Telltale Signs that Your Shower Valve Needs to be Replaced


Have you ever jumped in the shower after a cold day excited to take a long hot rinse and when your body is finally beginning to thaw, the water turns instantly cold? Yes, we’ve all been there and have experienced the jolting shock. This unwanted experience could easily be prevented by having your shower valve changed.

This all too common problem can mean your shower valve is slow to reaction. This occurs while you’re taking a warm shower and another faucet in the house is turned on, and you’re either scalded with hot water or attacked by freezing water. This is caused by natural wear and tear on your shower valve. When you’re constantly using something so regularly, it is natural for it to break down. When your shower valve is slow to make the much needed adjustment, this means your shower valve should be replaced.

Other signs of wear and tear on your shower valve are sudden changes in your water pressure. Everyone has experienced this, right when it’s time to rinse and all of a sudden it seems like the water has turned to a light sprinkle. If you notice that your water pressure isn’t what it used to be or the pressure fluctuates during your shower, this is another sign that your shower valve needs replacing.

An obvious sign your shower valve needs to be changed is a leak. This can be caused when a valve seal breaks causing water to leak. A leak is a problem you’ll want to fix quickly to avoid damage to your bathroom walls.

Hot and cold temperature changes during your shower even when no other tap is turned on in your home can be a detector that it is time for the shower valve to be changed. This can be a result caused from lime build up, which occurs over time.

Don’t continue to suffer from fickle temperature or water pressure changes. Or worse, don’t let your bathroom be destroyed by a failed valve. Give Gillece Services a call and have all your questions answered today. You should enjoy your shower, not dread it.

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Tom Gillece Sr. is the founder and president of Gillece Services in Pittsburgh, providing residential Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electrical and Waterproofing services throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1980, Gillece has helped homeowners with all of their emergency, maintenance, repair and replacement needs for more than 30 years. For the latest news and offers, Gillece can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.