Troubleshooting Bulkhead Connectors Troubleshooting Bulkhead Connectors
If you find that you have trouble with the bulkhead connectors in any of your plumbing devices, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to put these right. Bulkhead connectors form a link between 2 sections of a piece of plumbing on opposite sides of a barrier, and may resemble a tube with a large swelling at one end, although this is not true for all of them. These kinds of connectors are not always necessary to support the entire structure of your system, but it can be difficult to maintain your plumbing without them. Troubleshooting your problem is one way to fix the bulkhead connectors.
Bulkhead Connectors Are Leaking
There can be a number of reasons why your bulkhead connector is leaking. The most obvious is that it is corroded or cracked. Locate the bulkhead connector, and examine it carefully. Look for signs of rust, or for evidence of cracks around the edges of the connector. If the bulkhead connector is leaking, then you will should try running water through the connector until you can locate the source of the problem. Replace any parts of the plumbing which show evidence of corrosion, and remove any leaking parts. You should practice regular maintenance of the pipework, in order to ensure that corrosion does not spread once it has started.
Bulkhead Connectors Are Blocked
You may find that water does not flow correctly through your bulkhead connector. This can lead to an increase in pressure in other parts of the pipework, or it may lead to rumbling noises, and water being backed up in sinks and toilets. In order to find out why the bulkhead connectors are blocked, you need to push something down the pipes towards the bulkhead. A wire coat hanger, stretched out, should be able to remove any blockages which are preventing water from flowing through the bulkhead. A quick flush with the garden hose may be all that is needed, but if your bulkhead connectors become very dirty, then you might want to replace them with a completely new connector.
Bulkhead Connectors Are not Working
If you find that your bulkhead connectors are not passing the water from 1 piece of pipework to another, then you may find several causes for this problem. The biggest causes are those above, either dirt and debris blocking the connector, or a leak in the plumbing, causing the water to escape. However, you may also have another problem, which is to do with loss of water pressure. If your water pressure is not high enough, or the bulkhead connectors are on a completely flat plane, then you may find that water will not travel from 1 pipe to another, but simply settle in the middle. When this occurs, you need to increase water pressure so water starts flowing through the bulkhead, until the water is traveling through the plumbing in a normal fashion.