You may need to replace your showerhead for many reasons to get an uninterrupted flow with increased pressure from the shower. This read can help you to get the instructions for replacing the wall-mounted showerhead with no trouble.
Sometimes there can be calcium or lime build-up which can stop the correct spraying from the shower holes. Or else, you may wish to install a modern showerhead with updated features and water-saving options. Sometimes the replacement can be the reason for changing the taste and style.
Replacing the showerhead is one of the simpler DIY tasks which takes a little time. You can have a basic showerhead spending few dollars or can get an expensive one with various spray settings and a decorative finish.
- Plumber’s tape
- A new showerhead
Removing the Previous Showerhead
Firstly you need to fully shut your shower water supply off. If you find any leakage in the faucet you can either replace or repair it at the same time.
At the flat places, grab the showerhead’s base and unscrew the showerhead by turning it counterclockwise using an adjustable wrench.
Now you need to remove the threads from the goose-neck pipe’s end. Make sure that you remove all the debris such as plumber’s tape or compound of the old pipes.
Preparing the Goose-neck Pipe
After cleaning the old debris you need to wrap the threads with plumbers’ tape for preventing leakage while installing the new showerhead.
Cut about 9-12 inches of Teflon tape and wrap the tape around the threads for several turns in a clockwise way. Make sure the tape doesn’t extend the threaded area otherwise the tape can show after installing the new showerhead.
Gently press the tape using your finger into the threads and the texture of the threads needs to be visible throughout the tape.
Installing a New Showerhead
Now you need to get the showerhead out of its packaging and check out the parts. Some showerheads come with a neoprene or rubber washer and you need to install it inside the threaded fitting while the others have automatic sealing. If there is any secondary washer make sure it sits tightly by pressing it into the inlet opening.
Now set the showerhead on the goose-neck shower arm and screw it tightly. Now, turn the shower valve on and check the showerhead. Examine if there is any leak around the connection of the showerhead and the goose-neck pipe.
If you find any leakage you need to tighten the connection a bit more. Don’t apply too much force and pressure, otherwise, it may damage or break the goose-neck pipe or break the pipe connection.
Now check again if there is any leak. If you still find any leakage you have to uninstall the showerhead and apply fresh plumbers’ tape.
Installing a new showerhead is quite an easy task and installing it on your own reduce the cost by saving the plumber’s charge.