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Water not coming out of shower head properly

Why is water not coming out of shower head properly? – You step into the shower and open the shower valve/s and you expect steams of water to shower all over you. Yet no water comes out of the shower head. Bummer hey ?!

Shower head blocked

Blocked pipes

Diverter Valve Malfunction

So what causes water not coming out of shower head properly?

water not coming out of shower head properly

You need good water pressure as well as good water flow to have a nice shower.

 

 

Shower head is blocked.

You need to clean / unblock your shower head

You need:

1) a zippered bag or sandwich bag, heck you could even use a produce bag.

2) an elastic band, tie wrap or hair elastic (I’m all about options)

3) white vinegar (no options here, just plain white vinegar)

clean / unblock your shower head

Water not coming out of shower head properly: Fill your bag about half way with vinegar and fasten the bag to the shower head.  Do this by enclosing the mouth of the bag over the shower head and fastening it tightly in place with the tie.  Ensure the shower head is fully immersed in the vinegar, it needs to be in order for this to work.  Let’s say yours is on a hose (like mine), then I’d suggest taking the hose down and letting it sit in the tub.  Let this sit for 12 hours, or 24 if the shower head is really crusty and you have an alternative shower you can use.

When done, simply remove the bag (careful not to get any vinegar on your or worse, in your eye), and dump down the drain.  Yes, it will smell for a few minutes but shortly thereafter you’ll notice no smell.  If you want to be super sassy, throw some baking soda down your drain before you dump out the vinegar and you’ve now also cleaned our your drain in the process (go you!).  Let the shower head run hot water for a minute before getting in, you’ll marvel at your handiwork; it will run like new!

If you are having stubborn stain issues, you can soak the shower head even longer to see if it will blast away.  If you wish, you can use some baking soda and rub that in to the small nozzles with a cleaning toothbrush which will help break down any additional limescale and remove the discoloration.  Rinse it clean and you should notice a difference.  Keep in mind that brown discoloration is ugly (I believe this has to do with iron content in water), but is not harming the functionality of the shower head. Green and white ‘crust’ is what you really need to work on, calcium and limescale are the culprits in clogging your shower head.

 

 

Water not coming out of shower head properly – Blocked pipes

Water not coming out of shower head properly - Blocked pipes

Before using any of these repair methods, plumbers will check to make sure there isn’t a faulty fixture or blocked faucet aerator causing the trouble. After ascertaining that a clogged water supply pipes is the culprit, they can use these methods:

  1. Pipe removal and cleaning: The plumbers locate the pipes with the clogs and detach them from the rest of the plumbing. They then use powerful cleaners to thoroughly remove the deposits from the inside, then restore the pipe to place and test the water flow.
  2. Pipe replacement: This is the common solution for when pipe clogging has become extreme and/or the pipe is made from corroded older material. Plumbers will track down the pipes that are causing the trouble and remove them and put in new pipes, usually made of more corrosive-resistant material (copper, PEX, CPVC) and with a larger diameter to reduce water pressure.
  3. Air pressure: This is essentially the “plunger” for a water supply pipe. Plumbers attach an air hose line to the faucet affected by a local clog. They blast air pressure into the faucet, then run the water to watch for dislodged corrosion, calcite, etc.

 

 

Diverter Valve Malfunction

Diverter Valve Malfunction

Water not coming out of shower head properly – If you have a bathtub with a shower installed in there as well, then you also must have a diverter valve. This valve is located at the shower faucet and it changes the flow of water. So, when you pull the diverter valve to one side, the water will only flow through the faucet or the shower head, depending on the side.

Anyhow, the problem might be located there as well. Simply speaking, if the diverter valve is old or just malfunctioning, water will not come out of your shower head properly.

This can happen due to the fact that diverter valve is regulating the flow of water and if it doesn’t work properly, neither will your shower head.

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How to unclog a shower drain with standing water

How to unclog a shower drain with standing water – Standing water pools can attract insects, making your life difficult. Standing water makes clearing the clog more challenging, but you can often correct the clog yourself. What a drag! – Wow! – Can you think of a more gross way to spend your time than unblocking a drain. Luckily for you, here at Shower Eden we have solutions.

Use Plunger

Remove Clog by Hand

Home Remedy – The Bomb

Drain Unblocker Aerosol

How to unclog a shower drain with standing water – Don’t use bleach.

Bleach will kill al the good bacteria. Enzyme-based drain cleaners will work better. Bleach will also weaken your pipes and shorten their life time.

How to unclog a shower drain - Enzyme-based drain cleaner
Enzyme-based drain cleaner

 

 

Procedure One.

Put on a pair of rubber gloves and clear the blockage from the drain. This means all visible debris, or debris you can feel under the standing water. This might by luck be enough to get the water draining, slowly at least.

