Bathroom Repair

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As most bathrooms contain many fixtures - sinks, toilets, showers, bathtubs and more - sooner or later, bathroom repairs will be needed. With the proper tools and the right knowledge, repairing and replacing bathroom fixtures can be accomplished by most competent homeowners.

Bathroom Basics

A well-stocked tool kit is a necessity before starting any bathroom repair project. Especially useful in the case of a bathroom plumbing repair project, recommended tools and supplies include:

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  • Screwdrivers, with both flat and Phillips heads
  • Wrenches, including a pipe wrench
  • Hammers
  • Levels
  • Utility knives
  • Assorted screws, nails, washers, nuts and bolts
  • Plumber's putty for temporarily sealing leaks at connecting joints
  • Pipe epoxy for temporarily stopping up leaky pipes
  • Drain snakes for unclogging sinks, tubs, showers and toilets

Simple Bathroom Repairs

Bathroom faucet repairs and bathroom sink repairs, such as fixing a leaky faucet, are some of the simplest bathroom repair tasks. A leaky faucet can waste several gallons of water each day, but fixing the leak just requires a few steps:

  • Turn off the water supply.
  • Remove the faucet handles.
  • Clean out the buildup inside the faucet.
  • Change out the washer.
  • Reassemble the faucet.

A good bathroom tub or bathroom shower repair project is to replace worn-out caulking. If the existing caulking is old or cracked and allows water to enter the seams of the home, the resulting mold and rot can eventually add up to a very expensive repair project. Re-caulking can reinforce the waterproof seal in a tub or shower, and it is not a complicated task. Simply follow these steps:

  • Remove the old caulk with a utility knife.
  • Clean, disinfect and let dry the seams where the caulk will be applied.
  • Carefully apply a bead of caulk along the seam and smooth with a wet finger.
  • Clean up any excess caulking with a damp rag and a utility knife.

A basic home repair book is a good investment if you want to become proficient at bathroom repairs. Many websites on the Internet also offer detailed instructions on bathroom repair projects, such as bathroom tile repair and toilet repair projects. Just remember to read the instructions carefully before starting any repair project and to ensure that you have all required tools and materials in advance. When in doubt, contact a professional plumber or general contractor for advice regarding your bathroom repair task.