Your showerhead may seem like a small, inconsequential part of your bathroom, but it’s actually one of the most important. A great showerhead can make all the difference in how you feel when you get up in the morning and start your day. The best shower heads will deliver an invigorating spray that helps wake you up and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever comes your way.
When your shower is no longer producing the water pressure that you need, it may be time to change the showerhead. Replacing a showerhead is not hard, and will give you better results than trying to adjust the existing showerhead.
Things to Have Before Changing the Shower head
- Soft cloth Or Towel
- Adjustable wrench
- CLR cleaning solution
- Wire brush, or toothbrush
Steps To Change A Shower Head
First Turn Off The Shower:
The first step while changing a shower head is to turn off the shower. When the faucet is turned on, do not remove the existing showerhead. Water will spray everywhere.
Place A Blanket On The Ground:
Place a blanket or towel on the ground over the drain to cover it. Showerheads consist of small pieces that may need to be removed while being replaced. If anything slips and is flushed down the drain, everything will be in vain.
Remove the existing showerhead:
Use a wrench to get off the old shower. Then turn the showerhead counterclockwise to remove it. Make sure not to turn the pipe in the wall while doing this. You may need to turn the showerhead by hand while holding the connecting pipe with soft-jaw pliers or a soft cloth.
Clean The Threads:
The threaded end of the extension pipe coming through the wall may be coated with gunk after you remove the old showerhead. Clean the threads with a wire brush, or with the old toothbrush. Allow the threads to dry before applying the thread tape.
Apply the Teflon Tape:
Teflon tape should be wrapped around the threads. When wrapping up the threads, cover half of the previous layer with each layer.
Attach The New Shower Head:
First, attach the new shower head to the shower arm. Make sure it is tightly tightened by twisting it clockwise. To prevent leaks, you should secure the showerhead using clothes, an adjustable wrench, and tighten the showerhead.
Check the Fit and Look for Leaks:
Check the fit by angling the showerhead away from you. Let the water run. If you notice a leak, you may need to tighten the showerhead. Check to see if the rubber seal is aligned correctly or if it looks damaged.
How to Install a Hand-Held Shower Head
- If you are unsure of how to install a hand-held shower head, don’t worry! This guide will help you get the job done! First, disconnect the water supply. Then, connect the hand-held shower head to the hose. Next, turn on the water. Once the water is running, turn off the valve. You should see that the shower arm is connected to the new showerhead.
- You should now clean the spout threads on the shower arm with a wire brush. Now, wrap the nut with a dry cloth and install the new shower head. Then, screw the new hand-held shower head to the shower arm. Make sure that the nut is tightened counterclockwise. If it is not, apply rust remover and wait a few minutes.
- Once the shower is installed, test it for leaks. If you still see water leaks, you can unscrew the hose and fix it.
How to Install a Combo Fixed-Mount and Hand-Held Shower Head:
- The first step in installing a combo shower head is to remove the old one. It may be as easy as unscrewing the arm with a screwdriver and then tightening it with an adjustable wrench.
- Next, attach the new hand-held shower unit to the shower hose. Once the shower arm is secured to the wall, turn on the water supply. Tighten the hose with an adjustable wrench. Lastly, connect the hand-held shower head to the wall bracket.
- Then turn on the water to check for leaks.
- If leaks occur, apply Teflon-seal tape and tightly tighten with a wrench until there is no leak.
Why You Need to Change The Shower Head
- There are many reasons why we might want to change out a showerhead: aesthetics, water conservation, or even annoyance with a noisy shower head that interrupts the rest of your day.
- A leaking shower head is more than a nuisance, it’s an expensive problem. The average household uses up to 80 gallons of water a day, so if you are paying more than $1 per gallon for your water, you’re wasting money with each drip.