Diy: Repair Broken Shower Head

Damaged showerheads usually a simple clog of tiny holes that make up the unit. How to detach and unclog it, if that is the problem.

It's the Monday morning after a long weekend and you are dreading waking up and going to back to work because of the long list of tasks you know are waiting for you. If you have ever felt this way you know how this dread is multiplied when you wake up to find your showerhead is broken""either water is spurting everywhere and you can't stop it, or only a pathetic dribble of water is coming from the spout.

If you are like most people you will want an immediate solution to the problem so that you can start your day clean and fresh. Fixing a showerhead is a task that anybody can handle if he or she knows a little bit about the structure of a shower. Showerheads come in a variety of shapes and sizes but usually there is one large nut that attached to the head of the pipe. The rest of the fitting sits above the pipe and faces downward. In some models the pipe is a straight, hard, metal channel, while in others it resembles more of a metal hose. Either model can be manipulated in the same way, however.

Before you attempt the removal of the head you will want to cover the drain below with a towel to prevent the loss of any parts that may fall from your hand in the process. A bath matt can be used to protect the tub or surrounding tiles from an accidental drop of a wrench that could leave a mark or cause some damage. It is a good idea to always wear shoes when doing repairs yourself, as your feet are potentially vulnerable to the clumsiness that your hands may be characterized by.

Once you have prepared your working area sufficiently you will need to take the showerhead off. To remove the head wrap a rag around the main nut to protect it. Then, carefully removing the nut with an adjustable wrench, you will be able to detach the entire head easily. If the water is spurting in different directions or if the water is just dribbling out of the head but the pressure remains strong the head may only need a little cleaning. Sometimes the little holes in the showerhead get clogged and must be purged of unwanted material. Soak the head in a grease and dirt dissolver. Remove the head from the solution and scrub it with a brush. When you are done unclogging the showerhead you may replace the head by using the rag and the adjustable wrench once again.

If you still do not receive the normal amount of pressure through your showerhead first try replacing the old showerhead with a new fixture. It is possible that the fixture has a crack near where the nut tightens it to the pipe. This may account for a showerhead that spurts water from the base. If a total replacement does not work there may be a problem further down the line that is preventing proper pressure from reaching your shower pipes. It is recommended that you call a professional plumber to remedy this situation since the solution might pertain to a larger problem with your water tank.

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