Bathtub Problems: What to do?

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Bathtub problems will arise sooner or later as you live in your house. How you deal with these problems will help determine whether you make the situation better or compound the issue making things infinitely worse.

Some bathtub problems are relatively easy to fix on your own, others are more complex.

The most important thing that you can do is understand your own skills and limitations before attempting to fix any problem.

The two most common bathtub problems that most people will encounter are either the tub won’t drain or the bathtub faucet is dripping. Fixing a bathtub that won’t drain can be fairly easy. Oftentimes a few minutes with a quality plunger will do the trick.

However, if a child’s toy were stuck down the drain, it would be best to call a plumber immediately.

A dripping bathtub faucet can often be fixed by tightening a screw on the handle assembly. If that doesn’t do the trick, it may be time to replace the current fixtures. This can be a complicated procedure, especially if you don’t know what you are doing. Call in a professional if you need help.

Bathtub problems like leaking drainage or overflow pipes are also issues for homeowners. Because these pipes are almost always hidden, you probably won’t even know that there is a problem unless you are remodeling or replacing other old and broken parts from your tub.

In a worst case scenario, you may not realize that anything is wrong until damage is noticeable in a room adjacent or below your bathroom. How you treat this type of problem will depend almost entirely on how advanced the situation has become before you find it.

In a worst-case scenario you could be calling a mold removal expert, a carpenter/contractor and a plumber to come and practically rebuild your bathroom from scratch.

The best way to avoid bathtub problems is to pay attention to your bathtub. If anything seems different than usual or you hear dripping but can’t find the leak, call a plumber to come in and check things out. In the end, you might be very glad that you did.