You see, I had a shower head that barely put out any water. It kinda just dripped on me. Often it was difficult to get all of the shampoo/conditioner out of my hair and during the winter months, it was downright COLD to stand in a shower that dripped!
I knew it didn't need to be this way. When I ran water via the tub faucet, it came out at full blast. This wasn't a water pressure issue, but what was causing the problem? One thing I noticed was that water wasn't coming out of every single hole in the shower head. I wondered if perhaps lime, calcium, rust and whatever else had built up in the head, limiting my water supply. However, I was terrified of removing the head. I mean, what if I messed it up and then went DAYS without a shower while I waited for a repair man?
Well, yesterday I googled "install shower head" or something to that effect and came up with this little youtube gem. If you watch it, you will see that it is SUPER EASY to remove and re-install your shower head. What a doofus I was for waiting so long!
You just put a little cloth over the shower head (to protect the metal) and then turn a wrench. For those of you who, like me, always get confused as to which way you should turn/screw items, the general rule of thumb is, "Lefty, loosey. Righty, tighty." I'm not sure where I learned that, but it's super valuable information, especially if you're left-handed and nothing in this world feels intuitive because everything is set-up backwards. I've always wanted to learn Arabic because that language is written down correctly!
Upon removing the shower head I found THIS item in the neck!
I filled a mop bucket with heated vinegar, submerged the shower head, and let it sit overnight. The next day I blew through the neck end, and yes, turns out there was some rust in there. Not only that, but my shower head looks super clean and all brand new-like now. Whoo-hoo!
With a little bit of this magic tapey stuff, I put the head back on and gave it a go. I actually had the tape laying around the house because I'd bought it when I installed the bathroom sink faucet as a 'just in case.' You can get it for a dollar at Lowe's or Home Depot.
After a trial run of checking the holes in the head, I took to the stubborn ones with a safety pin to clear out any excess gunk keeping them clogged. There were about four holes that needed this, substantially less than when I started this venture. And who knew that the center piece was supposed to rotate?!?!? (Wish I'd taken a before picture of this.) The end result?
It's amazing, people. Just amazing. Tons of water and at a decent pressure. I'm not sure I'll ever leave this apartment. If you've got a similar problem with your shower (which occurs fairly often in older homes), do this. Do this now. You will be so happy, and trust me, you can do it. It's easy.