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Plumbing  /  July 21, 2022

Need a Plumber in Etobicoke? 3 Signs Your Mixer Valve Is Breaking

Signs your mixer valve is breaking

Plumbing is something that is essentially invisible and automatic – until it’s not. Our busy lives need a reliable water supply that easily turns off and on. If you’ve noticed anything unusual or inefficient in your shower lately, you may need to call for a plumber in Etobicoke who can diagnose and fix the problem before it gets worse. Look for these three signs that the mixer valve in your shower may need replacement. 

1. The Handle Doesn’t Turn the Way It Used To

If the handle is giving you any type of new resistance or drag, it may be because the mixer valve is out of alignment and needs to be adjusted or replaced. This valve is likely behind the wall and may be difficult to access without professional servicing. A plumber in Etobicoke will be able to diagnose where the valve is damaged or decomposing due to corrosion. What seems to be a problem with the handle itself may actually be a much deeper issue inside the wall and pipes. This may be your first warning of bigger problems to come. 

2. The Water Pressure Slows or Becomes Weak

Sometimes the water pressure seems fine at the beginning, but just when you need to rinse, the water slows to a drip or a thin stream. This is frustrating! The reason behind it may be a clog or malfunction in the mixer valve. If you know your shower is prone to water pressure changes, such as while simultaneously running the dishwasher or washing machine, there may be nothing wrong with the plumbing itself. But if your shower usually has a moderate-to-high amount of pressure, a sudden change could indicate that a valve is wearing out and needs to be replaced. 

3. The Temperature Changes Suddenly From Hot to Cold

Sudden temperature changes can be a shock to the system, no doubt. It is possible that lime deposits have built up over time and are influencing the valve’s ability to maintain a constant temperature. It is also possible that the water heater itself is malfunctioning. Our experts will investigate all possible causes of the problem, identify the culprit, and recommend a permanent solution.

One test you can try is to ask a friend or housemate to turn on the shower to warm, keep their hand under the water, then flush a nearby toilet. If the water temperature changes to cold, briefly, then returns, this is normal. If, however, the water temperature is constantly fluctuating without a nearby toilet being flushed, this is more cause for concern. 

Call a Professional Plumber in Etobicoke

Hopefully, your problem can be resolved with a simple valve replacement. You may also want to consider your options for bathroom renovations in Etobicoke. Anyone who owns a home probably has a mental list of the upgrades and improvements you’d like to have done someday. If someday is now, call Handyman Connection or contact us on our website to get an estimate. All of our craftsmen are background-checked and all work is guaranteed in writing. We have also won several awards such as “#1 Handyman Company” and “#7 National Remodeler.” 

With two decades of experience, we offer a number of services for bathroom remodelling such as redesigning locations of sinks, toilets, and tubs. We can also recommend if walls can be knocked down. We can upgrade any fixtures to newer, more attractive models including toilets, clawfoot tubs, vanities, light fixtures, and shower surrounds. If your tub and shower have an older plastic or fibreglass basin, we can suggest ways that tile might create a more attractive option.

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