A li'l stressed about maintaining your apartment? No worries, girl, we've got your back. When we move out on our own for the first time, whether it be to a small one-bedroom apartment or studio, we don't have the slightest idea of repairing or swapping out certain appliances.
We’re only aware of the basics, such as cleaning out the fridge, swapping out the shower curtain for a new one, dividing your studio space, and the fun stuff, aka decorating.
What many of us don’t think about is the shower head in our bathroom. Should it be swapped out for a new one or not?
With this question in mind, there are a few reasons why you might want to change your shower head, plus how to do it.
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Time: 15 minutes
Helpful tip: If you're thinking about changing your shower head, making sure that your shower head of choice is compatible with your shower plumbing is key. You should also consider the water pressure in your home and the amount of water you want to save. With so many different options available, you’ll be sure to find the perfect shower head for your needs.
How to replace a shower head
Step 1: Stop the water supply
Turn off the water supply to the shower head. This is usually located near the base of the shower. You can usually find it by looking for a valve with a handle that turns clockwise to shut off the water
Step 2: Loosen the shower head
Use a wrench to loosen the shower head. You can use a standard adjustable wrench or a basin wrench, depending on the size of the shower head. Be careful not to overtighten the wrench, or you could damage the shower head.
Step 3: Remove shower head
Remove the shower head from the pipe. Once the shower head is loose, you should be able to unscrew it by hand. If it is difficult to remove, you can use the wrench to help you. Apply plumber's tape to the threads of the new showerhead. This will help to create a watertight seal.
Step 4: Attach new shower head
Screw on the new shower head. Be careful not to overtighten the new shower head, or you could damage the threads.
It isn't always necessary to hire a plumber to fit a shower head, however, if you are not comfortable doing it yourself or if you have a shower head with a specialized connection, it is best to consult with a professional.
Why change your shower head?
Improve the water pressure
If your shower head is old or damaged, it may not be putting out as much water pressure as it used to. A new shower head can help increase the water pressure and make your shower more enjoyable.
Some shower heads are designed to use less water than others. If you're looking to conserve water, a low-flow shower head can be a good option.
Improve the water quality
Some shower heads have filters that can remove impurities from the water, such as chlorine and lead. This can make your showers healthier and more enjoyable.
Change your shower’s look
A new shower head can be a quick and easy way to update the look of your bathroom. There are a variety of different styles and colors to choose from, so you can find one that matches your décor.
Is it easy to replace?
Now that you have reasons to replace your shower head with a new one, you’re wondering if it’s an easy task. It is usually easy to change your shower head, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure that the new shower head is compatible with your current plumbing. Second, be sure to turn off the water supply to the shower before you start. Finally, use a wrench to loosen the old shower head and then screw on the new one.
Are all shower heads created equal?
In general, all shower heads do not fit the same. The most common type of shower head is the standard shower head, which has a threaded connection that fits onto the shower arm. However, there are also other types of shower heads, such as handheld shower heads and rain shower heads, which have different types of connections.