Plumbing fixtures are a mainstay of the modern home, and homeowners use them on a daily basis. But plumbing fixtures develop annoying problems from time to time. These problems range from leaks to installation issues to cross connections to malfunctioning traps. Home inspectors find and report on such problems all the time, and oftentimes the homeowner is capable of implementing the remedies they recommend.
The term "plumbing fixtures" refers to sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, bidets, and their associated plumbing hardware. (In this sense, hose bibbs are a kind of plumbing fixture.) I prefer to group the problems one can experience with fixtures into these categories: faucet parts, bathroom plumbing, and traps. Let's investigate the nature of these problems and see if there are plumber secrets that can help one anticipate or fix them.