Keeping all the leaks or potential leaks under control, keeping your toilet running properly, and keeping your shower running properly are just some of the plumbing responsibilities a homeowner has. It might seem like a lot, but if you keep on eye on the small issues and fix them immediately and do preventative maintenance on your plumbing, you can keep the bigger issues from happening and your plumbing repair costs down to a minimum.
When it comes to the showers in your home, it might not seem like there is a lot you can do to keep things running smoothly, but that’s not true. For starters, if you notice that the water pressure coming from your shower head is low, it may be due to limescale buildup. You can fix this by simply unscrewing the shower head from the pipe, removing the spray plate, and then placing it in a descaling solution for a period of time, allowing the buildup to loosen up, and be scrubbed off and cleaned. While the spray plate is sitting in the solution you can clean and remove the buildup from the pipe. After the spray plate has been clean and rinsed off, you can replace it back and your water pressure from the shower head should be back up and running like new.
IF you notice that your shower head leaks after the water has turned off, you may have some worn out parts, such as a washer or an o-ring. You will want to simply remove the shower head and look at the threads on the washer or o-ring and if worn out, replace them. Fixing a shower head that leaks can save you a lot of money on your water bill, so don’t just ignore it, because it can also lead to a more expensive fix down the road.