If we wanted a weak shower, we’d head outside into the rain with a squeegee and a brush. While there’s nothing like a hot, warm, powerful shower stream, there’s also nothing quite as disappointing as stepping into a matchbox in a hotel with about as much water pressure as a deflating balloon.
When this starts to happen around your home, it’s time to look at common problems and household fixes that can get your shower back on its feet. Luckily, most of the culprits are not terribly complex—most are the simple wear and tear that can be remedied with common tools and a little care. There is always 24/7 plumbing support from your friends at Johnson Plumbing for more advanced problems!
Not all problems are mechanical in nature, either. Aesthetically, you want your shower to be free of grime, mold, and other staining agents that could make for an unsightly appearance. Like dishes after a big meal, cleaning as you go will save time in the long run while also taking the intimidation factor out of a deep cleaning day.
Below are our tips for first maintaining your shower mechanically and for appearance, then a couple of techniques that can get you back to optimal pressure.
Rinsing and cleaning your shower between uses may seem redundant, but it is the easiest way to ensure that any stains or troublesome pools of soap won’t go on to stain your hardware or walls. To clean more effectively, run the fan for at least 15 minutes after a shower to encourage moisture evaporation and loss. This technique not only improves your shower or bathtub but also aids in keeping the rest of your bathroom clean and moisture-free.
On the topic of moisture—if your shower has an enclosed space or a door, leave it open when you leave. Better air circulation combined with a quick wipedown using microfiber towels will significantly improve the appearance and dryness of your shower walls.
Keep an eye for mold buildup on your walls or ceilings, as this is a sure sign that your air is not circulating correctly. Being on top of moisture and maintaining your exhaust fan will mean less painting, drywall damage, peeled wallpaper, and rusting, so it’s critical to keep an active eye out.
Sponges and microfiber cloths are fantastic tools as they absorb moisture and shower gunk while being easily rinsed and reused. A gentle mixture of water, vinegar, and a splash of tea tree oil will help prevent odors, stains, and buildups when sprayed and wiped once a week.
Shower door and faucet fixtures are also notorious for chemical buildup. Wiping them frequently (along with your shower walls and grouting) will make for a better fixture lifespan. The same goes for re-sealing your grouting as needed—keep on top of your repairs as they come, and your shower will serve you comfortably for years.
Common areas for pressure loss are your fixture pieces—are they secure and tightened? Are you noticing water leaking out anywhere else but from the head? If so, repair as best you can by tightening or replacing broken seals—after shutting off the water from its source, of course!
Deposits that build up inside of showerheads can be remedied overnight by soaking the fixture distilled white vinegar. If you do not feel confident removing your showerhead, simply tie a plastic bag filled with vinegar to the showerhead itself and allow it to soak. Rinse and run for a minute or two to dislodge any buildup that the vinegar has dissolved.
As we said earlier, not all fixes are simple. When you are looking for in-depth care, a maintenance plan, or specialized care with a satisfaction guarantee, Johnson Plumbing is here to help. Contact us today for all of your indoor and outdoor plumbing needs!