As one of the most frequently used items in your home, it’s no wonder that shower heads can break down over time. Though they often last a long time, heads must be replaced at some point. But how do you know if you need a new shower head? Fortunately, there are a few common red flags to look out for. Keep reading to learn more about the warning signs that your shower head must be replaced.

Leaks

If your shower head is constantly dripping, you may be in need of a replacement. A leak can be caused by a number of different things, so it’s best to hire a professional who specializes in shower plumbing installation in Pittsburgh, PA, to inspect it and let you know what the root of the problem is. However, shower leaks often mean something is wrong with the head, and you will need to purchase a new one.

Black Mold

Check your shower for any hard water stains. If you notice them in your bathroom, inspect the shower head for small black dots. This is black mold, and it is toxic to your health. In most cases, it is more affordable to replace the shower head than it is to remove the mold. Black mold is very tough to remove and often requires professional mold removal services. Lower the chances of the mold returning by choosing a metal shower head for the replacement. Plastic heads are a lot more likely to develop mold.

Difference in Water Pressure

Big Shower HeadOne of the most signifigant signs that your current shower head is reaching the end of its life is a clear change in the water pressure. Does the water pressure seem to fluctuate uncontrollably? Or has it gotten continually weaker over time? If so, you likely have a problem with the shower head. It may be caused by the head getting looser, in which case you will simply need to readjust it. However, it can also be caused by regular wear and tear, which means you will need a replacement.

Sediment Buildup

To make the water in your home safe to drink, it is treated with additives and chemicals. Shower heads come equipped with screens that filter out the chemicals, but the screens can get dirty over time. This causes sediment like calcium to build up in and around the shower head. This is noticeable to the naked eye and appears as a small, white, rocky material on the shower head. If you see this kind of buildup, it is time to get a new shower head.

When it is time to install your new shower head, contact us at Stahl Plumbing right away!