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Cleaning A Shower Head

Cleaning A Shower Head

Cleaning a shower head doesn’t take much time if you have the proper items. If you are seeing your shower head getting discolored or having water flow issues, it’s be time for a good cleaning. Using harsh chemicals damages fixtures and harmful to humans and pets. When deciding on a substitute, think about vinegar.

As an effective cleaner, vinegar is safe for you and your family. When used properly it’s a powerful tool in your cleaning arsenal. An additional benefit, vinegar is very inexpensive when compared to those harsh household cleaners. You can buy vinegar by the gallon at the local store for a fraction of the price of chemical cleaners.

NOTE: The type of finish on your shower head and connections will determine if vinegar can be used. Please know the materials before using vinegar to clean. Test a small, inconspicuous area with a cotton swab and let sit for 30 minutes before using on larger areas. You can find out more info on vinegar cleaning products here: Vinegar Cleaning Products

Cleaning a Shower Head

After confirming your shower fixtures and shower head can withstand the vinegar cleaning, it’s time to get started. Here are a few things you may want to use:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Bucket or solid base container
  • Cleaning rags
  • Old toothbrush
  • Paperclip
  • Pliers or wrench

When removing the shower head, place a protective cover, like a rag, over the connected showers surface. Then use the wrench to turn the fixture and remove the shower head.

Once removed, place the shower head into the bucket to catch any debris that falls off during the process. Use the vinegar and the toothbrush to remove mineral deposits. Rinse the fixture under running water until clean.

When clean, replace the shower head and test to ensure the connection is tight and there are no water leaks. Pro Tip: use plumber’s tape when replacing the fixture to get a tight connection.

When undertaking any DIY project, conduct proper research prior to starting. If you have any questions, call Superior Plumbing & Drain at (702) 478-9643.

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Winterizing Plumbing Pipes

Winterizing Plumbing Pipes

Winterizing plumbing pipes helps save money in the long run. With a simple process your outdoor plumbing stays protected from harsh winter elements. We have outlined the process for an easy DIY project.

Use A Pipe Sleeve

Using a pipe sleeve is the fastest way to cover outdoor pipes. This insulated sleeve comes with a slit up the side for easy installation onto the pipe itself. You can cut the sleeve to fit the pipe when needed. Please note that the sleeve usually does not cover the entire pipe. You will see a little bit of the pipe from the open side of the sleeve.

Tape the Sleeve

To secure the pipe sleeve, use heat tape. Wrapping the tape around the sleeve to achieve full coverage is the best option. This tape will keep any heat inside the pipe and usually prevent freezing. While freezing can always occur, this method helps prevent damage.

After installing the pipe sleeve and the heat tape, we like to cover the ends of the heat tape with electrical tape. This secures the ends of the heat tape so it won’t come loose. We have also seen duct tape be used to cover the heat tape but that’s personal preference.

Checking the Pipes

During winter we always recommend checking outside pipes for leaks. Even though we’re winterizing plumbing pipes , there is still a possibility of freezing depending on the outside temperatures. In addition to checking the pipes, a quick walk around your home may identify any water issues.

Superior Pluming & Drain

At Superior, we are a family owned and operated company operating in Southern Nevada. Our goal is to create a lasting relationship with every client and service their needs as they arise. Through our VIP Maintenance programs, we monitor and identify plumbing problems before they become costly.

For service, call us at (702) 478-9643 anytime.