Sinks and Faucets

When we talk about bathroom plumbing, the first thing that hits our mind is the sinks and faucets. These are two parts that get damaged easily but can be fixed quite easily too. If you have a leaky faucet or a clogged sink, you don’t need to call a plumber right away, you can just try a few DIY steps can make you solve the problem yourself. If not, well we’re only a call away.

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So let’s now talk about the DIY tricks, in brief;

Starting with the sink, the bathroom sink mainly has five parts (source) that we deal with and that are capable of leaking, breaking or getting blocked. These parts are –

  1. Shut Off Valves – Often referred to as the heart of the bathroom sinks, Shut off valves are installed to turn the water supply off for repair or replacement. These are of immense importance in times of leak, breakage, damage or any clogging in the sink. You should keep a check on your valves and make sure they are functioning properly, in case they are not, you can always have them replaced or looked at.
  2. Water Supply Lines – The work of the supply lines is to take the water to the faucet. These are connected to the shut-off valves. There should be a periodic check on leaks in these lines.
  3. Pop Up Drain – The pop-up drain includes a tailpiece and a horizontal rod that moves the sink’s stopper. If you experience a clogged sink, you will have to remove this horizontal rod in order to take out whatever that has caused the clogging.
  4. P Trap – The main function of a P Trap is to hold water and avoid any sewer smells to spread in your home. They can also get damaged if not properly installed. A P-trap can lose its water seal, due to which toxic sewer gases can enter your home. Clogged P traps can also cause a slow running drain (source)  and if not checked in time, they leak and produce toxic smells. Always keep in mind to get them checked periodically.
  5. Drain Pipe – This pipe goes through the wall or down the floor and connects to the main drain pipe. When there is a clog (source)  in the bathroom drain, the drain pipe is to be checked and unclogged.

Now let us discuss faucets. Faucets include many parts like stems, aerators, washers, flanges, o rings, caps, faucet handles, spouts, and faucet balls. A lot of issues like dripping, leaking, low water pressure, etc. come along with all these parts that look tiny, but play a very important role. Some major parts and problems related to faucet plumbing are –

  1. Unsuccessful installation – When you decide to assemble a faucet on your own without any professional assistance, it is not always successful! Sometimes you lose a part or miss out on one, sometimes the installation of a particular part is not tight enough, etc. Whenever such a thing happens, the first thing you notice is a leaky faucet (source) or low water pressure. In such a case, re-installation is recommended.
  2. Faucet Handles and Aerators – Whenever there is an issue in any of these parts, you will notice a leaking/dripping faucet. This is the most common problem that any homeowner or renter faces. You can try fixing it yourself by tightening the leaky areas or call out for a plumber in Edinburgh if repair/replacement is needed.

Hopefully, this was helpful if you have any further questions, use the comments section below and we’ll get back to you!

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