The great thing about showerheads is that they rarely leak, since they're not exposed to higher than normal water pressure. Every once in a while you do need to perform some maintenance on a showerhead in order to keep it working great. Showerheads are prone to having mineral deposits clog the small holes in them, which requires the occasional cleaning. Doing it is easy as long as you follow these simple steps.
Tools And Materials
In order to disassemble your showerhead, you will need the following tools and materials.
- Pipe wrenches
Mineral Deposit Cleaning
You will need a couple rags to ensure that your showerhead does not get damaged by the pipe wrenches. Start by placing a rag on the arm of the showerhead closest to the showerhead itself, and grasp onto it using your pipe wrench. Then place another rag on the other part of the showerhead that attaches to the main pipe coming out of the wall. Place the other pipe wrench over the rag, and grip the pipe with the pipe wrench. Then use moderate pressure to twist the showerhead until it is loose enough where you can take it off by hand.
Disassemble all parts of the showerhead, and soak them in vinegar. You can use toothpicks to clean out all of the holes that are still clogged after soaking the showerhead in vinegar. Then reassemble your showerhead using the rags and pipe wrenches.
Restrict The Water Flow To Your Showerhead
Since you have your showerhead disassembled, it is a great time to add some features to it. There are add-ons you can purchase at a local home improvement store that restrict the water flow and save you money. Just make sure to follow all instructions on the package, as each one is different.
If you live in a state that requires you to conserve water, a water flow restriction device may be necessary. Older showerheads that were made before 1992 did not meet the current standards for restricted water use. An easy way to test your showerhead is to time how long it takes to fill up a 1-gallon bucket. If the bucket fills up in less than 20 seconds, your showerhead could benefit from restricting the water flow.
Taking care of a showerhead should be easy now that you know how to do it. For more information, contact Roto-Rooter or a similar company.