Installing a new shower head is one of the easiest DIY projects you can undertake! Whether you have just moved into a new home, or are renting and need to replace or update the shower head, all you’ll need are a few simple tools and about an hour of your time to complete the task at hand. While it might be tempting to call your local contractor Aurora IL, this is a task that anybody, with or without basic plumbing knowledge can confidently handle.
First, you’ll need to gather the necessary supplies. Here are the tools that you will need:
- The New Showerhead
- Adjustable Wrench (we recommend an 8-inch wrench)
- Teflon Tape (also known as Plumber’s Tape)
For some people, the hardest part of this project is picking out the new shower head that they want to install. If you are looking to conserve water, there are a plethora of low-flow variety to choose from. For others, living in an area with heavily chlorinated water might be the motivation for purchasing a showerhead filter. This can help reduce the amount of chemical exposure to your hair and skin.
Now that you have your new shower head selected you are ready to begin!
- Remove Existing Showerhead
Start by opening your wrench wide enough to fit around the notch of the showerhead. Turning the wrench counter-clockwise, the showerhead will start to loosen. If you are finding it difficult to remove the showerhead, be sure that you have hold of your wrench at the very end of the handle, providing you with maximum torque. Once the showerhead is loosened up, finish removing it by unscrewing it with your hand.
- Remove Excess Materials Left Behind
Now that you have the old showerhead removed, you might notice some dirt, leftover gaskets, or Teflon tape on the pipe. Using a rag, remove all residue and excess materials so that your new showerhead connects directly to the pipe with a clean new start.
- Prepare the Pipe
Using the Teflon tape that you purchased for this project, wrap the treads of the pipe with a couple of layers. While you will find that the tape isn’t necessarily sticky like you are accustomed to with most tapes, it will adhere to the pipe with no problem. Once you have a couple of layers on the pipe, use your fingers to smooth out the tape around the threads.
- Install New Showerhead
Now that the pipe is prepared you are ready to install your new showerhead. Each showerhead is different, but chances are you’ll be able to hand-tighten it into place. Turn the showerhead clock-wise on the pipe until it is tightened. Be careful to not use the wrench to install the new showerhead, unless the instructions on the showerhead explicitly state to use a wrench. If you do end up using a wrench, be careful to not over-tighten the shower head.
- Check for Leaks
The final step is to check for any leaks. Turn on the showerhead and not only look, but also feel for any water leaks around the seal. If there are no leaks, you can be satisfied in a job well done. If you do find a leak, try to tighten the showerhead by hand some more, and then test for leaks again.
Now that you know how easy it is to replace your showerhead, you’ll be able to complete the project when the time comes. If you would feel more comfortable, you can still contact a contractor Aurora IL to complete the project for you!