Your bathroom is a unique combination of plumbing fixtures and drains. That sets the stage for a lot of potential problems with leaks and clogs. Many times, you can avoid serious situations by fixing problems when they are small and by anticipating what's likely to go wrong. Here are some of the things you can do to prevent a plumbing disaster in your bathroom. 

Keep The Tub Drain Clear

Your bathtub drain probably collects a lot of hair. If you have long hair or if you have several people that use the same shower or tub, then hair clogs could become a real problem. One way to avoid hair clogs is to install a filter in the drain. You can buy an inexpensive plastic one that sits on top of the drain, or you can have a screen installed in the drain permanently. If you have kids that aren't likely to use a plastic cover each time they shower or drain the tub, then installing a permanent screen is probably a better solution.

When you first notice the water in your bathtub taking longer to drain out than usual, you'll want to clear out the drain to remove any hair that might be there. This could keep the hair from passing into the drain and causing a clog that requires a plumber to clear. You can fish out a hair clog that's near the surface with a wire hanger or your fingers.

Watch For Plumbing Leaks

While there may be water on the floor often from kids washing their hands or bathing, you'll want to watch for unexplained water on your bathroom floor. It might be coming from a toilet or plumbing leak. Also, watch for signs of increased dampness such as mold and insects. Plumbing leaks in bathrooms are often behind walls where they are out of sight. They can do a lot of damage before they're found. If the floor feels spongy or if there is discoloration along the walls, then you should investigate for a leaky pipe. You may need to call in a plumber since bathroom pipes can be difficult to access when they are behind kitchen or bathroom tile. Fixing a leak at the first sign of trouble will save you from expensive water damage repair and high water bills.

Prevent Toilet Clogs

Clogged toilets are common problems, but they can often be fixed with aggressive plunging. When the clog is deep in the sewer drain, it may not be possible to clear it yourself by plunging. You may need to call in a plumber to use a sewer snake or hydro jet to clear the line. If the problem is due to tree roots, there may not be much you can do about it. However, you can often prevent other clogs by being careful about what goes down the toilet. Don't throw in cigarette butts, paper towels, food, or anything else that could stick together and form a big clog. Buy toilet paper that dissolves quickly in water so it passes through the drain without clogging.

Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, so you'll want to keep it functional. A clogged toilet or backed up bathtub drain can cause big problems, especially if you only have one bathroom in your home. By taking care of your drains and staying alert to signs of leaking, you'll be able to prevent problems that arise unnecessarily.

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