Who doesn’t want a hot and nice shower? We guess everyone loves it. If you ask me I will be thrilled to have such a hot shower after a long and tiring day. There are many why you need to replace traditional shower heads. Most of them are pretty common and no one notices them. So, you might need a stylish version that can be the centre of attraction in a washroom.
Sometimes the shower pressure becomes impaired due to accumulation of line and calcium. To avoid such problems, you might need a shower which is built according to modern standards and features e.g. high pressure and low usage of water. In such conditions, replace the damaged shower head (FurnitureAndHome) with a new one and it will work just fine.
Luckily, this is one of those projects or tasks that you can perform yourself. If you want a common shower head, you’d have to spend only a few dollars but if you are looking for a latest and modern shower head with several features, you may have to throw some extra dollars in it.
Pre-requisites of Wall Mounted Shower Head Replacement
- New showerhead
- Adjustable wrench
- Plumber’s tape
Step 1: Remove the Old Shower head
When you are replacing the old showerhead, there is no need to close the main supply of water. Just close the valve which is present on the shower head to proceed further. Let’s look at the following steps which will help you:
- First of all, you need to know for sure that the valve for the shower head is closed completely. Report it immediately if the nozzle is dripping so it can be repaired or if necessary, get it replaced entirely.
- There is a pipe nipple in the shower which acts as the bridge between the shower head and supply pipe which is present inside of the wall. The pipe nipple is usually present at the base of a shower head. Examine it properly.
- Use an adjustable wrench to rotate the exiting shower head counterclockwise.
- If there is any rust, lime accumulation or debris on the threads, clean it properly. It could be due to two things: compound of an old pipe or tape of the plumber. This is the last step and needs to be done properly.
Step 2: Prepare the Goose-Neck Nipple
Sometimes water leakage also happens after the shower head installation. Observation skills are needed for it. Wrap the threads of the showerhead with Teflon tape several times to avoid the shower head leakage. Before wrapping clean, the threads to remove the old debris.
- Take a plumber’s tape and cut it almost to the length of 9 to 12 inches long. Now use this tape for wrapping the threads in an anticlockwise direction. Wrap it several times. Don’t wrap around the threaded area so the tape doesn’t show up after the installation of the new shower head.
- Make sure to lightly press the tape into the threads by using your fingers.
Step 3: Install the new shower head
Take out the new shower head from its packing and examine all its parts. Keep in mind that some of these fixtures might include a neoprene or rubber washer that you need to install under the thread. Otherwise, the showerhead should automatically fix with the goose-neck arm.
- If you find a secondary washer with the shower head, then press it inside the threaded outlet and make sure it’s sealed tightly.
- Attach the showerhead with the gooseneck arm and use your hands to rotate it clockwise to tighten.
- Now turn on your shower head and look for the leaks. The showerhead base is the main area that needs to be focused on. Goose-neck nipples should also be checked while fixing it.
- Sometimes showerhead leaks at the connection need tightening. Too much force is not applied as it can break the connection of pipe inside the wall. Shower heads with a secondary washer needs extra tightening. You can do this job pretty easily with hand pressure and don’t need a wrench for it.
- Check for the leak and if it’s still present you need to de-attach the washer and apply the Teflon tape. It will fix the problem.
You can successfully install a wall-mountable shower head after following the above-mentioned steps. Such a fixture is easy to install most of the times, even for a newcomer. Still, if you are not confident or you have a fear that you might damage the shower head or any other component, then you should take external help or contact one of the experts.