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Shower head is clogged or otherwise has trouble releasing
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Teflon tape / plumber's tape
Small tub / bowl (for washing a shower head)
Vinegar (in a bottle)
Thin wire / wire clothes hanger
Over the course of the use of your shower,
you may find that your shower head progressively becomes worse in
releasing water, disallowing you from enjoying your shower. In
all likelihood, your shower head is clogged and needs to be cleaned.
Do this before trying to replace your shower head with a
Unclog your shower head in a few steps,
and here's how:
First, remove the
shower head: Place an adjustable wrench over the
shower arm to hold it in place while you use your hands to take
off the shower head by turning it completely counterclockwise.
Take apart all parts of the shower head, itself, carefully
noting what order such parts are taken out in order to
ultimately put them back together as part of the shower head
Carefully place all the parts of the shower head, including the
shower head, itself, in a small tub/bowl. Fill this
tub/bowl with vinegar until all parts of the shower head are
covered with vinegar; leave no part protruding above the liquid
surface of vinegar for the purpose of soaking such parts
Allow the parts in the tub/bowl to soak for about a half hour to
a whole hour.
While the parts are soaking in the tub/bowl, as may be
necessary, use a wire clothes hanger's arch tip (take the wire
curve of the clothes hanger and make it straight) or other thin
wire to poke through any blocked holes of the shower head.
Then, after the soaking period, rinse off all the parts with
water (usually at a sink).
Put back all the parts to make up the shower head in its
entirety in order to make the shower head ready for
re-installation onto the shower arm.
In preparation to screw the shower head back onto the shower
arm, left exposed from your first step of removing the shower
head are the threads of the shower arm that you now must cover with
about 5 clockwise rounds/revolutions of Teflon tape/plumber's
Upon applying the
Teflon tape/plumber's tape, now actually screw this shower
head clockwise (in the same direction of the Teflon tape) onto
the shower arm threads.
Follow this up with the tightening of the shower head:
Place an adjustable wrench over the shower arm to hold it in
place while you use your hands to tighten the shower head
by turning it completely clockwise; be careful not to
That's what it takes to unclog a shower head.
Handyman Zone Team
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