Plumbing Expertise for NH and Northern MA Residences
We Can Fix Leaks, Sinks, Showers, Toilets, and More
Overflowing toilets. Clogged bathroom sinks and drains. Leaky faucets, taps and pipes. Our experienced bathroom repair technicians are skilled at fixing any bathroom plumbing problem you may face.
We understand how malfunctioning bathroom plumbing could derail your entire day. That’s why we’re committed to providing prompt attention and high-quality service, whether it’s repairing a bathroom faucet, sink, toilet, or tap.
Common Bathroom Plumbing Problems
We’ve provided the information below to give you more insight into some of the most common bathroom plumbing issues.
Problem: My toilet is overflowing
Potential Causes/Solutions: The overflowing toilet is a homeowner’s nightmare, but don’t panic. When confronted with this all-too-common problem, your first and most important step is to immediately shut off the flow of water to the toilet (the shutoff valve is usually found at the bottom left under the fixture, about 6 inches off the floor). You can then try gently plunging it. Or give us a call and we’ll send a trained plumbing technician to your home ASAP.
Problem: My bathroom sink or drain is clogged
Potential Causes/Solutions: Chemical drain cleaning products are popular for treating clogs but they have high toxicity levels, are tough on the environment and, by some accounts, can cause damage to pipes. Instead, consider trying hot water and vinegar with your plunger as a home remedy. A handy homeowner may also wish to check the trap, the U-shaped section of pipe under the sink. However, if the clog is further down the system and your plunger isn’t getting the job done, you’ll likely need a plumbing technician equipped with a power snake.
Problem: My bathroom has low water pressure
Potential Causes/Solutions: Several of the most common causes – debris and mineral buildup or corrosion in your pipes – generally require help from a professional. However, sometimes low water pressure is caused by malfunctions involving your municipal water supply, meaning a quick phone call can yield some answers. Finally, bathroom plumbing leaks could also be the problem. If you suspect this, try shutting off all your water taps and then check the reading on your meter. If the meter shows increased water usage when you return later to check it again, you probably have a leak that needs to be repaired by a plumber.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I do if my toilet won’t stop running?
A: If your toilet is running continuously (a hissing sound is one common telltale sign), it’s likely you have a problem involving the mechanisms inside your tank. These include a flapper that blocks/allows water from the tank to enter the bowl, the pump that refills the tank after it empties or the float that rises and falls with the water level and causes the pump to stop when the tank is full. Whether you attempt to troubleshoot the problem yourself or call us at Heritage, don’t delay because you may be wasting (and paying for) a large quantity of water.
Q: Do you have any tips regarding preventive maintenance for bathroom sinks and pipes?
A: Bio-Clean is a blend of natural bacteria and enzymes that can be poured down bathroom and kitchen drains every month or so to attack organic wastes like grease, hair, food particles, paper, cotton and sewage. It’s an effective preventive solution and it’s safe for people, your plumbing and the environment.
Q: What do I do if my shower head is acting funny (low flow, spraying sideways)?
A: The jets in your shower head can become clogged with calcium deposits, causing the types of problems you’ve described. So thoroughly cleaning the shower head every 6 months or so should help.
Q: Do you also do installations of water-conserving toilets and other fixtures?
A: Yes, including bathtubs, showers, sinks, and faucets in all shapes and styles. If you’re considering a new look and feel for your bathroom, we can even help you choose high-quality fixtures and appliances, and arrange to have them professionally installed by our 5-star technicians.
Q: What might be causing discoloration in my tap water?
A: Discolored tap water can indicate a potential problem with your water heater. Or it can signal rusted piping – particularly in homes where galvanized steel piping has begun to rust from the inside out. When this is the case, options include replacing the rusted sections with PEX or copper piping.