3 Common Problems with Showerheads and How to Fix Them
Showerheads can be subject to several problems that can become annoying and sometimes even expensive through time. All anybody wants is to go into their bathroom, and enjoy a nice hot shower, with no strange temperature surges, low pressure, or drips. Most of these common problems have quick fixes that may only need basic tools and supplies you can easily find in any local hardware or home improvement stores. There will be no need to call a plumber and pay for costly services, just follow these simple guidelines for the 3 most common problems with showerheads and learn how you can fix them quickly.
A Leaky Showerhead
It can truly become annoying when there is that constant dripping sound coming from your bathroom, reminding you constantly of the millions of drops of water that are being wasted.
To fix a leaky faucet, you will first always begin by shutting off the water supply. Then, you can proceed to unscrew the showerhead with the help of a crescent wrench if needed. Right inside you should see a small rubber O-ring that is sometimes the sole culprit for the leak. If it looks worn, dry, sticky or damaged in any way, you should replace it with a new one. Next, get some plumber’s tape, preferably Teflon tape, and wrap a thin strip around the threads at the tip of the pipe stem. Now you can go ahead and reattach the showerhead using your hands and the wrench to finish it off. Be careful not to tighten it too much or you could break the showerhead or the pipe. Turn the water supply back on and test you shower. Try unscrewing it and screwing it back on if the leak persists.
Low Water Pressure in the Shower
There is nothing worse than taking forever to wash your hair in the shower because the water pressure is so low there is barely any water coming out. The most common cause of low water pressure in a specific shower is build-up that has clogged the restrictor, which comes in most showerheads to regulate how much water can flow through.
To test whether it is not a bigger piping problem or simply not enough water being supplied to your entire home, you should remove the shower head by unscrewing it with the help of a crescent wrench, and turning on the faucet to see if a regular amount of water is indeed coming out. If this is the case, you will need to look inside the showerhead, preferably under bright lights, and use some pliers to first remove the flow restrictor disk. Then, use a small straight pin or pointy object to clear the holes, and rinse out the debris. If you find harsher build-up inside from hard water deposits, place the shower head in a white vinegar and water solution for a few hours to loosen the sediments, and then scrub them out with a toothbrush. Put the flow restrictor back in place and reconnect the showerhead. Test it out to see if the problem persists or not.
A Sputtering Showerhead
Sometimes your shower is not fully clogged, but rather seems like some of its holes may be blocked, which results in an uneven spray. This may be caused by the accumulation of calcium, lime, and other minerals through time, especially where hard water is found. If this is your case, you will simply need to find a plastic bag, some white vinegar and a twist tie or elastic band around your home and follow these steps.
First, fill a plastic bag with enough distilled white vinegar to fully submerge the showerhead. Place the bag over the showerhead and hold it in place securing the twist tie or elastic band around the arm. You should let it sit for at least 12 hours before removing it, and then turning the water back on in full force to flush out whatever is left inside. You can perform this cleansing technique regularly on your shower to prevent sediments from accumulating.
Take some time to work on your shower whenever you notice it not functioning to its full capacity. These are not complicated tasks and will not require special skills from your part, only some of your time and patience to quickly fix these common issues.
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