Before reaching out to a plumber, you can try repairing a showerhead by yourself first. A leaky showerhead although an annoying problem, often has a simple solution. The first step in fixing a showerhead is to identify where it is leaking from; a usual spot is around the threads where it is attached to the shower arm. In this case, the head only needs to be tightened either by hand, or you can use pliers covered with tape, so you don’t damage the chrome finish of the showerhead.
If the problem persists, you can remove the showerhead and wrap a piece of Teflon tape around the shower arm. This should fix the majority of the leaks however we explain certain situations where repairing a showerhead may require more work.
- Replacing the washer- Sometimes you may need to replace the O ring which is a plastic washer placed inside the threads. It may have damaged due to constant exposure to water; replace the O ring to fix the leak.
- Cleaning the showerhead- If your washer ring is fine and there is still a decreased flow of water than take time to clean your showerhead. Mineral build up can not only affect the water pressure, but it can also lead to a leaky shower. Boil two cups of vinegar in a pot of water and let the showerhead sit in it for 30 minutes. After that rinse the showerhead and use an old toothbrush to scrub any remaining deposits out. Your showerhead will be like new and will not leak anymore.
- Diverter valve- If you have tried the above two solutions and your showerhead is still leaking, there might be a fault with your diverter. The diverter is a valve which allows water to switch between bathtub faucet and showerhead. It can become clogged with mineral build up over time and needs to be cleaned. You can use the same method to clean the diverter, and after it has dried, you can put it back in place. It should stop the leak; if this fails, get a new diverter.