Shower Repairs & Maintenance
How To Clean A Showerhead
If you notice that when you use your shower, the water isn’t flowing so well and the spray isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it’s likely that the jet holes in the showerhead are blocked with limescale. This is a common problem, especially in hard-water areas. To repair this problem, you can take the head apart and use a descaler to unblock the holes. Alternatively, you could simply use a pin to poke the limescale out of the holes. However, it’s not advisable to use this technique if your showerhead has plastic diaphragms that might be damaged by the pin.
If using a chemical descaling fluid, you should wear protective gloves to protect your skin. Unscrew your showerhead to gain access to the inside of it. Follow the instructions when using a descaler, and make sure it is suitable for use with plastic or metal showerheads. A handy tip is to use an old toothbrush to thoroughly scrub all the fiddly bit.
Replacing A Shower Hose
If your shower starts to leak around the point where the hose connects to the showerhead, you will probably need to replace the hose. Check the size of your shower hose when buying a new one, to make sure it’s the same size, then you just need to unscrew the old one and replace it with the new one.
How To Install A PVC Ceiling
The ceiling above a shower stall is particularly prone to moisture damage. A solution to this problem is to fit a waterproof sheet of PVC above your shower. Measure the size of the area of ceiling you want to cover, either the space above your shower stall or a suitable size area above your bath. Mark out the outline on a sheet of PVC and cut it out using a panel saw. Apply silicone sealant to the back of the sheet and stick the sheet in position, remembering the sealant will dry quickly. Once it’s dry, put a further bead of sealant around each edge to form a neat, watertight seal. Leave this to dry properly for a day before you use the shower. If you have problems getting the PVC to adhere properly to the ceiling, you could screw it in place to ensure it’s fully secure. Apply silicone sealant to the screw heads before inserting them to ensure your ceiling is watertight. You could then snap some PVC caps over the screw heads for a tidy finish.