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Tips On Shower Head Installation

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Shower head replacement is one of the simplest plumbing tasks you can do at home. There are many reasons why you would choose to install a new shower head — one of the most common is when your current shower head fails to spray properly. This can be caused by lime and calcium deposits that have collected over time, or due to corrosion. This guide will walk you through the entire process of shower head installation in Vancouver.

Before You Begin

Before you start to install the new shower head, make sure that the shower faucets are shut off. Next, remove the old shower head. Use a wrench to grip the base of the shower fixture, and turn the shower head counterclockwise.

Once the shower head is removed, carefully clean the threads of the shower's gooseneck to remove debris that may have built up.

Install the New Shower Head

Prepare the thread of the shower fixture's gooseneck by wrapping it with Teflon tape to prevent water from leaking once the new shower head is installed. Our licensed Vancouver plumbers recommend wrapping the threads around four to five times, in a clockwise direction. Remember to avoid extending the tape above the threaded area, so it won't be seen once the new shower head is attached.

Now it's time to screw the new shower head on. Shower heads that come with a rubber washer will always be the best choice. If yours doesn't have one, you will have to make sure that it is screwed tightly onto the gooseneck. If it does come with a rubber washer, don't use the wrench — you might end up forcing the washer into the shower arm.

Test the installation for leakages by turning the water supply on. Water should flow smoothly and without leaks. If you observe leaks, carefully tighten the shower head using your wrench. You may wrap the shower head with a cloth before gripping it with the wrench to prevent scratches or other damage.

Need Some Help With Your Shower Installation In Vancouver?

Installing a new shower head is a really simple process. If you don't skip any steps, installation should be problem-free. Another point worth remembering is to keep the bathroom floor dry while you're doing your shower head installation, to prevent slipping.

Now if you're not confident with your DIY skills, or if you want to work on a bigger bathroom renovation or shower stall replacement, you can always call Plumbers 911 for help. With our extensive database of local Vancouver plumbers, you can be sure that a licensed plumber will be at your place in as little as an hour. Call us today to schedule an appointment.