Tell me, has this ever happened to you? You’re in the bathroom. You’re having a cold shower, washing away the dirt, the grime and stress of the day when suddenly the water slows, then it fizzles out and then drip… drip… drip… until finally, nothing at all. What would be your first response?

The first time it happened to me, I panicked; convinced that my borehole was broken and nothing was pumping water into the house (I was wrong. The borehole was working perfectly well). I had to call the plumber to help me check out my showerhead. Apparently the old showerhead was bad and it had to be replaced. The second time my showerhead stopped working, I knew what was wrong and I had done my research so I knew what to do.

It is that knowledge I am now going to share with you, because sometimes, you can fix your plumbing yourself at minimum cost.

What you’ll need:

  • A new showerhead
  • Pliers and or wrench
  • Vinegar or peroxide solution
  • Clean pieces of clothes or rags
  • Plumping tape or Teflon Tape
  • Old Toothbrush
  • Anti-corrosive solutions (but only if you can see rust on the pipes. If you can see rust, then it’s best to apply the solutions before you install newer components)

The Steps:

  1. Turn off the faucets before you start and ensure that your workspace is dry so you don’t slip and fall.
  2. Loosen the head of the old shower head with your wrench or plier
  3. Use the vinegar or peroxide solution to clean the shower arm, rubbing hard to get rid of rust and debris. If the stains are still tough to remove, soak your shower arm overnight, then grab an old toothbrush and use it to scrub every trace of grime that you can find.
  4. Dry the arm with a clean rag. Make sure you pay particular attention to the threads.
  5. Use the plumbing or Teflon tape and tape the threads of the showerhead together. Make sure you go all the way round, covering the threads with at least three turns of tape to prevent leakage.  
  6. Use a piece of cloth or rag to hold the head of the showerhead securely and clamp down the wrench onto the base of the showerhead. Gently screw on the showerhead onto the pipe joint, going in a clockwise direction until the showerhead is secure. If you’re having difficulty screwing it on, use the pliers to secure it into place.
  7. Wait for about an hour and then turn on the water faucets. Check for leaks and confirm that the water pressure is as it should be.
  8. If there are leaks, use the wrench to further tighten the showerhead or use some more Teflon tape.And there you go, a brand new showerhead, working perfectly fine. If you have more complicated issues with your shower plumbing however, then it’s best to get a professional to look at it. Lucky for you, we have professional plumbers on the GateKrasher app ready to work for you at an affordable price.
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