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What Should You Do About a Leaky Showerhead?

ShowerheadDoes your showerhead drip even when it is turned off? Does it have trouble maintaining good water pressure even when you turn it all the way on? Either one of these problems could be a sign of a deep-seated issue within the plumbing system of your Norcross, Georgia, home.

The good news is that there is a wide range of options for dealing with problematic showers, tubs and toilets. Let's look at a few useful tips for everyday bathroom plumbing:

1. Clean a showerhead using vinegar

The holes in a showerhead can easily get clogged with minerals. One of the most straightforward ways to unclog them is to remove the showerhead and loop a plastic bag around it tightly with a rubber band or zip tie. Fill the bag with white vinegar and let the submerged showerhead sit over night. Polish it with a soft cloth or let water run for 3 minutes. This method is particularly effective for chrome and stainless steel showerheads. Check out our step-by-step tutorial video.

2. Replace an old washer or O-ring

When a showerhead leaks, it is often because the washer or O-ring inside of it is damaged. You can unscrew the showerhead from the shower arm to check for problems, but first you should be sure to turn off the shower valve. Position a bucket to collect any accumulated water that will come out of the pipes when you detach the head. Also, cover the drain with a cloth to prevent small parts from falling in. If the O-Ring is damaged you can pick up a new one at your local hardware store.

3. Repair the diverter valve

In some cases, the valve that switches water between the tub and the showerhead may be broken. You can use a brush and white vinegar to clean out the deposits in it. Alternatively, you can replace it. Your local Norcross Roto-Rooter plumber can guide you through the process to ensure that everything is installed properly.

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