Tuesday, September 3, 2013

How to Change Your Shower Head

Installing a shiny new shower head is one of the easiest and best ways to improve the look of your bath. If your old shower head is starting to look old, it may be time to grab a few tools and start replacing it today. The plumbing experts at Inland Empire Plumbing will walk you through this simple update with these steps.

Step 1: Prep Work

Make sure you have everything you'll need, including a damp paper towel, the new shower head, adjustable pliers, a wrench and Teflon tape. The water should be turned off and the area should be covered with an old towel to protect the surfaces while you work.

Step 2: Remove the Old Shower Head

With your adjustable pliers, remove the old shower head. It shouldn't be too hard, unless it's been on there a really long time and there's a lot of build-up. Once it's removed, use the paper towel to remove any extra dirt and dry the threads. If there's stubborn build-up, a bit of water and white vinegar on a rag should take care of it.

Step 3: Add the Teflon Tape

Before installing any new shower head, apply Teflon tape around the threads to make sure they're covered. Start at the base and work your way up in a counterclockwise direction.

Step 4: Install the New Shower Head

Now, simply screw the new fixture onto the clean pipe and tighen with your wrench. It should be tight, but not over-tightened. Our Corona plumbers recommend looking at the manufacturer's instructions first as some newer models can be tightened without a wrench.

Step 5: The Test

Now it's time to make sure everything's working! Turn the water back on and check for leaks. If any water is escaping, try tightening the fixture in small quarter-turns to make sure you don't over-tighten.

While switching out your shower head is pretty basic, you might be ready for a complete bathroom makeover. Our experienced plumbers in Corona can help you update old plumbing and fixtures, replace old faucets or even update the design and layout of your bathroom to give you a spa-like retreat to enjoy at the end of the day. Don't forget: bathroom remodels are one of the most practical investments you can make in your home with a mid-range bath remodel giving you a return on investment of about 102%!

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