How to fix common shower plumbing problems

For many people, taking a relaxing shower (hot or cold) can be considered as one of the simple joys of life.  That is why it is easy to understand the frustration of many when they experience shower plumbing problems.

Not only are they denied one of their comforts, but they can also be facing a very expensive and damaging plumbing problem.  So how can you deal with some of the more common shower plumbing problems?  Here are some tips.

Water Pressure

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It would be safe to say that the water pressure in your shower will eventually degrade after some time.

Expecting to have the same consistent water pressure from the first time that your shower was installed would need a lot of commitment from your part to ensure that everything remains functioning properly.

What are the particular challenges that you have to be aware of?  The water quality is one of the biggest threats.  If you live in an area with the presence of hard water, you can face problems of lime deposit buildups that can clog your shower heads.

When this happens, there is no question that the water pressure will be negatively affected.

Fortunately, solving this problem is as easy as removing the showerhead, soaking it in vinegar overnight, brush out the dirt (including the shower pipe thread), and rinse out with cold water.

Check as well if it would be better to replace the showerhead rather than clean it.  Apply Teflon tape on the shower pipe thread before reassembling the showerhead.

Clogs

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Clogging of showers do not happen only at the showerhead. Expert from plumbingsouthbay.com said something more dangerous and damaging would be clogs in the shower drain. Why?

Because this type of clog can make wastewater back up into your home and create all types of health risks.

What should you do?  Regular cleaning will help you maintain the smooth flow of water in your shower drains.

This means keeping it clear of soap scum, human hair, and other materials that can cause clogging.  Many would recommend chemical cleaners, but, these can come at a price that can also pose health risks.

A more accepted and safe practice is to pour a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Afterwards let the hot water run for another 10 minutes to flush the mixture down the drain along with the broken up clogs.  If the shower drain is still sluggish, you can use a plumbing snake to either push the clog down the drain or pull it out to restore drain functionality.

Leaking Shower

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If there is one thing that almost every household can experience it would be leaking showers.  Why?  Because the rubber seals of showers can break any time due to age, water quality, and other factors.

There are other causes of leaks that can affect your shower though like those concerning the plumbing pipe connections for example.

There is a possibility of leaks happening on the adjacent wall or possibly even the ceiling underneath the bathroom.

In this instance, problems may be traced to the caulking that no longer offers the necessary seal to prevent water from seeping through.  That normally happens due to the age of the caulking, which means that it has to be replaced.

Leaks can also happen with the lining or the shower pan.  Keep in mind that shower tiles are not completely water resistant so water will eventually seep through rather than go down the drain as expected.

Fiberglass shower pans will crack due to age that will cause water to spillover to adjacent walls or even the room below if the shower is at an upper floor.

When faced with these types of shower plumbing problems, the best you can do is temporarily cut the water supply to the shower and call a professional plumber immediately to the get the problem fixed properly.