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Shower Heads | Plumbing Supplies Near Me | Plumbersbest.com.au

Shower Heads | Plumbing Supplies | Plumbersbest.com.au

Need to turn your shower head from a dribble to a waterfall? Not feeling the fun in your shower?

It is highly likely your shower head is either

  1. Clogged with minerals and possibly covered in soap scum - you can try cleaning 
  2. Leaking - you need new shower head washers
  3. Old - you need to replace your shower head

Let’s check out how you can fix your shower head and enjoy the splendour of high pressure water again !

Clean the shower head without removing it!

This methods is easy, quick and does not need any plumbing tools. 

  • Use a toothpick or an old toothbrush to scrub the shower head and remove any build up
  • choose a large plastic bag. It needs to be large enough to completely cover the shower head
  • Fill up the shower head with white vinegar while you hold it in place
  • Use a rubber band, tape or cable tie to secure the bag around the shower head. Ensure the shower head is fully submerged in vinegar.
  • Submerge the shower head in vinegar for 12 hours. Soak brass, gold or nickle coated shower heads for 30 mins only and not 12 hours because prolonged exposure to vinegar might damage the plating.
  • Once the shower head has soaked, remove the bag and pour the vinegar down the drain.
  • Turn on the shower and run hot water through the head. Be careful not to scald yourself !
  • Use the toothpick and toothbrush to scrub the water spouts to clean up any other build up left!

The next method to clean up your shower head is more involved !

How to remove your shower head and clean it

  • Using an adjustable wrench gently unscrew the shower head from the shower arm. Use the end of the wrench for more leverage. Be careful - this should not require much force. If you find the shower head stuck dip an old toothbrush in vinegar and scrub the shower head arm to dissolve mineral deposits
  • Once you removed shower head., soak the complete shower head in a 50/50 solution of hot water and white vinegar
  • Soak the shower head for up to 12 hours. As per above if you have a shower head in brass, nickel or gold soak it only for 30 minutes so as not to damage the plating.
  • Once the shower head has soaked remove it from the vinegar to drip dry for a minute or two.
  • Wrap the shower arm with teflon tape. The teflon tape seals the gaps between the threads to prevent leaks
  • Screw the shower head arm with your hand until its tight. And then using the wrench, give it another half turn.
  • Turn on the water. If the head leaks, give it another quarter turn with the wrench.
  • Still leaking ? You probably need a new shower head washer or a new shower head!

How to change your shower head

Follow the below steps to replace your shower head with a new one. 

  • Using an adjustable wrench gently unscrew the shower head from the shower arm. Use the end of the wrench for more leverage. Be careful - this should not require much force. If you find the shower head stuck, dip an old toothbrush in vinegar and scrub the shower head arm to dissolve mineral deposits. 
  • Once you have removed the shower head, wrap the new shower arm with teflon tape. The teflon tape seals the gaps between the threads to prevent leaks
  • Screw the new shower head arm with your hand until its tight. And then using the wrench, give it another half turn.
  • Turn on the water. If the head leaks, give it another quarter turn with the wrench and that should fix the issue.

Plumbersbest.com.au stock a large range of shower heads, shower head washers, teflon tape, duct tape, vinegar among other plumbing supplies to make your life easier ! We supply Australian standard products, Australia wide. and in most cases dispatch on the same day.

We hope you enjoy your high pressure water shower and look forward to serving you again!

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