Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Troubleshoot a Clogged Shower Head

A shower head has tiny holes that can sometimes become clogged. Mineral deposits and calcium build ups can cause these holes to clog or water to flow slower through them. If your Shower Head is clogged or the water is not coming out as it should, try cleaning your shower head.

Hand held shower heads should be removed from the hose prior to cleaning. Use an adjustable wrench or pliers to unscrew the adjustable nut at the end of the hose. You can use a paper clip or tiny piece of wire to unclog the shower head. Straighten the paper clip out and insert the paper clip or piece of wire into holes. Rinse the shower head thoroughly after clearing the build up. Soak the shower head in a warm vinegar mixture over night. Warm vinegar will dissolve the mineral and calcium build up in the shower head. Replace the hand held shower head back to the adjustable nut the same way you removed it.

Standing shower heads can be cleaned in a similar way. Remove the shower head from the angled pipe protruding from the wall of the bathtub. Look inside the shower head and see if you can find a plastic or metal disk. Carefully remove the disk from the shower head. When removing the disk, take note of which side was facing which direction so you can put it back together properly. Use a paper clip or small piece of wire to clean out the holes in the disk. Rinse the disk with running water. Rinse the shower head as well to remove any stray debris. Soak the shower head and the disk in warm vinegar.

If you can not remove your shower head from the protruding pipe on the wall you can also try this. Take a sturdy plastic baggie and fill it with vinegar. Insert the baggie over your shower head so the shower head is soaking in the vinegar. Secure the baggie over the shower head with a rubber band. Allow the shower head to soak in the vinegar overnight. When you remove the baggie from the shower head allow water to run freely through the shower head to clean out the mineral and calcium deposits.

Article contributed by Steve Benjamins of Shower Head Resource