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There are quite a few reasons that will justify changing a shower head. Whatever reason pushed you to that decision is welcome because changing the power head yourself is a great way to start a new DIY hobby. And from our experience we can share the fact that making a list of required tools is essential. What we will need for the task at hand is a new shower heads with hose, an adjustable wrench and some Teflon tape (people in the industry call it plumber’s tape). Now that you know the first step on how to replace shower heads, you can move on to the next step.
How to Change a Shower Head
Now that you have all the tools required and a shower head replacement we can look into changing the shower head parts. Now would be the perfect time to get information on the best handheld shower head on the market right now. Other than choosing the showerhead that will solve the initial issues we can also look into adding a filter if the water in your area is heavily chlorinated.
To figure out if your water is indeed chlorinated you can take a look around the shower and try to spot orange buildup or shades of green on the blonde locks. Mineral build ups are also the culprit for clogged drains. Learn how to unclog a shower drain and keep it unclogged for longer.
How to Shut Off Water to Shower
If you plan on removing the old shower head without turning off the water you might be in for a surprise. Make sure that the faucets are switched to the off position if you do not want water spraying everywhere.
How to Remove Old Shower Heads
We will be covering how to take off a shower head. Removing the old shower head can be a simple straightforward task or it can be a little challenging based on the period of time it has been installed for. Corrosion can make it that unscrewing the shower head will take some effort. Wrap the existing pipe with some soft cloth in order to protect it from damage. Once wrapped up proceed to turn counter-clockwise on the showerhead neck in order to not damage the pipe. Once it starts to wiggle you can use your hands to further unscrew the old shower heads. And that concludes the section on how to remove shower head to start the process of replacing one.
How to Remove Stuck Shower Head
Some shower heads will be much harder to remove than others. This is caused by either rust or mineral deposit and will make unscrewing it a nightmare. However, we have you covered with a very useful hack. Vinegar will be your best friend as it can slowly erode at the rust and mineral deposit making it much easier to remove the shower head. Grab a plastic bag and fill it with vinegar.
You could use some of the Teflon tape we mentioned earlier to make sure that the shower head is fully submerged within the vinegar bag. It sounds unconventional but trust us when we say that it is the most effective way to remove an old shower head. Let the shower head simmer and marinate in the vinegar overnight and be prepared to gently twist it in order to remove it.
How to Install a Shower Head
You have already gone over the difficult part of the task when you have removed the old shower head. Now we can tackle the satisfying and easy part and figure out how to put a shower head on. Depending on the best shower heads selection you chose from you will need different levels of tightening. We suggest you do not use a wrench on this step as it might damage your brand new shower head. In order to make sure that you do not over tighten we suggest using ¼ increments.
Now we will need to address possible leakage that could be caused by your new shower heads. Turn on the water and carefully inspect the seal visually and tactile for shower head leaking. If you observe any water trickle down then you will need to further tighten the shower head. Give yourself a pat on the back and have our congratulations for a task well done and a leaky shower head as a distant memory. Remember that HandyHomeMaster can be a great resource for any DIY and you can find reviews on any home appliances you might need.