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Is your shower pressure low?

If the water pressure in your shower is really low it may be that you simply need to clean your shower head! Shower heads can start to get blocked because they have tiny holes

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that can get plugged with mineral deposits.

Here are some tips from Better Homes & Garden for cleaning your shower head.

Tool-Free Shower Head Cleaning

If you can't remove your showerhead or simply want to skip that step, you can soak your shower head by using a rubber band and a plastic bag. (Note: This method is best for shower heads made with chrome, stainless steel, or other protected metal surfaces.) First slip a rubber band over the top of the showerhead. You may want to loop it around the shower arm once or twice so the plastic bag will stay in place. Then fill a plastic bag with white vinegar. Attach the bag to the showerhead by slipping the top of it underneath the rubber band. Wait one hour, then remove the bag and turn on the water to flush. Polish with a soft cloth.

Advanced Cleaning

If mineral deposits prove to be beyond the power of vinegar alone, you will need to remove the shower head to do a more thorough cleaning.

Disconnect the shower head. To disconnect the showerhead, unscrew the nut at the shower arm. Take care not to mar the fixture's finish. Use a wrench rather than pliers. Cushion your tool with a rag while you work.

Rinse the shower head. Run a sharp blast of water through the showerhead by holding it upside down underneath a faucet. Your goal is to rinse loosened debris out through the opening that connects to the shower arm.

Dismantle and clean the shower head. If there are still mineral deposits, you can scrub the showerhead with an old toothbrush and vinegar to loosen debris. Use a toothpick or safety pin to poke out additional deposits. Then soak the parts in vinegar overnight to dissolve any remaining deposits. Rinse again.

Note: Some showerheads boast pliable plastic nubbins that can be manipulated to break calcium deposits loose.

Reassemble and reinstall your showerhead. First wrap new plumbing tape around the threads of the shower arm to ensure a good seal. Reattach the shower head to the shower arm using the wrench. Protect the fixture's finish with soft rags or towels while you're working.

If you are still having trouble give us a call (250) 832-5558 or (250) 675-3668! You may need a new shower head or your pressure may be low in the rest of the house as well. We are always happy to help :)

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