A drip-drip situation in the bathroom is annoying. A leaky showerhead or a leaky shower faucet is a common problem that everyone faces from time to time. So if you are experiencing such a situation, get ready as it’s easy to repair a leaky shower head or faucet all by yourself.
Leaky Shower Head
There are many reasons why your showerhead can leak. It can be because of loose parts, worn-out parts, clogged, or even water pressure at times. However, the two most common reasons for a leaky showerhead is:
1) Issues in the gasket, rings, or seals
2) Calcium deposit in the showerhead nozzle
In either case, you have to remove your showerhead to address the cause and fix the leak. Cut off your water supply and get ready with tools like pliers or wrenches.
Quick Leaky Shower Head Fix
1) Once you cut off the water supply, start removing the showerhead by unscrewing it counter-clockwise from the shower arm with your hands. If they are too tight, you can use pliers or wrenches to remove them. The retained water in the shower still leaks, so maybe use a towel if you want a neat job.
2) Remove it carefully and inspect the threads inside the showerhead and the shower arm. If the thread inside is cracked or damaged, you have to replace it with a new showerhead.
3) If the threads look good, inspect the inlet of the showerhead. You’ll find a rubber washer or 0-ring that prevents water from leaking between the showerhead and hose. With time, these parts wear out and cause leaking. So If they look brittle or damaged, you may need to replace them. Take the damaged rings to the nearest hardware store to find an exact new match.
4) If you notice mold or lime deposits on your showerhead, now is the time to get rid of them. You can use an old toothbrush and any kind of bleach or descales to remove the deposit from the showerhead. You can also soak the showerhead in vinegar.
5) Now attach the showerhead back to the hose. If necessary, use thread sale tape to seal and lubricate the joints. Now turn on the water supply and check if it leaks. If you have replaced the worn-out parts correctly, your showerhead should work fine.
Leaky Shower Faucet
If your shower continues leaking even after repairing the showerhead, then it may be a possible leak in the shower faucet. A shower faucet starts leaking when there is an issue within the valve or a damaged washer on the shower stem. You can fix the latter by replacing the worn-out one with a new washer.
Now, fixing a leaky shower faucet takes some work because there are different types and varieties of faucets. You may need a manual from the brand or a professional plumber to get the job done.
When To Call a Plumbing Service?
Whether you have a wall-mounted showerhead, handheld showerhead, or dual showerhead- leaks are common, but fixing them may take a little too much work from your side- at times.
You may find it hard to find the same parts, or there may be issues within the valves, or it’s time for a new showerhead or faucet for which you need a professional plumbing service to have your leaks checked and repaired.
Reach out to us now for a hassle-free leaky shower head or faucet fix.