Have you ever had your whole day derailed because of a mishap in the shower? Nothing is more inconvenient than getting ready for the day and discovering that your shower or showerhead is broken.
Fortunately, some of these issues can be resolved without the assistance of a professional. Depending on the nature of the problem with your shower head, you may be able to resolve it the same day.
Below are some of the most common issues you may encounter with your showerhead on any day.
Your Showerhead Is Blocked
Like your shower drain, your bathroom shower head can become clogged. This is usually caused by a build-up of calcium or limescale. Mineral deposits build up over time on showerheads, causing them to become clogged.
This frequently blocks the water supply to the showerhead, resulting in reduced water pressure or even complete water shutoff.
By soaking your bathroom shower head in vinegar or a similar decalcifying solution or agent, you can help break down the mineral deposits that have built up. Remove the shower head from the bathroom and soak it in a container, or fill a plastic bag with your decalcifying agent of choice and secure it around the shower head.
Allow your showerhead to soak in the solution for a few hours before removing it. Soaking your shower head will aid in the breakdown of mineral deposits, but it will not completely remove them.
After that, you'll need to scrub your bathroom shower head to get rid of any lingering calcium or limescale.
Your Showerhead Has a Leak
Another common problem with your shower head is that it leaks, whether on or off. If this happens to your bathroom shower head, the problem is likely with the valve body's seals or gaskets.
Water will seep out via any compromised region if these parts break or become loose over time, increasing the extent of the leak.
You'll need to disassemble your shower head and repair or replace any of these components to fix a leak. If you aren't comfortable with dismantling a shower head, we recommend enlisting the aid of a professional plumber to do it for you.
The Water Pressure Is Low
While you can reasonably assume that a blockage from mineral deposits is the most common cause of low water pressure from your shower head, other issues might also cause low water pressure.
The Valve Is Closed
Your bathroom shower head will have numerous different valves in the piping system before the water reaches the shower, in addition to the mixing valve. If any of these valves are closed, the force of the water coming out of the shower head will be altered.
If you feel this is the case with your shower, contact a professional plumber for assistance.
It Is Incompatible
It may seem apparent, but double-check that your shower head is compatible with your shower faucet and bathroom. If your shower head has recently been replaced and you're having low water pressure, double-check that it's the right size and brand.
A simple error like this can be readily ignored, but it can also be quickly corrected. Ask for help at your local plumbing or hardware store if you're not sure what size shower head you need for your bathroom.
Call a professional immediately if you don't know what to do with your plumbing or draining issues. Make sure the products and services you employ can really solve the issue in your bathroom, including your showerheads and drains.
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