If a constant drip sound disturbs you all night, or if the spray of water from a leaking shower head says hello every time you hop into the shower, it’s time to make some effort. Although we write this in an easy-peasy way, it is the most disturbing thing when your shower head drips intermittently.
If left untreated, those tiny droplets can really sky-high your energy and water bills. Moreover, it will stain the interior of the shower.
Do you also have a problem with intermittent dripping from your shower? This blog is for you. We bring the answer to why your showerhead drips and the best possible solutions to treat that. Before jumping to the solutions like replacing a shower head, let’s find out the reasons behind the shower leakage.
Reasons Behind Shower Dripping
Below are two common reasons behind shower leakage;
1. Clogged nozzles
Clogged nozzles happen due to limescale buildup and mineral particles. Many of us get a hard water supply in our homes, and surprisingly we didn’t even notice. There are many signs of hard water presence at our homes, such as stains of faucets, clogged showerheads, dry hair, and many others. Hard water, if not treated at the right time, may cause corrosion in your showerhead. The rust particles develop tiny holes that cause your showerhead to drip.
2. Worn Washer or Rubber
The showerhead and its tiny parts need to be replaced after every 6-8 months. The washer, ring, and rubber were worn out by time. The crack in the washer causes your shower head to drip intermittently.
Ways to Stop Shower Dripping
Cleaning the shower every month prevents leakage and dripping. When you clean the shower, you’ll identify the problem and treat it right away.
1. Fix Clogged Nozzles
You can fix the clogged nozzles by following the step-by-step procedure.
Step 1: Before starting work, switch off the water supply to your shower head. You can easily find the water valve, usually found near the bathroom or in the basement.
Step 2: After switching off the valve, detach the shower head from the shower arm with the help of a wrench or adjustable pliers. You can also use your hand if not over-tighten. You have to clean the hole manually to remove all the dirt and grime in the nozzles.
Step 3: After removing the showerhead, rinse it thoroughly in clean water in an upside-down position. Soak the showerhead in vinegar and baking soda solution. Make sure that the amount of the solution should cover it properly. Submerge it for 2-3 hours.
Step 4: The vinegar and baking soda solution will remove all dirt, rust particles, limescale, and other minerals from the showerhead. Rub it with a toothbrush in slow movements. Then wash it with clean water.
Step 5: Poke the nozzles with the help of a toothpick or safety pin and remove the remaining dirt and debris. Try to clean the nozzle separately for perfect results.
Step 6: In the last step, dry the showerhead with a towel and attach it properly. Switch on the water supply to see whether your problem is solved or not.
2. Change The Washers And Rub
There are two washers in the shower;
- Washers in the showerhead
- Washer in the shower faucet
You’ll need to figure out the one causing leakage and need to be repaired or changed. Take it out with a wrench. And replace it with something that has the same thickness, shape, and size. Put every part together and run water to see if your shower leakage is fixed or not.