Common Shower Plumbing Issues
Having shower troubles? We have outlined the most common issues we come across below and listed tips for how to possibly fix these issues yourself Plus, we will also let you know when it might be time to throw in the towel and call a plumber.
If a leak occurs in the shower, it can be one of several issues, the showerhead, the door or lining, or damaged water pipes. If the leak occurs in the wall adjacent to the shower, then this tends to be a caulking issue. This can sometimes be resolved by purchasing sealant from your local hardware store but remember to check it is the correct type of caulking. However, this issue could be more in-depth and include water leaking through your floor. This could be because the pan and lining under the shower floor have a leak or have deteriorated. If this is the case, you will need to get a plumber in to diagnose the issue and possibly rebuild your shower cubicle.
If the showerhead leaks, this can be because of the connection to the waterline. This is something that can be pretty simple to solve, but we will need a plumber to come in and identify the issues. If the pipes are leaking in the wall cavity, it is advisable to call a plumber as soon as possible, as this can be a sign of much more significant issues.
If you are finding that your water pressure has decreased, this can sometimes be an easy fix. The first step should be to check your shower head. The showerhead can have a build-up of lime deposits that can stop the water from flowing correctly. This can include a simple clean out of the shower head’s aerator or, if that doesn’t work, then grab a new shower head. If cleaning the showerhead does not improve the situation, then checking the water pressure across your whole house is a good idea. There may be a larger issue at hand than just your shower pressure, and you may need to get in a plumber to look at the plumbing for your whole house.
If there is a clog in your shower drain, you might find that your water is getting too close to the edge of your shower or making it easy to slip. The first step is to clean out the drain using some drain cleaning products. After putting these chemicals down the drain, be sure to pour hot water down ten minutes afterwards to ensure that the chemicals are rinsed down the drain. If the chemicals do not work, then try placing a mix of about a cup of vinegar and some baking soda down the drain. If all of this still does not work, then it is time to reach out to get a plumber to investigate.
Have you noticed a leak or issue you cannot identify around your shower? It is advisable to contact a plumber sooner rather than later. Call us on (07) 3161 3006 or fill in our contact form on our website.