How to Install a Low-Flow Shower Head

You’ve probably heard about a variety of water shortages throughout the country over the last year or so and even if they weren’t in your immediate neighborhood, it can’t hurt to conserve. There are lots of quick and easy ways you can start saving around your house, but today we’re going to focus on installing a new shower head. See below to find out what you should be looking for and learn how you can install it on your own:

When you finally decide that it’s time to start conserving water, and we hope it’s much sooner than later, you should be replacing your old shower head with a low-flow model. Look for the WaterSense label on the package or ask an expert if the model you like meets the requirements.

Once you have a new model picked out, here’s how you can install it in 4 simple steps:

  1. Remove the old shower head by unscrewing it from the shower arm. In most cases you can do it by hand, but you may need to use pliers first to loosen the shower head.

  2. Clean the pipe thread using a toothbrush or damp rag and then rap it with pipe thread tape. This will help prevent leaks by keeping the seal tight when you install the new shower head.

  3. Screw the new shower head on tightly by hand. Once you can’t turn it anymore, we recommend wrapping a rag around it and using pliers to turn it another quarter turn.

  4. Turn the shower on and check for leaks. If you notice water dripping, tighten the connection a bit more. If that doesn’t work, apply additional thread tape until the seal is watertight.

Having trouble with the project? Don’t worry, the expert plumbers at Uptown are here to help! Give us call at (612) 324-1004 to schedule an appointment and don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook!

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