If you are like most people, you look forward to a nice warm shower every day. However, over time the shower head can become clogged by mineral deposits and sediment buildup. So, instead of getting a steady stream of hot water, you get intermittent, misdirected spurts of water. Luckily, cleaning shower heads, and faucets, is an easy process, and you probably already have the best cleaning tool for the job: vinegar.
Step 1: Removing Shower Heads and Faucets
Most shower heads and faucet aerators are fairly easy to remove. Simply turn the head counterclockwise to loosen it. Remove it all the way and set it aside. If the faucet or shower head won't give, use a wrench to loosen its grip. Avoid scratching the faucet or shower head by first wrapping a towel or old rag around it. Then, apply the wrench and twist.
Consider removing all the shower heads and faucets in your home at the same time to give them a good cleaning.
Step 2: Cleaning Shower Heads and Faucets
Find a bowl or pot big enough to accommodate the shower heads and any other hardware. Insert the shower heads/faucet aerators and fill the bowl with enough vinegar to cover. Let them sit overnight in the liquid. Vinegar is acidic, and it will work on dissolving the buildup in the holes on the aerators and shower heads.
In the morning, take the devices out of the bowl. Use an old toothbrush, cleaning brush, or scrub sponge to remove any lingering buildup. Once you are done cleaning shower heads, rinse them off with warm water. If buildup on the devices is significant, you may need to use a toothpick. Carefully insert a toothpick into each of the spray holes to remove the debris.
Now, you're ready to put the aerators and shower heads back on. Once they're installed, run warm water through them so that you're confident that all the buildup is gone and water will flow freely.
If you're unable to remove a shower head or faucet because its fixed, there's still an easy way to clean them. Simply fill a bag with vinegar and tie it around the head or faucet. Wrap a strong rubber band or tie around the pipe, and let it sit overnight. In the morning, remove the bag, scrub the spray holes, and run water through the device. Use a toothpick if necessary.
If you're interested in more home plumbing tips for cleaning shower heads or faucets, or maintaining your water heater, contact your local Atlanta plumbing experts.
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