Are you looking for a way to update your bathroom without spending much money? Installing a new showerhead is a quick and easy project that can make a big difference in the look and feel of your space. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions on how to install a new showerhead.
What is a showerhead?
Before we give you tips on your shower remodeling, let’s define what a shower head is first. A showerhead is a device attached to the end of a shower hose and uses water pressure to spray water. If installing a new showerhead, choose one that matches your needs. There are many different types of shower heads available, including fixed heads, handhelds, and rain showers. Fixed shower heads are shower heads that are permanently attached to the shower arm and cannot be adjusted. Adjustable showerheads are shower heads that can be adjusted up and down to change the angle of the spray.
Massage showerheads are shower heads with multiple spray jets that create a massage-like effect on the skin. Most people prefer adjustable showerheads because they can customize the angle and intensity of the spray. Fixed showerheads can be challenging to adjust, and they may not be the best option if you want a powerful stream of water. Massage showerheads are an excellent option to enjoy a relaxing massage while you shower. Decide which type you want and purchase one that fits your budget and style preferences.
How do you install a new showerhead?
When remodeling a shower, the first step is to remove the old shower head. There are several ways to do this. If the shower head is attached with a screw, use a screwdriver to remove it. If the shower head is attached to a clip, squeeze the tabs on either side of the clip and pull it off. Some shower heads are attached with a twist-off cap. Grip the top of the shower head and twist it counterclockwise until it comes off. If there is a washer on the end of the shower head, remove it and set it aside.
Reach behind the shower arm and unscrew the shower head from the pipe with your fingers or a wrench. If you have an adjustable wrench, you can also use that to loosen the shower head. Once the old shower head is removed, clean any residue, mineral build-up, caulk, or gunk from the pipe with vinegar or a commercial cleaner. You can also use a utility knife or wire brush, but be careful not to cut or damage the pipe while cleaning it. If there is rust on the pipe, scrub it off with steel wool or sandpaper. Once the pipe is clean, proceed with installing the new shower head.
To install the new showerhead, remove any packaging and attachments that came with it. Some new shower heads come with adapters that fit onto different types of pipes; if yours does not have an adapter, you will need to purchase one separately. In most cases, however, you will need to attach the hose to the outlet on top of the showerhead and tighten it with a wrench or pliers (if needed).
How to maintain your showerhead?
Keeping your showerhead clean and free of mineral deposits not only makes it more pleasant to use but also helps it function more efficiently. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your showerhead. First, you can use vinegar and water solution to clean the showerhead. Mix one part vinegar to four parts water in a small plastic bag. Tie the bag around the showerhead and let it soak for an hour. Remove and rinse with warm water. If you have a removable showerhead, soak it in vinegar and water solution once a month.