Sooner or later you’re bound to have problems with your shower, much to your displeasure. Knowing about common shower problems is one of the best ways to keep from having to deal with expensive repairs and fixes. Being knowledgeable about common shower problems can also help you to give a plumber a better idea of what to expect if you ever do have to call one out to your house.
Low Shower Pressure
If you ever notice that the pressure in your shower isn’t as strong as it once was, the cause will more than likely be your shower head. Call up the water department to see if your area has a history of hard water. Hard water causes deposits to build up in your shower head, which can affect the water pressure. To fix the problem, you’ll want to first clean out the aerator that’s on the inside of the shower head. Let it soak in a product that’s specifically for cleaning out hard water deposits. If that doesn’t work, then you might just be in need of a new shower head. It’s also a good idea to clean out the actual shower pipe before you replace the shower head back over it.
Every now and then you might notice that the water isn’t draining as fast as it used to out of your shower. The first thing you’ll want to do is try a chemical product that’s specifically for attacking clogged drains. Make sure that you carefully read the directions before using the product and check to make sure that it’s safe to use on whatever kind of pipes you have. It’s always a good idea to run hot water down the drain for at least ten minutes after you’ve used the product just to make sure that all of it has flowed down the drain. While baking soda and vinegar can help with some drains, there are certain times where it can actually do more harm than good, sometimes when the pipes are old and made of copper.
Alternatively, you can try using a plumber snake. Simply remove the drain cover, work the snake down the drain and either push whatever is clogging the drain and break it up or pull the clog out with your hands. If worse comes to worse, don’t hesitate to call up a licensed plumber. You might not want to spend the extra money, but you also don’t want to cause more problems than you solve. Allow a plumper to put their expertise to good use and save you some time and frustration.
If you ever see that you have a shower leak, the problem might be in the connection with your shower head and the water line. Either that or there’s a problem with the connection between the shower lining and the shower door. If your leak happens to be coming from the neighboring wall or in an apartment unit below the shower, it might be that the shower caulking has failed and is allowing water to dribble through the tiles of the shower. This is one scenario where you’ll want to consult a professional plumber to take care of the problem.
If you ever feel that your shower problems are either too confusing or taxing, get in touch with a reputable plumber immediately to take care of the problem while it’s small and manageable.
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