Bathroom and toilet plumbing is the most common issue seen within the plumbing industry. However, it is usually something you don’t think much of until problems arise. With a little plumbing knowledge, you may be able to avoid a costly plumbing bill by troubleshooting the issue.
Toilets consist of a few standard parts which follow 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 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 fills 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.
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 it 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 the float returns to its designated position, the valve closes and the water stops flowing, leveling off, making the toilet ready for the next flush.
Shower plumbing is more difficult as it is hidden in walls, meaning it takes a professional plumber to troubleshoot and repair. However there are tips, listed below, that can help maintain a good working order.
• Use a chemical cleaner monthly designed for drains.
• Remove and clean the strainer that covers the shower 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.
Taps and Fixtures
As fixtures age and wear and tear becomes noticeable, taps and fixtures will need to be replaced. Whether that be the entire fixture or just a repair on a leak, AR Lake Plumbing is here to help with high quality, friendly service. By following correct plumbing processes we are proud to say that we’ve been keeping customers satisfied for over 10 years.
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