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How to Clean and Unblock a Shower Head

May 31, 2022

How to Clean and Unblock a Shower HeadHas your showerhead been acting kind of weird? Over time, mineral deposits can impact the performance of your showerhead. If you’ve been noticing low water pressure while you take a shower, blocked water nozzles on the showerhead, or nozzles spraying water in the wrong direction, the problem may be a build-up of mineral deposits on the inside of your showerhead.

The good news is that in most cases, removing the mineral deposits is a simple DIY job most homeowners can tackle on their own.

Massage the Problem Away

A lot of times you can simply massage the problem away by rubbing your fingers across the showerhead’s water nozzles. An old toothbrush can be used as well.

Give Your Showerhead a Bath

If that doesn’t work, you might try soaking the showerhead in vinegar. You have two options – removing the showerhead and soaking it in a bowl of vinegar or leaving the showerhead in place and covering it in a water-tight bag full of warm distilled white vinegar.

Option #1: Leaving the Showerhead in Place

Take your water-tight bag, fill it with vinegar, and then place the bag over the showerhead. You can secure it in place with rubber bands, plastic ties, string, etc. Leave it there overnight.

The next morning, remove the bag and run your shower to flush the vinegar and remaining mineral deposits out of the showerhead. You should notice right away if your efforts were successful.

Option #2: Removing the Showerhead

Removing the showerhead allows for a more thorough cleaning.

You’ll need a wrench to loosen the nut that connects the showerhead to the shower’s feed pipe. Once it’s been loosened enough, use your hands to unscrew it off the feed pipe.

Inspect the threaded portion and remove any debris. Next, remove the filter screen located inside the showerhead using a pair of needle-nose pliers. You can rinse the filter clean of debris.

Place the showerhead into a bath of warm distilled white vinegar. Make sure it’s completely submerged. Let it sit overnight.

Replace the filter screen. Before you reinstall the showerhead, inspect it to make sure all the nozzles are clear. A needle, toothpick, or straightened paper clip can be used to remove any residue still blocking the nozzles.

Once you’ve reinstalled the showerhead, run the shower for a while to make sure the vinegar and any remaining mineral deposits get washed out.

Install a New Showerhead

If massaging or soaking doesn’t work you may want to consider buying a new and installing a new showerhead.

When to Call 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration

In some cases, the showerhead may not be to blame for your problems. A clog or leaking pipe may be responsible for the low water pressure you’ve been experiencing when you take a shower.

If you suspect you may have a hidden shower leak or clog, give the Oceanside, CA plumbing experts at 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration a call. We’ve been providing outstanding plumbing services to home and business owners in Oceanside, CA, and surrounding communities since 2012. Our team of experienced, licensed Oceanside, CA plumbers possess the training, tools, and parts to deal with whatever plumbing problem you may be experiencing.

You can reach 1st Choice Plumbing, Flood & Restoration through our website, or call us at 866-437-0205 to schedule a visit from a leading Oceanside, CA plumbing professional.