A new showerhead can make a routine shower feel like a luxurious spa experience. Whether you’re living on your own for the first time or not, doing this minor upgrade in your bathroom is quick and painless.
We broke down the entire process of replacing a showerhead into six easy steps. Please note that these instructions are just a general guide. Be sure to cross-reference our tips with the instruction manual that comes with your new Sprinkler kit.
Tools & Materials Needed
- Soft cloth or soft-jaw pliers
- Toothbrush or paper towels
- Step stool/ladder
- Adjustable wrench
- New Sprinkler kit
- Thread sealing/ plumber’s tape
Replacing a Showerhead
1. Turn off the faucet
Removing the showerhead while the faucet is still on will get ugly real fast. Make sure the faucet is turned off for this quick project.
2. Unscrew the old showerhead
Using your soft-jaw pliers, begin unscrewing the old sprinkler. If you do not have these types of pliers, you can also wrap a soft cloth around the pipe and use regular pliers to loosen the showerhead from it. Set the old showerhead aside.
3. Clean the extension pipe
The extension pipe may have a build-up of grime around it. Using your old toothbrush, gently scrub away all the gunk in preparation for the sealing tape.
This step will ensure that your showerhead is placed securely onto the extension tube without causing any leaks. Wipe away water or moisture on the pipe.
4. Apply plumber’s tape
Grab your thread-sealing tape and, holding it between your thumb and forefinger, wrap it around the threads in the clockwise direction. Make sure that the tape is applied smoothly into the threads to allow for the best placements of the new sprinkler.
5. Attach the new showerhead
With the thread-sealing tape in place, attach the new showerhead to the extension pipe. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for any special instructions, as each showerhead is slightly different.
Turning the showerhead clockwise, screw it onto the extension pipe. Most showerheads do not require a wrench but be sure to check the product’s instructions for these details. Make sure it is snug and secure on the pipe, taking care not to break the connecting nut.
6. Test the placement for leaks
Turn on the faucet and check your work. Angle the Sprinkler and watch out for any leaks as the water runs. If you spot any leaks, you may need to add more thread-sealing tape or tighten the head a bit more.
If the showerhead appears to be in good order, with sufficient water pressure and no leaks, your shower is ready to be used.
If you need help with this upgrade in your home, do not hesitate to call Erica’s Plumbing for help!
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