SHOWER REPAIR PLUMBING SERVICES
HAWAII SHOWER LEAK & REPAIR PLUMBER SERVICES
The first thing you need to do is to cut off the water supply to your bathroom. You can do this by turning the shutoff valve for the bathroom or you can shut off the water to the entire house.
Unclogging the Showerhead Holes
If you’re lucky, the problem may only be a clogged showerhead. Here are the ways you can fix this issue:
- You’ll have to remove the faceplate if that’s possible. If not, then remove the whole shower head.
- Get a container that’s big enough to hold the shower head. Then fill the container with enough white vinegar to cover the shower head or faceplate.
- Immerse the showerhead in the vinegar for 8 straight hours.
- Then get a nail or toothpick to manually remove the debris inside the holes.
- Finally, use a stiff plastic brush to scrub the faceplate clean.
Replacing a Worn Washer
If unclogging the holes still results in a leak, try the following steps:
- Check the rubber washer, but this depends on what kind of shower you have. If you have a 2-handle faucet, you’ll probably need to replace the faucet rubber washer. If you just have a single handle faucet, then the showerhead rubber washer may be the problem.
- To replace the washer, you’ll have to dismantle either the showerhead or faucet. The way to do this will depend on the particular model of shower you have. You will need a screwdriver, and maybe a faucet puller for the faucet. For the shower head, you’ll also need a wrench too.
- Get the rubber washer, and then bring it with you when you have it replaced. The new replacement should be as similar as possible to the old one.
Dealing with a Malfunctioning Diverter Valve
If there’s still a leak, then the problem may lie in the diverter valve. This is the device that lets you switch from the faucet to the showerhead. It can weaken over time, and sediment can build up, causing a clog.
- First you’ll need to remove the faucet handle so you can get to the valve.
- Take out the diverter valve by unscrewing it from the hex nut.
- Use a small stiff wire brush and white vinegar to remove the sediment.
- Check for wear and tire. If there aren’t any, just let it dry before you put it back in place. If there are cracks, then you need to get new one.
As you can see, you’ll need some DIY experience to be able to deal with a shower leak repair and it can be troublesome to put all the parts back together properly. So if you’re not sure about what you’re doing, a plumber may be your best and most cost-effective option.
Call us at Shaka Plumbing today for a professional shower repair service! Mahalo!
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