There are a couple reasons why you may want to replace your showerhead. Perhaps it’s dated and you want to update the look of your bathroom. Maybe you want to improve its energy efficiency with a low-flow model. Whatever your reason may be, it’s important to install the new showerhead carefully. Calling licensed plumbers at Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter ensures that the installation process is done correctly the first time and you won’t need shower repair.
How to Replace a Showerhead
Of course, we know that there are plenty of do-it-yourself homeowners out there who are up to the challenge. If you want to try your hand at showerhead replacement, let us walk you through the steps.
Before you begin the installation process, you’ll need the following tools:
- Adjustable wrench
- Channel lock pliers wrapped with tape
- Teflon tape (also called plumber’s tape)
6 Steps for Showerhead Replacement
- First, remove the old showerhead. Use the wrench and hold onto the shower arm while removing the head. This protects the arm so it doesn’t break off from the wall and result in additional repairs.
- Is there gunk, dirt, or old Teflon tape on the shower arm? If so, remove these substances for a clean fit.
- Reapply new Teflon tape to the pipe threads.
- Wrap the threads of the pipe with Teflon or plumber’s tape.
- To install the new showerhead, use the adjustable wrench and tighten the head onto the shower arm. Again, support the shower arm to prevent damage. If you need extra muscle to get a tight seal, use the tape-wrapped channel lock pliers. The tape, which is applied to the plier’s teeth, protect the fixture from scratches.
- Lastly, turn on the shower and check for any leaks.
What If the Shower Arm Is Leaking or Damaged?
Sometimes, shower arms need replacement. Live in your home for a decent length of time and you may find yourself facing this issue.
If you find yourself in this situation, here are the steps you would take to make the repair:
- Grasp the shower arm firmly as you unscrew it in a counterclockwise motion.
- Once the shower arm is removed, look for the female fitting. This fitting is inside the wall. Is it dirty? If so, remove any debris and apply pipe dope to the threads.
- Next, wrap Teflon tape around each male end of the arm.
- Replace the arm by inserting it into the wall hole and screw in a clockwise direction. Channel lock pliers are perfect to get a tight fit. However, be careful! Don’t overtighten or the arm could break off.
- Now all that is left to do is to reconnect the showerhead onto the exposed end. Before replacing the showerhead, make sure to wrap the threads with Teflon tape.
- Lastly, check for leaks around the seal.
Installing a Rain Showerhead
Rain showerheads are luxurious, but they require a bit of planning. For example, not all showers are big enough to accommodate the spray. Make sure your shower is large enough. These showerheads also require a 90-degree angle to get that perfect rainfall effect. Hire a licensed plumber to guarantee proper installation.
Are installing a rain showerhead to conserve water? You may want to think again. While many rain showerhead models boast water conservation, they aren’t nearly as efficient as convention low-flow showerheads. Do your research to make sure you’re getting the product you want.
When you’re ready to switch out your showerhead, call one of our expert plumbers at Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter for professional showerhead replacement. Our installation services are swift, efficient, and affordable. Make your appointment today by calling us at (888) 668-8922 or schedule a service online.