Is Your Showerhead or Tub Spout Leaking?

It Might Be Time to Replace Your Shower Cartridge

Leaky fixtures in your bathroom can be a nuisance, causing frustration and potentially leading to water waste and increased utility bills. If you've noticed water dripping from your showerhead or tub spout, one likely culprit could be a faulty shower cartridge. Let's dive into what a shower cartridge is, why it might need replacement, and how you can address the issue.

What is a Shower Cartridge?

A shower cartridge is a crucial component of your shower's plumbing system. It's responsible for controlling the flow and temperature of water in your shower or tub. Cartridges come in various designs, but they all serve the same purpose: regulating water flow and temperature to ensure a comfortable and efficient bathing experience.

Why Might Your Shower Cartridge Need Replacement?

Several factors can contribute to the deterioration or malfunction of a shower cartridge, leading to leaks:

  1. Wear and Tear: Over time, constant use can cause the internal components of the shower cartridge to wear down, resulting in leaks. 

  2. Mineral Buildup: If your water supply has a high mineral content, such as calcium or lime, mineral deposits can accumulate inside the cartridge, affecting its performance and causing leaks. This is also common in townhomes with the chemicals for treating the water can be especially harmful to cartridges.

  3. Faulty Seals: The seals within the cartridge can degrade or become damaged, compromising their ability to maintain a watertight seal and leading to leaks. If you own a cottage that is winterized each year, this can be especially hard on the rubber parts of the cartridge, drying them out and resulting in an improper seal.

When to Seek Professional Help:

While replacing a shower cartridge is a relatively straightforward task for those comfortable with DIY plumbing repairs, some homeowners may prefer to enlist the help of a professional plumber. If you're unsure about tackling the repair yourself or if you encounter any difficulties during the process, don't hesitate to reach out to our plumbing team.