If showering in your home is less than spa-like and more akin to torture, it’s time to take a look under the shower head. Here are a few tips.
Inspect the system. It’s entirely possible the screen under the shower head may be clogged. If so, unscrew and clean with a vinegar and water solution. If you suspect your water heater is the culprit, call a professional to inspect and clean out any sediment blocking the hot water supply line.
New shower head options. If you’ve decided a new shower head is the way to go, the options are plentiful.
- A wall-mounted, single spray shower head is standard in most homes. These typically come with adjustable spray patterns. The cost is minimal — $40 to $60.
- A rain shower head is square in shape and simulates rainfall. It can be mounted from the ceiling or an extension arm from the wall. The amount of water used is the same, but it’s spread out over a larger area so the pressure on the body is less. Prices range from $50 to $200, depending on style and finish.
- Handheld shower heads offer the most flexibility and are perfect for taller people, children and pets. Connected to the water source with flexible tubing, handhelds also are a good option for someone with limited mobility. Pricing is similar to rain systems, again depending on the number of spray patterns and finish.
- Dual shower heads provide water in different directions but be prepared to pay a premium. Depending on style, dual shower heads can be close to $1,000.
- Specially designed shower heads are available for those who live in areas with low water pressure. Consult a plumber or hardware store for advice.