The very first visual sign of a blocked shower is a reduced flow of water coming out of the shower head. Another sign is indiscriminate spurts of water going in strange directions. These signs can only suggest one thing – you have got a partially blocked shower. But before you jump in and replace your shower head, it is best to find out what caused it so it will not happen again. Likewise, you need to know the way to clear those clogs without spending a lot of cash.
Common causes of blocked showers:
If you have a newly built home, then the chances are the debris from the construction will be the cause of your blocked shower. Small pieces of plastic, pipe shavings, and bits of wood left by workers may find their way to your shower that will eventually cause it to be blocked. The pipelines should have been flushed with water before the nozzle was fixed.
Hard water is generally the type of water supplied in most cities. This kind of water leaves bits of residue and mineral deposits in the shower head’s faceplate. These sediments can block the small holes of the shower, thereby reducing the water flow.
Molds and bacteria thrive in places where there is moisture. A shower head or perhaps a water pipeline for that matter is a really good area for them to thrive and multiply. They build up on the faceplate over a period of time which causes the obstruction.
How to clear the blockage:
When you are sure you have a blocked shower, then it is time to remove the objects blocking it. The very first thing to do is to gather all the tools that you will require for clearing your shower. The tools needed are: distilled white vinegar, denture tablets, scrub brush, as well as a big bowl. Next, take off the showerhead using a wrench. Pour the vinegar into the basin and immerse the showerhead. Leave it for a few hours. For stubborn mineral deposits, warm the vinegar prior to soaking the showerhead.
After several hours, remove the showerhead from your bowl of vinegar. Get your scrub brush and scrub the showerhead to get rid of your sediments. Rinse it with water. Dissolve some denture tablets in hot water. Pour the mixture into a container and add the showerhead into it. Soak it again for several hours. Remove the showerhead and then scrub off the remaining sediments from the showerhead. Finally, rinse it with water.
After you have carried out all these steps, you should have a showerhead that is as good as new. There are, however, some preventative options to problems related to blocked showers. One is to employ a soft water system which takes out the minerals from hard water. You should consider the cost as it is an expensive solution.
Another choice is to purchase a self-cleaning shower head and replace your old one. These types of shower heads have plungers that wipe the faceplate every time the head is adjusted to a different positions. These small plungers prevent the build up of sediments on your shower head. Always remember that routine maintenance would keep your shower in perfect condition with no loss in water pressure.
I do have a go at most jobs around the home, but one of the DIY jobs I enjoy the most is home renovation. If you don’t know exactly what you are doing then you can end up making the problem a lot worse for yourself. Having said that I quite often find it a lot easier to get a porfessional in, even if it is just to get ideas from them. It usually works out cheaper in the long run.