When it comes to plumbing problems, preparation is the key to avoid unwanted encounters. You can do this by knowing the common bath repairs around the house.
Here are five of the most common bath repairs that every homeowner must prepare themselves for:
1. Slow or Clogged Drains
Drains accumulate different elements (e.g. hair, dirt, debris, and soap) that end up blocking the pipes over time of usage. If this happens, the effect can either be slow draining or totally clogged. The possible bath repairs one can do for these problems include prodding at the blockages using a drain snake, flushing it with hot water or plunging it.
But there are some cases that the cause drains to get clogged including minerals building up or tree roots that grow into the pipes. The work required for these problems are very complex and require thorough plumbing work. So, it’s highly recommended to entrust these types of work to a professional tradie.
2. Damaged Shower Base
In Australia, research shows that 90% of women and 80% of men take a bath at least once a day. For this reason, it’s not surprising for damages to build up on shower bases. How to fix it? The recommended bath repairs for these damages include shower base resurfacing.
Shower base resurfacing is a great solution to make your shower base look new again. The process starts by cleaning the surface of the shower base then repairing all damages. Apply the primer followed by the finishing coat. When choosing the finishing coat, it’s ideal to choose a low to non-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) coating. This type of finishing coating is a healthier option because it contains water-based solutions instead of harmful solvents.
Aside from being a healthier option, the good advantage of this type of finishing coating is it is cured easily (less than four hours). The standard curing time of finishing coating is between 24 to 48 hours before you can use it again. And it can be longer depending on the size of your shower base.
Shower base resurfacing is available for any shower base material such as ceramic, tiles and metals. Also, the damages that shower base resurfacing can fix include dent, cracks, stained, scratched, and corroded. For damages like structural or those caused by chemicals, the best solution is to replace it.
3. Leaky Plumbing Fixtures or Pipes
Plumbing fixtures and pipes were made for durability. But over time, with the changes in climate and the increase of acidity level in water and soil, the lifespan of it is lowering. Not to mention that, it also may cause an increase in water bills and mould growth in the surrounding area of the leak.
To avoid experiencing the above aftereffects, you need to fix it right away. Repair and replacement are the two solutions available for this problem. But whichever of the two solutions you may need, it’s recommended to let a trusted tradie perform the job. This is because the tradie can immediately tell whether the problem just needs a repair, part replacement, or to install a new one.
4. Foul Odour
A foul smell coming from the bathroom is not something you want to share with your family. Placing an air freshener inside is a good idea. But there are smells in the bathroom that an air freshener can’t neutralise. Some of the foul smells are mould, urine and something rotten. These smells commonly occur when there are leaks in toilets or the pipes. The smell will only disappear once the problem has been solved.
Once you smell one of these odours, it’s best to call a plumber right away to fix the problem.
Moulds is one problem that cannot be avoided since baths are often exposed to water, moisture and high humidity (above 80% or higher). Those three elements are the conditions where moulds can grow. It doesn’t necessarily need bath repairs as this can be prevented with proper ventilation, placing plastic inserts and cleaning the bath every after use and wipe it dry.
But if moulds are already settled into the bath, homeowners should remove it either by themselves or hiring a tradie. Yes, homeowners can remove it themselves only if the number of moulds is minimal. They can remove it by using ammonia, bleach or vinegar.
Bathroom is one of the places at home that is prone to problems. To prevent encountering the mess it can cause and overspending from repairs, it’s best to schedule regular maintenance from a reliable plumber.
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