The Most Common Outdoor Shower Repairs

Outdoor shower head spraying water
Nothing beats the serenity and convenience an outdoor shower brings to your backyard, home, and life! It's a great way to clean yourself off before or after jumping in the pool, rinsing off your soiled hands or feet before going inside, or even bathing your furry four-legged friend.

In some cases, some homeowners even create private outdoor shower areas that create a bathing experience that is like none other. Regardless of the primary use of your home's outdoor shower, it's important to remember that it will need to be serviced and maintained to keep things working properly, much like your home's main shower lines.

Common Outdoor Shower Repairs

Even with the proper maintenance, your outdoor shower should be repaired as problems pop up. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Wilmington and Brunswick County, we have years of repairing all types of problems homeowners encounter with their outdoor showers, including:

Dirty & Clogged Drains

While the idea of having a bed of beach pebbles, stone pavers, or cedar flooring may sound good on paper, outdoor showers should have the proper drain and drainage system set up to prevent groundwater contamination.

Traditional shower drains are used in outdoor showers to prevent water overflow and ensure all the water is properly removed. Grates or traps installed over or in the drain will reduce the chance of loose hair, dirt, rocks, and other natural debris getting sucked into your drain and clogging your shower.

Common causes of clogged outdoor showers include:

  • Soil and dirt
  • Soap scum
  • Rocks, grass, and leaves
  • Hair
  • Improper drainage

Even if large debris is avoided, soap scum and other wastewater residues will build up over time and reduce the flow of water, eventually leading to a clog. It's important to always have your outdoor shower drain cleaned regularly and clogs removed early on to avoid flooding your shower.

An important note about outdoor shower drainage: The outdoor shower drain may be able to be routed into a garden or nearby patch of grass, but it's extremely important to only use bio-degradable and eco-friendly soaps to avoid any damage.


If your outdoor shower drain gets clogged and things flood, you could be in for some major damage to your home unless you address the problem right away, especially if your outdoor shower is located on a deck, patio, or near your home's foundation.

Leaks & Bursts

As is common with any plumbing fixture, the various connections and lines throughout the system may develop a leak over time which doesn't only drive up your water bills but can also lead to mildew and mold growth under the right conditions.

Leaks can develop due to:

  • Age
  • Exposure to natural elements
  • Improper installation
  • Home plumbing problems

Outdoor shower leak repair is needed as soon as possible to stop wasting water and restore your shower's water pressure and reliability.

Winterization of Your Outdoor Shower is a Must

One of the most common reasons why outdoor shower pipes burst is due to improper winterization of the outdoor shower and its connected lines. As soon as the warmer months come to an end, the shower's valve should be shut off and all water is blown out and drained.

If not, frozen pipes that thaw will put stress on your system and cause the pipes to burst. This will lead to expensive repairs, extensive water damage, and more trouble than having the quick seasonal service done by a professional.

Turn to a Professional for Repairs

As soon as you suspect that your home's plumbing system may be affecting your outdoor shower or that something is wrong with the shower itself, turn to a plumber for help. No one knows plumbing like them!

While DIY outdoor shower repair may seem like a good idea in the heat of getting your shower to start, the wrong repairs can worsen the problem and prolong your shower's downtime.

Preventive Maintenance Plan Can Help Reduce Shower Repairs

The best way to avoid these common outdoor shower repairs is by having a plumbing maintenance plan created by a licensed professional that takes care of your entire home, including your outdoor shower.

This will ensure that:

  • Your outdoor drains are cleaned yearly
  • Any problems are repaired right away
  • Seasonal prep is done to prevent damage

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Wilmington and Brunswick County Repairs Outdoor Showers

Are you looking for outdoor shower repair in Wilmington or any of the nearby areas in Brunswick County? Turn to Mr. Rooter Plumbing for help! We can deliver the same quality of care we and attention we give your home's inside drains to your outdoor ones, so you can rest assured that things will flow properly.

Customers love our outdoor shower repair because we're:

  • Comprised licensed, trained, and insured plumbers
  • Backed by a national company with 50+ years of experience
  • Upfront, honest, and competitive with all of our repair costs
  • Able to provide comprehensive plumbing repair, maintenance, and more

We'll work with you to keep your outdoor shower in top shape by fixing problems as soon as they arise and preventing them from becoming bigger issues. We provide flexible scheduling and free repair estimates, so give us a call today to get started!

Reach out to Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Wilmington and Brunswick County today by contacting us online to learn more about our shower services or to schedule your outdoor shower repair.