How to Repair a Dripping Showerhead
A constantly dripping showerhead doesn't just waste water - it can drive you crazy.
- Unscrew the showerhead from the pipe coming out of the wall. This can be done by hand but sometimes requires a crescent wrench or large pliers. The head may be held on with a screw, which you'll have to remove.
- Look at the threads inside the showerhead where it screws into the pipe. There should be a small washer made of plastic or a rubber O-ring. Replace it if it looks even a little damaged or brittle.
- Wrap the showerhead stem with Teflon tape or pipe sealer (pipe dope) to seal the connection.
- Remount the showerhead on the stem. Don't overtighten. Hand-tightening should suffice.
- Turn the water on and off. Wait several minutes and check for drips or leaks. If the showerhead is still leaking, you may have problems with the shower's water-control valve and need to call an expert.
Things You Will Need
- Masking Tape
- New Showerheads
- Shower Massager
- Teflon Tape
- New O-rings
- Plumber's Wrenches
- Screwdriver Sets
- When working with chrome or brass fixtures, protect the surfaces from tools with a piece of leather, heavy cloth or duct tape.