As a licensed plumber in Manhattan, I hear a lot about what makes people unhappy with their shower. Number one issue: terrible water pressure. Number two issue: water temperature – in other words, no hot water. Number three issue: Poor shower drainage – an issue that can lead to unpleasant smells in the bathroom.
Understanding Poor Water Pressure in Manhattan Homes
Poor water pressure happens when something physically interferes with the movement of water through the water supply lines. The most common causes of physical interference are the pipes – especially if they are corroded or damaged – and valves. Valves can be stuck partially closed, reducing the flow of water through the pipes.
Your Manhattan plumber will inspect your pipes to determine what’s causing poor water pressure in your shower. Clogged pipes and clogged showerheads are very common causes, which can be addressed by flushing the pipes and clearing tap obstructions.
Understanding Why There Is No Hot Water
The occasional cold shower can be refreshing, but nobody wants to deal with that all of the time. If you have no hot water, or hot water only from time to time, have your Manhattan plumber take a look at the situation. The useful life of a water heater is between 15-20 years, so if your water heater is older than that, it may be time for water heater replacement. Signs your water heater is failing include a lack of hot water, strange noises coming from the water heater, cracks or other damage to the water heater, and puddles around the water heater.
Understanding why the Shower Won’t Drain
Shower drain pipes often become clogged with hair. Soap, shampoo, and other shower products can also contribute to clogged shower drains. All drains need periodic cleaning. If your shower drain is clogging, have your Manhattan plumber clean the drains. This small home repair will make a huge improvement in how your household drains smell!