Has your peaceful morning routine been disrupted by the irritating drip-drip sound from your shower head? Even more frustrating is the water wastage and the potential increase in your utility bill due to a seemingly insignificant leak. At Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we understand this problem all too well. Read below to find out how to diagnose and fix your leaking shower head.
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Firstly, let's understand why shower heads leak. There could be several culprits like clogged holes in the shower head, worn-out washers, a faulty diverter valve, or a problematic cartridge valve. Identifying the cause is the first step toward fixing the problem. With a little patience and some basic tools, most of these issues can be solved without calling in a plumber.
One of the most common causes of a leaking shower head is clogging. Mineral deposits and sediment from hard water can build up over time, causing the water to leak out even when the shower is off. Here is an effective way to unclog your shower head:
Check if the leak has stopped. If it continues, the issue may lie elsewhere.
If unclogging the shower head didn't stop the leak, the problem might be a worn-out washer. Washers are small rubber components that seal the connection points in your shower's plumbing, preventing water from leaking out. Over time, these can become worn and no longer provide a water-tight seal. Here is how you can replace the worn washers:
After replacing the washer, check if the shower head still leaks. If it does, the issue may be more complex, like a problem with the diverter valve or cartridge valve.
The diverter valve is a crucial component that directs the water flow from the faucet to the shower head. When it's faulty, it can cause a leak. Here's how to replace the diverter valve:
If the shower head continues to leak after replacing the diverter valve, the last likely culprit is the cartridge valve.
The cartridge valve regulates the water pressure and temperature in your shower. If it's faulty, it could cause your shower head to leak. Here's how to replace it:
Plumbing leaks can be more than just an annoyance. They waste water, lead to higher utility bills, and can even cause property damage if left ignored. If you have a leaking fixture and are looking for a qualified plumber who can help get the problem fixed quickly, call the team at Rooter Hero Plumbing. Our friendly staff can answer your questions and help schedule a convenient appointment for your next plumbing service.
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