How To Remove Those Stubborn Rust Stains From Your Bathroom Fixtures
The idea of a large, dark brown or orange colored stain in your bathroom fixtures like your bathtub, sink or toilet may suddenly make you think twice about using them. Some people set out to clean the stains themselves, only to find out that it might have taken a lot more work than they had anticipated. This can be true for those that go into the battle with the wrong tools, as they can find themselves having to scrub for hours to make a dent in the streak.
This coloration is indicative of rust. It is one of the most popular types of stains and, in most cases, there is no avoiding getting stains of some kind in your bathroom fixtures. A leaky faucet will increase the speed of a stain forming, with the buildup of the minerals in the water accumulating much more quickly and consistently. You will want to act just as fast to eliminate the stains, and the following tips will help you be victorious in your attempts (be sure to check what material your fixture is made of to get the best results and avoid damage!):
- The go to for most is a chemical based cleaner. You want a cleaner that is going to do as much as the work for you as it can, short of the scrubbing! Be sure while choosing your cleaner that you are aware of whether or not it is septic safe.
- A prime cause of orange stains in your tub or sink is the amount of iron in your water supply. You may not even know that you taste the iron in the water if you have been using it for so long, but it does affect the taste of your food and drink and can ultimately lead to blockages in your pipes. Installing a water softener or filter in your home can help take care of this problem.
- Another source of the rust in your water contributing to those pesky stains can be the pipes themselves. If you have cracked, broken, or corroding pipes, the chances of rust leaking in are greatly increased and can lead to even further damage of the plumbing of your home. Poisoning can also occur if the problem is left alone for a long period of time.
So next time you find yourself facing an unattractive stain in your bathroom, take action to remove it and remember the steps you can take to prevent any more from coming back, and even improve the health of your family!
Common Red Flags About Your Plumbing To Take Care Of Soon
Your plumbing, like a lot of other things in the home, need to be maintained on a regular basis before the problem progresses into an even larger problem that now costs much more money and requires much more work to fix. The following inconveniences you might find around your house are all things that will be much easier to fix when taken care of early on before they become a plumbing emergency.
A backed up sink that slowly drains can not only prove to be frustrating, but may just be a sign of a more serious problem further down the sewer drain line. If you attempt to unclog the drain with a snake tool, but it does not work or happens on a very frequent basis, than you may want to pursue the professional help that can utilize the right tools and ability to effectively get the job done.
A commonly overlooked problem that is often easy enough to walk away from is a leaky faucet. Turning the handle in such a way to make the leak either stop temporarily or slow down to nearly nothing is our go to when trying to get out of the bathroom or kitchen and get back to our usual routine. Unfortunately, every time the faucet is turned off in this way it becomes more and more compromised and the amount of water can accumulate on your water bill, costing you a hefty amount of money for all of the extra unused resource.
Water pressure that has dropped significantly, or has been steadily declining is something we can usually live with until it interrupts our repetitive approach to tasks, like having to stand at the refrigerator twice as long for water or having had enough with how little water we are left to take a shower with. One step you can take right away is to check the pressure reducing valve. Contact your local professional if it is reading that everything is OK, because it may be a sign of a leak or pipeline that has burst somewhere along the way.
In conclusion, the small problems are best addressed before they become big ones. Some problems may appear to be fixed with small adjustments, though they could very well be worsening behind the scenes the whole time. Give Jack Ward & Sons Plumbing a call at (615)-227-2811 to help repair any plumbing problems you might be experiencing!
Plumbing has not always been done from the professionals you see that arrive at your home or business in a company truck in dapper uniform. The truth is, the more commercialized plumber has been around since the 1800s, but thousands of years before that time were the true lead pipe workers, or “Plumbums” (A term that is Latin for “Lead”).
Ancient civilizations, like those in Greece on the famous island of Crete. However, it was the civilization of Rome that took plumbing to a level that made it efficient for the public of their people to have access to baths, fountains, cisterns, and even tap water systems for their dwellings! Unfortunately, with the fall of the Roman empire, their reputation fell as well.
The large movement of bathing and cleaning that became possible and much more convenient with the use of plumbing structures, workers, and systems, had now become tainted with the fall of Rome. People no longer took baths, considering it a practice that was to be avoided. This prejudice ultimately led to the public developing diseases and dysentery that led up to a large percentage of Europe’s population at the time falling victim to the Black Plague.
Things have radically changed since those times, and plumbing has become a very big part of the way a large part of the world lives every day. We have access to running water, both hot and cold, from a number of appliances and fixtures all around our home at a moment’s notice.
As successful plumbers of the current day, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and knowledge of plumbing, whether it’s a kitchen, bathroom, or water heater. We always make sure to have our customers in mind when coming up with solutions to difficult or unique plumbing challenges. Our company’s core principles stem from our belief in the value of community and the importance of old school work ethic. Our goal is to be one of the best plumbers in Nashville at a price you can afford. Jack Ward Plumbing stays at the forefront of plumbing service industry trends and technologies, allowing us to provide our local customers with the most efficient and highest quality of emergency or contract plumbing services available. Give us a call at (615)-227-2811!