Avoid Low Water Pressure in your Shower

There’s nothing better than a nice warm shower on a cold morning. Of course, what’s relaxing about a shower with low water pressure?

Causes of Water Pressure Drops in the Shower

So, what could be causing the drop in water pressure and how do you prevent it? There are a number of different valves and pipes that work together to control the water pressure in your shower. The best option is to contact a plumber to discuss any problems with your piping.

Charles Moon faucet installationPressure balancing valve

Shower pressure can be interrupted by any number of things such as flushing a toilet, turning on another sink, or even the dishwasher running. These interruptions are from “pressure balancing valves.” This type of valve balances the pressure between hot and cold water, so when another appliance is using the cold water (like a flushing toilet) the hot water will drop too.

To solve this problem, ask a plumber about installing a thermostatic mixing valve, which can allow you to control water temperature and pressure separately in the shower. Alternatively, avoid running multiple appliances at one time or upgrade your hot water heater.

Diverter valve

The diverter valve is only presence in bathtub/shower combinations. This is the valve the changes the water direction from the bathtub up to the shower head. If this valve, sometimes in the shape of a switch or knob, becomes broken then the water pressure may drop for the shower head. This is a result of the water still escaping through the bathtub rather than diverting up to the shower head.

To solve this problem, a plumber may repair or replace the diverter valve. They may also repair or replace the seal that is allowing the water to escape.

Clogged showerhead

If the showerhead itself become dirty or clogged, the water pressure may appear to drop with now other cause. This is perhaps the easiest fix.

Start by unscrewing the showerhead and soaking the entire thing in white vinegar. Alternatively, fill a Ziploc bag with white vinegar and tie it around the showerhead, ensuring the whole head is covered by the vinegar. Tie closed with a rubber band. Let the showerhead soak for twenty minutes to an hour then remove the head and scrub with an old toothbrush to remove built-up grime.

If the water pressure does not return to normal after cleaning the showerhead, consider hiring a plumber to examine your other pipes for clogs. They may need to clean them with special tools and solutions. They may also recommend installing a water softener to avoid clogged pipes in the future.

Causes of Water Pressure Drops in the Whole House

If the water pressure does not return to normal after cleaning the showerhead, or If the water pressure is low in other faucets in your home, consider hiring a plumber to examine your other pipes for clogs.

If you have hard water, your pipes may become clogged over time requiring a plumber to clean them with special tools and solutions. They may also recommend installing a water softener to avoid clogged pipes in the future.

Hire a Professional Plumber

If home fixes don’t work, or if DIY isn’t for you, hire the best plumbers in Sussex County, Delaware for more help with the water pressure in your home. Call Charles Moon Plumbing at 302-732-3555 to hire a professional plumber today. 

How does a Water Softener Work?

Previously, we reviewed all of the advantages to having a water softener. Due to the mineral deposits from hard water, a water softener can really make a difference in your home. There are numerous pros such as:

  • Extend the life of your appliances
  • Keep bathtubs, sinks, showers, and dishes cleaner
  • Make bathtubs, sinks, showers, and dishes easier to clean
  • Heat up your water faster (and save you money)
  • Keep your plumbing system healthier
  • Keep yourself healthier

But, you may still be wondering, how does a water softener work? It’s not magic even though it may seem like it. In fact, water softeners are powered by science.

Get expert plumbing help with water softenersMinerals Cause Hard Water

“Hard” water can be hard to understand because the hardness of the water isn’t like other objects. If we were to be literal, ice is the only “hard” water. In this case, “hard” water refers to the minerals in the water.

Unlike “soft” water, “hard” water has minerals like magnesium and calcium in it that causes soap scum and other problems with your plumbing.  It is these hard minerals that a water softener is attempting to clean out to provide your home with healthier “soft” water for cleaning, bathing, cooking, and drinking.

Beads Clean the Water

If minerals cause the hard water, the next step is to remove the minerals for softer water. This is a job for the water softener.

All of the water in your home flows into the water softener before being used by your appliances. Inside of the water softener are tons of resin beads. The beads are specially designed to gather the calcium and magnesium from the water and remove it.

Get water softener repair and installation serviceA Little Bit of Chemistry

The calcium and magnesium in your water are positively charged. If you remember anything from your High School Chemistry class, this means the resin beads must be negatively charged in order to bond with the positively charged minerals.

After a while, the beads are all bonded to minerals, and it can’t remove the hardness from the water anymore. The tank needs to be rinsed and recharged. To recharge, the minerals are cleaned from the beads and flushed down a drain. This process involves flushing the tank with a brine solution (salty water).

Sodium, like common salt, is also positively charged. When the sodium flushes through the tank, the minerals are washed away, and the sodium bonds with the beads instead. Then the process can start over. This is why you have to add salt to the water softener regularly.

Contact a Plumber

If your home suffers from hard water problems, or if your water softener needs repair, you need an experienced plumber’s help. Learn more about our water softener services. Call Charles Moon Plumbing today at 302-732-2222 for help.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

With freezing temperatures, pipes can freeze leading to a number of problems in your home. The most damaging consequence of frozen plumbing is a burst pipe. Protect your home from frozen pipes. 

