15 Feb Leaking Shower Head? Try This To Fix It!
If you have a leaking shower head or shower fixtures, we’re on hand to help! Whether you want to fix your shower head or replace it, read on to find out how…
Fixer Upper or Replacement?
Firstly, you need to ascertain whether you want to fix your shower head or if it’ll need replacing. If you’re a confident DIYer, this should be no problem. If you’re a bit unsure, our step by step instructions will get you there in no time.
Fixing Your Shower Head
Whether you decide to fix your shower head or replace it, you’ll need to turn off its water supply. Ensure both the hot and cold water supply are turned off before starting. You can turn of the mains water supply to make this easier. Run all of the taps in your home to make sure there’s no excess water in the system.
Make sure you have these basic tools to hand before beginning the process:
- Thread seal tape
- Spare washers
If it is your shower head that keeps leaking, the problem could be something as simple as a build up of dirt and limescale build up. A deep clean should do the trick of fixing it. You can use shower head cleaner or an eco friendly solution of one part white vinegar to one part hot water. Soak the showerhead in the solution (ensure it’s completely covered) for an hour, then remove from the solution. Clean any ingrained dirt or grime with the solution and a toothbrush. Rinse with clean solution. You can also do this with the shower fixtures and fittings such as the ring fitting.
Check the washer and ring for any wear and tear. These can be easily replaced if damaged. If it doesn’t need replacing, you can fix any leaks using the thread seal tape. Simply wind some seal tape around the threads that sit on head of the shower stem.
Reattach the shower head. Tighten with pliers. Turn on the water supply and run the shower. Check for any leakage.
If your shower head or its fixtures are still leaking, then you’ll most likely need to replace it.
Replacing Your Shower Head
Signs Your Shower Head May Need Replacing:
- You’ve cleaned the head and fixtures as instructed but they’re still leaking
- The head and/or fixtures have had repetitive issues with leakage and/or breaking
- It’s very old
If your shower head is very old, it’ll probably be more economical to replace with a new one.
Most standard shower heads and fixtures are really easy to replace as it’s usually just a case of unscrewing the hose and shower head and attaching a new one. If you require a specialist shower head however, or are unsure of how to do it, please don’t hesitate to call us today.
If you want to upgrade your shower, or indeed your entire bathroom, we can order and fit a wide range of stunning showers from walk-in showers, luxury cubicles and eco-friendly electric showers. We’re also licensed Wedi Wet Room Installers.