The shower is an important part of your bathroom, but it is also an important part of your daily routine. As a matter of fact, most people shower once a day or once every other day. If your shower is not functioning properly, the problem can affect your entire life.
Of course, certain issues affecting your shower's operation are also signs of an underlying plumbing issue. Here are a few common issues that can affect your shower and how your plumber can help.
1. Water Pressure Decrease
There are many reasons for low water pressure in your shower.
If you have always had low water pressure, talk with your neighbors to determine whether they experience the same pressure quality. The low pressure may stem from an issue with your municipal or community service. However, if you have only recently noticed a decrease in water pressure, your home may have a plumbing issue you need to address.
A leak in your main water supply line may be the cause of your drop in water pressure. Another sign of a main leak is visible puddling of water around the location of your water main connection.
Remember that a water main leak will affect the water pressure in other fixtures inside your home - not just your showerhead. If the water pressure is low only with your showerhead, the problem may stem from the fixture specifically. Over time, dirt, dust, and hard water build up inside the showerhead's nozzle. This buildup reduces the flow of water out of the fixture, causing the low water pressure.
Disconnect the showerhead and soak the nozzle in a solution that is half water and half vinegar. The acidic properties in the vinegar will eat through stubborn residue, ensuring water can flow from the showerhead at full pressure.
2. Drain Clogs
Another common problem you may experience while showering is a clog in your drain. These clogs usually stem from a heavy buildup of hair and soap scum, which is easy to address. However, make sure you clear the clog quickly before the water overflows out of the shower and onto your bathroom floor.
To clear the debris from your drain, first remove the drain cover over the opening. Reach your hands into the drain and pull out any clumps of hair and soap that you can reach. If the water does not drain freely after you remove debris, a more involved clog removal may be necessary.
Plumbers can clear the clog using an auger. Also known as a plumber's snake, the auger is a long cable that is placed and turned deep into the drain in hopes of pulling out the debris causing the clog.
If you experience chronic clogs in not only your shower drain but also in other drains in the home, such as the toilet and sink drains, you may have a more serious issue. Clogs that affect multiple drains in your home are likely caused by clog or damage in the main sewer line.
3. Temperature Irregularities
Most people want to take a consistently hot shower. If your water temperature is volatile, showering can become uncomfortable and frustrating. Thankfully, help is available.
Remember that some fluctuations are normal. For example, if another member of your household flushes a nearby toilet or runs the washing machine, your shower's water pressure and temperature may decrease.
Another reason you may experience temperature irregularities while showering is that your water heater may not be sized appropriately.
Homes with a 50-gallon water heater may run out of hot water after 25 minutes of showering. If you have multiple showerheads and body sprays in the shower, if others are showering at the same time, or if you run a dishwasher or washing machine while you shower, you will run out of hot water sooner.
If a small tank is your problem, then upgrading to a larger water heater or a tankless water heater is a smart solution.
For help with these common shower issues or other problems with your plumbing, contact Rockdale Plumbing & Drain, Inc., today.