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3 Common Shower Problems Encountered by Plumbers

A daily showering routine is an essential habit that we enjoy and can’t miss if we want to stay clean and fresh. When there is a problem with your shower in the faucet, drain or showerhead, it needs to get repaired quickly. In this article, we will examine three of the most common shower problems that are encountered by your local professional plumber and how to fix them. 1. A Leaky Shower Faucet: Any faucet in your home including the shower faucet can develop a leak. When your shower faucet is leaking it could be a sign that you need a new seals, gaskets or rings. Unless you have relevant experience, taking apart a faucet can be a tricky prospect. It’s easy to damage the faucet if it’s taken apart incorrectly, but if you do proceed make sure to keep all the parts together. Replacement gaskets and seals are cheap to buy, but you need to get an exact match to fix the problem. If you’re not sure what you need to replace, simply replace everything to be sure, while you have the faucet taken apart. Then put the faucet back together and test it out, if the faucet isn’t working or you’re not sure about fixing it yourself call on a local professional plumber. 2. Clogged Drains: Clogs that block shower drains are by far the most common problem reported to plumbers. These clogs are caused by hair and/or soap scum that accumulates over time and collects into a clog. This usually occurs in the p-trap, which is the u-shaped pipe that is located below the shower drain. If the clog is small, a plunger may be enough to dislodge the clog and get the drain working again. If this doesn’t work, you may be tempted to use a chemical cleaner or a drain snake to fix the problem. Be careful, both of these methods can cause damage to your pipes that would be expensive to fix. If the drain clog is hard to remove contact a local professional plumber, they have the experience and specialized tools to clear the drain. Drain clogs can be avoided by using a drain cover that will prevent hair from getting into the p-trap. 3. Reduced Water Pressure: When the water from the showerhead is not coming out with enough pressure, there could be an issue with your shower faucet. A simple fix is to ask your local professional plumber to install a brand new high flow faucet for invigorating showers. There may be other issues that need to be taken care of to fix this issue. It may be the case that dirt and silt have entered the water pipes through a break in the plumbing line. Cleaning the pipes out, fixing the break and restoring the flow of water to normal is not a job for an amateur plumber. It’s always a good idea to contact a plumber, get a quote and some expert advice to correct the problem. A professional plumber will have expert knowledge and specialized tools to get the water pressure restored quickly without causing additional damage. By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.