Whether it’s due to poor water pressure or you’re looking for a way to decrease your water usage, knowing how to replace a shower head is important for every homeowner. The master plumbers at Martens Plumbing & Heating want to help. Below are our step-by-step instructions on how to install a new shower head. Have questions? Give us a call now at 262-363-7146.
Shower Head Replacement—Getting Started
Replacing your shower head is a relatively simple task that should only take a few minutes to complete. In addition to having your new shower head ready, make sure you have the following tools on-hand before you get started:
- Adjustable wrench
- Teflon tape (also known as plumber’s tape)
Use your wrench to loosen and remove the old shower head by rotating it counterclockwise. Clean off any dirt or other debris leftover in the threads of the shower arm.
Take your Teflon tape and wrap it around the threads of the shower arm two to three times clockwise. Make sure the tape is taut to help prevent leaks.
Next, grab your replacement shower head and screw it on clockwise by hand. Be careful not to overtighten it (“hand-tight is just right”), as it may crack internal components. Once it’s secured, turn on the water. If there are leaks, try slowly tightening the shower head a quarter-turn at a time.
Did You Know?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average family uses around 40 gallons of water in the shower per day. You can cut down on that number with newer shower heads that use less water. Plus, you can choose from a variety of designs, including ones that mimic rainfall or have detachable heads.
If you’d like more tips or help with your next Mukwonago-area plumbing project, call us today at 262-363-7146.