A Simple Process to Installing a New Shower Head

If you want a water efficient bathroom you must be ready to take up the right precautionary tips. Installing an old, leaky, or weak shower head is really a great option.

The best thing is that, it is also an easy DIY procedure that any home owner can follow. Here is a simple process for installing a new shower head every home owner can use.

Step One: Get the Right Tools

You need a shower head kit. You also require an adjustable wrench. Above all a plumber’s duct tape will come in very handy.

Step Two: Remove the Old Head

Turn off all your shower faucets. Do this by turning off the main valve of your home’s water supply. Then remove your old shower head. Look at the old shower head at the base of the shower head. You will notice flat spots/ pipe nipple. It is often where the head screws into the goose-neck pipe.

  • Take your adjustable wrench
  • Tighten the wrench against the pipe nipple.
  • Turn counter clockwise to loosen and remove old head.
  • Clean the threads on goose-neck pipe (remove old plumber tape).

Step Three: Prepare the Threads on the Goose Neck Pipe

Clean the thread more. This removes further plumber’s tape. It also removes old debris. Once done wrap the threads in plumber’s tape. This will also help to prevent any forms of leakage.

  • Take about 9-12 inches of your plumber's tape
  • Wrap it around the goose-neck pipe threads
  • Go in a CLOCKWISE direction for several turns.
  • Maintain your turns around the threaded area only.
  • Press the tape gently on the thread – use your hands.

Step Four: Install your New Shower Head

There are two types of shower heads that you can install on your shower. The first on is a shower head with washer and the next is a shower head without washer. They both install differently.

Shower Head with No Washer

The threads are ready (step three above). Get your shower head out of the pack and screw it to the head of the goose neck pipe. Make sure you find out if the shower head comes with a rubber or not.

  • Hand-tighten the shower head if it has no rubber: simply screw the head onto the goose neck shower arm and tighten by hand.
  • Turn water back on. Check for any signs of leak.
  • Tighten the head more if it leaks at the connection.
  • You could use the adjustable wrench but be extremely careful.
  • Use a heavy cloth around the pipe nipple when using the wrench.
  • Repeat this until there are no signs of leakage.

Shower Head with Washer

In case your shower head comes with washers, you can proceed as follows. Take it up from step three above.

  • Place the rubber washer into your shower head.
  • Screws the shower head on to the goose neck pipe.
  • Hand tighten it as far as possible/ as far as you can get
  • Turn the water back on from the main valve
  • Watch out for any signs of leakages across the connection.
  • In case of leakages, re-tighten your shower head by hand.

It is not advisable to use a wrench with these types of heads. Using a wrench could force the washer up inside the shower arm.

Reasons Why Your Shower Head Might Need Replacement

Your shower head could require a quick replacement because of so many reasons. Here are some of the most common ones.

  • You want a low flow shower head.
  • You have a faulty/ leaky shower head.
  • Your shower head is blocked and not spraying evenly.
  • Your shower head has lime/ calcium deposits and browning water.

Considerations when Buying a Shower Head for your Use

There are so many considerations that you could put in mind when you want to buy a new shower head for your use. They include the following.

  • The water efficiency of the shower head.
  • The pricing of the shower head.
  • The type of budget that you are working with.
  • The frequency of use of the shower head.
  • The durability of the shower head.


A new shower head is a great way to reduce on your water bills. It is also a great way to improve your water efficiency and also to have an easy to use shower. You don’t have to worry about the drip drop that keeps your floor wet, moldy, and keeps you awake all through the night.

Joe Carrow

Product reviewer & passionate blogger. Beside writing for this blog, I spend my time crafting research based contents for HuffingtonPost, Lifehacker & Forbes!

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