Few things are quite as refreshing as a nice, hot shower. The feel of the hot water washing away the stresses of the day can be just what you need to get through the rest of your day. Unfortunately, a screeching shower can make it difficult to really enjoy your shower. Here, you'll find out what's causing that screeching noise and what you can do to silence the screech and enjoy your showers once again.
A lot of water flows through your showerhead each year. As the water flows through, sediment, mineral deposits, and debris are left behind. After a while, the debris can cause the showerhead to squeal as water flows through it.
To fix this, you'll need to remove the showerhead, soak it in a good cleaning solution (CLR works great for breaking down calcium, lime, and rust) and scrub it with an old toothbrush.
If you prefer using natural cleaning products, you can soak the showerhead in a bowl of white vinegar for a day or two. The vinegar will eventually break-down all of the stuff stuck in the showerhead and allow the water to flow freely.
There is a washer in the faucet that diverts the water from the faucet to the shower. When this washer fails, it can cause the annoying screeching noise. After years of use, the rubber washer will stretch and won't fit as it should.
To fix this, remove the faucet and locate the diverter valve. You'll see the washer – remove it. Take it to the hardware store to find a replacement that is exactly the same size. Position the new washer, put the faucet back together, and give your shower a test run – does it still squeal? If so, there's one other issue to investigate.
Air in the Water Lines
When air gets trapped in water lines, it can cause things to get a little weird. You can sometimes hear a rattling coming from the walls or the screeching noise.
To release the air from your water lines, you'll need to turn off the water main to the house. Go to the faucet at the lowest point of the house – if this means the outdoor hose bib, that's where you need to go. Open the faucet and let the water run. The water will completely drain out of the lines and so will the air that is trapped.
Now, open the water main and then open several faucets throughout the house. The water should flow smoothly and without screeching.
If you can't find a solution to the screeching shower, talk with a company like Ez Flow Plumbing for assistance. They will assist in finding out what's going on and put a stop to it for good.