2 September 2018

What are common shower issues and how do I solve them?

What are common shower issues and how do I solve them?

Your shower gets a workout when the kids go back to school. There's no time to waste when you're running around trying to shuffle everyone out the door or get yourself to work.  The shower must cooperate, but sometimes it doesn't.  Here are a few of the common issues and how to avoid them.  

Clogged Shower Head  

Over time, the holes in your shower head can become clogged with mineral deposits.  The water will find another way out and that’s usually through the face plate or adjacent pipe. If that’s the problem, it’s an easy fix. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, submerge the shower head into the bag, use a rubber band or tape to secure and let it soak overnight. Remove the next day and use an old toothbrush to remove any remaining residue.  

Cold Shower

When you’re in a hurry in the mornings, the last thing you want to do is wait 2-5 minutes for warm water to finally come out.  What causes this?  Water travels throughout your home in a system of pipes; and when the water sits in those pipes overnight, it becomes room temperature or colder. Thus, the long wait on the hot water to appear.

Solution:  Never be the first one to shower in the morning OR consider having a recirculation pump installed to keep the water in the pipes hot and ready to go.  Better yet, consider a tankless water heater so it doesn’t matter if you are the first or last one in the shower. There will be a supply of endless hot water.  We can help you with that.

Slow Draining Shower

Over time, your shower drain takes a beating from all of those showers - - soap scum, hard water buildup, dirt and grime, and stray hairs can collect in your drain and cause a clog.  There’s nothing more of a nuisance than water collecting around your ankles and rising while standing in the shower.  Three Way Plumbing offers a wonderful, environmentally safe solution called BioOne - a drain maintenance product made up of live bacteria naturally found in our environment that is EPA certified.  That bacteria eats away organic matter that builds up in your drains essentially keeping them clean and flowing freely. Give BioOne a try. Click Here to learn more.

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