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How to Replace a Showerhead

If you need to replace your showerhead because your current showerhead is outdated, or you need to save water with a newer, low-flow model, the plumbing professionals at Roto-Rooter are here to help. While showerhead replacement can be a simple process, it is an easy one to get wrong.

You can follow the step-by-step process below provided by the expert plumbers at Roto-Rooter to replace your showerhead. With the assistance of an adjustable wrench or set of channel lock pliers, as well as Teflon tape (or plumber’s tape as it is known), you can accomplish a showerhead replacement by performing the following steps:

  1. Remove your old showerhead with a wrench, while holding onto the shower arm, so it doesn’t get twisted and break off at the wall.
  2. Remove any gunk and excess material like dirt, rubber gaskets or old plumber’s tape from the threads of the shower arm.
  3. Wrap the threads of the pipe with Teflon or plumber’s tape.
  4. Using a wrench, tighten the shower head onto the shower arm. A pair of channel locks will also be used to hold the shower arm in place to prevent it from twisting or breaking. The jaws of the channel locks should be wrapped with tape or a rag so not to scratch the shower arm.
  5. Check for any leaks around the seal.


You may also need to replace the shower arm if it is damaged or leaking and will take the following steps to ensure a safe shower arm replacement:

  1. Grasp the shower arm, while carefully unscrewing it in a counterclockwise motion.
  2. After removing the old shower arm, locate the female fitting inside the wall and clear any loose dust or debris, while applying pipe dope to the female threads.
  3. Plumbing tape should be wrapped around each male end of the shower arm.
  4. Put the arm into the hole in the wall and begin screwing it in a clockwise motion (righty-tighty, lefty loosey). Using a pair of channel locks, with the jaws wrapped with tape, tighten the arm until it is snug and secure, while also being careful not to overtighten, as it could break off.
  5. Your showerhead will be installed on the male end that is exposed, after the threads are wrapped with Teflon tape and we check for leaks around the seal.


Your new showerhead replacement should be ready to go. If you’re thinking about buying a rain showerhead, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Determine whether your shower is large enough.
  2. Upon installation, we will ensure that your rain showerhead is angled properly when mounted onto the arm. If it’s not installed correctly, water will dribble out one side.
  3. For a rain shower, your licensed plumber will need to place the arm at a 90 degree angle to achieve a rainfall effect.
  4. There are rain showerheads that are designed to conserve water, but many models can use a large amount of water, compared to conventional low flow showerheads that use as little as 1.5 gallons per minute.


Call one of our licensed plumbers at Roto-Rooter to come out and have your showerheads replaced professionally if you run into issues following the steps above. If you have questions or concerns regarding scheduling service to have your showerhead professionally replaced, or need consultation regarding a new showerhead purchase, contact the plumbing experts at Roto-Rooter today. We are available to you 24/7, when you need service most. Our showerhead replacements can be done quickly and efficiently—just call 800-768-6911 to learn more.


A standard shower head is often shaped like a ball and is usually adjustable, but it is not the only option available. If you are building a new bathroom or redesigning an existing bath, consider the following options when selecting a shower head:

  • Rain showers – Rain shower heads are installed above you, causing water to softly fall on your head. This option is ideal for those who like the idea of showering in a storm, but it's typically not the best for someone that prefers a lot of water pressure.
  • Sliding bar shower heads – A sliding bar shower head is installed on a panel and can be moved up or down. Households that have many people of varying heights may really like a sliding bar shower head, however they are not the easiest to install.
  • Handheld shower heads – Handheld shower heads have the main shower head on a flexible hose clipped to the wall, which enables users to more specifically control where the water is directed when showering.
  • Aerating shower heads – Aerating models mix air in with water, which means less water is used. Aerating shower heads create less humidity and use less water than standard shower heads, which is ideal in humid areas or locations without much water. However, the aeration does cool the water, making an aerating shower head not an ideal option for those that like very hot showers. Aerating showerheads can also be more expensive than other models, but they can help pay for themselves in places where you pay for water."

Regardless of the type of shower head you choose, the plumbing experts at Roto-Rooter can perform all of your plumbing installation and maintenance, to ensure that the job is done right the first time.



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