Struggling to fix a leaking tap or burst pipes? Ever had a problem like this in your bathroom? Don’t worry you’re not alone! Here’s a look at the top 10 DIY problems people experience in their bathrooms.
1. Bathroom Mould
Poor ventilation in bathrooms is the key culprit to unsightly bathroom mould. Unless properly addressed, this can be a persistent problem. A common mistake people make is to simply cover up the mould with a fresh lick of paint. Although this will hide the issue in the short term, it’s bound to make a return without correct removal and a steady airflow to rid your bathroom of lingering moisture. To take control of your bathroom and rid yourself of pesky mould for good read our blog here.
2. Slow Drain
Is the water in your bath, shower or sink draining slowly or not at all? Sounds like a blockage to us! Build up of hair and dirt can over time block drains. This is particularly common in family bathrooms due to the regular use of showers etc. In most cases drains can be cleaned by simply removing the blockage by hand. For a deeper clean within the pipe it’s best to use a cleaning solution.
We suggest using 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of vinegar or *lemon juice to unclog drains. Simply pour the mixed solution in and flush with clean water after about three hours.
*Using lemon juice will also help to tackle any unpleasant odors.
3. Constantly Running Toilet
No matter how many times you flush the toilet it keeps on running. It’s an issue that’s both noisy and detrimental to your water bill. Thankful this problem is not costly or difficult to repair.
Open your toilet tank to examine the inside. Flush the toilet and check the chain is attached to the flush handle and flapper. If it has disconnected, become caught or tangled, simply work it free and reattach it. If this doesn’t solve the problem then the flapper is most likely to blame for the running water flow. If this is damaged, it’s worth replacing, but in most cases it just needs realigning. Another thing to check is the flush handle. If this has become loose, tighten it. A loose toilet handle will prevent the flapper from closing properly leading to water leaking into the toilet bowl.
4. Split Sealant
Split sealant around a bath looks untidy, results in leaks and allows mould to fester. To learn the correct way to apply bathroom sealant you can read our blog here. As a tip, the basic way to prevent sealant from splitting is to fill the bath with water before applying it. This will ensure that the sealant once dry can withstand the extra weight.
5. Leaking Tap
A leaking tap is often the result of a broken or faulty washer. Replacing this is a simple DIY procedure, you can read our expert advice on how to repair a leaking tap. However, there is a better solution… Ever heard of Cermaic Disc Technology?
6. Noisy Radiator
Gurgling, knocking, humming and creaking are all sounds which a radiator can make if it is not properly maintained. Many of these sounds indicate a different problem in a central heating system. Take a look at BestBathrooms’ guide on Curing a Noisy Central Heating System to see which applies to you and how to fix it.
7. Dirty Shower Screen
A dirty shower screen is a repetitive problem in many bathrooms. But how to solve it? We recommend a good cleaning solution, a bit of elbow grease and lemon juice! Check out our tips here.
A combination of minerals found in water are what creates limescale. When water evaporates it’s minerals like calcium which are left behind creating this hard to shift debris. Thankfully BestBathrooms has plenty of tips and advice on how to tackle limescale.
9. Blocked Shower Head
Do you live in a hard water area? Then limescale is once again to blame for your bathroom dilemmas. Take a look at the advice above on how to tackle limescale. For a direct solution on how to unblock a shower head visit our ‘how to’ blog.
10. Low Water Pressure
Understanding water pressure is key to getting the flow from your taps at a desirable rate. When purchasing new taps it’s important to check the pressure guidelines to see what type suits your water system. However, if the fault lies with the system itself, we recommend calling a plumber. To find out more on hot water systems click here.
Author: Laura Davis