A handheld shower head is one that is connected to the overhead pipe with a flexible hose so you can either leave it in an overhead holder, or hold it in your hand. When they become clogged through mineral deposits in your water, they cease to be a convenience. Fortunately, you can clean them yourself in just a few steps.
Detach the Hose from Shower Pipe
By detaching the hose from the pipe you are then taking the entire handheld shower faucet off. Check the shower holes for any deposits and try to break free with a small thin object like a needle or by gently tapping it with a rubber hammer.
If that doesn’t work then you can purchase some commercial cleaners that take care of rust, calcium, lime, and other mineral deposits left over by years of water use. Simply soak the handheld shower faucet in the solution, by following the directions.
If you don’t like the toxicity in some of the commercial type cleaners, then simply white vinegar diluted with water is also an option.
If nothing works in trying to unclog the handheld shower faucet, then you will need to replace it. You will also want to look into how hard your water is and if you need a water softener to help take care of this problem in the future.
How to Install a Low-Flow Showerhead? Showerheads eventually wear out or become clogged with lime deposits. When this happens, they generally work poorly and look worse. This is the perfect time to replace the head with a newer, low-flow model.
Low-flow showerheads can save you a tremendous abount of water if you’ve been using an older water-wasting head. The new heads are designed to deliver comfortable–sometimes even forceful–spray but use a maximum of 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
Installing a new showerhead is usually just a matter of unscrewing the old one from the existing shower arm and screwing on the new head. If the existing arm ends in a ball joint, you’ll have to remove and replace the arm–also an easy job.
Most showerheads come with easy-to-follow instructions for installation. Some old heads will unscrew from the inlet pipe by hand, for others you might require the help of an adjustable wrench.
For a particularly balky head, you might need a large pliers or a small pipe wrench to hold the inlet pipe (put a rag between the jaws so you don’t scratch the finish) while you turn the head counterclockwise.
Before screwing on the new shower head, wrap the threads of the inlet pipe with pipe-wrap tape. You can usually just turn the head clockwise by hand and then finish the last quarter turn with an adjustable wrench. Again, protect the finish on the head from damage by wrapping it with a rag before using the wrench.
Note that some low-flow showerheads come with a water-restricting disc or button inside the valve. This can be removed for a more powerful spray, but doing so eliminates the water-saving benefits of the low-flow head.