The shower is a fundamental part of any bathroom, especially during the winter when you may be taking multiple hot showers a day. Nothing is more frustrating than a malfunctioning shower. A malfunctioning shower is not only inconvenient—it can also cause water damage to your bathroom. Here are just a few of the most common problems homeowners experience with their showers as well as some preventative tips from the plumbing experts at ClearView Plumbing and Heating.
Poor Water Pressure
Many homeowners complain that their shower head doesn’t produce the same water pressure that it used to. Dribbling showers are never very satisfying, and can leave you feeling unclean. So what gives? Why is your shower head working less effectively than it did before?
Dirt and grime can build up in your shower head over time, preventing water from escaping. This problem can be easily fixed by cleaning your shower head with a chemical cleaner or simply white vinegar to remove any limescale. Simply unscrew your shower head and soak it in whatever cleaning solution you choose for 10-15 minutes, and then give it a scrub with hot water. Your showerhead should work like new once it’s reinstalled. If you continue to experience poor water pressure, call a professional plumber to investigate the issue further.
This is a very common shower problem, especially if there are people with long hair in your household. Soap scum, hard water buildup, dirt and grime, and stray hairs can collect in your drain over time and cause a clog. You may be able to unclog the drain yourself, depending on its severity.
Try pouring a solution of hot water, baking soda and vinegar down your drain, letting it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then flushing it with hot water. If this doesn’t clear the clog, try using a power plunger—tougher clogs may require some suction in order to be broken up. If you still aren’t having any luck, call a professional plumber to have the clog cleared quickly and efficiently.
Problems with your shower can be frustrating, especially during the winter when all you want to do is take a nice, hot shower. If you experience any issues with your shower this winter, give us a call at ClearView Plumbing and Heating. Our team of plumbing experts can take care of any issue you may be experiencing with your shower quickly and efficiently. For more information about our plumbing services, contact us today at ClearView Plumbing and Heating.