Next use a plunger. Place the plunger over the shower drain and plunge in and out. Plunging actually works best in standing water (water above the plunger to help it seal). After vigorously plunging, you should see some debris or gunk (yucky stuff anyway) floating around in the standing water.

How to unclog a shower drain with standing water - use plunger
Plunger

Plunging should almost definitely get the shower drain unblocked at least to a point where the water flows out even just a little bit. So wait for the standing water to drain out.

 

 

Remove Drain Cover and remove Clog by Hand if applicable.

How to unclog a shower drain with standing water by hand.

  • First you need to remove the drain cover.
  • Sometimes there is a screw in the middle that you have to take out.
  • Other times you can pry the drain cover off using a screwdriver.
  • Look inside the drain and locate the clog.
  • Use a flashlight, if necessary.
  • If the clog is within reach, pull it out with your fingers.

There might not be anything in reach to pull out. Then just continue with the rest of the steps in this article.

How to unclog a shower drain with standing water by hand
Remove Drain Cover.

 

 

How to unclog a shower drain with standing water – Now the BOMB!

Ingredients:

  • Baking Soda
  • 1 Cup of Vinegar
  • Hot Water
How to Unclog a Drain with Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda + Vinegar = Clean drain

Procedure:

  1. Pour a cup of water down your drain
  2. Put the half cup of baking soda down the drain
  3. Mix in the vinegar with your second prepared cup of water
  4. Pour in the vinegar/water mixture down the drain with the added baking soda – Things will begin to bubble/fizz, this is good, it means things are working!
  5. Cover the drain to allow the chemistry to take place between the vinegar and the baking soda
  6. Set the timer for 10 minutes to allow the formula to take care of your clog
  7. Pour another cup of boiled water down your drain to flush out the remaining clog

If you have tried all of the above and the shower drain is still blocked, then:

 

 

How to unclog a shower drain –  Drain Unblocker Aerosol.

Drain Unblocker Aerosol
Drain Unblocker Aerosol
How to unclog a shower drain -  Drain Unblocker Aerosol
Drain Unblocker Aerosol for Blocked shower drains.

Drain unblocker aerosol id designed to powerfully inject compressed air into your shower drain and thus pressuring loose the blockage and effectively blowing it out. It clears clogged or sluggish drains in seconds without the use of harsh chemicals, acids, or lye.

Directions for using Drain Unblocker Aerosol for Blocked shower drains.

  1. Fill shower  base with enough water to submerge can’s cap or use directly in standing water.
  2. Block overflow with damp rag or sponge and hold firmly.
  3. Place can’s cap over drain opening and press firmly for one second. Repeat if necessary.

Slow-Moving Shower Drains
1. Place stopper in drain.
2. Fill shower drain with 6-7” of water, remove stopper.
3. Block overflow with damp rag or sponge and hold firmly.
4. Place can’s cap over drain opening and press firmly for one second. Repeat if necessary.

If all of the above fails to unblock your shower drain then call a qualified plumber. A tip : Steal with your eyes : Carefully watch what the plumber does to alleviate the problem.

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Disassemble DIY How To

How to remove Delta shower handle

How to remove Delta shower handle?You might want to do maintenance or fault finding on your Delta shower valve. So you want do disassemble the shower valve. The first part you notice is the handle. How can you take of the handle. Some handles don’t even have visible screws. No problem. Here in this article I will show you various kinds of Delta shower handles and how to remove them.

With Exposed Screws

With Plug Buttons

With Setscrews

With Threaded Bonnets

How to remove Delta shower handle – Handle screws behind face plate.

How to remove Delta shower handle - Handle screws behind face plate

Some times the screws securing the handle is behind the face plate. Thus you can not see the handle screws.

In this case you have to unscrew the the face plate first. The handle plus the face plate can the be pulled off.

The you see the handle screws behind the face plate which you may the unscrew to take the handle off.

How to remove Delta shower handle

Handle screws behind face plate

Handle screws behind face plate 2

 

 

 

With Exposed Screws

With Exposed Screws

Unscrew the handle screw and remove the handle, bonnet and sleeve from the valve stem.

Unscrew the two screws from the face plate. Remove the escutcheon and the face plate.

If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapt or from the valve.

