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7 Signs You Need to Buy a New Shower Head

Updated: Oct 16, 2022

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Is your shower head not performing properly? It's time to replace it

Showering is arguably one of the most soothing and grounding experiences for a person. Really, what is better than unwinding under the shower after a long day of work? Plus, showering has actual health benefits!

However, if the shower hits you with irregular water pressure or fluctuating water temperature, it can drastically deteriorate what is ideally supposed to be a relaxing experience. These inconveniences can mess with your comforting shower experience.

Oh, and what’s a complete nightmare in this scenario? If your shower completely stops functioning! All in all, it is important that you keep a vigilant eye on your bathroom and ensure that your shower is functioning properly.

So, when to replace a shower head? What are the signs you need a new shower head? Does replacing the shower head make a difference? How often should you replace a shower head?

There are many questions, but we’ve got the answers.

In this article, we are going to discuss the most common signs that will tell you that your shower needs to be replaced.

7 Signs You Need to Replace Your Shower Head

If you are worried about when to get a new shower head, we’ve got you covered. Given below are seven signs that indicate that you need to buy a new shower head and replace your old shower head.

1. Water Leaks

Water leaks are one of the most annoying things that can happen in your bathroom. Sudden pesky drops of water can not only damage your bathroom floor and wall but also your wallet, thanks to soaring water bills and the high cost of bathroom maintenance.

Various surveys conducted by scientists and plumbing experts reveal that hundreds of gallons of water are wasted every day due to shower head leaks. Yes, these seemingly tiny drops of water will gradually and massively increase your water consumption bill.

In short: Water can burn a hole in your pocket!

Over time, the stagnant leaked water can also bring about moulds and pests in the bathroom. These are undoubtedly terrible health hazards and a big no-no in a space meant to be clean and hygienic at all times.

Shower head leaks mostly occur when bolts become loose and rusty on old shower heads. A new but poor quality shower head will also be prone to leaks.

So, if your shower head is leaky, you need to replace it ASAP with a high quality one, such as the StoneStream EcoPower shower head.

2. Sediment Buildup in the Shower Head

In many countries, pipe water is treated with various chemicals and elements in order to make it safe for human use and consumption. Moreover, water already has lots of natural minerals in it.

So, over time, these minerals and chemicals in running water can accumulate in your shower head and result in buildup. Certain minerals like lime and calcium can also block the flow of water in shower heads. Additionally, this sediment buildup will mix with your shower water and negatively impact the pH levels and health of your skin and hair.

Of course, if there is minimal buildup, you can reuse the shower head after cleaning it thoroughly. Here's an article that explains how you can descale and clean a shower head.

However, if there is a massive buildup, you will have no option but to replace the entire shower head. These buildups can also affect the water pressure and quality, so it is necessary to assess your shower head’s condition carefully before making the decision to either clean or replace it.

If you decide to go for the highly popular and well-loved StoneStream EcoPower shower head, you'll get the benefit of touch-clean spray holes that are easy to clean and prevent limescale buildup. The EcoPower shower heads filter and soften water, ensuring that only purified water comes in contact with you and your bathroom!

3. Sudden Water Temperature Fluctuations

Imagine that you are enjoying a warm shower. You are relaxed, comfortable, and cosy. Suddenly, you get rudely hit by a spray of cold, cold water. Won’t you feel irritated, uncomfortable, and furious? Plus, drastic changes in shower water temperature can damage your skin and hair,

Frequent fluctuations in water temperature are an indication that your shower has started to develop problems. Often, small components — like a faulty shower valve — can trigger such water temperature fluctuations.

As shower valves age, they fail to maintain the constant flow of warm water. Poor quality shower heads might also encounter water temperature fluctuations due to faulty parts.

If this is the case that you are dealing with, contact a reliable plumber to get your shower inspected immediately.

It is highly possible that you will have to replace the entire shower set if this is a problem that you encounter repeatedly. But hey, it’s all worth it for a dependable hot shower!

4. Mould and Mildew

Bathrooms are moist, warm, and humid. Since this is the space within the house that has the highest amount of water usage, it is naturally prone to fungal and bacterial growth.

Additionally, weather changes across the year can also affect the presence of microbes in your bathroom.

Since showers handle a lot of water delivery, they often witness the rapid and alarming development of mould and mildew. You might also find mould growing on your shower accessories and other bathroom fixtures. These fungal colonies can lead to illnesses, skin and hair issues, and allergies if left unchecked for a long period of time.

Yes, you can try getting rid of the mildew and mould first. However, if you are unsuccessful in stopping and removing the growth of mould, it’s time to get a new shower head, such as the StoneStream EcoPower which removes contaminants from running water. If your shower accessories too are unable to be salvaged with the help of cleaning, then consider getting new ones.

