When Should You Replace Your Showerhead

Most people take a shower almost automatically and might not realize how many potential issues might be lurking within their showerhead.  How old is your showerhead? If yours has been lingering around the stall for a while, it’s time to update it. 

It is only when something goes wrong that you even start thinking about whether something is wrong. You might begin to notice your water pressure is off, or you might have noticed a few black spots. Whatever the case, here are a few signs that it is time to change your showerhead.

 

Your showerhead is leaking 

The leak may be visible in the shower handle, showerhead itself, or shower hose, depending on the showerhead type.

It is essential to find the source of the leak first, before going to the store for a fix. For example, if the arm connection leaks where it attaches to the showerhead, you may need to tighten it up. However, if the arm connection falls out of the wall, call a plumber – a new showerhead won’t make a difference. If your showerhead leaks or drips, you should go ahead and upgrade.

 

Your water pressure has changed

Reduced water pressure is the number one warning sign that it’s time to change your shower head. Has it just got weaker? Or is it wildly fluctuating, blasting water out one minute, and reducing itself to a trickle the next? 

This change in pressure can often be attributed to the showerhead loosening and can be corrected by merely tightening it. But in other cases, the head may have been worn out from regular use, making it less able to control water pressure.

 

The style is outdated

Will your obsolete 1980s shower head still fit with your new appliances? If your budget is just too tight for a complete remodeling. A replacement shower head installs or adds a touch of stylish elegance in minutes.

 

You find a black mold on your shower head

If you see a lot of odd black dots on your shower head, it may be black mold. Black mold is difficult to get rid of and can cause a variety of health problems. 

Over time, the shower heads become an ideal breeding ground for many other germs, molds, and bacteria because they are placed in hot and humid conditions that promote microbial growth. 

The presence of slime may limit the proper removal of irritants and germs. Also, hot sprays that disperse bacterial spores into the air which may infect your entire home. 

Often, plastic showerheads appear to bear far more of these germs than those of metal. Consider switching to one made of stainless steel if you haven’t already.

 

You find a lot of sediment

Sometimes the water flowing into your home is loaded with chemicals and additives. If you mainly have hard water, the deposition of sediments is to be expected. Although showerheads have a screen inside them to help flush the minerals and chemicals out, it’s easy to start seeing grime or buildup around your shower head. 

Calcium is the most common form of buildup. It is white, thin and chalky in consistency.  It’s time to buy a new showerhead if you see this buildup around yours.

 

You’re upgrading your entire bathroom 

When updating your bathroom, don’t forget to include the showerhead. Whether you’re changing the bathtub or reworking the whole room, a new showerhead will help the remodel feel complete. 

Replacing your shower head is an excellent way to boost your water’s clarity and flow while refreshing your bathroom. With so many different designs and finishes, you’ll find a pattern that brings your shower to life in no time. 

If you’re looking to refresh your showerhead or other bath accessories, chat with us at Home Forever Baths! We can recommend suitable options for your particular needs.