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4 ways to clean your showerhead

01/19/15

Shower running

You already know the hassle that can come with clogged drains, but have you ever thought about your showerhead? If you haven't cleaned your showerhead, you could be exposing yourself to bacteria and preventing your shower from operating efficiently. The following tips will help keep your showerhead working properly and free of clogging residue.

1. Get your hands dirty
While it might sound like an old school method to unclogging your showerhead, many people still rely on toothpicks or toothbrushes to get into the nitty gritty that can't be easily removed with a sponge. This method might require removing your showerhead so you can get in between the holes. If you aren't confident in doing so yourself, contact a professional plumber for assistance.

2. Soak it
If you haven't cleaned your showerhead in quite some time, you may notice calcium deposits and other debris that could be reducing the water pressure. , Soaking the showerhead in a tub of white vinegar for a few hours will help remove caked-on residue. The acidity of the vinegar makes it easier to scrub away the debris, and it's an all-natural way to eliminate the deposits!

3. Clean the filter
Every showerhead has a filter screen, and cleaning it can dramatically improve the flow of water and efficiency of your fixture as a whole. Check the manual for your showerhead to see how to properly remove the filter, which will be connected to the pipe. Wash out the filter completely before returning it to the showerhead. You should notice an immediate difference in the water pressure of your shower.

4. Dismantle it
Removing and dismantling your showerhead will allow you to get in between the pieces of the fixture and removing anything that could be disrupting flow. Additionally, you'll get a better look at the device and be able to determine if any damage has been done to it over time.

If none of these steps improve the flow of your shower, you may want to contact a professional plumber to handle the job. He or she can make a more thorough examination and let you know if you have underlying issues that need to be resolved.

Give local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® a call for advice or assistance with any plumbing problem. We're here to help, 24/7.



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