How To Install A New Shower Head

By using a few basic tools and following a few simple steps, you can enjoy an entirely new showering experience and possibly save water in the process. The following is an easy-to-follow guide on how to replace a shower head. There may be a number of reasons why you want to replace your shower head. It could be because your current shower head is dated and you would like a newer one. It may be that you’ve become more water conscious and choose to replace it with a low flow shower head. Regardless of the reason behind the replacement, replacing a shower head is a fairly simple job and most people are able to do this and improve the appearance of their shower and bathroom.

  1. Before you proceed with replacing your shower head, turn off water at the main stopcock, then turn on the tap in the shower to drain the pipes.
  2. Once you have done this, you may proceed to do the following: Remove the old shower head, turning it anti-clockwise
  3. Use an adjustable wrench or locking pliers
  4. Hold the shower arm steady (the pipe that connects to the shower head)
  5. Loosen the nut behind the shower head
  6. Turn the nut with your fingers, remove it and remove the shower head
  7. Clean the threads of the shower arm
  8. Use a wire brush to clean out the threads
  9. Ensure that all debris is removed from the threads
  10. Wrap plumber’s tape around the threads in a clockwise direction
  11. This is to guarantee a tight fit on the pipes and prevent leaks
  12. Install the new shower head
  13. Hold the shower arm steady
  14. Apply the new shower head to the shower arm
  15. Screw on the shower head clockwise
  16. Apply a cloth to the shower head in order to protect it from scratches from the wrench
  17. Tighten the shower head with the wrench
  18. Be careful of over tightening the shower head
  19. Turn the shower on
  20. This is done to test your new shower head, ensuring there are no leaks

Should you find a leak, remove the shower head, re-tape the threads of the shower arm and re-install the new shower head. Contact a professional plumber if you detect leaks afterward The simple steps above clearly explain how to change a shower head. Not all plumbing issues are however this simple to deal with. For wide-ranging and more complex plumbing solutions, contact Plumbers on Call. We provide you with a wealth of knowledge and experience, with solutions for: Emergency Plumbing Problems Leak Detection and Pipe Location Leaking Taps, Toilets, Showers and Geysers Leaking and Burst Pipes Blocked Drains and Sewers Geyser, Boiler and Solar Repairs Pump Repairs & Replacements New Installations

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