Bathroom fixtures that have begun to fall apart or malfunction can cause homeowners lots of headache. This proves especially true for fixtures in the bathroom, where most people look to wind down after a hard day at work or relax when they are already feeling under the weather. There is nothing like a faulty bath or shower that causes a hinderance for us to get comfortable and help ourselves feel better.
A common problem for some families is a shower that seems to be squealing when it is turned on. Once the water starts to flow the noise kicks up and can come off as very aggravating. It ay change pitches as you turn the handle to change the temperature of the water but, chances are, you don’t care for any melodies from your shower head. This noise is caused by fixtures that have a single lever tub and shower valve. This valve is responsible for mixing both the hot and cold water as well as diverting it up to the showerhead if the little diverter in the main tub spout is pulled up. The passageways that allow for your shower and tub to operate normally in this way can be compromised by a couple of reasons, primarily of which we are going to look into is a calcium and magnesium buildup.
To take a look at fixing this problem, the first thing you will want to do is shut off the man water valve to the home. Next, you have to work at taking the valve apart. Taking off the index (the red and blue temperature indicator) and use a screwdriver to loosen the screw sitting just on the other side. You will then be able to remove the handle. There will be a large size nut that is surrounding a swiveling cartridge. Using a pair of pliers, turn the nut in a counterclockwise motion to loosen it. Once loosened and the nut removed, the cartridge can then also be removed. After these pieces are removed, there will be some black circular objects located behind the newly created space. These are called seats and springs and will also need to be removed.
At this point you will want to get together replacement parts you can have purchased from an online supplier or local hardware store. Oftentimes the cartridge comes in a pack with the seats and springs all ready to go. Now you simply replace the parts you just previously removed in the correct order. What this has essentially done is completely remove any of the buildup that was constricting the flow of water. This constriction was causing the high pitched squealing noises as the water was running. By using brand new parts, not only will the shower have increased longevity and run more smoothly, but the buildup is completely eliminated along with the old parts.
If you are experiencing similar problems with your shower fixture, but this DIY option hasn’t fixed it, give Jack Ward & Sons plumbing a call at (615) 227-2811. Our professional team of plumbing experts will most certainly be able to help restore your plumbing to working order.