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Helpful Tips

Showerhead Maintenance

Showerheads develop uneven spray when the holes become clogged with mineral deposits from the water. To clean:
Unscrew swivel ball nut - you will need adjustable wrench or channel‑type pliers. (Hint: to protect the finish from scratches, first wrap the jaws of the tool with masking tape.)
Unscrew collar nut from showerhead.
Gently clean the outlet and inlet holes of the showerhead using a thin wire.
Flush the head with clean water.
Plumbing Basics Bathroom Showerhead
You may want to soak the showerhead in vinegar overnight to remove all mineral deposits.
Testing a Toilet for Leaks
Check the water level in the tank to be sure that the water is not overflowing by way of the overflow pipe (the pipe in the middle of the tank with a small piece of tubing connected to it).
If water is running into the overflow pipe, adjust the fill valve until the water stops approximately one inch below the top of the overflow tube (there may be a water level mark stamped on the side of the tank).
Test the flush valve mechanism by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank.
Plumbing Basics Bathroom Toilet
Check the bowl after 15 minutes, if the water has changed color, the ball or flapper is leaking and needs to be replaced.
Cleaning an Aerator
Low water pressure from the sprayer or water leaks from the handle are usually caused by lime buildup and sediment blocking the small openings inside the sprayer head. Clean the head using the following steps:
By hand, carefully unscrew the aerator from the faucet turning counterclockwise. If it will not unscrew, wrap the jaws of your pliers with masking tape and loosen the aerator with the pliers. Continue by hand.
Take aerator or spray head apart
Use a small brush dipped in vinegar to remove sediment.


Plumbing Basics Bathroom Aerator


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