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How To Fix a Leaking Shower

We all enjoy taking our hot showers, especially after a long hard day at work. You also love them in the morning to freshen you up before you start your day. While a leaking shower may not interfere with your wonderful hot showers, it can increase your water bill significantly.

It is challenging to know the cause of a leaking shower, which is usually behind the wall. You can start by fixing the showerhead and call a plumber later to find out the real cause of the leak. To do this:

Materials Needed

1.  Teflon tape

2.  Old toothbrush

3.  Distilled white vinegar

4.  Large bowl

5.  Crescent wrench

6.  Pliers

7.  Rubber O-ring

8.  Plastic washer

9.  Towel



Remove the Showerhead

Before you do this, shut off the water valve to the bathroom. You can usually find it near the shower or in the basement. You may also opt to turn off the main water line. Removing the showerhead can be done easily using your hand.


1. Clench the showerhead, and turn it counterclockwise to unscrew it, disconnecting it from the pipe.

2. If it does not loosen easily, hold the shower pipe with one hand and turn it using your other hand.

3. If you still cannot remove it using your hands, use a crescent wrench or pliers and remove it from the wall.

How To Fix a Leaking Shower

Replace the Washers

If the washers or the O-rings are worn out or damaged, replace them. If they are in good shape, use Teflon tape to re-wrap the threads on the pipe. The tape seals the gaps between the piping and showerhead.


Clean The Showerhead

Do this when the showerhead is off the wall. Immerse the showerhead in a bowl of vinegar and allow it to sit for two hours. Afterward, rinse the showerhead in hot water. Take an old toothbrush and wash between the nozzles. Use a clean towel to dry the showerhead.


Reconnect Back the Showerhead

You can reattach the showerhead using your hand. If this does not work, use a wrench or pliers to tighten until it fits well. Do not tighten too much, as you might need to open it frequently to clean it.

Turn on the water and check if the shower still leaks. If it does, then there's another solution, which is fixing a leaking faucet.

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