Matthew Gingerella
Matthew Gingerella
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  • Riverside, CA

Why You Need to Replace Your Shower Head - Every 6-Months!


This is not my opinion, this is the recommendation of medical and scientific experts that have documented a Recommended Cleaning and Maintenance regiment - in response to the serious threat that some disease-causing bacteria can grow in shower heads and infect the lungs of at risk patient groups. Go to the following web article for more details:
Plastic Hand-Held Shower Head, hose, and adapter. More than 6-months old - but not quite a year old.
Plastic Hand-Held Shower Head, hose, and adapter. More than 6-months old - but not quite a year old.
Tell-tale signs of red bacteria and biofilm crust on the spray-head face.  Do not let it get this far by performing monthly vinegar soaks.
Tell-tale signs of red bacteria and biofilm crust on the spray-head face. Do not let it get this far by performing monthly vinegar soaks.
Bad News - there is a clear build-up of biofilm crust in the shower neck pipe.  I had to replace it too.
Bad News - there is a clear build-up of biofilm crust in the shower neck pipe. I had to replace it too.
The shower head adapter was full of biofilm crust - as shown stuck to the rubber o-ring.
The shower head adapter was full of biofilm crust - as shown stuck to the rubber o-ring.
Even the teflon tape that was exposed between the shower-head handle and the hose shows red bacteria contamination.
Even the teflon tape that was exposed between the shower-head handle and the hose shows red bacteria contamination.
This photo shows the shower head partially disassemble and there is definitely biofilm crust that is growing between the rubber seal o-rings.
This photo shows the shower head partially disassemble and there is definitely biofilm crust that is growing between the rubber seal o-rings.
There is no shortage of biofilm crust fragments coming loose as the shower head is further disassembled. We certainly do not want these bacteria fragments being sprayed on us and all over our shower and tubs.
There is no shortage of biofilm crust fragments coming loose as the shower head is further disassembled. We certainly do not want these bacteria fragments being sprayed on us and all over our shower and tubs.
A look at the most internal areas in the shower head spray mechanisms.
A look at the most internal areas in the shower head spray mechanisms.
This bacteria contamination that has found in the inner core of the shower head is concerning - to say the least.
This bacteria contamination that has found in the inner core of the shower head is concerning - to say the least.
And not to leave a stone unturned - I cut open the shower hose at the bottom loop area where water would sit.  It is not entirely easy to see; however, there is biofilm crust lining the bottom of the inner hose.
And not to leave a stone unturned - I cut open the shower hose at the bottom loop area where water would sit. It is not entirely easy to see; however, there is biofilm crust lining the bottom of the inner hose.

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  • Pearl
    on Sep 23, 2016

    Never heard of such a thing. Can upi take off head and soke in a solution of b;leach?

  • Rhea Thomas
    on Nov 10, 2016

    If there are contaminants inside the shower head parts, what about inside all the pipes in your house?

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