How to troubleshoot shower plumbing

Troubleshooting shower plumbing is a great home project for the do-it-yourselfer. Fixing minor drips...

Troubleshooting shower plumbing is a great home project for the do-it-yourselfer. Fixing minor drips can be accomplished by a moderately skilled homeowner, while major repairs can be avoided through regular maintenance.

Keeping your shower plumbing under control requires maintenance and cleaning. Particularly in Atlanta, where you have hard water influenced by clay in the water table, keeping your shower head clean is essential. A shower head cleaning product keeps you from wonky shower heads with water spraying in various directions. Regular maintenance requirements include the following:

  • Particularly with hard water, you need to regularly clean out your shower spout with a shower head cleaner.
  • If you have a drip issue, you may want to replace the shower head or retape the teflon tape around the threads of the pipe.
  • Regularly check your cartridge (in the tub faucet) for leaks. It can be the source of a leaking shower because it controls the switch from tub to shower water flow. If this needs major repairs, you can replace the cartridge simply by removing the handle cap and taking out the cartridge to replace it with another.
  • Flow problems? Check the flow rate of your shower head. To check the GPM (flow rate is measured in Gallons Per Minute), turn the fixture to its normal spot and place a container under the fixture to collect water for 10 seconds. Measure the water quantity in gallons and multiply by six to determine the GPM.

If you've neglected maintenance or you're somehow already in the major repairs zone, contact a local Atlanta licensed plumber for repairs.

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