Bathroom and Toilet Plumbing

Bathroom and toilet plumbing are something you don’t think much about until it stops functioning. With a little plumbing knowledge, you may be able to avoid a costly plumbing bill. Consider the following tips to help troubleshoot and remedy your bathroom and toilet plumbing issues.

The Essence of Toilet Plumbing

Toilets consist of a few standard parts. When homeowners understand the parts, they are able to understand how a toilet operates. The plumbing of a toilet is a four step process. The handle is used to flush the toilet. It is connected to a chain inside the tank. The chain is connected to a “flapper” on the bottom of the tank. The first step in the flushing process begins with pushing down the handle. The chain then pulls up the flapper within the tank, and this releases the water from the tank and sends it to the toilet bowl.

The next step in the process is the tank of the toilet to empty its water into the toilet bowl. The water performs a dual function. The water first pushes the waste and dirty water out of the bowl and into a pipe which leads to the sewer or septic tank and then it refills the bowl with clean water. The flapper then closes, sealing the passage of water from the tank to the bowl, and the tank prepares for the next flush.

The last steps in the flushing process vary, depending on the age of the toilet plumbing. The third step is refilling the tank and the last step are stopping the refill at the right level. In a conventional toilet, there is a float that sets the process in motion. When the tank empties, the float sinks to the bottom of the tank where it rests. When the float sinks to the bottom, the change of position of the float opens a valve, which then allows clean water to fill the tank. As water enters the tank, the float begins to rise to its original position. When it is at the proper level, (the position where the float is destined), the valve closes and the water stops flowing, leveling off, making the toilet ready for the next flush.

In newer model toilets, there is not a float. The ball-cock, which is the float in older toilets, is located in the tank and is sensitive to water pressure. The ball cock opens allowing new water to fill the tank. After a flush, the tank empties. The ball cock then closes when the water level hits a designated level.

Shower Plumbing

Shower plumbing is more difficult as it is hidden in walls; therefore, it takes a professional plumber or an experienced handyperson to find. However, there are tips that can be used which are listed below.

• Use a chemical cleaner monthly designed for drains.

• Remove and clean the strainer that covers the shower’s drain regularly.

• If you have a clog, try plunging the shower drain. If this gets you nowhere, use a “snake” to de-clog the drain.

• If the water pressure from your shower head is not sufficient, check the inside of the head for debris. If debris is not lodged in the shower head, it may need to be replaced, which is fairly inexpensive.

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