A burst pipe can cause damage to your home such as:

  • High water bills
  • Flooding in your home
  • Mildew
  • Mold
  • Ruined flooring
  • Other water damage

To prevent frozen pipes, and burst pipes, in your home, follow this checklist.

1. Know the signs

Being aware of the signs of a frozen pipe is the first step to preventing burst pipes. Low temperatures, frost on your pipes, no running water, and a bad smell coming from your sink are all signs of frozen pipes.

Frozen pipes2. Insulate your pipes

The most vulnerable areas are pipes in the garage, basement, crawlspace, attic, and pipes under the sink in the kitchen or bathroom. These pipes are the least likely to be insulated and are most exposed to freezing temperatures.

To protect those pipes from the possibility of freezing and bursting, have the pipes insulated by a plumber. Using foam or other insulating products, a plumber will cover your pipes to keep them protected from harsh winter temperatures.

3. Pay attention to the weather

Staying up to date on current weather conditions in your town can keep you prepared for the possibility of frozen pipes.

During nights (and days) with freezing temperatures, leave faucets dripping. Dripping faucets will force water to keep running through your pipes and protect against freezing.

Got Frozen Pipes?

Preventing frozen pipes is vital to protecting your home from damage. Frozen pipes lead to burst pipes, which leads to expensive repairs for your plumbing and your home.

Protect your home. Call Charles Moon Plumbing at 302-732-3555 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced plumbers in or around Ocean Pines, MD today.

If you experienced a burst pipe, contact Charles Moon for emergency plumbing repair. Also, ask us about preventative maintenance on your plumbing such as insulating vulnerable pipes.

For help with your bathroom remodel, read our Complete Bathroom Remodel Resource

Signs of Frozen Pipes

There are a number of signs that your pipes have frozen before they burst. Thawing and repairing frozen pipes before they burst is vital to protecting your home from expensive repairs.

Frozen pipes can be catastrophic for your home. When your pipes freeze, a lot can go wrong. Learn more about how to spot the signs of frozen pipes in your home.

How to Remove (and Prevent) Bathroom Mold

Mold in your bathroom is not only unsightly, but it’s also a health hazard. Mold can cause a number of health-related issues including headaches, cold symptoms, and more serious issues.  

What Causes Mold to Grow in the Bathroom

Mold particularly likes to grow in warm damp places. Your bathroom is the perfect environment for mold spores to accumulate and grow. A number of factors could be causing mildew growth in your bathroom.

1. Leaky Plumbing

Leaking plumbing could be causing a build-up of warm moisture that could be fueling this annoying growth. To prevent mold from leaky plumbing, have your plumbing inspected regularly for any problems with your fixtures or pipes. If you notice any problems, be sure to call a plumber right away to fix the problem.

Keep an Eye on Your Septic Tank this Winter

Get expert plumbing help in Ocean Pines, MDWinter can be the source of a number of problems for your plumbing. From frozen or burst pipes to clogged drains from hearty holiday meals, your plumbing takes a beating. One thing that you might not consider is how the frozen ground could affect your septic tank. Avoid costly repairs by having your plumbing inspected and maintained regularly by a professional.

Frozen Ground = Frozen Septic Lines

Many homes in southern and central Delaware rely on Septic Tanks for disposing of their waste. Generally, the septic system is safe from winter weather, but prolonged periods below freezing temperatures without snow cover will cause the ground to freeze. The recent polar vortex with below freezing temperatures without snowfall is the perfect conditions for damage to your underground plumbing.

Why You Should Add Heated Floors during Your Bathroom Remodel

Remodeled bathroomWaking up and going to work in the winter is hard enough without having to deal with freezing cold bathroom floors. With Central Air, the heat rises to the ceiling meaning your exposed feet are freezing. The solution? Heated floors.

What You Need to Know About Heated Flooring

Radiant heated floors create the heat beneath your floors meaning your feet are nice and toasty every morning. The heat from the floors will radiate upwards meaning your heated floors could heat your entire room. Consider adding heated floors when you plan your next bathroom remodel.

New Home Plumbing Inspection Check List

Before buying a new home, make sure that you aren’t buying a lemon with a thorough home inspection of your plumbing. Follow the checklist below to ensure your plumbing is in top shape before you sign.

Get a plumbing inspection before you investCheck Toilet Flush Pressure

When inspecting a potential new home, flush the toilets. This may seem odd, but flushing the toilet will reveal a number of things about the plumbing in your new home. For example, low toilet flush pressure can be a sign that your new home could have low water pressure. Also, watch that the toilet stops running. A running toilet could be a sign that your home needs plumbing work. It could also predict high water bills in the future.

How to Prevent a Plumbing Emergency

Get emergency plumbing assistanceEmergency plumbing visits can be expensive. You not only pay for the expense of the fix, but you’ll also be shelling out extra for the off-hours or emergency visit. Avoid hefty plumbing bills by taking proactive care of your home’s plumbing system.

Know the Difference

The first step to preventing an emergency is to know the difference between an emergency and a non-emergency.

A plumbing emergency is one where you cannot locate the source of the problem or if it presents a health hazard to your or your family. Problems with your water heater may pose extreme danger to your home or family, consider calling a plumber to discuss a problem with your water heater right away.

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