Why Is My Shower Head Leaking Water?


Leaking shower heads are typically caused by a combination of factors. The showerhead may have a build up of dirt, limescale and other grime leading it to become blocked. Usual wear and tear items like O-rings, washers, and seals may be wearing thin, causing your showerhead to leak water.

Step-by-Step Guide To Fixing A Leaking Shower Head

Step 1: Turn Off Water Supply: 

Shut off the water at the built-in shutoff valves under your sink or, if unavailable, at the main house supply.

Step 2: Remove Shower Head: 

Loosen and detach the shower head from the arm with a wrench, turning it anti-clockwise gently to avoid damaging threads. 

Step 3: Disassemble Shower Head: 

Carefully disassemble your shower head, removing screws or clips as needed, being careful not to damage delicate parts like o-rings. 

Step 4: Inspect and Replace Parts: 

Examine all parts for damage, replacing any faulty washers, valves, or o-rings. Also, check for mineral deposits that could cause leaks. 

Step 5: Reassemble and Reattach: 

After replacing necessary parts, reassemble the shower head, using Teflon tape on threads for a secure fit, and reattach it to the shower arm without over-tightening. 

Step 6: Test for Leaks: 

Restore the water supply and check for leaks, tightening connections slightly if needed to ensure a leak-free operation.

This should do the trick of fixing your leaking showerhead, and if it doesn’t, your problem may require a new showerhead or a visit from a professional plumber. If your showerhead is back in working order, then it must be time for a well-deserved break and a self-congratulatory pat on the back. Good job!