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Common Shower Problems and How to Fix Them

Common Shower Problems and How to Fix Them

Common Shower Problems and How to Fix Them

Most people believe that a working shower is a necessity. Whether you love to savour every moment under a stream of hot water or you prefer a quick, refreshing shower, we are certain you want everything — from the water pressure to your showerhead and tap — in perfect working order.

Unfortunately, shower problems are quite common for many people, which is why we’ve decided to help you find solutions to these frequent issues. 

If you are interested in learning how to swiftly and effortlessly solve some of these problems, keep reading our blog.

Poor Water Pressure

One of the most common shower issues is inadequate water pressure. Nobody likes taking a shower with low water pressure. What’s more, people with thick hair find this a big problem. 

In most cases, the issue arises due to the shower tap. This happens because of limescale build-ups on top of the showerhead. If that is the case, the solution is simple. All you need to do is unscrew the showerhead and soak it in a mixture of white distilled vinegar and water for about 30 minutes or an hour. You can also soak some tissue paper in pure vinegar, cover the head, and let it sit overnight. If any stubborn particles are left, clean them with a toothbrush. 

If this does not help, the problem might be more serious. If that is the case, your best option is to call a plumber and let them deal with the issue.

Common Clogs

Clogs are not an unusual problem for many homeowners. They are typically caused by hair, soap, dirt, or even accidentally dropped items. These issues especially arise when you have young children who often bring toys to shower. Fortunately, a few simple solutions might help you with your problem, depending on how big it is.

If removing the clog by hand does not work, you should pour baking soda and vinegar down the drain. This combination helps with minor clogs if you let it sit for a few hours. If the problem continues, you are dealing with a more serious issue.

We understand that most people want to avoid destructive chemicals in the shower space, and we applaud that. In that case, we recommend using a plumbing snake. However, if you use it incorrectly, it might lead to more serious issues. Therefore, before you take the matter into your own hands, set some time aside and watch a few YouTube videos that might help you understand the process.

Naturally, you can always call a plumber to take care of the clogging problem for you. Sometimes, it’s simply better to rely on skilled experts than causing an even larger problem.

We’ve also got a pro-tip for you — to avoid clogging in the first place, invest in a first-class drain cover. Although they may not protect your shower from every clog, they can help with hair and miscellaneous items.

Recurring Mould

One of the most nerve-wracking bathroom problems is mould. Shower mould is particularly nasty as it accumulates quickly if left unattended. Not only can it grow on shower curtains and doors, but it can also appear in corners and tiny crevices.

While we understand the appeal of steamy hot showers, you need to be aware that they can lead to serious mould problems, and eventually, health issues. Mould accumulates when there is a lack of proper ventilation, so if you do not have a window, opt for ventilation systems or extractor fans. For a full effect, make sure to leave it on for another 20 minutes after using the shower. That helps prevent mould accumulation in the bathroom.

If you do have a window, crack it open during the shower and leave it ajar afterwards. Do not forget to wipe down condensation as well. 

Of course, if mould has already found a place in your bathroom, you need to clean it. We recommend a mixture of one part bleach and four parts water. Remember to wear gloves during the deep clean. You can also use a baking soda, vinegar, and water mix to avoid strong chemicals.

Unpleasant Smells

Unpleasant smells are certainly something that people would prefer to avoid in their bathrooms. That is why they often purchase scented candles and air fresheners in hopes of solving this issue. Unfortunately, in most cases, bad smells cannot be fought off this way.

The most common root of such a problem comes from the drain. If this is your case, follow the instructions above in which we’ve explained how you can clean out your shower drain. 

In other cases, unpleasant smells can be caused by mould. If you want to clean out bathroom mould and stop it from appearing in the first place, make sure to follow the tips we’ve shared with you.

Once you have solved the issue of smell, don’t forget to ventilate the space (especially if you have used some chemicals). If the problem keeps arising, it is probably the sewer gas coming out of your shower drain. Since that is a more serious problem, call a plumber to take care of it.

Hot Water Bursts

Nobody likes surprises in the shower, especially not the ones caused by scalding hot water. If you have ever experienced bursts of hot water while showering, you know what we are talking about. Sometimes, these can happen unprovoked. However, at other times, they can occur when someone flushes the toilet while you are in the shower.

In most cases, dated water installations between the toilet and the shower are the root of all trouble. An easy fix is to replace your old toilet with a high-efficiency one. These toilets use less cold water to flush. With such a system, you will have enough cold water when showering. In addition, you will be using less water, and thus helping preserve the environment.

Minor Leaks

Leaks often happen, especially in older bathrooms. This is a completely understandable problem, as materials wear down with time. However, this issue can be easily solved. Remember that the most important thing with minor leaks is to notice them and take care of them on time, before they escalate into a more serious problem.

In most cases, you will only need to replace a part, like a seal, ring, or gasket. However, sometimes, a shower hose can crack, or you may have to buy a new showerhead. Either way, the repairs are often minimal, and you can even do some of them yourself.

Unfortunately, though, if you notice some water coming from the adjacent wall or underneath the shower, it is most likely a major leak. In that case, make sure to call a plumber and be prepared for the repairs to take a large chunk out of your budget.

Noisy Shower and Rattling Pipes

If you can hear strange noises while showering, it might mean some parts haven’t been secured to the wall properly. Your shower should not be making any noises, so make sure to call a plumber to check the problem.

On the other hand, if you hear rattling, you might be having issues with hot water. The sound typically indicates that hot water is fighting for a place in your pipes, and a simple solution is to adjust your mixing valve. If that does not help with the rattling sound, the issue is more serious. 

Final Thoughts

If you are experiencing any shower problems, look into them immediately. It is better to deal with a minor inconvenience than let it escalate to a more serious issue that will definitely give you headaches. Most of the smaller problems are easily fixable by either yourself or members of your family. Still, for more complicated matters, we advise you to contact a plumber.

For any questions or concerns when purchasing a new shower or shower parts, contact the Letta London staff. We will be glad to provide you with all the necessary information about bathroom installation and renovation.