There are a number of reasons why our bathrooms may have become damaged – perhaps they’re a bit old and the fixtures just aren’t operating as well as they used to, perhaps you’ve recently had a renovation and the contractor wasn’t as qualified as you thought, or perhaps you’ve an unruly child (or partner) who has somehow managed to destroy the space. For whatever reason, there are four common bathroom repairs, that it is probably you will need to undertake at some point in your life.
Because there is so much water running through pipes connected to your bathroom, leaks are quite a common problem. Fortunately, small leaks (such as a faucet or shower head) can be fixed simply by replacing the washer. Other leaks (such as a toilet) will often require a plumber’s attention to ensure that it is fixed properly. In more extreme cases, you will find that the taps are leaking water from underneath or that a pipe has managed to burst inside the wall.
This is the seal that is placed around your bathtub where it slots into the tiled box and where your shower base joins to the glass door or wall. It is used to prevent water from seeping through, as it can cause mildew and rot to occur in the wall or floor. Fortunately, it is quite simple to peel the old, damaged caulking off and to replace it. You should avoid using grout, as this isn’t as waterproof as caulking; if your bathtub or shower already has grout, you should consider replacing it.
When it comes to bathroom repairs no fixture is going to need more attention than the toilet. Fortunately, some of the smaller issues (such as blockages and improper flushing) can be fixed yourself by replacing damaged parts. It is also quite easy to replace a broken or old toilet seat. The bigger issues, on the other hand (such as a cracked bowl or inability to fix a problem), will need a plumber’s attention to ensure that you don’t make the damage worse.
Sometimes, you will find that your shower head isn’t performing as well or as powerfully as it once was. Fortunately, it is possible to clear clogged heads without even removing them from the wall; fill a plastic bag with vinegar and tie it to the head overnight, making sure that it has been completely submerged in the liquid. If you are unable to rectify the problem, you may be able to replace the shower head yourself or ask a plumber to come in and take a look at it for you.
Even if you properly care for your bathroom by keeping it clean and well maintained, it is likely that you will face at least one of the common problems that we have outlined above. This is not always a result of damage caused by a dodgy contractor or naughty children; sometimes it is simply the result of general wear and tear, which cannot be avoided. Fortunately, there are plenty of people out there who are willing to help you out with bathroom repairs, no matter the problem.