Many newer showerheads conserve water without significantly changing water pressure.
By installing a high-efficiency showerhead, you can reduce the amount of water used in your shower by up to 70%. This can also help decrease energy costs by reducing the amount of water that is heated for use in the shower.
|There are 6 steps to completing this project:|
|Slip Joint Pliers|
1 Before you start:
Place a blanket in the tub to protect it from dropped tools.
Block the drain opening with a cloth to prevent parts from falling into the drain.
2 Remove the old showerhead
When unscrewing the old showerhead, be careful not to apply so much torque that it damages the plumbing in your walls. You can protect the finish on your shower arm by wrapping the jaws of your pliers and wrenches with electrical or duct tape. You can keep plumber's tape from showing on the shower arm by wrapping the tape no higher than the threads. As you work on your project, be sure to follow any additional instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Turn the showerhead by hand counter-clockwise to remove it. If it cannot be removed without using tools, wrap the jaws of slip-joint pliers with electrical tape or place a towel around the shower arm to protect the finish, then grip the shower arm with the slip-joint pliers.
Use an adjustable wrench to loosen and unscrew the old showerhead by turning it counter-clockwise.
Clean off any rust or mineral deposits and old tape or sealant on the shower arm threads.
3 Wrap the threads
Wrap Teflon tape in a clockwise direction 2-3 times around the threads of the shower arm.
Press the tape into the threads.
4 Install a fixed-mount showerhead
a. Screw the new showerhead onto the shower arm in a clockwise direction and hand-tighten.
b. Turn on the water and check for leaks.
c. If leaks occur, carefully tighten the showerhead until there are no leaks or remove the head and apply additional Teflon tape.
5 Install a hand-held shower mount
a. Screw the hand-held shower mount onto the shower arm and hand-tighten.
b. Connect the flexible shower hose to the mount and to the hand-held shower.
c. Hand-tighten the connections.
d. Place the hand-held shower in the mount.
e. Turn on the water and check for leaks.
f. If leaks occur, carefully tighten the connections until there are no leaks or remove the head and apply additional Teflon tape.
6 Install a fixed-mount showerhead with a hand-held unit
a. Attach the diverter that routes water to the showerhead to the shower arm and hand-tighten.
b. Screw the fixed-mount showerhead onto the end of the diverter in a clockwise direction and hand-tighten.
c. Attach the hand-held unit mount to the shower per the manufacturer's instructions.
d. Connect the flexible shower hose to the diverter and to the hand-held shower. Hand-tighten the connections.
e. Place the hand-held shower in the mount.
f. Turn on the water, divert water from the fixed to the hand-held unit and check for leaks.
g. If leaks occur, carefully tighten the connections until there are no leaks or remove the head and apply additional Teflon tape.