Most showers get used a lot. As a result, it’s fairly common for their drains to get clogged. The two most common culprits behind clogs are soap scum and hair. If a drain gets really clogged, it can take as long as thirty minutes for the shower to fully clear of water! Since that creates a very unpleasant experience, the good news is it’s fairly easy to fix most clogs. However, people often make one or more mistakes during this process. The first is using liquid clog remover. Although that may seem like the solution, not only does it often fail to clear the clog, but it can actually cause damage to pipes.
The other most common mistake is to use boiling water. The problem with that approach is it can cause damage to rubber gaskets or sealants on its way into the drain. Instead of using liquid clog remover or boiling water, start by removing the drain cover. If there’s a clump of hair, pulling it out may solve your problem. For a drain that’s still clogged, the next option is to try using a plunger on it. If your shower still isn’t draining properly, you can either try a plumber’s snake, or give House Doctors a call. This will ensure that the real root of your more serious clogging issue is addressed.
How to Deal with Three Other Common Plumbing Problems
In addition to a clogged shower drain, the other three most common plumbing problems in a bathroom are the toilet overflowing, no hot water and a faucet that’s leaking. If your toilet starts overflowing, start by reaching behind it and turning off the water source. From there, a plunger or plumber’s snake may clear the clog. If the clog persists, or if there’s raw sewage coming out of your toilet, be sure to call a House Doctors professional as soon as possible. Also, to help prevent future clogs, make sure you let all the members of your household know that they shouldn’t flush anything other than toilet paper.
The next issue you may encounter is not having any hot water in the bathroom. This problem may also be accompanied by a high-pitched whining, rust colored water or the smell of rotten eggs. To address this issue, you’ll want to disconnect the water heater’s power and shut off its supply. Since figuring out exactly what’s wrong can be a challenge, many homeowners prefer to call House Doctors for help.
The other common bathroom issue that may arise is a leaky faucet. In most cases, this repair requires taking the faucet apart and replacing at least one of its components. Since a leaking faucet can waste a surprising amount of water, it’s important to fix this problem on your own or get professional help as soon as possible. Otherwise, you’re going to end up paying a lot more than necessary for your water bill every single month until the faucet is properly repaired.
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