5. Sudden Changes in Water Pressure

Due to age and long-term usage, your shower head might deal with random fluctuations in water pressure. However, sometimes, even new shower heads have poor, fluctuating water pressure, particularly if they are not of good quality.

So, what’s the worst-case scenario here? A sudden burst of high pressure water that can injure sensitive body parts, especially those of babies and pets.

Another worst-case scenario? Pieces from the shower setup falling and damaging the floor and/or hurting the unsuspecting person getting ready for a shower!

The most annoying scenario? A shower head that has low water pressure and drips water slowly, forcing you to spend a long time in the bathroom, turning and twisting and trying to wash all parts of your body.

Unfortunately, it’s quite common for the water pressure to deteriorate or fluctuate to a point where the shower stops working completely. In this case, you must replace the shower head.

6. Excessive Use of Water

Water is a finite, precious resource. If your shower head uses an excessive amount of water, you should say goodbye to it! In general, traditional shower heads use a lot of water but don’t provide good, efficient water pressure or flow.

There are many high-quality shower heads that provide high water flow but also conserve water in the process. StoneStream is a leading shower and shower accessories manufacturer that prioritises water conservation and eco-friendliness.

So, if you notice that your current shower head is racking up your water bill, switch to a new, eco-friendly, water-saving one like the StoneStream EcoPower!

7. Inability to Filter or Soften Impure and Hard Water

The quality of water coming out of your shower head impacts the health of your skin and hair. If your water has impurities, chances are that your skin and hair will pay the price!

Plus, it’s well-known that hard water can wreak havoc on your skin and hair. If you have sensitive skin, a baby, or a pet, using hard water for showering is a bad idea. The mineral buildup on the skin and scalp can lead to several issues, such as dryness, allergies, dandruff, and hair fall. Here’s an article on why hard water is not good for your hair.

So, if you have a shower head that cannot filter contaminants from water and cannot soften hard water, it’s time to get a new shower head that does. In fact, take a look at this article that explains the benefits of having a shower head with a filter. The StoneStream EcoPower shower head efficiently reduces the impurities in and hardness of your shower water.

How Often Should You Replace Your Shower Head?

If your shower head is dealing with the problems mentioned above, then you need to replace it with a durable one that can last you years.

It’s always better to go for a superior-quality, eco-friendly shower head that will last for a long period of time instead of going for cheaper, poor-quality ones that need to be replaced every few months.

That’s right, if you get a high-quality shower head like StoneStream, you won’t have to worry about replacing it for a long, long time! Plus with shower heads made by reputed brands like ours, you get the comfort of a year's warranty as well.

Replace Your Old Shower Head with a New One for Efficiency, Good Health, Eco-Friendliness, and Peace of Mind

All the issues that we have discussed in this article, especially when taken to their extreme, will force you to replace the entire shower setup.

While replacing the shower head, carefully consider your requirements and choose one that will not only complement your bathroom’s interiors but also serve you for a lengthy period of time.

Keep in mind that it’s best to go for durable, high-quality, eco-friendly shower heads that provide high water pressure, use less water, filter impurities, and soften hard water. You can easily find such shower heads online!

Replace Your Shower Head with StoneStream EcoPower

A photo collage showing the StoneStream EcoPower in rainfall, jetting, and massage settings in a grey tiled bathroom
It's time to the upgrade to the eco-friendly and luxurious StoneStream EcoPower that comes with 3 spa-like spray settings

StoneStream manufactures innovative, durable, and luxurious shower heads that increase your water flow by 200% but decrease your water consumption by 35%. That’s right, you won’t have to worry about fluctuating water pressure or expensive water bills if you choose the StoneStream EcoPower shower head!

But wait, it gets better. StoneStream shower heads also come with filters — either mineral stones filters or polypropylene filters — that prevent limescale buildup, sift out impurities such as chlorine, dirt, and bacteria from running water, and soften hard water. They can be replaced every six months and you can easily find the replacement filters on our website.

While other shower heads gather unsightly mineral buildup that is stubborn and hard to clean, our anodized aluminum plate allows mineral residue to simply be wiped away for an instantly refreshed look!

Additionally, you get the convenience and luxury of using three spray settings — rainfall, jetting, and massage — if you have a StoneStream shower head. Our shower heads are gentle enough for even babies and pets and will ensure that you have healthy skin and hair.

Head over to our website today to shop for shower heads and check out the StoneStream EcoPower. We also have some of the best shower accessories on the market! So, make a decision that will benefit you, your wallet, your bathroom, and your planet.


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