Next to stopped up drain lines, a leaking shower head is one of the most common plumbing problems homeowners have. Not only can the constant drip-drip-drip of a shower head become increasingly annoying to hear, but it will cost you money each month when you receive your monthly utility bill. There are multiple reason why your shower head may be leaking. Let’s take a quick look at the three most common reasons:
1. The Holes Are Clogged:
The water holes in a shower head can become clogged with mineral deposits over time. When a handful of these passages become blocked, water can begin to leak out of the face plate or at the base of the handle or pipe. To remove these mineral deposits, wrap a plastic bag filled with vinegar around the shower head and let it sit overnight. The next day, scrub the shower head with a small brush to remove any leftover residue.
2. The Seal is Worn
Within a shower head there are washers and O-rings that exist to create watertight seals to ensure there are no leaks between connections. However, these seals can break over time (or harden if they’re made from rubber). We often get calls from customers who attempt to make this repair on their own. While some homeowners are more then capable of completing these repairs, it’s not as easy a job as it may seem. If you are planning on attempting this repair on your own, we recommend that you carry the worn out seal with you to your local hardware store to be sure you are purchasing the correct replacement part.
3. The Handles Are to Blame
Some showers have compression faucets; when there is a separate cold and hot handle to control water temperature. We often see that the seal behind these faucets can go bad and will cause the shower head to leak water. Again, if you attempt to make this repair on your own, be sure you are comfortable with the repair first.
No matter what type of DIY plumbing project you have your sights set on, make sure you know where the closest isolation valve is, as well as the main water shut off valve to your home. Water can do serious damage in such a short amount of time so know where to quickly shut the water off in an emergency is always the best policy. In fact, we recommend all homeowners knowing where the water shut off valve is at all times. You never know when a plumbing emergency will occur and being prepared can make a world of difference.
If you find yourself in a plumbing emergency knowing who to call in advance is extremely important. R. A. Styron has all of the tools and knowledge needed to take care of any plumbing problem you may have. We’ll leave you with a piece of mind that the job is done professionally with a warranty on parts and workmanship. Call us today to schedule your appointment.