It’s estimated that 65% of American’s shower every day. While you’ve given extensive thought to the type of shampoo and conditioner that you use, you probably don’t think about your showerhead. Showerheads are often neglected. From mold to buildup, there are a few signs that indicate it’s time for you to swap out the hardware in your shower.
Change in Water Pressure
Your shower used to pump the perfect amount of water through its spout. What happened? Don’t worry. It’s completely normal. Over time, showerheads get worn down, causing the water pressure to change. If your showerhead is more than a few years old, you’re probably due for a change. Whether you’re dealing with an influx of pressure or a slight drizzle, this is the first sign that it’s time to invest in a new showerhead.
If you hear a drip, drip, drip, coming from your shower, there’s a good chance that you’re dealing with slow or constant leak. A leaky showerhead isn’t just annoying, it’s also expensive. With a slow leak, you’ll end up paying more on your monthly water bill than you would otherwise. The leak could be due to the water supply valves or because the showerhead is loose. Older showerheads may leak simply due to wear. No matter what the cause may be, if a leak occurs, it may be best to replace your showerhead with a new one.
The water that flows into your house is often treated with chemicals and additives. If you have hard water especially, sediment buildup is to be expected. While showerheads have a screen inside of them to help filter out the minerals and chemicals, you may begin to notice a grime or buildup around the head of your shower. Calcium is perhaps the most common type of buildup and is white, small, and sometimes rocky. If you see this buildup around your showerhead, it’s time to throw it out and find a new one.
You expect your shower to rinse you with fresh, clean water. Unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Because your shower is constantly connected to water, the presence of mold and bacteria is always a possibility. If you begin to see dark hard water stains, or little black spots in your shower, you may be dealing with black mold. Due to the toxic nature of black mold, it’s important to take action immediately. Find the source of the black mold and get rid of it. Then, remove your old showerhead and replace it with a new unit. If you’re looking to limit the risk of developing black mold in the future, select a metal showerhead. Plastic showerheads are more susceptible to the growth of mold and mildew.
Replacing your showerhead is an excellent way to improve the clarity and flow of your water while also refreshing your space. With so many different styles and finishes, it’s easy to select a model that brings your shower to life and makes you feel like you’re stepping into a spa.