Changing Your Shower Head

A shower head that is leaking can cause an irritating mold or scum issue. A shower head that does not provide an adequate amount of pressure can be equally as frustrating when you are trying to relax or wash your hair. Fortunately, much like repairing a squeaky door, replacing a troublesome shower head is a quick fix so can get back to enjoying your time in the shower without having to do excess cleaning.

Buying a New Shower Head

Shower heads come in different sizes so you will need to find out what size yours is so you know what kind of replacement you need. If you are unsure about the size of the fixture in your bathroom you can always bring the shower head you are looking to replace to the store with you so compare. A representative from the bathroom fixture department should be able to point you in the right direction. Removing an old shower head is very simple. Most have a twist off screw cap so all you need to do is give it a turn while others may be held in place with a screw to prevent it coming loose.

There are many types of replacement shower heads that you can purchase. The main difference is the varying amount of pressure you will receive, but you can also purchase models that pulse or fall at an exaggerated angle to simulate a waterfall. When you are speaking to a representative from your home improvement store, explain what the issue with your old shower head was so they can direct you to an appliance that would work to correct the issue at hand. You may have limitations depending on the size of your piping, but most models offer a variety of sizes so you should be able to get some version of the model you are interested in.

Your new shower head may not attach to the piping the same way your previous model did. You will need to read the instructions before you attempt to put in place so you do not need to worry about it falling or leaking later. Most models will come with anything you need to complete the installation but if you are concerned that you might not have the proper tools at home ask someone what is involved in installing the shower head before you leave the store so you can pick up anything else you would need.

If replacing the shower head does not appear to solve the problem that you originally had, you might have an issue with the pipes rather than the shower head itself. If you are unfamiliar with working with pipes, call in a plumber to get a determination of what the problem is and how to solve it. There may be a clog or an issue with hard water in your area that can be a very simple fix once you have the issue diagnosed by a professional.

Changing your shower head can make your bathroom much more functional without having to spend a great deal of money. Of course, before you go to all the trouble of buying a new fixture, see if there is calcium or lime buildup on the inside of the shower head. Sometimes all it takes is a quick soak in a cleaning solution and any issues with low pressure you previously had may disappear. Also check if your pressure settings have been altered that might have an effect on your water level. It never hurts to check out any potential causes for your issue before taking the time to find a replacement.

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