If you have used the shower head for a long time, you will realize at one point that various problems start to appear. Those problems are connected to clogging, also clogging of sediment, and aging of your shower head. It must be repaired on time. You must first disassemble the blocked shower faucet and clean the nozzle to see if it will show signs of improvement. Many people do not know what to do when they have this problem. Below in this article, you will have the opportunity to read some useful tips that can help you with this type of project. Unlike baths and toilets, where you can see signs of dirt after a few days of use, shower heads can become clogged and flush with imperceptibly and at a slow pace. Well, you won’t even notice until it’s too late, and your shower head is completely clogged. A clogged shower head can slow the flow of water or block it completely. In this case, read some tips on how to increase shower head flow rate. If you think your shower head is worn out, you need to know or learn how to change a shower head. There are loads of high-pressure shower heads on the market today, so if you want to buy a new shower head, you can always opt for this type.
Let’s see how we can unclog the shower head.
What is calculus, and how is it formed?
The hardness of water is caused by the presence of dissolved salts of calcium and magnesium (sometimes iron) in water. The highest concentration of calcium is due to the presence in the Earth’s crust as a key element in the minerals calcite, dolomite, etc. The hardness of the water depends on the ground through which it passes: the more calcium and magnesium the stones contain, the harder the water. The effect of this can also be seen in the household: for example, the washing machine will consume more detergent and electricity, and the washing effect will be significantly worse. When it exceeds certain hardness limits, water becomes unsuitable for any consumption. Accordingly, thanks to the hard water, it will be very easy to spot calculus deposits on the shower head in your bathroom.
How to unclog a shower head
Tip # 1
Try to wipe as much dry stone as possible around and from the holes in the shower head. Try to do this by using a sponge with an abrasive side. Then, mix an equal portion of water and alcohol vinegar and place that mix in a plastic bag. Put the bag with a mixture of water and vinegar around the shower head so that the holes are immersed in the liquid and attach the bag with wire or thread to the shower tube. Leave the shower head submerged for at least 15 to 20 minutes (if possible, leave for an hour). Remove the bag and wipe off the melted deposits. Let the hot water and allow the water to eject the scale that has accumulated in the holes.
Tip # 2
Use only mild cleaning tools, such as citric acid based ones. Do not use cleaning products containing hydrochloric acid, formic acid, hydrochloric bleach, or acetic acid as they can cause considerable damage. Phosphoric acid cleaners should only be used under certain conditions. Never mix cleaners. Never use spray cleaners directly on showers as their mist can penetrate the inside of the shower and cause damage. It is best to spray cleaner onto a soft cloth and then wipe the surface with a cloth. After cleaning the outside and inside of the shower, rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Tip # 3
Try to unclog your shower head with a white distilled vinegar and laundry detergent. Mix the two ingredients in the same proportions and place the resulting paste on the surfaces where the mold has appeared. Allow the mixture to act for 10 minutes and then scrub off with a sponge. The paste is a light scent, which disappears after a few hours, and the bathroom will shine with cleanliness. If you want to protect your bathroom from mold re-emergence, pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray the surfaces you want to protect. Open the windows or turn on the ventilation to give off a strong vinegar scent. The vinegar destroys about 80 percent of the mold, preventing the growth of new mold.
Tip # 4
In this tip, you will need to find a plastic bag that is big enough to fit around the shower head. That depends on the size of the shower head. You can use a garbage bag, it is not a bad way as well. The next step is to make a combination of 1/3 cup baking soda with 1 cup white vinegar. Then you should put the mixture in the bag. This mixture will make a reaction (it will start bubbling) because the baking soda will react with the vinegar, so you should do it above some clean and safe surface. The acid in the vinegar reacts with the sodium bicarbonate in the baking soda to form carbonic acid, which is a strong cleaning agent that you can use in different ways. The next step is to secure the bag over your shower head with a rubber band or with a wire. If you want the whole process to be successful, make sure that the shower head is completely covered in the mixture in the bag. Now you just need to wait. Leave the bag on the shower head for a few hours or overnight. When you think it is done, wipe down the shower head with hot water until the whole mixture is rinsed off.
To sum up, the supplies you already have in your home can help you unclog a shower head. Never use strong agents and always follow the instructions given when you purchased your shower head. Since shower heads can be made of different materials, keep them in line with how the particular material is maintained.