Leaky showerheads are a common nuisance for homeowners. No one wants to pay higher water bills, and the constant drip-drip-drip is annoying. Not to mention that water waste isn’t good for the environment. Fortunately, even anxious homeowners can usually fix showerhead leaks. In this post, Drain Genie Plumbing Services explains common causes, how to fix a leaky showerhead, and when to call a professional plumber.

How To Fix a Leaky Shower Head

Common Causes of Leaky Showerheads

There are a few reasons your showerhead might be leaking. The first is that the O-ring, a small rubber ring that seals the connection between the showerhead and pipe, may be damaged or missing. Another reason showerheads leak is due to a loose connection. If your showerhead is screwed onto the pipe too tightly, it can actually crack the pipe, which will cause a leak. A cracked pipe is a much bigger issue than a cracked showerhead. 

In addition to O-rings and cracked showerheads, mineral buildup can also cause showerhead leaks. Over time, minerals in the water, such as calcium and magnesium, build up on the showerhead and create a barrier that prohibits proper sealing. 

How to Fix a Leaky Showerhead Yourself

Homeowners can often handle this type of bathroom plumbing issue themselves. If you’ve determined that your O-ring needs replaced, you can do this yourself with just a few tools. You’ll need a pair of pliers, a screwdriver, and a new O-ring that’s the same size as the old one. First, use the pliers to remove the old O-ring. Next, clean the surface around the hole with a cloth to remove any dirt or debris. Then, place the new O-ring in the hole and use the screwdriver to secure it. Finally, screw the showerhead back onto the pipe.

If your showerhead leaks due to a loose connection, simply unscrew it and screw it back on more tightly. If it’s still leaking, you may need to use Teflon tape to create a stronger bond between the showerhead and the pipe.

Finally, when mineral buildup is the issue, soak the showerhead in vinegar overnight and scrub it clean with an old toothbrush. Of course, you can also opt for store-bought cleaners, too. 

When to Call a Professional Plumber

Sometimes, it’s best to call a professional plumber instead of trying to fix the problem yourself. If you know how to fix a leaky showerhead yourself, great. However, if you’re not confident in your abilities or the problem seems more serious, it’s always best to call a professional. Drain Genie Plumbing Services will quickly get a professional plumber to your Lake Mary home or anywhere in the surrounding area. Just call (407) 490-1230 or request service online