Does your bathroom need a new showerhead? It might be time to think about one if you are noticing lower-than-usual flow from it or if you are just dealing with constant leaking into the tub or basin. As you map out your repair strategy for your Arvada, Colorado, home, you may want to consider some DIY maintenance tips for your shower initially, even if you end up calling on a licensed plumber. Here are a few things to try:
Showerheads accumulate minerals and sediment over time, which restricts water flow and causes water to spray unevenly. A simple workaround requires only a plastic shopping bag, rubber band and white vinegar. Fill the bag with white vinegar. Attach the bag to the showerhead and secure with looping a rubber band, and let it soak for a over night. This tool-free technique works best with chrome, stainless steel and other metal showerheads.
Many showerheads leak because their washers and/or O-rings are damaged. Replacing the faulty part may help you resolve the issue on your own. Usually you can do this with pliers and a wrench to separate the head from the shower arm. Be sure to turn off the valve beforehand, cover the drain and have a bucket on hand to collect any water that drips out. Replace the damaged O-ring and re-attach the shower arm. As always if DIY is not your thing be sure to consult your local plumbing expert.
If you need to adjust the diverter valve (which controls water distribution between the bathtub faucet and showerhead) or deal with a deep-seated leak in your home's pipes, call your local Arvada Roto-Rooter plumber. He or she can help you find the cause of your problem and suggest a solution.