If you’re like most people, you probably take your shower for granted until it stops working or backs up so badly you might as well take a bath. Showers experience unique problems with plumbing in Colorado Springs, CO, and fortunately, most are inexpensive or easy to fix. Here are the four most common plumbing issues in showers.
If any of your household members have long hair or you frequently bathe your dog in the shower, clogs are a fact of life. The usual approach is to use chemical drain cleaners and keep the issue out of sight and out of mind. You will need to follow the instructions carefully as mishandling these materials can damage your pipes.
As an alternative, a baking soda and vinegar concoction will not only save you money but it will work on the most stubborn clogs. You will need to rinse the drain for at least 10 minutes with hot water, but that will likely solve your problem. For the really stubborn backups, consider a pipe snake, or if you have given up entirely, contact a plumber to give the system a good cleaning.
One day, you are rinsing out your hair quickly and getting a good massage. The next day, it feels like barely a trickle and bathing seems to take hours. This is a water pressure problem, and depending on your plumbing system, it can trace back to your well pump (if you are not on city water) or be as simple as lime deposits.
Start by cleaning your shower head aerator to remove these deposits. That is often enough to get the water at its normal flow again. Replacing older shower heads can also be a step in the right direction. However, sometimes the issue can be more systemic and may require professional intervention. This is especially true if you use a septic system. Water pressure changes can indicate leaks and other serious problems, so give this immediate attention.
The dripping shower head
Any faucet fixture dripping is annoying, but for some reason, people find the shower head drip especially irritating. This is reasonable as a shower head drip will waste more water than your bathroom or kitchen sink. Drips can be due to the knobs not turning off all the way, meaning they will need to be adjusted and tightened. Sometimes the inner faucet apparatus also needs repair, so it is likely easier to call a plumber to perform this repair, unless you enjoy ripping through walls.
The only good news about leaks is that they are easy to detect and trace. Most come from the shower head and exterior pipes rather than from main water lines. There can also be leaks from the door and other shower infrastructure, which can be fairly quick to repair. Caulking often takes care of this issue.
If it becomes apparent that the leak is in an interior pipe or main water line, you require a plumber. These types of leaks are often accompanied by higher water bills, so if this expense suddenly spikes, call a plumber as soon as possible.
BullsEye Plumbing Heating & Air does not consider any job too small when it comes to plumbing in Colorado Springs, CO. Give us a call when clogs, leaks and drips are just too much to tolerate.
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