Few feelings can match soaking in the tub at the end of a busy day, so a faulty bathtub can be a big letdown. A bathtub's functioning is relatively simple, and it rarely has problems. But it can develop problems like any other bathroom fixture. What are the common bathtub problems, how can you fix them, and when is it time to call in the plumber?
1. Water Drains Slowly or Fails to Drain
Is your bathtub taking too long to drain or not draining at all? The biggest culprit is a clogged drain. The bathtub drain can clog with hair, soap, and assorted debris. You should inspect it. The first solution is to use a plunger.
If the plunger does not work, it points to a bigger problem. It is better to engage a plumber contractor to look at the problem. After clearing the problem, use a drain cover to prevent clogging in the future.
2. Bad Smells in the Bathtub
Do you smell funny odors when in the bathtub, more so when you try draining the water? The bathtub drain is also a culprit in this case. Clogging causes debris to build up in the drain up. This rotting organic matter emits funny smells. But the sewer line is also suspect, sometimes, when it breaks and joins the drain pipe. The first step is to unclog the drain pipe and pour a powerful detergent down the drainpipe. If the smell persists, call the plumber to look at the sewer line.
3. Water Flows Slowly From the Faucets
Does it take agonizingly long for the bathtub to fill up to your desired level? It points to low water pressure in the faucets. If you have a shower/bathtub combo, check the shower faucets. Shut them all the way to divert the water to add pressure to the bathtub faucets. A more serious problem would be low water pressure in your home's plumbing system. Call in the plumber to deal with this more serious problem.
4. Faucets Are Dripping
Does water continue dripping from the faucets after you shut them tightly? Dripping faucets waste the water. The dripping noise can also feel irritating, more so for ensuite bathrooms. A worn faucet washer is the first suspect. Engage a plumbing contractor to assess whether to change the washers or the whole faucet.
Do you have any of the above problems in your bathtub? Consider calling in a plumber to make a professional diagnosis.