How To Unclog Your Shower Quick

A shower is part of a home. It is also the most heavily used appliances. Of course, it’s crucial that your shower stays in good condition and can function when needed.

Your shower can stop working for many reasons. One of the most common reason is the classic shower clog. Fortunately, fixing it is simple.

Here are some things you can do if you notice your shower is draining slower than usual.

1. Inspect The Drain

If you notice your shower drains slowly, you have to turn it off as soon as possible. Take a look at the drain and remove any visible blockages.

The blockages can be anything from hair to a bath toy. Once removed, rerun the water to see whether or not the shower is draining as fast as it used to be.

If there is no visible blockage, use a flashlight to see if there is anything lodged slightly deeper in the pipes.

2. Remove The Drain Cover

Depending on the type shower drain you own, you can just pull the drain cover out and inspect the drain below. Otherwise, you have to use a screwdriver to unscrew the cover manually.

Take a look at the drain with a flashlight. Look for visible clog or blockages. If you spot any blockage, use a plumber snake to remove the blockage sitting deeper down the drain.

3. Use A Plunger

If water has collected around the drain and you are unable to see clearly through the drain pipe, you should use a plunger to try and dislodge the clog.

If the drain has already collected water and making it hard for you to see through the drain pipe clearly, you should use a plunger to dislodge the clog.

Scoop out some water if necessary before you start plunging. Plumbing a shower drain is more frustrating than using a plunger for a sink or toilet, but it can work.

4. Boil Water

It’s common sense. Most of the time, the clog in your shower is from old soap and grease.

In this case, it is a good idea to use boiling water to clear the clog as the heat can melt away any debris that may be clogging the pipes or holding a clog in place.

5. Use Baking Soda & Vinegar

These two kitchen staples can clear a clogged drain in a short time.

When they are mixed, there’s an explosive chemical reaction formed between these two elements, which is the perfect remedy for a simple clogged drain.

You have to combine this method with the previous boiling water method.

  1. Pour a pot of boiling water down your shower drain
  2. Pour a generous amount of baking soda in after the hot water
  3. Wait a few minutes for the mixture to settle
  4. Pour in several cups of the vinegar

The combination will immediately begin to bubble and ideally dislodge the blockage.

6. Call Your Hilltop Plumbing

A clogged and leaking shower becomes a severe problem in no time because it can lead to permanent water damage to your home. If you have a stubborn clog, just call us.

At Hilltop Plumbing, we have many years of experience in the plumbing and heating industry. We have the education and experience to successfully unclog your shower, and take care of any of your other plumbing needs.

4 Causes When Your Water Heater Tripping Its Reset

If you have worked with thermostat controls before, especially for your water heater, you should know 120 degrees Fahrenheit is the suggested setting.

120 degrees Fahrenheit is considered the sweet spot because it’s too hot for harmful bacteria to grow, yet, it’s cold enough not to create a serious scalding hazard.

Four problems will make your water heater overheat the water in the tank. When one of the problems occurs, the water heater will shut down entirely because of the emergency cut off (ECO) mechanism installed in every water heater.

To reset it, you’ll need to press the red reset button on the ECO, which is usually attached to the upper thermostat.

When a water heater starts tripping the ECO repeatedly, it’s time to call a plumber for service.

And when you have to reset the heater, it’s time to call a professional to service it.

The water in the tank is probably boiling hot because of a failed component in the heater. That’s why each heater has an ECO system to avoid burning you with hot water. It won’t get better until the failed part is identified and replaced.

Here’s a quick overview of the four most likely causes:

1. Thermostat

Or perhaps both of them are — your water heater has two thermostats, one at the bottom of the tank and one at the top.

It’s possible that both thermostats are broken. If you don’t know, your water heater has two thermostats, one at the bottom and another one is at the top.

Each thermostat heats the water because it controls a heating element. It’s the job of the thermostat to shut the heating element off once the water temperature hit the desired level.

But if one or both thermostats go bad, it can force the heating element to run continuously, overheating the water.

2. Heating Element

Heating elements can also go crazy with age. In many cases, they’ll just stop heating altogether.

However, a heating element sometimes creates an electrical short that allows it to receive power, even after the thermostat shuts it down.

This produces the same result: overheated water and repeated tripping of the ECO.

3. Emergency Cut Off Mechanism (ECO)

A fried ECO itself is yet another part that is susceptible to failure due to wear and tear from repeated instances of overheating.

You have to replace a fried ECO switch even though this problem alone can’t overheat your water.

4. Unprofessional Wiring Work

If your thermostats, heating elements, and ECO are all operating properly, it’s possible that a bad wiring connection could be generating a new source of heat inside your water heater.

Besides causing your ECO to trip repeatedly, this problem also is a considerable risk of fire and electrical shock.

Leave it to a trained service professional, like us, to determine if your water heater is suffering from wiring problems.

No matter the cause, repeated tripping of your water heater’s ECO is a problem that demands prompt attention.

If you’re experiencing this problem, reach out to Hilltop Plumbing & Heating to schedule service without delay.

7 Signs Your Water Heater’s About to Die

When there’s no hot water at your home, and you also see a puddle of water spreading across your basement, you know you need a new water heater. However, by that time, it’s too late.

To be honest, you don’t have to wait until your water heater breaks down before you begin looking for a professional like us to replace us.

Here’s a list of questions you should ask yourself, which will help you predict whether your water heater is going to function in the soon future.

1. How old is your water heater?

If you installed your current water heater more than ten years ago, you are running out of time. A heater lifespan is usually eight years or less.

Don’t remember when you last got the heater? Check your water heater serial number. Click this link to see how.

If your water heater is indeed too old, start budgeting for a replacement right away. Our specialist at Hilltop can help you plan out the financials too!

2. Are there any small leaks?

Look at the surroundings of your heater. If you see water stains and small puddles, don’t freak out. Your heater is not broken yet, but small leaks turn in big leaks. Your heater needs to be replaced.

3. Do you hear funny sounds?

Over time, minerals sediments build up in your water heater. If there’s a rattling sound, like pouring out a glass full of pebbles, you should call the plumber right away because mineral rocks are damaging your water heater interior.

4. Are there any signs of corrosion?

If you can see corrosion anywhere on your tank of beneath it, you can bet the inside looks worse (could also indicate leakage).

5. Does your hot water look brown or rust colored?

If your hot water turns brownish, but your cold water does not, you need a new water heater.

6. Do you have inconsistent water temperature?

Inconsistent water temperature may be due to malfunctioning parts or broken internal components. In any case, your water heater is on its last legs.

7. Running out of hot water?

Your tank is telling you it cannot keep up with the demand. Call us today to replace your water heater!

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