Faulty mixing valves can make your shower useless. Not to mention uncomfortable, too. Damaged mixing valves can result to low water pressure, very stiff handle, and dripping water faucet, among others. Sometimes the shower will dispense either only hot or only cold water. Whatever the problem is, you’ll most likely find it an irritable and unpleasant experience. Here are some of the common problems plus ways to fix faulty valves and get that long-awaited shower you deserve.
- Water Pressure and Drips
A faulty valve will most probably result to a dripping faucet or low water pressure. If this happens, the valve could be clogged or any of its parts damaged. To fix this problem, remove the valve and clear it. Broken parts should also be replaced as soon as possible to avoid more damage to the valve. Put petroleum jelly onto the valve itself to lubricate it then reinstall.
- Stiff Handle and Disconnected Pipes
At some point, the valve could get misaligned or the pipe disconnected. When this happens, the handle would be difficult to handle and the shower may dispense either hot or cold water only. To fix this problem, you can remove the faucet handle and the mixing valve. Inspect both devices for corroded surfaces or any blockage. Corroded parts should be replaced immediately. For the disconnected pipe lining, locate the pipes and reconnect it to the valves.
- Mixer Showers
Mixer showers do not need power supply to work. You just connect them to the pipes that dispense hot and cold water. One common issue for mixer showers is that the ceramic valve inside it has a tendency to wear out over time. It is expected that valves will become broken or damaged with continual usage so you might need to replace it from time to time. If the shower drips then it is most likely that the valve needs to be fixed.
- Electric Showers
True to its name, electric showers require a power supply in order to work. They usually have a box placed on the wall which controls the flow of water and the temperature. Regularly check your shower for lime scales. A shower head may get clogged up with lime scale and it would result to a clogged shower head or a reduction in the flow of water. To fix this, try taking the shower head from the hose. The head might need cleaning up. If the head has small nozzles, you can just push your finger over each nozzle to remove the lime scale. A lime scale remover can also be bought from the supermarket.
Most showers get damaged or become faulty over time due to continuous usage. This happens all the time. Luckily, there are many ways to fix your shower without getting professional service. Most of the time, common shower problems include shower heads and mixing valves. There are ways to fix this like cleaning up the shower heads or replacing the valves. Once you get to the bottom of the problem, you can enjoy your shower time again.