shower head

One of the biggest perks of civilization: running water. Being able to wake up everyday and take a refreshing, cleansing shower is a privilege and a pleasure that we so often take for granted. Most of us don’t have to think twice about it, until we have the misfortune of dealing with a faulty shower head. Few things will make you appreciate your shower more than having to suffer through unreliable water pressure or fixing a water leak.

At Boydco Plumbing, we know all the warning signs when it comes to needing to replace a shower head. Take a look at some of these major red flags. If any of them are happening to your shower, it may be the right time to make a change.

Change in water pressure

The number one warning sign that it’s time to change your shower head is a change in water pressure. Has it gotten weaker and weaker? Or does it fluctuate wildly, blowing fierce water spouts one minute and reducing itself to a trickle the next? Sometimes this change in pressure can be due to the head getting loose, and can be fixed by simply readjusting it. But in other cases the head can just get worn down by use, making it less reliable as a form of water pressure control.

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Constant drip

If your shower head develops a leak, you may need to get a new one. There are occasions where the shower head isn’t at fault for the leak: it could be due to the water supply valves or a worn-out washer ring. Replacing the valves or washer ring is fairly inexpensive, so you should definitely check to make sure that these things aren’t at fault before getting a new shower head put in.

Sediment buildup

The water that comes into your house is treated with chemicals and additives that make it safe for consumption. Shower heads have screens inside them that help to filter these chemicals and additives out. These screens can get pretty dirty over time, causing sediment to build up in and around your shower head. The most obvious sign of a build up is the presence of calcium. Calcium appears as small, white, rocky material.

Black mold

If your shower has hard water staining, check to see if there are any little black dots forming on the head. Those dots are black mold. Black mold is toxic and can have damaging effects on your health. It’s more cost effective to get a new shower head rather than attempt to clean off the mold; even with professional help, black mold can be very tough to get rid of.

One way of cutting down on the risk of mold developing in your shower is your choice of shower heads. If it’s within your budget, always opt for metal shower heads. Plastic shower heads are much more likely to develop mold.

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For more tips or to schedule an appointment, give Boydco Plumbing a call at 602-335-0323.