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Thread: Showerhead only trickling

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    DIY Junior Member obrien234's Avatar
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    Default Showerhead only trickling

    Pardon my ineptitude, but plumbing is not my forte...

    The showerhead in my bathroom has all of a sudden stopped pushing out the water how it should. The water still comes through, but just as a stream going straight down from the bottom of the head.

    Is this a problem with my water pressure, or with the head itself?

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    One who lurks Basement_Lurker's Avatar
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    Victoria, BC


    It's more likely to be a problem with the showerhead. As long as the shower valve is not turned on, you can remove the showerhead and look inside to see if it is plugged, you can also turn on the shower valve while the showerhead is removed to see if you get full pressure. If your showerhead looks to be fine, but you don't get full pressure, then the problem lies with your shower valve.

    Don't get wet!

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    DIY Senior Member Mike Swearingen's Avatar
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    Jan 2005
    On Albemarle Sound In Northeastern NC


    It could be debris from inside the water lines or minerals clogging the showerhead. Remove the showerhead and clean it out. If you see a lot of white particles, if they are soft they're minerals, if they're hard they may be debris from the water heater dip tube.
    If it is soft white stuff, soak the showerhead overnight in vinegar to dissolve it out. If they're hard little bits of plastic, repalce the heater dip tube.
    Good Luck!


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