How to fix a leaking shower head

How to fix a leaking shower head

Every night you go to bed and all you can hear is a constant ‘drip, drip…drip’. What is more annoying? Nothing! The fact that every time you try to get to sleep another drip happens. The other issue is the amount of money you are losing by the constant leak happening for days, even weeks! In this blog i we’re going to show you, step by step, how to fix your leaking shower head then there will be no more restless nights.

Step 1. Turn Off The Water

Find where your mains water supply is and turn it off as later on in the process you might get a bit wet so keep a towel close by.

Step 2. Clean The Shower head

Secondly, you will need to remove any grime or dirt that has built up over time and may be trapping your water flow causing blockages that can cause leaks. You can simply purchase a shower head cleaner from your local supermarket or, if you have some distilled white vinegar or baking soda simply mix one of those together with some warm water. Next remove your shower head and place it into the mixture and leave for around 5 minutes. Grab an old toothbrush and then carefully rub the grimy areas in order to remove the more stubborn dirt, resulting in all blockages being clear.

Step 3. Check the O-ring

Once the shower head is cleaned, take a look at the o-ring or washer in the head and decide whether it looks worn or damaged. If this is the case you may need to replace it with a new one. If the o-ring or washer looks good apply some thread seal tape to the threads at the bottom of the pipe stem. This will form a protective seal and prevent leaks. These components are fairly cheap and you can find them at any DIY store

Step 4. Re-attach The Showerhead

Replace your shower head back on to the pipe and tighten it with pliers if necessary. Lastly, turn your water supply back on and off to check that the water is running smoothly and that there is no longer a leak.

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