October 9, 2014
Dallas homeowners frequently complain to our plumbers of hard water stains and mineral deposits on bathroom fixtures.
While it’s difficult to prevent these water deposits from affecting your tub faucet or showerhead, there are a few things you can do to remedy the situation.
If your showerhead holes are clogged with mineral deposits, creating an uneven water spray or blocked water pressure, follow these three showerhead maintenance tips from our plumbers in Dallas.
1. Massage the mineral deposits out of the hose
If your showerhead is connected to the shower arm by a flexible rubber hose, this hose may be the source of your blockage. To shake the deposits free, gently rub and massage the nozzles and hose. Once the deposits have been loosened, they should wash right out of the showerhead.
2. Soak the showerhead in vinegar
If massaging the debris out doesn’t work (or your showerhead doesn’t have a hose), the most pain-free method of cleaning is to soak the head in vinegar. Fortunately, the only items required are a plastic bag, vinegar, and a rubber band or twist-tie. Simply fill the plastic bag with vinegar, place over the showerhead, and secure in place with the rubber band. Leave the showerhead to soak overnight, and the mineral deposits should be easy to wipe off in the morning!
3. Remove the showerhead and flush out debris
If your water stream is still weak or the showerhead is spraying water unevenly, you may need to take more drastic measures. For a deeper clean, you’ll need a wrench and rag (to protect the shower’s finish). Wrap the rag around the showerhead and use the wrench to unscrew the nut connecting the shower arm. Now that the showerhead is off, you can run it under the faucet and scrub the insides until it’s free of debris and buildup. Once the showerhead is clean, reconnect to the shower arm.
Bathroom plumbing repair may seem overwhelming, but with these 3 great tips from our plumbers in Dallas, your showerheads will be sparkling clean and running efficiently for years to come.
Are you having bathroom plumbing problems? Call our Dallas plumbers at 972.222.2843 today!
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