How can I get rid of sediment in my showerhead?

We had a new water heater installed a week or so ago. The handheld showerhead is not operating at all now. I've been told some sediment, etc. has backed up in there. What is the best way to remove the sediment? I'm missing this part of my shower.

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  • Katie Katie on Jul 10, 2018
    Unscrew the shower head and let water just run through the hose for a few minutes. Soak showerhead in CLR as directed and screw it back on.

  • Lina Splichal Lina Splichal on Jul 10, 2018
    I would take the shower head off the hose and the hose off the wall access. Soak both in vinegar and rinse well. If you cannot get them clean, you may need to replace them. While you have everything apart, check the valve that diverts water from the overhead shower head to the handheld. If that is clogged you may need to replace it or try to clean it out with a well-soaked vinegar cloth/sponge.

  • Shuganne Shuganne on Jul 10, 2018

    You might want to do that with every faucet, if there is a screen to give a soft flow, it's probably worth the time. Close the drain valve or cover it with an old towel or rag. Use a towel or rag over a wrench to unscrew the filter without putting scratches on the chrome filter. It is the last thing the water passes through before it hits the sink. You might be disgusted by the amount of crud built up in there.

    Be sure to use an old towel, the black stuff that comes out of mine will stain. Rust may pop out, too. Also capable of staining. I have well water, so mine is more extreme.

    Enjoy that fresh hot shower, Amelia! If you have any other questions please write again!

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 11, 2018

    You can remove the shower head and soak in CLR for a day. or you can tie a plastic bag full of clr over the head. I think I would take off to make sure there are no lime rocks in there. Wrap a few turns of teflon tape around the mounting threads before replacing it to ensure it doesn't leak/drip.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 11, 2018

    If there are stubborn bits of sediment inside the mesh filter or threads of the pipes even after soaking with CLR or vinegar, using an old toothbrush works well to loosen them.

  • Amelia Amelia on Jul 11, 2018

    Thanks so much for the good, helpful advice. I will give this a try tonight.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Jul 11, 2018

    If none of that works, it's possible that the handheld or valve diverter needs to be replace. We had that happen when we got a new hot water heater. The only thing we had a problem with was the tub faucet. The shower part (handheld and rain head) and the rest of the bathroom, the other whole bathroom including the shower and the kitchen were all fine. We had to replace the valve diverter.