You probably use your shower on a daily basis, so it only makes sense that you want to keep it in good operating condition. The good news is that many common problems people experience with showers can be resolved with little effort and time. Unfortunately, however, many plumbing problems are not so easily done without specialised tools or expertise that should be ideally left to qualified plumbing experts such as Endeavour Plumbing in Melbourne.
Here are some of the most common shower problems and whether or not you should attempt to fix them yourself:
Poor Water Flow
If your showers are showing depressingly low pressures, the first culprit may not be within your control at all. Municipal water supply may be temporarily down in your neighbourhood, or heavy demand during peak periods such as early mornings can cause a poor flow of water.
If you’re sure that this isn’t the case or have observably low flows over the course of a few days, there’s a chance the problem could be coming from blockage in your showerhead. Try filling a small plastic bag with vinegar and tying it to the showerhead. Immersing the entire head in vinegar overnight should work to dissolve and eliminate buildups of debris which can cause reduced flows. If this doesn’t solve the problem, contact an expert to investigate further.
Worn Out Showerhead
Similar to the first problem, buildups of dirt and debris can result in low water pressure. If you’ve tried cleaning out the showerhead and are still experiencing problems, consider replacing your showerhead. Unless it’s got sentimental value to you, newer showerheads can often be the ideal solution.
Free of lime buildup and manufactured to a high standard, many modern showerheads are also able to give you greater control over water usage and efficiency as well as pressure levels sure to give you satisfaction whilst showering.
Clogged Shower Drain
Shower drains are designed to funnel and direct grey water out of the shower, but quite often debris and especially hairs can lead to significant blockage. If you’re noticing that the shower pan isn’t discarding your grey water and puddling is beginning to accumulate, there’s a good chance that you’ve got a clogged shower drain.
Chemical cleaning products can be poured into the drain, and are often quite powerful and can come in liquid or crystal form. Apply these products as directed and wash any remainder down the drain before using the shower. You may also want to try pulling out hairs or foreign objects manually. If you’ve done this yet are still experiencing buildups of water whilst showering, there may be a blockage further down the line which will require the assistance of a plumbing expert.
Your shower pan should be containing all of the water and directing it towards the drain. Water consistently making its way onto the floor of your bathroom is a sign of a much more serious problem. Of course, if water is puddling around the drain due to a blockage and subsequently spilling over the pan, you really should be looking at taking shorter showers until you’ve solved the drain blockage.
If there’s water making its way onto the bathroom floor, the shower pan may be cracked, allowing water to seep through the cracks and away from the drain. Tile and grout will most likely need to be ripped out and replaced in pursuit of a solution, which is possible to do yourself but really should be left to qualified plumbers.