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Common Reasons for a Whistling Shower

Posted on July 8th, 2015

Showers are meant to be relaxing, but there’s nothing soothing about a whistling shower head. If your shower gives off an ear-splitting screeching noise, there are a few different things that could be wrong. Let’s take a look:

Your shower head pipe could be clogged. “If you have hard water and don’t have a water softener, the noise could be attributed to the building up of water pressure because the shower head is clogged or has calcified as a result of the minerals found in hard water,” advises Angie’s List. The fix for this is simple — detach the shower head, and soak it in white vinegar. This should clear away deposits and eliminate the whistle.

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You may have to tighten the fasteners. A loose connection can cause water to escape from the wrong spot, resulting in a whistling shower head. Look for leaks, and be sure to tighten fasteners to make sure water is flowing to the correct outlet.

It might be time for an upgrade. Have you considered investing in a low-flow shower head? It can kill the hissing sound by reducing the volume of water being carried through your pipes while also saving you money. To learn how to change a shower head, view our instructional video below:

Plumbing Medic is your one-stop location for all residential plumbing needs. Whether you need help with a whistling shower head or a clogged toilet, give us a call!

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