Dealing to Shower Head Leaking: Causes and Effective Fixes

Shower head leaking is by no means a minor inconvenience; It is a problem that can have various causes, from sediment deposits to component wear. The incessant sound of running water not only tests your patience but also puts a strain on your wallet. In this guide, we explore the reasons behind leaky shower heads and provide comprehensive solutions to prevent them.

Understanding the Origins of Leaks

Shower Head leaks manifest themselves in a variety of ways, from a constant trickle even when the faucet is turned off to water pouring out the back of the showerhead instead of a strong stream. Identifying the specific type of leak is critical to effective troubleshooting. Leaks that occur when the shower is turned off are usually due to problems with the faucet valve. On the other hand, if water is dripping from the front of the shower head, there is a problem with the shower head itself.

Rectifying Shower Head Leaks

If water drips or sprays out the back of your showerhead when you turn it on, it's time for maintenance. If your leak problem falls into the other category, skip to the valve repair section.

To start the repair process, make sure the faucet is completely closed. Then gently turn the shower head counterclockwise to loosen it. In the shower head you will find an O-ring and a strainer. If any components appear dirty, soak the assembly in white vinegar for two hours and then rinse thoroughly with water. Reassemble the pieces. However, if the O-ring appears damaged or worn, replace it.

Additionally, if you notice erosion on the showerhead arm, you should consider replacing the plumbing tape (also called Teflon® tape). Over time, this band can deteriorate. When replacing, be sure to wrap it around the arm in the same direction as the installed threads.

If the problem persists despite these steps, you have the option of replacing the shower head entirely or contacting a professional plumber.

Addressing Valve Issues

Before you begin repairing your faucet, make sure the water supply to your shower is completely shut off. Look for appliance shutoff valves behind the faucet escutcheon, which hides unused holes. If there is no shutoff valve on the wall or faucet body, turn off the main water supply.

Once you remove the handles, escutcheon, and all other accessories, the faucet body and the U-shaped retaining bracket that holds the cartridge will be visible. The goal is to replace the old cartridge with a new one. To do this, carefully loosen the retaining clip and remove the O-rings or washers.

Removing the old cartridge should be smooth and inserting the new one should be just as easy. Align the new cartridge with the faucet opening, then reinstall the O-rings, washers, escutcheon plate, and any other accessories your faucet may include.

If your shower has separate valves for hot and cold water, focus on the valve that is causing the leak. You can tell which one is broken by feeling the temperature of the dripping water when the main water system turns on.

Expert Plumbing Solutions at Your Service

While not every leaky shower head requires professional help, some projects do. Bannister Plumbing & Air offers a range of top-notch plumbing services including shower installation, water heater replacement, water heater repair and much more. We serve homeowners, business owners and residential property owners in Jacksonville, Tomball, Tyler, Athens, and Palestine providing invaluable advice and guidance.

Our expertise lies in energy-efficient and cost-effective plumbing solutions that restore functionality to your property and save you money on your water bills. Don't hesitate to contact us for a free estimate or appointment for services related to leaks, maintenance or water pressure adjustments. Your plumbing needs are in good hands with Bannister Plumbing & Air.