It may have been a slow change and you might not have noticed it at first, but you’ve started to realize your showerhead has lost some water pressure. Although many people clean the metal on the fixtures, it’s much less common that the nozzle is cleaned. It’s a good idea to clean your fixtures every so often to keep them running how they should. Here’s a general guide on cleaning all of the plumbing fixtures in your home.
As mentioned before, showerheads are where you’ll see the most change after cleaning them. For regular cleaning, showerheads can be wiped down with hot soapy water on the nozzle to knock debris loose. Although this will keep your showerhead more clear than it would be without cleaning, it’s still a good idea to do a deeper clean every now and then. To do this, fill a Ziploc bag with equal parts white vinegar and water, and then submerge the showerhead in the bag. Then take a rubber band and wrap it around the bag to secure it to the showerhead. Allow this to soak for about an hour, take it off and wipe the showerhead clean, and then you’re good to go! White vinegar can harm some materials, so be sure to check what material your showerhead is made of and then check this list to see if white vinegar will hurt it.
If you have hard water and let it sit in your toilet bowl for too long, it can create a brown ring that does not look appealing at all. It’s a good habit to make sure you flush your toilets regularly, but if you already have a ring in your toilet you will have discovered how hard they can be to get out. Sometimes you can get them out with a brush and toilet bleach, but tougher stains that have been sitting longer will require a pumice stone. This will help scratch off the stain. If you’re looking to get rid of the hard water altogether, call Knight Plumbing and discuss what options they have for you.
Sink faucets will most likely not need as strong of a cleaning as the showerhead, so usually hot soapy water and a sponge or rag are enough. If need be, you can use the same method to clean the screen as you did with the showerhead. For getting rid of general stains on the faucet, check out this guide on some different methods that might work for you.
Extra Problems with Plumbing
If you have any problems beyond the need for simple cleaning, it’s a good idea to call your local plumber. Plumbing is a difficult trade, and if you’re unsure of your ability to fix anything, you should call a professional. Knight Plumbing is always willing to help with any questions you may have, and we offer a 24/7 emergency contact for any urgent issues that happen with your plumbing. Give us a call today!