Do you step into the shower each morning, look at the showerhead and think, “this thing needs to go”? Whether it’s corroded, weak, or simply ugly, replacing your showerhead is as simple as it gets. First, you have to choose the type of showerhead you want, and the choices are nearly endless. There are multi-setting and single-setting heads, “shower towers” with multiple heads, aerating showerheads that inject air into the stream to make it feel more substantial, handheld heads, and rain showers. This choice really comes down to personal preference, but we will say that shower towers obviously use a lot more water, and some people complain that rain showers don’t have the oomph they seek in a showerhead.
Once you pick out a new fixture, stop at the hardware store and buy yourself some plumber’s tape (known as “Teflon” tape, but not actually made of Teflon). Simply follow the steps below, and within minutes, you’ll have a great new showerhead. Then you’ll be ready to look for something else to upgrade.
1) First, gather your supplies: the new showerhead, the plumber’s tape, a towel and a wrench, and make sure the water is turned off. It isn’t necessary to shut the water off for the whole house—just make sure it isn’t running.
2) Next, unscrew the showerhead. This may require a wrench if the showerhead is corroded or screwed on very tightly. Clean the threads of the exposed pipe with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove any residue from the plumber’s tape that held the showerhead in place or corrosion.
3) Then, apply the plumber’s tape to the exposed pipe. Be sure to wrap the tape clockwise around the pipe. If you wrap it counterclockwise, it will come off as you screw the new showerhead on, and you will be very angry. With each loop around the pipe, cover half the width of the previous loop of tape, to ensure a tight seal.
4) After applying the tape, screw the new showerhead on. You might be able to do this completely by hand, but if it requires a wrench, make sure you first wrap a towel around the fixture to avoid scratching it.
5) Last (hopefully), turn on the water and ensure it isn’t spurting out of anywhere it shouldn’t be. If it is, you might need to go back and start the taping process over again.
It’s as simple as that! Now you’ll be free of that junky old showerhead and ready to move on to replacing your toilet with one of those talking Japanese models. Or not, but you can dream…. If anything goes wrong, Baker Brothers is always here to help. Just give us a call.