Replace Your Own Showerhead Quickly and Easily!
There is no need for anyone to get overwhelmed with simple household fixes, including small plumbing repairs. Anyone can fix a leaking sink or clogged garbage disposal if they know how, and you can also quickly and easily change out a showerhead if you understand the steps involved. If your current showerhead leaks or you want to luxuriate in a massaging or pulsating showerhead, consider some quick tips on how to do this.
First, when you are ready to purchase a new showerhead, purchase what is called plumber’s tape as well. This is a small roll of tape, usually white, that is very sticky and is used to seal joints in plumbing. It keeps pipes from leaking and is used around new showerheads.
Next, you may want to shut off the water in your home before you change your showerhead, but you do not need to if you are not sure of which valve works to turn off all the water. The water will not come shooting out of your shower once you take off the showerhead if you do not shut off the water, but it might drip a bit, so just be prepared and do not stand directly under the showerhead as you work.
Your showerhead is attached to the pipe that brings it water with a large type of bolt. You will be able to see this behind your showerhead; use a wrench to loosen this bolt. When trying to figure out which way to turn the bolt to unscrew it, remember a silly old saying about bolts, ‘lefty loosely, righty tightly.’ Turn the bolt left, or counterclockwise, to unscrew it. This will allow you to then unscrew your showerhead.
Once your old showerhead is removed, you want to add a few layers of the plumber’s tape around the end of the pipe sticking out from the wall. Wrap the tape around the end of the pipe just enough to cover the threads or grooves of the pipe and cut off the end of the tape, then run your fingers over it to ensure it fits tightly around the pipe. You will notice how sticky it is when you do this.
Take your new showerhead and slide it onto the pipe as far as it will go, and then use your wrench to tighten the bolt in the back. You need to now go ‘righty tightly,’ or clockwise to tighten the bolt. The showerhead should be sitting over the plumber’s tape and not bunching it up as you do this.
Once your showerhead is installed, you can turn your water back on and turn on your shower to test it. You should have a new showerhead you can use easily.