Are you tired of your leaky old showerhead? Do you want to replace it with something new or with more features? If so, here’s a quick guide on how you can replace your old showerhead in minutes.
What you will need:
- Adjustable Wrench
- Electrical Tape
- A showerhead
- Slip Joint Pliers
- Teflon Tape
Part 1 – Removing the Old Unit
First, try and remove the showerhead by hand by twisting it counter clockwise. If this method works, go to Part 2. If this does not work, wrap the shower arm with a towel or electrical tape to protect the finish, then hold it in place with the slip-joint pliers. With your other hand use the adjustable pliers to loosen the shower head until it can be removed.
Part 2 – Preparing for the New Unit
Once the showerhead is remover, thoroughly clean the threads of the shower arm of any calcium or rust deposits, as well as any old Teflon tape or sealant. Once it is clean, put a fresh layer of Teflon tape on the threads by wrapping them clockwise with the tape. Press the newly applied tape into the threads for a tight fit.
Part 3 – Installing the New Unit
With an adjustable wrench, carefully tighten the showerhead onto the shower arm by slowly turning it clockwise. Once it is attached, turn on the water to check for any leaks. If there are any leaks, remove the shower head, add additional Teflon tape, then reattach the showerhead and tighten it until there are no leaks.
Make sure there are no leaks coming from your showerhead when you finish this project. Leaking faucets, pipes and showerheads can substantially increase your water bills as well as provide a breeding ground for harmful molds. If you think your home may be at risk for developing mold, we have a helpful guide here on measures you can take to prevent it.