Is your shower head not sending out the amazing jets of water that it once did? Next time you take a shower look closely at your shower head. If there is hard water build up all around the shower holes, all of those calcite deposits are preventing you from having the water pressure you need for an amazing shower. To restore water flow, you will be required to remove the calcium deposits from the shower head. View our recommendations to learn more about cleaning residential shower heads.
First grab the tools you will need to remove calcium deposits from the shower head; a pipe wrench or vice grips, a plastic container that is about the size of your shower head, a toothbrush, vinegar and plumbing tape. You do not need to use harsh chemicals on your shower head. Ordinary, over-the-counter vinegar will do everything you need.
How to Clean a Shower Head
- Using your pipe wrench or vice grips grab the base of your shower head where it connects to the water delivery pipe. You want to grip and push counter clockwise to remove the head. If you have a metal shower head and you do not want to scratch up the surface, you can wrap the base in an old rag and then use your wrench.
- Once the shower head has been removed, you will be required to clean the shower head using a plastic container and vinegar. If the hard water deposits are minimal, let it soak for 30 minutes. If the deposits are severe, let it soak overnight. The acetic acid in vinegar will remove the calcium deposits from the shower head
- When your shower head is done with its vinegar bath, grab the toothbrush and scrub to instantly remove calcium deposits from the fixture. Make certain you pay special attention to the water exit holes on your shower head. When the scrub is complete, you can dry your shower head.
- Take some plumbing tape and wrap it tightly around the threads of the water delivery pipe. Plumbing tape creates a water barrier and prevents leaks. Once the tape is in place, reattach your showerhead going clockwise. Now you are ready to use your shower.
A Permanent Solution
If you are tired of battling hard water deposits, there is a permanent solution. You can call Team Electric Plumbing & Air and have a water softener installed. A water softener removes the calcite before it can get to your pipes. You will notice that your shower head stays clean. Any appliances in your home that uses water, like your dish washer and water heater, will last longer.
Imagine all those hard water deposits that you removed from your shower head, now imagine them inside of your appliances and you immediately know why they will last longer when you have a water softener installed. With Team Electric Plumbing & Air, you know that your new water softener will be installed the right way the first time.
We have a large selection of water softeners and will help you pick out one that will be perfect for your home. Our team also offers other plumbing services such as water line repair, water heater installation, and sump pump replacement. When you want the best in a New Jersey plumber, you need to call Team Electric Plumbing & Air.