If worn out, the flange will often cause a slight leak at the base of the toilet and cause the toilet to be unstable. If this is the case, you will likely have to hire a plumber to remove the toilet bowl, replace the flange and apply caulking around the toilet base to prevent future leaks.

Foul smells from the sewers

If you notice foul smells coming from your sink or toilet, you are likely looking at a blockage deep in the drain lines. Pouring hot water into the toilet or sink can help dislodge the clog and get rid of the smells. If the foul smells persist, you may need a professional drain cleaning.

For more information, contact a business such as Rapid Rooter Of Central Oregon.