Easy Fixes for your Leaking Shower
Most households are familiar with the leaking shower problem. Apart from a shower leak being very annoying, it also wastes a lot of water and may cumulatively be very costly. Luckily, repairing a dripping shower is not that difficult and can quickly be done using some simple tools and a bit of expertise.
A leaking shower is often caused by the following:
- A clogged or worn out Showerhead
- A leaking or faulty faucet.
Unclogging the Shower Head
Step 1 First, turn off the water at the main and drain any water remaining in the pipes. Have a towel in handy in case things get a little wet. You should also make sure your water heater socket is off just to be safe.
Step 2 Unscrew the shower head from its pipe using your hand. If the shower head is screwed on tight, you may remove it using either a crescent wrench or a pair of pliers.
Step 3 Inspect the shower head to locate a small plastic washer or a circular rubber ring. If the rubber ring or washer appears worn or damaged, then it may have outlived its function. Remove the washer or the ring with a simple pull and replace it with a new one. These washers and rubber rings are available in local stores or hardware stores across Sydney.
Step 4 Clean the shower head to remove any mineral deposits or soil sediments that may have accumulated with time. Two to three cups of boiling water mixed with a bit of vinegar should do the trick. Soak the shower head in the mixture for about half an hour. Remove the shower head and scrub the deposits off till clean.
Step 5 Fix the shower head into position, turn on the main water supply and check if the problem persists. If the shower is still leaking, then you may have to check the faucet.
Repairing a Dripping Faucet
Step 1 Just as in the previous fix, Turn off the water supply to the house and drain the remaining water in the pipes by leaving the shower on for some time.
Step 2 The next step is to disassemble the faucet. Use a screwdriver to unscrew the valve and a crescent wrench to remove the shower knob(s). Take out the guard and set it aside. You should then see two nuts. Ratchet the larger of the nuts to access the shower stem. Unscrew the shower stem by simply rotating it.
Step 3 Since the shower stem contains many washers, consider replacing all of them regardless of their conditions. The washers are also available in many outlets across Sydney.
Step 4 Clean the pipes using the same vinegar and water solution and an old toothbrush. Ensure you have scrubbed off all mineral deposits and sediments before putting the faucet back together.
Step 5 Screw back the valves in place and screw the valves back in place and attach the knob(s). After reattaching the faceplate of the faucet, you should seal all around the faceplate with caulk or any filler material. If the leaking persists then you may have a faulty faucet which needs immediate repair. When faced with this problem anywhere in Sydney, don’t hesitate to contact us for speedy and expedient service.