How to install a showerhead

Please be aware of the following:

1. If you have not installed showerheads before, we suggest getting help from someone who knows how to do this. It’s necessary to install a showerhead correctly so it will not leak and to avoid damaging the threads on the pipe that carries water to a showerhead.

2. If you rent your residence, please check ask the property manager or landlord whether the maintenance people will install the showerhead or whether it is OK for you to do so.

3. Before replacing a showerhead, you can compare the flow rates of the existing and new showerhead by looking for information on the showerhead and/or asking the store offering a new showerhead. For example, 2.5 GPM means a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute at water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch, and 1.5 GPM means 1.5 gallons per minute.

  1. To install a new showerhead, you will need a wrench and some Teflon tape or a plumbing sealant.
  2. Make sure that the new showerhead has a rubber gasket inside the part of the showerhead with the threads. This gasket is necessary to help prevent a leak.
  3. Use a wrench to remove the old showerhead from the water supply pipe, which carries water to the showerhead when it is in use. (Turn the showerhead in the counter-clockwise direction to remove it.)
  4. If the water supply PIPE turns when you turn the showerhead counter-clockwise with a wrench, retighten the pipe by turning the wrench in a clockwise direction, and get help from a plumber (or the maintenance staff if you rent your residence) before using the shower again. The supply pipe may have a threaded connection to piping inside the wall, and it is important to make sure this connection is tight and will not leak.
  5. If there is Teflon tape already on the threads of the pipe that carries water to the showerhead, remove the tape.
  6. Check whether the new showerhead has the same pipe thread as the old one by seeing if you can temporarily put on the new showerhead by hand (turn the showerhead in the clockwise direction). It is likely that new showerhead will easily thread onto the water supply pipe, but it is possible that the pipe is old and has a different kind of thread than new showerheads.
  7. Remove the showerhead now that you know whether it will fit on the water supply pipe threads. If the showerhead fits, tightly wrap 3-4 inches of Teflon tape or put sealant on the threaded part of the pipe. The Teflon tape should be wrapped in the clockwise direction.
  8. Put the new showerhead on the water supply pipe and turn it onto the pipe threads by hand until the showerhead is started on the pipe threads and hand-tight.
  9. Use a wrench to turn the showerhead in the clockwise direction until the showerhead is snugly tightened onto the water supply pipe.
  10. Turn on the shower and check for leaks.
  11. If there is a leak, turn off the water and remove the showerhead. You may need to get help from someone who knows more about showerhead installation, or rewrapping the water pipe threads with Teflon tape and reinstalling the showerhead may resolve the leak.