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How to Fix a Leaky Shower

Posted in Plumbing over 9 years ago, 0 replies

A leaky showerhead is usually more of a nuisance than a serious problem unless it is causing water damage to the structures that are located outside of the shower stall. However, since water can behave unexpectedly, and sometimes even travel along routes that may cause problems in the future, you will want to address these minor plumbing problems now instead of putting it off until the future. With this in mind, here are the steps that you will need to take in order to fix your leaky showerhead:

1. Make sure that the water supply to your shower is turned off.

2. Slightly tighten the showerhead where it is threaded onto the water supply pipe. This is the pipe that comes through the shower wall. If you look at your showerhead you will probably find flats that will accommodate your wrench.

3. Unscrew your shower fixture from the pipe that is leaking. You will want to wrap pipe thread tape around the pipe’s threads two or three times. Make sure that all of the threads are covered before tightening your shower fixture back onto the pipe.

4. If your showerhead has a rubber washer inside of it, below the threaded section, check to make sure that it isn’t worn or rotted. This is important because the washer was designed to seal and prevent any leakage from occurring. If you find that this washer is worn or rotted, you will want to replace the washer because Teflon tape will not solve your problem here. In order to match the size properly, make sure that you take the old washer with you whenever you go to the hardware store.

5. Now it is time to check for any leakage. If simply tightening your showerhead didn’t fix the leak, then you will need to unscrew the showerhead at the point that it is threaded onto the pipe that comes through your shower wall. You will want to dry this off with a rag and then use a toothbrush or a stiff utility brush to clean off any debris that is on any of the threads.

6. Make sure that all of the threads are dry before you wrap some Teflon tape around them at the point where your showerhead screws on. This should be done in a clockwise direction. You can then thread the showerhead back onto the threads and tighten it up until it is snug but not too tight.

7. Now you can turn your water back on and check out your work. Your leak should be fixed and your shower should be usable once again.

You should know that old plumbing can be problematic. Even the simplest task that involves one part of your shower can sometimes affect another pipe or fixture that is corroded but not yet leaking. So, if you don’t have relatively new plumbing or if you think that you may be about to cause more problems than you are going to solve, you should make sure to consult with a plumber before making any repairs.

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