How to Fix a Shower Head Drip

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Shower heads may drip as a result of leaks within the head or pipe. Repair the drip and lower bills with help from an experienced contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade, and I'm a contractor in the City of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to show you how to fix a shower head drip. If you find that your shower head is leaking, don't be fooled into thinking that it's actually this is leaking because obviously if the water is shut off down here, no water is going to be leaking up here. On this particular setup, what we have is we have a hot and a cold. Now you'll notice that some will have a middle handle which turns the shower on and then on this particular situation we have the diverter handle here. So, when the water is on you pull this out and that's what diverts the water up to the shower. So, in this particular situation what you're going to want to do is you're going to want to feel the drip and you're going to want to feel if it's hot or cold and that's going to tell you which one of the valves is going to need to be changed or replaced and say for instance this one is hot water you would want to pull the handle off by pulling the cap off, unscrewing the handle and what you're going to come across is you're going to come across basically a shower valve that looks something like this or like this one or even one that's small like this. All fixture companies come with different stem valves and what you want to do is you want to get a set of ratchets like this. As you can see there's different sizes on both sides. You just find the one that fits your particular valve and you want to pull it off. As you can see, you know, there's this one right here and you're going to want to, obviously before you take one of these out, it's very important that you shut the water off because once these are removed, water is going to come out. So you want to remove this one and unless you actually know the manufacturer, quite honestly the easiest way to do it is to remove it, take it down to your hardware store, your plumbing supply place or your home center and just get it matched. You pop the new one in, turn it, replace the handle and that will fix it every time. The number one reason why it's going to leak is usually it's going to be this rubber seal. If it goes bad, it's going to allow water to come through which is going to give you your drip. Some of them do have a repair kit where you can just buy this but I find it easier just to go ahead and replace it, the whole valve because most of the time when these things start to go these things are corroding, they look terrible and another suggestion is go ahead and do both of them even though it may be the hot water, go ahead and do both of them because they're probably the same age and if one is going the other one is not far behind it. That's pretty much how it goes, replace it and that should stop your leak. Nothing to it.

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