How To Repair And Clean A Shower Head
How do you repair a shower head? How do you clean a shower head? What tools do you need? What are some good techniques?
It might be one of the most routine things we do: take a shower. But, most people notice when the water pressure it's right, the water is beating on them too soft or too hard. We get used to our shower and want it a certain way. Well, there might not be anything wrong with the water pressure, you could need a repair on your shower head. It is very simple to repair. Follow these steps if you think your shower head needs cleaning or repair.
1. Remove shower head
Before you can take a look at what's wrong, you need to remove the shower head. Most will just unscrew from the pipe. Just rotate is counterclockwise until it pops off.
2. Remove parts
To see what is wrong, you will have to remove its parts. The part where the water comes out, is called the faceplate. Usually the faceplate is screwed on, and you can simply turn it counterclockwise until it comes off. Other faceplates have screws in them holding them on. If so, find a screwdriver, remove the screws, and take off the faceplate. When you remove this, you should easily be able to tell if there is a broken part, or if the shower head is simply dirty. Water has many minerals in it, sometimes these minerals build up on the shower head, blocking the water holes. If it is dirty, move to step 2. If it's broken, move to step 3.
2. Clean shower head
If the shower head looks dirty, soak the dirty parts in vinegar overnight. This will remove any mineral build-up. Then all you will have to do is rinse it off, and replace it the next morning.
3. Repair shower head
If the shower head is broken, you will need to buy a new one. There are very few parts in the shower head, so if the actual head is broken, you will need a new one. If the faceplate, or knob is broken, you might be able to buy a new one. But, more likely than not, you will need to buy the entire head. Usually the parts are not sold separately. Once you pick out a new one, screw it on the pipe, just as you removed the last one. Remember to clean it regularly to extend its life span.