Is My Shower Head Clogged?

A stainless steel shower head with limescale buildup around the water holes.
If you're like most homeowners, you probably take for granted that your shower head will always work properly. But what if it doesn't? What if water is only coming out in a trickle, or worse, not at all? Chances are, your shower head is clogged.

What Causes a Clogged Shower Head?

Clogged shower heads are usually caused by hard water — or water with high mineral content, including calcium, magnesium, and iron. Over time, these minerals can build up in the pipes and eventually clog the tiny holes in your shower head where the water should be coming out. So even if you have plenty of pressure coming in, the water can't get through the clog to reach the shower head.

How Can You Tell if Your Shower Head Is Clogged?

One of the easiest ways to tell if your shower head is clogged is to check and see if there are any visible mineral deposits on it. If you can see a thick, white or grayish buildup on your shower head, it's likely that mineral deposits are clogging up at least some, if not all, of the holes.

Another way to check if your shower head is clogged is to unscrew it from the wall and look at the inside. If you can see a thick layer of minerals blocking the flow of water, then you know that hard water is the culprit.

How to Unclog a Shower Head

Fortunately, unclogging your shower head is a relatively easy process. All you need is some white vinegar and a plastic bag. Simply fill the bag with vinegar, tie it around your shower head using string or rubber bands, and let it sit overnight. The acid in the vinegar will break down the mineral deposits and unclog your shower head.

If this didn't do the trick, try removing the shower head and using a little elbow grease to scrub away at the build-up with a sponge and white vinegar.

Preventing Shower Head Clogs

The best way to prevent clogged shower heads in the first place is through a water filtration system or softener. These systems remove minerals from the water before it ever enters your home's plumbing system, reducing hard water buildup and extending the life of both your plumbing fixtures and appliances.

If you're dealing with a clog you just can't clear, the Mr. Rooter Plumbing team is here to help! Give us a call us to schedule your appointment today.