Leaking Showerhead Repair

It is a usually a good idea to call a professional Markham plumber when you need repairs to the water system of your home. Sometimes though, you can save yourself a lot of money by trying a few simple things yourself before calling in the professionals.

A dripping showerhead may seem like it is passing a very small amount of water when you watch it only release a single drip every few seconds. However, when that single drip is multiplied over the course of a year it can add up a lot of water. According to the EPA, the average leak can add up to as much as 10,000 gallons of water over the course of a year. You don’t have to be a certified Markham plumber to realize that that quickly adds up to big money.

Don’t worry, hope is not lost. A leaking showerhead can be one of the simplest household repairs to accomplish. All you will need is an adjustable wrench, Teflon tape and a screwdriver.

If your showerhead is fairly new but leaking at the joint where it meets the pipe coming out of the wall it can usually be fixed by simply replacing the Teflon tape. To do this, remove the showerhead with the wrench and remove the Teflon tape that is on the male pipe threads. Reapply the new tape in a counterclockwise direction (note the way the old tape comes off and go the same way) and then reinstall the showerhead, being sure to snug it down with the wrench.

While you have the showerhead removed it is a good idea to soak it for a little while in vinegar or a commercial product like CLR to eliminate the possibility that a clogged head is causing the issue. A clogged showerhead can cause a backup as the water that flows to it cannot all escape and the pressure causes the water to leak out through the small gaps in the joints. In addition to leaks, a clogged head can also lead to erratic spray patterns that can be very annoying.

The other most common cause of a dripping showerhead is a bad rubber washer. When you remove the head, you can look into the back end of it and you should be able to see a black rubber washer. This is easily removed with a small screwdriver and should be inspected for any cracks, tears or other damage that can occur with time. If the washer needs to be replaced, just take the old one with you to any hardware store and they’ll be happy to help you find one to match.

After you have attempted all of these repairs, if your showerhead still leaks it could be a sign of a more significant problem. At this point you have two options left, either buy a new showerhead to replace the old one or call your Markham plumber and have them take a look at it. Even after attempting all of the repairs yourself, calling the plumber to fix the leak will be far cheaper in the long run than just ignoring the problem.