Has your old clogged shower head been interfering with your daily cleansing routine lately? – The solution might be to get a brand new one!
We understand that installing a new shower head might sound intimidating, but we promise you- It’s not as tough as it sounds!
All you require is a few essential tools, a good instruction manual, and patience- and you can manage most of it yourself!
Follow the steps below to learn how to replace a shower head.
1) Turning off the faucets
Before you start to unscrew the old shower head, make sure that you turn off the faucet. It is a necessary check to ensure water does not shoot off everywhere when you start disassembling the hardware.
2) Unscrewing the old shower head
Start by trying to unscrew the shower hand with your hand. If removing by hand does not work, as in many cases when the fixture is old and corroded, get ready with your towel and pliers. Wrap your shower arm with the rag and support it with slip joint pliers to avoid turning it accidentally while removing the shower head. Next, use the adjustable wrench at the neck of the shower head and twist it counterclockwise until you can detach it from the arm.
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3) Remove the debris from the shower arm
After you detach the old shower head, you will likely come across old gunk and rust around your shower arm. Use the rag and brushes to clean the inside and around thoroughly. Cleaning the shower arm pipe will clear the path for uninterrupted water flow and make installing the new shower head easier.
4) Wrap the shower arm with Teflon tape
A shower arm contains a series of linear grooves at its end, called the threads. Use your Teflon tape and wrap it firmly over the threads twice or thrice in a clockwise manner. Press the tape and thread firmly with your fingers to smooth the tape over the threads. This tape acts like a special seal to prevent water leakage after you screw the hardware together.
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5) Installing the new shower head
You usually get an installation manual while purchasing a new product. Some shower heads you can secure by hand screwing on the threads clockwise, whereas others might require a wrench. Next, try to give it a quarter turn with your hand and check it has connected to the shower arm.
Avoid over-turning to prevent any connecting nut breakage. Using this technique, you can fix general showerheads like standard wall mounts, top mounts, and hand-held shower heads by yourself. Advanced forms like shower panels or tech-enabled shower heads often require professional help.
6) Run a test shower to find out any leaks
Replacing the shower head of your bathroom can revive your showering experience. To enable your new shower head to live a long life, invest in routinely cleaning the shower head to get rid of any unwanted buildups, and you will be able to reap its benefits for a prolonged time.