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All the things you need to know to have the best bathroom fixtures on your block.  Like unclogging a tub drain and Cosmetic Changes: Bring Your Bathroom Back to Life with New Fixtures

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What to Do If There’s a Ceiling Leak From the Upstairs Bathroom

Is water coming through your ceiling from your upstairs bathroom?

Whether it’s a damp spot, a continuous dripping or a full-blown waterfall, a ceiling leak can cause a huge amount of damage to your home. If you leave it for too long, you may have to shell out a lot of money on repairs.

That’s why you should see to it right away. Read on to find out what do you when you have a bathroom leak through the ceiling.

How to Find and Fix a Ceiling Leak

Many homeowners worst nightmare are water leaks that grow and turn into water damage in your home. Some of the trickiest to spot and fix are ones that show up in your ceiling, especially if you have a two story home with a bathroom upstairs. Any water leaks in your home need to be fix and repaired right away. If left for too long a simple fix can become a costly repair.

You can’t fix a leak if you don’t know where it’s coming from. Here’s how to identify the source of your leak and stop it.

Toilet Leaks

A leaky toilet is a plumbing nightmare. That’s why this should be your first port of call. Check the base of the toilet. Its connection to the floor should be sealed by a wax ring. If the ring is worn, cracked or broken, it’s likely that it’s allowing water to seep through the ceiling every time the toilet is flushed. If you’re still not sure, you can use food coloring to check. Add some coloring to the bowl and flush. If the water that seeps through is the same color, you’ve identified the source of your leak. If your toilet is leaking, the water supply shut off is usually right behind the toilet coming from the floor.

Shower or Bathtub Leaking Water Into The Ceiling Below

Tub Faucet LeakIf the ceiling leak only occurs while the shower is in use, it could be coming from either the faucet or through a tile in the bathroom. If this is the case, you may need a complete bathtub replacement.

Check the faucet and the pipe between the valve and the shower head for any leakage first. Then, leave some water in the bottom of your shower or bathtub overnight. If you don’t find any leaks in the morning, this part of your bathroom isn’t the culprit. If the leak continues while the shower isn’t running, it’s probably coming from a water pipe.

Water Supply Line Leaks And How To Fix Them

Water supply lines are often the underlying cause of water dripping from the ceiling. This is because loose connections can easily allow water to seep through. To check yours, simply go run your hand along your water supply lines to check for any damp spots. If you find any, you’ll then need to tighten or replace the connector joints in those places.

Supply lines can leak but by definition, they supply the water to your fixtures and those could be the culprit of the leak instead of the lines. When the fixtures leak, turning off the water supply is the best way to stop the leak. Water supplies can be in different places depending on where you live and the age of your home. If you are a home owner, it is important to know where your main water supply is so in an emergency, if the water needs to be turned off, you know where to look. You may also need a special tool to turn off the water. Remember to try and stop the water from continuing to leak and turn it off ahead of the leak.

Drain Pipe Ceiling Leaks

Fixing a Drain Leak

Drain pipes are also a common cause of the water leaks in your ceiling if you have an upstairs bathroom or shower. Common causes can be deteriorated pipes from age or hard water.

If you are experiencing leaks only when taking a bath and not a shower from the same bathroom then it’s commonly your bathtub overflow drain that is causing the issue. This is a separate smaller drain pipe that connects your overflow to the main drain. Over time the seals on that pipe can degrade and cause leaks when your tub is too full or when bath water is splashed up and into the overflow drain.

In order to carry out a proper inspection on your drain pipes, you may need to cut a hole in your ceiling and expose them. Many times leaks like these are small and take a while to build up enough damage to make them noticeable. In other cases if your ceiling has a light fixture or something similar installed you will notice this leak right away as the water will drain out of your ceiling by running down and out of your light fixture.  There’s nothing more frustrating than taking a nice relaxing bath only to go downstairs afterwards to a broken light and flooded kitchen.

Call a Plumber

If you make DIY plumbing repairs for a ceiling leak, you’ll have to make sure you use all the correct tools and fittings. Otherwise, you could make some serious mistakes.

If you’re not comfortable doing any of this yourself, it’s best to arrange for a plumber to do it for you. Fully-trained professionals are equipped with all the tools and knowledge to get the job done as quickly as possible.

Contact us today to book an appointment, and we’ll send the experts out to fix your leak for you.

