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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 ?!

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.

Safety control for shower heads and other hot-water outlets

water not coming out of shower head properly