We all love our time in the shower — it’s the best place for some daily self-care! The shower is arguably one of the most important parts of our bathrooms, which is why Jim’s Plumbing Now believes it’s essential to learn how to install a shower head.
It may seem like a complicated task, but it’s very simple in reality! Here are step-by-step instructions on showerhead replacement.
Different Types of Showerheads
Before selecting a new shower head, you should have a basic understanding of the different types on the market. There’s more variety than you would think! They all have different functions and purposes, so researching which one suits your needs best will avoid any unwanted surprises later. For instance, you wouldn’t want a showerhead wracking up the water bill or one with weak water pressure.
These are the typical shower heads that come to mind for most people. Traditional showerheads, also known as fixed showerheads, are usually mounted to the wall with a pivot mechanism. You can generally adjust the head up and down or side to side slightly. They’re usually smaller in size and offer a steady stream of water.
Dual shower heads have two heads with water running from one pipe. One of the heads is usually detachable, allowing for flexibility. The other remains mounted on the wall.
Dual showerheads are great for versatility: you can switch between the two, depending on your needs. They can be especially beneficial for pet owners or people with limited mobility.
Are you looking for a zen-like, luxurious experience? Rain showerheads might be the fit for you.
As its name suggests, these showerheads emulate falling rain above your head. The stream is light and evenly distributed, making them a low-flow type. To purchase, you can find them in stores or online by going by top-mount showerheads.
Showerhead Installation: Steps
Inspect the showerhead and make sure the water is completely turned off. See if your showerhead or shower arm is dirty with mineral deposits, such as calcium, and clean it off. This will allow for an easier time during the unscrewing process.
Unscrew your showerhead by turning it counterclockwise. Remember the adage saying, “lefty loosey, righty tighty.” This applies to almost all showerhead removal. If you’re struggling with the head, try turning it with pliers.
Once your showerhead is off, you can clean off any dirt, sealant or tape with a cloth on the shower arm threads.
Wrap Teflon tape, also known as plumbers tape, clockwise around the threads of the shower arm tightly. Take special care in ensuring the tape is wrapped around where the threads are, otherwise, they might peek through when you install the showerhead back on.
Place the showerhead back and screw it on by turning it clockwise. Inspect for any leaks once it is back on. If a leak does occur, carefully re-wrap the threads with Teflon tape.