Plumbers Insights – Our Christmas Gift to You

When you call a plumber it will cost you over $100 just to get us in the door. That’s an expense you don’t want to have to deal with in the weeks leading up to Christmas. So what we’ve decided to do is give you a few insights from our experienced staff that will allow you to navigate your plumbing service this season. These tips and tricks range from DIY standbys for those of you who have a bit of technical skill and are willing to get a little dirty in the process to ways to limit water damage when you have a broken faucet or leaking toilet. Most plumbers won’t tell you this kind of stuff because they make a pretty penny on an easy fix, but in the spirit of the season, we’ve become quite a giving bunch!

  1. If you can wait until Tuesday or Wednesday to get service, schedule ahead. We get the most calls on Mondays when wives are calling us to fix what their husbands “fixed” over the weekend.
  2. Don’t know a reputable plumber in the area? Call us. Or, if you want to get an unbiased opinion, call a local plumbing supply company for a recommendation. They won’t usually work with unlicensed or below average plumbers.
  3. Don’t put a brick or half gallon of water in your toilet reservoir. Your toilet was designed to flush with a specific amount of water. Changing it could keep your business from going down the drain (not something you want to deal with if you have guests over the holidays). Instead, if you want to save money, invest in a low flow toilet. They aren’t excessively expensive and can pay for themselves in water savings in just a few years.
  4. If you do have a clog, avoid using over the counter liquid drain cleaners. They are caustic and not only can be harmful to you, but to your pipes too. Use a plunger, or better yet, purchase a hand auger (drain snake). The snake will come in handy and pay for itself on its first use.
  5. Clogs are the bane of most bathrooms. If you happen to have a long locked beauty in your home, invest in a drain cover to catch all of the excess hair that comes out during a shower. Not doing so can lead to slow running drains and even full clogs (another good use for that drain snake).
  6. Replace the rubber hoses on the back of your washing machine with stainless steel reinforced ones. The flimsy ones will break over time and are one of the top insurance claims from homeowners. Even a small leak can cause a problem because the washing machine is almost always in a low traffic area. The drip can go on for quite a while before being caught. We suggest (if you still have the flimsy rubber hoses) that you check the hoses every time you do the laundry.
  7. Don’t let drippy faucets and leaking toilets go. Get them fixed right away. A single dripping faucet can waste up to 8 gallons of water a day. A leaky toilet up to 200! If you don’t want to pay for the fix, you’ll be paying for it when your next water bill comes. And the bill after that and the bill after that. You get the picture.
  8. Do you find yourself jiggling the handle of your toilet to get it to work properly? If so, you probably need a new drain flap – they cost about $5. They are quite easy to install and will stop your need to jiggle without having to shell out a Benjamin just to get a professional plumber in the door.
  9. When you purchased your garbage disposal it came with an Allen wrench. This is a manual way to advance the interior grinding mechanism when the disposal gets jammed. Keep it under the sink (taped to the unit is best) so it is there when you need to clear a jam.
  10. Get multiple estimates for any large plumbing job that you need to have completed. The estimates should be within 25% of each other. Any that are excessively high or low may indicate either an overpriced company or a company that is going to try to nickel and dime you with hourly charges.
  11. Asking for quotes is good, but asking for references is better. Get them from customers that have used the service in the past 3 months. Also realize that plumbers can change their names or company name at any time they wish. So look for a well established company that has a good track record to be on the safe side. Again, if you don’t have any personal references to go from, contact a plumbing supply company to get their recommendation.
  12. Always work with a plumber that warranties his work for at least a year on all major installations and repairs. A plumber that doesn’t stand behind his work is a plumber I don’t want messing with my pipes.
  13. Don’t be afraid to ask us to check your water pressure or those pesky banging signs in the supply lines under your sink. Just do it after we’ve completed the work we have been contracted to do. Plumbers never turn down the potential for new work.
  14. Do you have a wire hanger handy? If you do you can easily fashion a hook that can be snaked down your bathtub drain to remove hair and soap scum clogs. Remember, about two inches down almost all bathtubs have a 90 degree drain turn. This is where the clog is likely to strike.
  15. Learn where your shut off valves are. This is an invaluable piece of information. When a leak starts you can literally have minutes until you are dealing with an interior flooding situation. Locate both the main shut off for your home and the interior shut offs (usually under the sinks and behind the toilets). Know where they are can literally save you thousands of dollars in damages.
  16. If you have some food coloring handy, you can check you toilet for leaks with a dye test. Simply drop a few drops of food coloring (we prefer green) into the reservoir and let the toilet it for half an hour. Check the bowl. If you see colored water you have a leak. The darker the color, the worse the leak. Replacing the flapper valve is usually the solution.
  17. Don’t buy a brand new low flow faucet to reduce your water usage. There are aerators that will thread on to your existing faucets for about 1/10th of the cost and will do the exact same thing.

