by Martin
February 2021

changing a shower head

If you want to spruce up the shower don’t forget simple changes like changing the showerhead can be a job that you can do yourself.

Problems can arise for 2 reasons.

  1. A calcium build-up inside the showerhead that restricts the flow of water.
  2. There’s a rubber washer on both ends of the hose. One connects to the showerhead and the other one connects to the outlet on the wall. These rubber washers deteriorate over time and loose elasticity. By changing the showerhead and hose you can get better flow and you’ll be amazed how much more water you’ll have to enjoy when you’re under the shower.

Costs to replace a shower head

You could save hundreds of dollars doing this job yourself. There’s no need to have to call a plumber in and be hit with a hefty bill. 

This is a breakdown of charges you can expect if you call in a tradesperson. Upwards of $99 for a tradesman call-out fee + hourly labor charge + whatever the plumber charges you to buy a shower head. The costs certainly add up for a simple job and provide plenty of incentive to diy. (Of course, these costs will vary depending on where you live.)

You can buy a new shower head online or head down to your local hardware or plumbing supplier, buy your shower head of choice and get the job done yourself! How’s that for independence?

If you’re heading to a store, it’s a good idea is to take your old shower head and hose with you (or a photo of the shower head) to make sure you buy a similar product as there are many different types to choose from.

Instructions

Step 1:

To remove the old shower head, unscrew the shower hose where it meets the wall. You should be able to do this by hand, unscrew in an anticlockwise direction. It should be possible to unscrew with your hands, but if it’s been some time you may need to use an adjustable shifting spanner.

Step 2:

Source a new showerhead.

Step 3:

Take the new showerhead and hose and screw the hose on to the showerhead then on to the outlet on the wall. Secure it firmly, by hand, in a clockwise direction. There’s no need to go overboard. You shouldn’t have to use a shifting spanner.

Tip:  The shower-head should only be screwed on by hand because it has a rubber washer inside that seals and stops the water leaking out. Screwing it on too tightly with a shifting spanner could damage the washer.

Voila! You have saved some money and you’ve now successfully, and oh so easily, changed the shower head.

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