 

 

How to remove Delta shower handle – with Plug Buttons

Delta shower handle with Plug Buttons

 

Using a flat-blade screwdriver, gently pry the plug button from the front of the valve trim.
Unscrew the screw and remove the handle and adapter from the valve stem.
If applicable, rotate the cover counterclockwise to remove.
Slide the sleeve off the valve.
Unscrew the two screws and remove the face plate.
If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter.
Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

 

 

Trim with Setscrews

Trim with Setscrews

Loosen the setscrew and slide the handle and adapter off the valve.
Slide the sleeve off the valve.
Unscrew the two screws and remove the face plate.
If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter.
Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

How to remove Delta shower handle - Delta Faucet Ara 17

How to remove Delta shower handle - Delta Faucet Ashlyn 17

How to remove Delta shower handle - Delta Faucet Lahara 17

Delta Faucet Vero 17 Series Dual-Function Shower Handle Valve

 

 

How to remove Delta shower handle – with Threaded Bonnets

How to remove Delta shower handle – with Threaded Bonnets

  • Firmly grasp the handle. Turn the bonnet counterclockwise and remove the handle and bonnet from the valve.
  • If applicable, remove the pivot ring. Remove the face plate from the valve.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the retainer.
  • If no screws are present, unscrew and remove the retainer.

How to remove Delta shower handle

How to remove Delta shower handle

Delta Foundations BT13010 Monitor 13 Series Valve

Delta T13020-SS Monitor 13 Series Valve

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How to remove Kohler shower handle

How to remove Kohler shower handle? Before you can do any sort of fault finding on a Kohler shower valve, you will need to remove the shower valve handle. The handle is the first part to take off. But some handles don’t even have visible screws. No problem. Here in this article I will show you various kinds of Kohler shower handles and how to remove them.

With Plug Buttons

With Setscrews

With Threaded Bonnets

With Center Cap

How to remove Kohler shower handle – with Exposed Screws

How to remove Kohler shower handle - with Exposed Screws

  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the handle, bonnet and sleeve from the valve stem.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws from the face plate. Remove the escutcheon and the face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapt or from the valve.

 

 

Kohler shower handle – with Plug Buttons

Kohler shower handle - with Plug Buttons

  • Using a flat-blade screwdriver, gently pry the plug button from the front of the valve trim.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the handle and adapter from the valve stem.
  • If applicable, rotate the cover counterclockwise to remove.
  • Slide the sleeve off the valve.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

Kohler shower handle - with Plug Buttons

  • Using a flat-blade screwdriver, gently pry the plug button from the front of the valve trim.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the handle and adapter from the valve stem.
  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, loosen the setscrew and slide the bonnet off the valve.
  • Turn the sleeve counterclockwise and remove it from the valve.
  • Unscrew the collar. You may need a special tool (K-87448) to unscrew the collar. Remove the face plate and the collar.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the seal plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

 

 

 

Trim with Setscrews

Trim with Setscrews

  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, loosen the two setscrews. You may need to rotate the sleeve to access both setscrews. Slide the handle and sleeve off the valve.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the adapter from the valve stem.
  • Unscrew the collar. You may need a special tool (K-87448) to unscrew the collar. Remove the face plate and the collar.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the seal plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

Trim with Setscrews

  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, loosen the setscrew and slide the handle off the valve trim.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the bonnet and sleeve from the valve stem.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws from the face plate. Remove the washer and the face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

How to remove Kohler shower handle - Trim with Setscrews

  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, loosen the setscrew and slide the handle and adapter off the valve.
  • Slide the sleeve off the valve.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

How to remove Kohler shower handle - Trim with Setscrews

  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, loosen the two setscrews. Slide the handle and bonnet off the valve.
  • Gently pry the cover plate from the escutcheon to expose the two screws.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the screw and remove the adapter from the valve stem.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the escutcheon.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

 

 

How to remove Kohler shower handle – with Threaded Bonnets

How to remove Kohler shower handle - with Threaded Bonnets

  • Firmly grasp the handle. Turn the bonnet counterclockwise and remove the handle and bonnet from the valve stem.
  • Remove the face plate from the seal plate.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the seal plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

With Threaded Bonnets

  • Firmly grasp the handle. Turn the bonnet counterclockwise and remove the handle and bonnet from the valve.
  • If applicable, remove the pivot ring. Remove the face plate from the valve.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the retainer.
  • If no screws are present, unscrew and remove the retainer.

With Threaded Bonnets

  • Firmly grasp the handle. Turn the bonnet counterclockwise and remove the handle and bonnet from the valve stem.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws and remove the handle sleeve, shroud, and face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.

 

 

How to remove Kohler shower handle – 

with Center Cap

How to remove Kohler shower handle - with Center Cap

  • While holding the handle arm, unscrew the end cap. Remove the end cap, washer, and short sleeve.
  • Slide the handle arm from the bonnet. Ensure the O-ring and long sleeve are still in place.
  • Slide the center cap from the bonnet.
  • Using a 3/32” hex wrench, unscrew the screw from the bonnet.
  • Slide the bonnet and sleeve from the valve stem.
  • Using a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the two screws from the escutcheon assembly. Remove the escutcheon assembly and the face plate.
  • If applicable, use a flat-blade screwdriver to remove the pin from the adapter. Unscrew and remove the adapter from the valve.
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Height of Shower Valve?