 

Hopefully at least a few of our insights will help you save some cash or trouble. If you happen to have other questions or concerns about the plumbing in your house, send them in to our professionals. We will be starting a monthly readers question and answers section to our blog. And again, a happy holiday to yours from every one of us at My Plumber Ca!

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Cosmetic Changes: Bring Your Bathroom Back to Life with New Fixtures

Updating your existing bathroom could be as easy as making a few changes with new fixtures and hardware, adding a coat of paint or hanging some special artwork. Here are a bunch of low-cost ways to totally transform your current bathroom look.

 

Whip the Walls Into Shape

Even though there isn’t a whole lot of wall in most bathrooms, they still set the tone for the space. You can change the entire feel of the room with a fresh coat of paint. Be bold and go with a bright red or green, make it serene with a light blue, seafoam or beige, or take it to another level with a chocolate brown or charcoal. The latter two are great to use with white and gold fixtures and accents.

Maybe you’ve got a larger bathroom. Try adding wainscoating to divide the space into two distinct color and texture zones. There are plenty of styles to choose from to create everything from a cottage feel to something right of a Spanish bordello.

Sometimes paint and wainscoat just won’t do what you need. Opting for a full scene wall paper can make it feel like you are bathing on a sunny beach or in the middle of birch woods.

 

Amp it Up With Accents

The kitchen isn’t the only room that can use a backsplash. Consider installing some glass accent tiles behind the bathroom sink up to the mirror. Maybe even take it a step further and add a chair rail height band all the way across the wall.

Accents can be as simple as a new set of artwork on the wall. It could be a set of three related pictures, a group of small shelves with pots on them or even a few well placed pieces of 3-d metal art.

The largest canvas you have in your bathroom is the shower curtain. Get one that really sets the place off. There are literally thousands of choices out there to choose from.

Do you have one of those huge glass monstrosities from the 1980s. Add a frame to that mirror with prefabricated trim. It takes less than an hour and can class up your bathroom immediately.

 

Step Up Your Storage

Is your bathroom a little short on storage space? Could you use a place to put bath towels and amenities? Consider adding some custom shelving to the bathroom.  Smaller shelves can be used to handle groupings of candles, bath salts, and makeup kits. Larger shelves could hold wicker baskets filled with towels, hair care products, curling irons and more.

 

Fascinate With New Fixtures

The place you’ll get the most bang for your buck – outside of paint – is in the fixtures. Because the faucet and sink, toilet and shower are the three major focal points in the bathroom, changing them will immediately re-invent your space. The best thing about new fixtures is switching them out may end up saving a ton on water costs by doing it.

Get some new hardware and draw pulls for your vanity as well. Make sure they match your faucet. Don’t like your vanity – scrap it and go with a pedestal sink. It will open up a cramped space. Double up by putting in shallow shelving and you won’t even lose storage space.

Sometimes new lights can add an entirely new feel to your room. Not just the type of fixture either. Actually changing the type of bulb can give you different light spectrums in your bathroom. Purchase a natural sunlight spectrum bulb to give you the most natural light.

If you’d rather go for a big budget redo, our design specialists can help you. We’ve done dozens of remodels in the past few years and look forward to helping you with yours.

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Unclogging A Tub Drain

Unclogging a Tub Drain

Few household problems are as annoying and occur as regularly as a clogged tub drain. The problem is generally caused by a combination of hair and soap, which combine to make a hairball of nightmarish proportions.

Not only do tub drains deal see a lot more hair than your average sink drain, the pipes are fair more difficult to get to. Unlike sinks, which are easily accessible to all, your tub drain might not even have an access hatch (although it really should.)

Unclogging A Tub Drain

So the best way to deal with a clogged drain is to prevent it from happening at all. If you have an old-fashioned rubber plug drain, you can get a little strainer for it. The next thing to do is to notice when the drain becomes sluggish. That’s the precursor to a closer, so get that little hairball monster while it’s small.

The procedure for cleaning out the drain is the same when it’s clogged as when it’s sluggish.
First, attempt to clean it out with your fingers. Hair doesn’t tend to get very far down the drain before it stops moving, and you might be able to reach it with a screwdriver.
After that, try good, old-fashioned Drano. Can’t hurt, might help.
If that doesn’t clear out the clog, try Nair (the hair removal cream). Squirt a whole bottle down the drain and let it sit 20 minutes.

If none of that works, the next step is to call your trusty plumber service, My Plumber. Don’t mess with an auger or snake if you have a pop-up or lever plug in your tub. There’s too many components and it’s too easy to damage. Let us do the job for you. With over 30 years experience, you can trust us to get the job done right.