How to Repair a Dripping Showerhead

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A constantly dripping showerhead doesn't just waste water - it can drive you crazy.

Things You'll Need

  • Masking Tape
  • New Showerheads
  • Shower Massager
  • Teflon Tape
  • New O-rings
  • Plumber's Wrenches
  • Screwdriver Sets
  • 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.

Tips & Warnings

  • When working with chrome or brass fixtures, protect the surfaces from tools with a piece of leather, heavy cloth or duct tape.

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