Having shower troubles? We have outlined the most common issues we come across below and we have listed tips for how to possibly fix these issues yourself and 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, 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 right type of caulking. However, this issue could be more in-depth and could include water leaking through your floor. This could be because the pan and lining under the shower floor has a leak or has 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 is leaking this can be because of the connection to the waterline. This is something that can be quite simple to solve but will need a plumber to come in and identify the issues. If the pipes are leaking in the wall cavity then it is advisable to call a plumber as soon as possible as this can be a sign of much larger 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 properly. 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 it is a good idea to check the water pressure across your whole house. 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 then you might find that your water is getting much 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 you have put these chemicals down the drain be sure to pour hot water down ten minutes afterwards to make sure that the chemicals are rinsed down the drain. If the chemicals do not do the job then try placing a mix of about a cup of vinegar and then 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.