Leaky shower head: repair and change the seals

Having a leaky shower head can be very painful, but above all, it is a source of great water loss that greatly increases your consumption and your bill! Before you turn to a plumber or run out to buy a new shower head, you can simply fix it and change any gaskets that need it. Here are our tips to achieve this.

Why fix a leaky shower head?

Your shower head is leaking. You are tired of hearing the drops fall in a more or less regular “ploc ploc”, but rest assured, it is not inevitable. It is quite possible to repair the pommel to put an end to the leaks. Why ? Because in addition to the relatively annoying noise of the drops, you should know that when a water tap drip continuously, this leads to the loss of nearly 18 to 20 m3 of water during the year, i.e. minimum 65 euros thrown into the pipes. Not only will repairing the leak allow you to regain your well-being by eliminating the sound of banging, but you will also make significant savings while avoiding wasting water, a precious commodity for our planet.

How to repair your shower head and change the seals?

When a shower head is leaking, the most likely reasons for the leak are clogged water outlet holes or failed seals. Here are our tips and the steps to take to solve your problem easily and affordably.

How to unclog the water outlet holes of the shower head?

Your shower head may be leaking due to lime scale. Over time, this settles in the nozzle and clogs the small water outlet channels. Cleaning from time to time helps to unclog them and solve many leakage problems.

To do this, first turn off the water supply to the shower or the general water supply.

Disassemble your shower head and let it soak for about 8 hours in a basin containing white vinegar. The latter will allow the limestone to calmly dissolve and restore the pommel to its full shine.

Before putting your shower head back in place, clean it well with a sponge to remove any remaining residue. To remove those around the water outlet holes, use a toothpick to scrape off the tough tartar.

Put your shower head back on and turn on the water to test it. If the leaks persist, you will likely need to change the gasket. For that, here are our tips.

How to replace a faulty seal on your shower head?

Over time and lime attack, the gaskets of a shower head wear out and cause leaks. Just replace them to avoid wasting water unnecessarily.

Start by shutting off the water supply to the shower or the general water supply. Disassemble the shower head as a whole, a relatively simple operation.

On the back of the pommel, you will notice the presence of a ball joint which is a metal ball and a rubber seal. You just need to remove the latter and replace it with the same new model. If you don’t have new gasket sets in your house and you’re worried about making a mistake, take your used gasket to a hardware store to buy the same one or ask a salesperson for advice.

You just have to put the new seal back in place of the old one and reassemble everything before reopening the water supply. Your shower head should no longer leak. If the leak continues, it is probably located at the tap.

How to replace a faulty seal on your shower faucet?

For the same reasons, the gaskets on the shower faucets wear out and must be replaced. Switch off the water supply again before starting your procedure.

Remove the faucet handles by unscrewing from the screws under the red and blue covers and pulling on the handle to remove it. With an adjustable wrench, unscrew the head of the faucet and thus access the cup which carries the seal. You just have to remove it and replace it with a new one.

After replacement, reassemble the faucet assembly and test your shower head after reopening the water supply. You should no longer have a leak. If, however, your problem persists, we recommend that you contact a plumber.

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