How to Get Rid of Squealing Shower Noises
A squealing shower head can be a dreadful annoyance when attempting to take a stress-free shower. The primary step in order to deal with the problem is identifying the cause of the sound.
In time, mineral deposits can develop in your shower head. Cleansing your shower head will get clear of this build up. Examine your shower nozzle for indications of mineral deposits, which will show up as off-white spots. To clean your shower head, begin by unscrewing your nozzle from the wall or shower component, turning it counterclockwise. Then put the shower head into a bowl full of white vinegar and water (equal parts of each component). Allow the shower to be totally submerged in the mixture and let it soak for at least an hour. After an hour of soaking, take the shower head from the bowl and scrub it with a tooth brush. This will get rid of any excess minerals that didn’t come off throughout the soak. Lastly, rinse off the shower head with water and twist it back on the fixture.
A common source for the high-pitched squealing noise originating from your shower is a bad washer located in the hot water faucet. Check for wear and tear on the washer to identify if you have to change it or not. First, turn off the water system to the shower. Next, remove the faucet and set it aside. There may be designated screws or the faucet may have a pop-off function depending upon the shower. After the handle is removed, continue by taking off the round plate or cover that is screwed to the wall with a flat head screwdriver. After the round cover is removed the faucet cartridge will be noticeable.
Using pliers, grab the thin cylinder cartridge on the middle of the faucet component and twist it counterclockwise until it loosens and comes out of the wall. When the cartridge is taken off, turn it upside down and you ought to see a washer at its base. If the washer is damaged or worn, this is most likely the problem triggering the loud noise coming from your shower. Take out the washer using a screwdriver. Either change the washer with a spare or take the whole component to a hardware store where they will change the washer for you. Reassemble your faucet in reverse order and be sure to turn the water supply back on to test out your shower performance when you are finished.
An additional cause for a squealing shower is water streaming through a pipe with sediment. If the sound continues when various other faucets are turned on then the trouble is in the primary water system valve. First, locate the water line supply entering your house. The line and valve can typically be discovered in the basement or storage area in the house. To raise the water pressure, turn the adjusting screw clockwise, to reduce the pressure turn the adjusting screw counterclockwise. The change in water pressure may also help eliminate the sound. If the noise still continues after these modifications, then you may need to get your primary water valve replaced.
Squealing showers are loud and troublesome. Figuring out the cause of the noise and following these guidelines can assist you in doing away with this common trouble. If you are still experiences issues with your shower, don’t think twice to give Plumbing Repair Texas a call.