Fixing a Leaking Showerhead

Fixing a Leaking Showerhead

If you're having problems with your showerhead, you're not alone. A leaky showerhead is one of the most common issues people face with their plumbing. If you want to fix a leaking portable shower head, there are some easy steps to follow.

  • Turn off the water valve to prevent water from flowing into your house. If you have an on-demand system, turn off the faucet so that no more water will flow into your pipes until you fix the leaky showerhead.
  • Unscrew and remove all parts except for the shower arm assembly (the part which connects directly to your wall). You don't need these parts anymore because they're not part of the leaking showerhead itself. Also make sure that all other parts are clean before you proceed with this step.
  • Remove the head from the pipe leading into the wall. Use a wrench to turn it counter-clockwise until it comes off.
  • If there is no visible damage or corrosion on the fitting where the head connects to the pipe, reattach it by hand with plumber's tape wrapped around it and turn clockwise until tight. Wait for 24 hours for everything to dry out before testing.
  • If there is corrosion present on either end of the pipe, remove any rust or scale buildup using steel wool or sandpaper and apply a thin coat of pipe sealant (found at home centers) to both ends of the fitting before reattaching it. Wait 24 hours before testing again.

Replacing a Leaking or broken Handheld Showerheads

Step 1 - Remove the Old Showerhead

Remove the old showerhead by turning it counterclockwise until it stops. Once the showerhead has been removed, check to see if there is any water left in the pipe. If there is, turn on the faucet so this water can drain out of the pipe.

Step 2 - Install New Showerhead

Take your new showerhead and place it into the pipe where the old one was located. Make sure that the O-ring is seated properly inside of its groove or groove within your new showerhead before tightening it down with pliers or vice grips (if necessary). Once everything is tight and secure, turn on your faucet again to make sure that there are no leaks coming from anywhere in your plumbing system.

Why Do Handheld Showerheads Keep Breaking?

Most people use handheld showerheads for their convenience. They're big enough to wash your hair or body, but small enough to fit in your hand.

But what happens if the handheld showerhead breaks? This can be a problem if you don't know how to fix it.

It's not uncommon for a handheld showerhead to stop working properly after some time. This can happen because of a number of reasons, including:

  • Poor quality materials and manufacturing
  • Improper installation
  • Excessive pressure caused by the water heater
  • Unused parts and fluids in the water system


While showerhead leaks of the past were largely due to the design, manufacturers are working hard to develop better fixes this time around. Whether you have a dripping showerhead or a leaking one, there is a high likelihood that you will be able to solve the problem permanently with the help of some silicone and Teflon tape. Declinko gives you the opportunity to own brand-new showerheads that will last for many years. Get yours today!