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For most people, showering is an indispensable daily activity – which makes the shower an indispensable sanitary facility. We just assume that when we press that little button or pull up the lever, it greets us with jets of refreshing, cleansing water at exactly the temperature and pressure we want. Most of the time it does. But, as a vigilant homeowner, you need to be prepared for when your shower isn’t performing the way it should – and avoiding problems whenever possible.
Common shower problems and their causes
Wooden shoes – This is a common problem with all drains, but shower drains – especially in bathtubs – build up soap scum and hair. Many bars of soaps contain fats and oils which, as our regular readers know, especially good for clogging drains and pipes. So it doesn’t matter if your shower drain is clogged, but when. Basic preventive measures include using a drain cover and pouring vinegar and baking soda down the drain at regular intervals. A drain cover won’t keep all of your hair out, but it will keep most of it from falling and building up in a clog. Only use chemical drain cleaners as a last resort before calling a plumber, as they are tough on pipes and can break them with repeated use.
Low water pressure – More than annoying to expect an invigorating shower but getting a drizzle instead – it can indicate a bigger plumbing problem. Our colleagues at Pratt Plumbing in Amarillo, TX offer this list of possible reasons. We invite you to read this informative article in full.
- Low Flow Shower Head – May be stingy with water; replace with a new model.
- Clogged shower head – Mineral deposits can build up in the small holes. To remove, leave the shower head in a bowl or bag filled with vinegar overnight. Use a small tool to remove any remaining sediment.
- Worn Mixing Valve – A one-handed faucet may have an interior part called a mixing valve – also called a shower valve or bypass valve – that controls the amount of hot and cold water that is directed to the shower head. If this valve becomes stuck or worn it can shed temperature and pressure. The mixing valve can be difficult to access and replaced, so it should an experienced plumber.
- Faulty Water Pressure Regulator – The job of the water pressure regulator is to keep your home within a safe water pressure range (usually 46-60 psi). This important component can fail, causing the pressure to become too low or too high. The water pressure regulator is usually on the water supply line before it enters the house and should only be replaced by a qualified plumber.
- Closed valve – There are several valves in your plumbing system. If any of them are partially closed, there may be low water pressure. Make sure the water meter valve, master shutoff valve, and all inline valves are fully open.
- Water Heater Problem – If the low water pressure only occurs when the water heater is turned on, yours is water heater may be the problem. Contact a plumber to see if the device needs to be repaired or replaced.
- Corroded or leaking pipes – Old pipes, especially those made of metal, can corrode or rust from the inside. If mineral build-up is stuck in a water pipe, it can interfere with the flow to your shower (or other faucet). Likewise, if you have a small leak somewhere in your plumbing, low water pressure can be a noticeable symptom. It is important to locate and correct the leak as soon as possible.
Shower faucet leaking – This may mean the faucet needs new gaskets, gaskets, or rings.
Shower valve – Also known as a mixer or diverter valve, it is a device located in your shower wall that controls the flow of hot and cold water to your shower head or tub faucet. Its main function is to mix hot and cold water to the desired temperature by turning the handle.
As our colleagues at The pink plumber in Atlanta point out: “Most shower fittings have four connection points. Two of them are connected to both the hot and cold water pipes. The other two are used to power the shower head and tub faucet, if applicable. If these joints start to leak, water will leak into the wall cavity, which often goes unnoticed until the damage is done. “
The Pink Plumber article is a great look inside shower valve problems and the repair work involved, so we encourage you to read it in full as well.
Screaming showers – Noise from shower pipes can be caused by a Build up feelings in the pipes, which usually requires replacing the pipes.
Rattling pipes – Chattering pipes are a typical result of cold and hot water battling for space in your pipes. Call a plumber to see if the mixing valve is the cause and adjust accordingly. Since overcorrection of the mixing valve can result in a temperature shock or scalding, this is no DIY job.
Bad smell – This can be caused by a blockage or standing mold that can result from an undetected water leak. Sewage leaking from the drain can also cause a bad odor. If the drain isn’t clogged and the shower is used regularly, a water leak can be the problem. Call a plumber to determine the source.
Don’t do it yourself when it comes to shower installations
Shower installations consist of two pipe systems – a supply pipe that supplies hot and cold water and a drain pipe that carries away the wastewater. Because the supply pipe and shower valve are behind the tiled wall, repairs will have to remove the tile, which is a project in itself that most homeowners are unable to tackle. Hopefully needless to say, after the tile and green sheet or cement board is removed, diagnosing and repairing the problem is best done by a professional plumber.
Mistakes made by homeowners trying to save money can be even more expensive to correct, resulting in additional damage and injury. Our blog post – “DIY Disasters – Plumbing You Should Never Do It Yourself“- covers the many reasons you need to leave repairs to the professionals.
The take-home message
Our master plumbers participate Adam and Son plumbing believe that the more you know about the basic care and maintenance of plumbing, the better you will know when it is time to call a professional to avoid even greater damage and expense. We pride ourselves on serving Central Florida homes and businesses with the highest levels of quality and experience for over 60 years. We are a family business and all of our plumbers are state-certified master plumbers. Contact us to get the plumbing of your home in top repair – and keep it going.
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