Shower installation projects do not come without their issues. Often, no matter how careful you are or how much planning you do, you can still face some obstacles when it comes to DIY plumbing projects. However, shower maintenance, repair and installation does not have to be difficult. Although you simply cannot avoid a few hiccups from time to time, this guide will prepare you for what to do in case a common plumbing problem.
Sometimes you can take care of small problems at home before they become larger issues and require the assistance of a professional. Below are some common shower plumbing issues and what to do to prevent further damage.
1. Poor Water Pressure
If water starts dripping from the tap instead of gushing, you have low water pressure in your pipes. This is usually caused by the accumulation of sediment on faucet aerators. You will need to clean both the aerators and the shower head to alleviate this issue. First, unscrew the showerhead and soak it in a vinegar-water solution. If this doesn't work, you may need a replacement.
2. Sewer Smells
Odors in the shower drain could be caused by anaerobic bacteria that feed on debris. Some of these bacteria live in sewage-smelling water in the P-trap and produce hydrogen sulfide gas. Make sure the P-trap is clear, or your drain is clean before turning to a professional for help.
3. Clogged Drains
Anything from hair and hard water buildup to soap scum and dirt can cause your shower drain to clog. If this happens, flush your drain with hot water. Then, add a half cup of baking soda to the drain and allow it to settle for about three minutes. Next, mix one cup of white vinegar and one cup of scalding water together and pour it down the drain. Cover with a drain plug and let sit for five to 10 minutes. Flush another round of hot water down the drain. If these steps don't work, it's time to use a plunger or call a professional at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Oneida for your shower plumbing problem.
4. Rattling Pipes
Rattling pipes are a fairly common issue with an easy solution. The rattling sound usually indicates that the pipes have not been clamped properly to the framing. On the other hand, a loud knocking sound when you turn on the valve is a symptom of water hammer. First, you will need to have someone turn the hot and cold water on and off until you determine where the sound is coming from. When you find and expose the banging pipe, add a piece of rubber pipe or foam insulation to the pipe and re-strap it. If the banging pipe is behind a wall, you may need professional assistance.
Contact Mr. Rooter for Help With Your Plumbing Problems
If you need friendly, knowledgeable plumbing installation, repair and maintenance services in Oneida, NY, contact Mr. Rooter. As a licensed plumber certified by Onondaga County for plumbing leak detection or any plumbing related project, you can count on us to fix your common plumbing problems. To learn more about our residential plumbing services or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 315-363-1565 or fill out our online contact form for a free project quote.