A showerhead that drips constantly or leaks in a steady stream is a problem you want to be repaired as soon as possible. A leaking shower wastes a lot of water, and if it's the hot water valve that has the problem, then your electric bill could skyrocket too. The problem might be in your showerhead or in the handle of the faucet. Worn rings are a likely culprit. Here's a look at how a plumber may fix the problem.
Check the Shower Head
The plumber may start by checking the ring in the shower head since it is an easy fix. This requires removing the head and examining the parts. When the shower head is off, you have a chance to clean it to get rid of hard water deposits too. With a new ring to seal the shower head, the drip may stop. If it doesn't, then it's time to move on to the handles.
Repair Leaky Handles
Shower knobs or handles have seals in them that stop the flow of water. If you have a habit of turning the knob to the off position as hard as possible, as you might do if there is a tiny drip, then the seals wear out much quicker. Putting in new rings could solve this problem, but it's necessary to remove the old handle first. It's easy to tell which one leaks by feeling the water that drips out of the shower head. If it's hot, the plumber knows the problem is with the valve on the hot side.
Getting the handle, knob, or cover off could be easy if the plumbing is new, or it could be extremely difficult with old plumbing. Part of the reason is that the plumbing is behind a tile wall and hard to work with. Old plumbing can be damaged easily or it can be frozen in place and impossible to work loose. In some cases, it could be necessary to tear out some of the tiles so the handles can be cut out and replaced with something new. This is one reason why it is tricky to repair shower faucets, handles, and showerheads as a DIY project. If there's no shut-off valve in the bathroom, you'll need to shut off the water to your whole house, and if you can't complete the job, you'll be without water until a plumber can make repairs.
Don't delay having your leak repaired because it's possible water is leaking behind the wall too, and that could cause water damage. Also, a leak increases humidity in the bathroom and that can invite bugs, which only adds to your problems. A plumber can fix the leak no matter what it takes, and that can save you from water damage as well as high utility bills.
Contact a plumbing service to get help today.