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Say Goodbye to Drips: here is a guide on How to Stop a Dripping Showerhead

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A constantly dripping showerhead is not only annoying but also wasteful, causing water bills to skyrocket. If you’re tired of the steady drip-drip sound echoing in your bathroom, it’s time to take action. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to put an end to that incessant dripping and regain your peaceful showers. Let’s dive into how to stop a dripping showerhead effectively.
1. Gather Your Tools

Before you start, gather the necessary tools for the job.

You’ll need

  • an adjustable wrench
  • pliers
  • a screwdriver
  • Teflon tape
  • a replacement washer.

These tools will help you navigate the process smoothly.

2. Turn Off the Water
Safety first! Turn off the water supply to your shower. Most showers have a shut-off valve either in the bathroom or basement. If you can’t locate it, don’t hesitate to consult your plumbing schematic or contact a professional plumber for guidance.
3. Disassemble the Showerhead
Using your adjustable wrench, carefully remove the showerhead from the shower arm. Place a cloth or rag around the shower arm to prevent scratches during the removal process. Gently turn the wrench counterclockwise until the showerhead comes loose. Be sure to hold onto the shower arm to avoid damaging it.
4. Inspect the Washer
Once you’ve removed the showerhead, you’ll likely find a rubber washer inside. Over time, washers can deteriorate, leading to leaks. Inspect the washer for cracks, tears, or wear. If you notice any damage, replace it with a new rubber washer that fits the size of your showerhead.
5. Apply Teflon Tape
Before reassembling, wrap the threads of the shower arm with Teflon tape. This tape acts as a sealant, preventing water from seeping out. Wrap the tape clockwise around the threads a few times, making sure it’s snug but not too thick.
6. Reattach the Showerhead
With the Teflon tape in place, it’s time to reattach the showerhead. Screw it back onto the shower arm by turning it clockwise. Use your adjustable wrench to tighten it gently, ensuring a snug fit. Be cautious not to overtighten, as this could cause damage.
7. Turn On the Water
Once the showerhead is securely attached, turn the water supply back on. Check for any leaks around the showerhead and the connection to the shower arm. If you notice any leaks, you might need to tighten the showerhead slightly more or double-check the washer.
8. Test and Monitor
Before declaring victory, turn on the shower to its normal setting and let it run for a few minutes. Keep a close eye on the showerhead for any signs of dripping. If the dripping persists, you might need to repeat the process or call us at Marlin Plumbing (435-393-6444).
A dripping showerhead doesn’t have to be a permanent fixture in your bathroom. By following these steps, you can put an end to the annoying sound and save both water and money. Remember, if you’re not comfortable tackling the issue yourself, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional plumber. With a little effort and the right tools, you’ll be enjoying leak-free showers in no time.
If all else fails, call us at Marlin Plumbing Services (435-393-6444).
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