Why is plumbing so complicated ?
Shower plumbing isn’t something most people think about until there is a problem. Most people don’t even realize they have a shower drain. Most often, we just assume our shower and tubs are working properly and that there is no cause for concern. A leaking shower faucet can not only look like an issue, but multiplied over many days, week and months, it could mean hundreds of gallons wasted water and a significant increase in your monthly water bill! Regular shower drain cleaning and inspection should always be a top priority!
Water damage, leaky pipes and clogged drains can all create issues with your shower plumbing, and these can potentially pose a serious safety risk. While many homeowners want to save money on plumbing repairs, they do not think about the safety risks involved in ignoring minor issues or incorrectly addressing repairs. Water that gets into your house can also be a hazard to those around you. A slow shower drain could mean that you are washing your shower floor, and this is very dangerous as the hot water can reach your children and household pets if you do not have additional shower curtains to protect them from the hot steam. For many homeowners, shower drain problems are a common source of frustration, but knowing how to address them can save a life.
How do you clear a clogged in shower drain?
In some cases, the cause of a clogged shower drain may be simple and can be easily corrected. For example, if you notice that the shower head is taking more time to fill than normal, try using a larger tub faucet repair plunger. You might also try replacing the shower head gasket with a spongy material made for leaks. In some cases, such as when the shower drainpipes are cracked, the situation may be more complex. In these situations, the best thing to do is contact a professional plumber who will fix the shower plumbing problem for you.
The process of shower repair and installation varies depending on the product and company. It all begins with the preliminary inspection, which includes finding out what type of pipes were damaged. Then a contractor is contacted who completes the work. Sometimes, however, there are basic shower repair techniques that you can learn yourself.
What is wrong with my shower head?
To determine what is wrong, look carefully at the shower head. If the head is clogged, you will see that the water is escaping through the bottom holes but is not making it to the shower drain. To fix this, remove the shower head and unscrew the shower trap, then pull out the shower hose just enough to reach the screw that holds the shower in place. You will need to use a pair of adjustable pliers to grab the shower trap in order to remove it from the tube. Now you can safely unscrew the shower trimmings. Then, you can remove the old shower head and the new one from the tube.
Sometimes simple fixes are all that are needed to avoid clogs and leaks. Check your drainage pipes for obstructions like oversize pipe remnants and broken shower drain stoppers. To unclog a drain, turn off the water supply to the house and unscrew the drain stopper from its bracket. Then use a plunger to open up the drain.
When do you need to call a plumbing expert ?
In cases where you simply cannot prevent clogs and leaks, an experienced plumber can sometimes solve the problem for you by introducing innovative bathroom remodeling ideas. For example, some plumbers install shower curtains that attach to shower heads using a double curtain rod. This shower curtain attaches to the rod inside the shower stall so that the latter is covered when the shower is turned on. An innovative bathroom remodel idea that solves this problem is installing shower curtains made of a special waterproof material.
If your shower or tub gets clogged, most plumbers recommend installing a new shower head, as opposed to replacing the entire tub or toilet. In case you have a broken or damaged tub drain, a plumber can replace the shower fixtures and clog the drain with epoxy. This epoxy solution dries out water quickly and protects against leaks.