Modern bathrooms run the gamut from functional bathrooms with only a few amenities to very sophisticated and upscale bathrooms complete with elaborate showers and gorgeous as well as large soaking tubs. Of course, regardless of your bathroom design, chances are you have at least one shower in your home. Today, many people prefer the convenience of a quick shower, especially when they don’t have the time to sit back and relax in the tub. Unfortunately, as with just about anything, there are times when repairs will be necessary.
Clogged Shower Head
One very common problem is a shower head that gets clogged and unsightly due to an accumulation of mineral deposits. This is a relatively easy problem to fix, and should not require a professional plumber. Simply fill a small plastic bag about half full with white vinegar, then bring the bag up and around the shower head so that it is immersed in the vinegar. Attach the bag to the shower head using a rubber band, and let it sit overnight or for several hours. Remove the bag and gently scrub the remaining mineral deposits with a soft bristled brush. Rinse the shower head and water should be running through without any obstruction.
Another common problem is a gasket on the shower door that no longer seals. This happens from normal wear and tear caused by the constant opening and closing that is part of daily life. Fortunately, replacing the gasket in your shower door is a fairly simple task. The gasket is attached to the bottom of your shower door with small screws. Locate the screws and remove the old seal. Place a small bead of silicone along the mounting edge of the replacement gasket, then slide the gasket in place. Make sure that the screw holes match up with the holes in your shower door. Attach the screws to secure the new gasket and let dry for several hours.
If you have a fiberglass shower stall, it’s not unusual for the pan to develop cracks from general use. If the damage is extensive, you will probably want to hire a professional plumber; however, for small cracks, most homeowners can do the repair work on their own.
To repair cracks in fiberglass, you’ll need a fiberglass repair kit. This kit comes with fiberglass cloth, fiberglass resin and a hardening solution. Make sure that you read package directions very carefully before you begin making repairs. Fiberglass repair can get messy, so be sure to protect surrounding surfaces with plastic.
You’ll need to sand the crack, then cut patches from the fiberglass cloth. Follow package directions for mixing the resin with the hardening solution. Dip the patches in this mixture, then place them over the cracks. Layer the patches over the cracks and let sit undisturbed for 8 hours, so it can dry properly. Once your patch is dry, you can sand it smooth and wipe clean. Use a putty knife to spread marine plastic filler over the patch, then apply a layer of gel coat and let cure for at least 24 hours. Go over the surface again with a piece of wet sandpaper, and wipe clean. Repeat this process, progressively moving up to a higher grit sandpaper until the patch is seamless.
How To Fix A Leaky Shower Faucet
Call A Plumber
Sometimes your shower repair is a bigger project than a typical homeowner can handle on their own. With major leaks or plumbing problems, such as when you need an Emmaus plumber shower repair, it’s a good idea to call in a professional plumber. Small leaks from improper installation or repair projects can go undetected until you have a major problem. We have experienced plumbers who know how to handle bigger plumbing jobs to ensure they are completed properly. Please keep in mind that it is always better to call a plumber to do the job right the first time rather than after you have attempted it yourself. Never take on a DIY plumbing project unless you are certain that you know what you are doing.
When you need a shower repair or any type of repair on your plumbing system, be sure to contact Robinson Plumbing. We can address any questions that you might have and provide you with a thorough answer for all of your plumbing concerns. Call us before a small issue becomes a bigger and more expensive problem. We offer plumbing services in Emmaus, PA and all surrounding towns.