Taking the steps to replace a showerhead can help to provide many benefits for your plumbing and the way that it operates. Replacing a showerhead is a fairly simple process that you will likely be able to complete by yourself. If you find that you are having any trouble with the project, our team at S & B Plumbing is available to help. Here are a few tips to help you replace your showerhead and ensure your shower is operating optimally.
Benefits of Replacing your Showerhead
There are many advantages that you can gain by replacing your showerhead. A new showerhead will likely be far more efficient, which can help you to save a great deal of money over time. They also help to make your shower more comfortable. You can choose a showerhead that specifically matches your own preferences. Replacing a showerhead is a simple process that can be fairly easy to accomplish on your own.
Turn Off Faucet
Before you intend to replace your showerhead, you will need to ensure that the faucet is turned off completely. Removing the showerhead with the faucet on will result in water spraying everywhere. While the water in the house doesn’t need to be shut off, it is important to double check the faucet before you start the replacement process.
Unscrew Existing Showerhead
Replacing a showerhead begins with the removal of the existing showerhead. This can often simply be unscrewed. A showerhead that is on particularly tightly may require a wrench for removal. Ensure that you are careful to avoid causing damage to your plumbing.
It is common for rust, grime, and dirt to accumulate beneath the surface of the showerhead. Before you complete your showerhead replacement process, it is beneficial to take some time to remove the grime from beneath the showerhead. This will help to prevent damage from impacting the new showerhead.
Apply Thread-Sealing Tape
Thread-sealing tape is incredibly beneficial in sealing the showerhead and preventing leaks from impacting your plumbing. This tape simply needs to be wrapped around the threads. When you wrap the tape, it is important to ensure that you do so clockwise. This will prevent the tape from unraveling when you install your new showerhead. Use your fingers to smooth the tape into the threads.
Attach Replacement Showerhead
The attachment process may be slightly different depending on the specific showerhead you are using. Due to this, it is important to read the instructions of your specific showerhead first. Some showerheads will require a wrench for replacement while others can be screwed in by hand. It is important to ensure that you tighten the showerhead just beyond the point of feeling snug. This will ensure it is securely fastened, without causing damage to the weaker components of the hardware.
Check the Fit
Once you have replaced the showerhead, it will be important to take some time to check the fit of the showerhead. Turn it on and check for any leaks around the showerhead. If leaks are present, you may have to redo the last few steps in order to ensure the showerhead has been installed correctly.
These steps will help you to replace a showerhead. If you are struggling with the process or need a professional to check out your plumbing, our experts at S & B Plumbing are happy to meet all your needs. Contact us at S & B Plumbing for more information about replacing your showerhead or taking good care of your plumbing system.