Why Does Your Showerhead Whistle?


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The whistling noise in your bathroom isn't your spouse singing in the shower. Instead, it's the shower itself. Why does your showerhead whistle? Take a look at the possible cause and what you can do to stop the sounds.

Do you have a clog in your showerhead? Restricted water flow can result in a whistle every time you try to bathe. Less room to flow through the showerhead's holes means more pressure is necessary to force the water out. A higher pressure flow, with less space, can make an audible whistle.

If you suspect a showerhead clog:

  • Investigate the nozzle. What does the nozzle look like? Can you see visible buildup? Hard water, shampoo and conditioner, and other debris can clog the holes of the nozzle and cause a plumbing problem.
  • Remove the showerhead. If possible, unscrew the showerhead from the pipe. Clean the head, remove the clog, and replace it.
  • Contact a professional. You've cleaned the head, removed the visible buildup, and the shower still whistles. What should you do now? Call a plumber to evaluate and repair the issue.

A clogged showerhead is typically an easy fix. In some cases, however, you can't clean or completely clear the buildup. When wear or nozzle failure is evident, the plumber may recommend a showerhead replacement.

Clogged Showerhead Pipe

The showerhead isn't always at fault. A clog in the pipe that extends from the wall to the head itself can make noises, whistles, and other similar sounds. As a clog develops in this pipe, it restricts the water's flow. This restricted environment can make the water whistle as it tries to get through the tight space.

What can you do about a clogged showerhead pipe? If you suspect this is the issue behind the whistle:

  • Call a plumber. Unless you have expert knowledge of your home's pipes, you probably can't determine the cause of the whistle. The professional plumber can listen to the noise, check the plumbing, and determine whether there is a clog or not.
  • Check the water flow. While you wait for the plumber, gather as much information as possible. If the water flow from your showerhead is weak or restricted, the pipe may have a clog.
  • Clean the pipe. Hard water buildup can cause a clog near the showerhead. If this is the problem, you can remove the head and clean the top of the pipe. But if the clog is farther down or you have concerns about accidentally pushing the clog deeper into the pipe, wait for the plumber.

Even though a clogged showerhead pipe is a common cause of whistling, it isn't the only one. Read on for more information on other potential culprits behind this issue.

Worn Valve

The shower valve regulates the temperature and pressure of the water. A worn or damaged valve can make noise as water passes through. If you suspect a shower valve problem is at fault:

  • Look and listen for other signs. It's likely the whistle isn't the only symptom of the problem. You may also notice problems when you try to turn the shower's handle or water pressure problems.
  • Notice sudden temperature changes. Does the water go from hot to cold suddenly when you shower? While this symptom may have several causes, a faulty valve is a common culprit.
  • Inspect for leaks. A damaged or worn valve can also cause leaks. Look for signs of water damage or listen for drips behind the wall.

A shower valve replacement is a job for a professional. The plumber can evaluate the valve, recommend a repair or replacement, and stop the whistle before it starts.

Do you need a plumber to repair your whistling showerhead? Contact Plumbrite for more information.

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