Some fixes and repairs are needed if or when you want to increase your home’s curb appeal. Other changes are simply meant to personalize your living space and make your home more beautiful.
But this is not the case when your shower acts out or you notice some black spots on your bathroom ceiling. This type of repairs are a must, and also time-sensitive. That may sound scary, but don’t call the plumber just yet; most issues can be easily resolved within a matter of minutes. Let’s take a look at 5 common bathroom problems and how to fix them yourself.
No Hot Water in the Shower
Without doubt one of the most annoying problems, a lack of hot water can really throw a spanner in the water-works. If your hot water is stored and heated in a hot water tank, your lack of hot shower water may simply be due to other members of the household using all the available hot water. If this is the case, it should take around 30 minutes or so to reach the correct temperature again.
But make sure to check other faucets around the home for hot water. If you’re not getting hot water anywhere, there could be an issue with your heating system – in which case it’s worth calling out a professional. On the other hand, if it’s only the shower that’s cold, you may have a problem with the fixture itself.
Over the years, the cartridge within the shower valve may wear down, causing problems mixing hot and cold water. These are relatively cheap and easy to replace, simply remove the holding nut and pull out. Push in the new cartridge and fit the locking nut and faucet. Replacement parts can be ordered online or found in good hardware stores; just check ahead, and maybe take some photos, to make sure you know which model you require before you go shopping.
Low Hot Water Pressure in the Shower
Almost as frustrating as a cold shower is a weak shower. Again, there may be several reasons why the water pressure in your shower is low, with some easier to fix than others. First of all, work out whether there is a problem with your entire water supply or if it’s just limited to the shower. If all your faucets are affected, the main valve may not be fully open or there may be a wider issue – in either case it’s a good idea to call a plumber.
If the problem is isolated to the shower, it could be the fault of an old shower head. Test this by removing the head and checking the pressure. A faulty head can be replaced for a low cost or cleaned with vinegar. Single control showers may cause low water pressure if the cartridge is old or faulty – this can be replaced in the same way as above.
Improper Ventilation and Mold
If your home wasn’t designed to have a window in the bathroom, then you definitely need a great ventilation system to make sure humidity and moisture don’t hang around too long. What happens if your bathroom is not properly ventilated? Short answer, mildew and mold.
Lingering humidity may be a sign that your fans or vents are not working. Once that happens, it is just a matter of time before you see stains on your walls and mold starts developing. Mold and mildew should not be taken lightly because they are serious health hazards: they can affect your upper respiratory tract and also trigger or worsen allergies. Moreover, if you leave this problem unattended long enough, you might have to pay thousands of dollars in mold removal and remodeling costs. So, if you notice any problems with the ventilation system, fix or replace the fan as soon as possible.
Loose Toilet Seat
A loose toilet seat is an annoyance that many of us live with, despite the fix being very simple. Often, it’s a case of replacing, or sometimes just tightening, the plastic bolt that attaches the seat to the ceramic bowl. Replacements can be picked up for a few cents at any good hardware store, with a standard size fitting most seats.
A clogged shower or toilet can be a real pain. With a toilet, first use a plunger to create a vacuum and force the blockage free. In the shower, hair is the usual culprit. Remove the drain cover and pull out as much as you can. Next, use an acid-based drain cleaner to dissolve whatever is left – sulfuric acid works best for organic matter (don’t forget to follow the safety instructions!).
If you’re looking for a cheaper, more environmentally-friendly solution for your clogged drains and pipes, you can also use vinegar, baking soda, and water; these three ingredients, which you probably already have lying around the house, will be exceptionally effective.
However, if you can’t get rid of a clog after a few attempts, it’s better to just turn the job over to a professional. Just make sure to let him know what you used. Each product is different, and with some of them he might need to take certain precautions.
All of the above fixes require only basic tools and a rudimentary knowledge of plumbing, just remember to turn the water off before doing any water work, or you could be in for a soggy surprise! While you don’t need to be a DIY expert, if you do feel out of your depth with any of your bathroom repairs, it’s best to call a plumber.