Do you know how to fix your shower head if something should go wrong with it? You may think that if you have a shower head that leaks or has some other problem, then the only solution is to buy a new showerhead. Nothing could be farther from the truth. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a shower head but not all the problems are unfixable. In fact, you can easily learn how to fix your shower head yourself and save a lot of money!
One common problem is a leak at one of the places where the shower swivels.
If you see water leaking out where the head connects to the shower arm, you can fix this yourself. If the water is leaking from between the shower head body and the swivel ball this is also something you can fix without needing to call a plumber or replace your shower head completely.
What Do I Need to Fix a Shower Head Leak at the Arm Connection?
- Plumbers' joint compound or tape
- Adjustable wrenches or strap wrenches
Here are some simple instructions to fix your shower head arm connection leak.
- Unscrew the shower arm from the pipe with your strap wrenches. Strap wrenches are specially designed to avoid avoid scratching the pipes so if you have to use a different type of wrench, wrap it to avoid leaving ugly scratches on your pipes.
- Clean the arm threads. Smear them with plumbers' joint compound. Alternatively, you can wrap them with the plumbers' joint tape.
- Screw the shower head back on. Hand-tighten the shower head and remove any leftover compound or excess tape.
What Do I Need to Fix a Shower Head Leak at the Swivel?
- Replacement O-ring or other seal (check the size before replacing)
- Adjustable wrenches
Replacing the O-ring and fixing a shower head leak at the swivel is just as easy as fixing a leak at the arm connection. You just need a couple different parts. Here are some simple instructions to fix your shower head swivel leak.
- Unscrew the shower head from the swivel-ball ring.
- Find the O-ring. Some shower heads don't have O-rings but it will have some kind of seal. Look for this seal.
- Whatever kind of seal you find, whether O-ring or otherwise, replace it.
- Screw the shower head back on and tighten it.
What if neither of these solutions fixes your shower head problem? Well, maybe you actually need to clean your shower head. Sometimes sediment can become lodged in the shower head over time, or you might get a heavy buildup of scale. To clean your shower head, go ahead and remove the shower head at the swivel ball.
If you see some really dirty parts, try soaking them in vinegar for a few hours. If this doesn't get everything off, use a little knife to scrape the parts clean. Just be extra careful not to leave scratches or damage the parts.
While you're cleaning your shower head, check out any moving parts. Does everything look good or do you see a lot of worn down parts? Maybe the adjustment handle will not work smoothly no matter how clean it is. Or maybe you see actual damage or excessive wear. In this case you may need to replace the entire shower head. However, in most cases you can save money by simply following the instructions above and replacing or cleaning your shower head.