You might be remodeling or you might be installing a new shower. So you are wondering: Height of Shower Valve? Shower valve/s placed to high or low will prove to be a huge ergonomic burden. Thus it is imperative to read this guide before making the call.

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)

Human length variation

Also consider with children using the shower, a valve placed too high, plus the playful nature of a child, will equal a head bumped on the valve. As some valves have relative sharp angled control knobs, there will be an extra shower … The tears of a crying child.

Well if you are the owner of the shower, I suppose you can choose any height that may please you. But…

If you are considering other people who might also use the shower, you might want to use the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Shower Valve Measurements Requirements.

Height of Shower Valve

 

 

Height of Shower Valve? – ADA Shower Valve Measurements Requirements.

If you are considering other people who might also use the shower, you might want to use the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Shower Valve Measurements Requirements.

Height Above Floor.

Shower controls area minimum height above the floor is 38 inches above the floor. The maximum height above the floor is 48 inches.

Height of Shower Valve

 

 

Height of Shower Valve? – Human length variation

The tallest member of the household should not have to bend to take hold of the shower valve/s.

An older member might have difficulty standing in the shower because of weak feet or legs. This member might want to sit on some chair inside the shower. Thus he/she should still be able to reach the shower valve/s.

Also consider looking up your local building codes, as not all towns and cities have laws regulating the installation of shower valves.

If building codes don’t regulate the location of your valve, place it in a spot that is easy for everyone to access.

A good rule of thumb: for Height of Shower Valve:

Install the valve/s between 36 and 48 inches above the shower floor.

A height of 28 inches, or 2 feet 4 inches, is standard for valves in bathtub shower units.

 

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Disassemble Mira Shower Head – How To

The day might come when you want to Disassemble Mira Shower Head. Maybe you want to strip it because you want to clean it. Maybe you want to disassemble it because you need to replace the spray plate or seals. Or you may want to because of Poor spray pattern from the Cloud spray plate assembly.

Mira shower heads are designed to give a satisfactory shower over a range of pressures. These shower heads are suitable for pressures between 0.1 and 5.0 bar.

Cloud Spray Plate

Cleaning

Accessories

Disassemble Mira Shower Head.

Replacing the Spray plate or Seals.

Replacing the Spray plate or Seals

  1. Use a suitable tool to remove the grommets.
  2. Using the 2.5 mm hexagonal wrench (supplied), remove the screws.
  3. Separate the spray plate assembly into its individual components.
  4. Clean or replace components as necessary.Note! Make sure that the seals are located correctly.
  5. Reassemble the components in reverse order.

 

 

Replacing the Cloud Spray Plate Assembly.

Replacing the Cloud Spray plate Assembly

  1. Use a suitable tool to remove the grommets.
  2. Using the 2.5 mm hexagonal wrench (supplied), remove the screws.
  3. Separate the sprayplate assembly into its individual components.
  4. Replace the Cloud assembly sprayplate with the LC version.
  5. Reassemble the components in reverse order.

 

 

Disassemble Mira Shower Head – Cleaning.

Disassemble Mira Shower Head - Cleaning

Many household cleaners contain abrasives and chemical substances, and should not be used for cleaning plated or plastic fittings.These finishes should be cleaned with a mild washing up detergent or soap solution, and then wiped dry using a soft cloth.Use your thumb or a soft cloth to wipe any limescale from the soft nozzles and the front surface of the shower head spray plate.Important! The spray plate must be regularly cleaned to make sure that the shower head does not become blocked.

Use your thumb or a soft cloth to wipe any limescale from the soft nozzles.

 

 

Accessories.

Flow Regulator (12 L/min – Red) – 1641.059If your shower has no flow control, you may find operation of the shower on high pressure systems too forceful. Fitting a flow regulator in the shower head will reduce this.

Disassemble Mira Shower Head - Flow Regulator

Check valve (360m and 360r) – 1688.282

Mira Shower Head - Check Valve

Check valve (360i) – 1688.283

Mira Shower Head - Checkvalve (360i) - 1688.283

To comply with UK Water Regulations you must make provision to prevent the back flow of waste water through the shower.A hose retaining ring will allow compliance but may restrict full use of the hose.However, if your mixer shower is already fitted with single inlet check valves then fitting the extra shower head check valve will allow compliance without the need for the hose retaining ring.

How to clean a showerhead with vinegar

MIRA SHOWER HEAD INSTALLATION & USER GUIDE

Showerhead

Multifunction showerhead assembly

Showerhead

Shower head assembly