How to Fix a Dripping Showerhead

A showerhead dripping water.

Not only is a dripping showerhead annoying to deal with, but it also wastes tons of water and can cause an increase in your water bill. If you’re dealing with a constantly dripping showerhead, we’ve included a few steps for you to take before calling our team at Dr Rooter of Lexington.

Step 1: Turn off Your Water Supply

The first thing you’ll want to do before tackling the dripping showerhead is to turn off your water supply to the house.

Pro tip: Bring a towel with you as some water might be left in the pipe after you shut it off.

Step 2: Remove the Showerhead

Next, you’ll want to remove the showerhead by unscrewing it with your hands. Sometimes the head is screwed on tight to the pipe, but using pliers or a crescent wrench to unscrew it should help. Once the showerhead is removed, take a look inside of it for a rubber O-ring. Oftentimes, the general wear and tear of this part will be the reason the showerhead is leaking, because the O-ring dries out over time and is not able to hold in water. If you notice this component is damaged, it needs to be replaced.

Step 3: Cleaning Time

While the showerhead is removed, it’s a good time to clean it. Mineral deposits can build up overtime on showerheads and cause a decrease in water pressure, so it’s important to clean them, especially if you’ve noticed lower water pressure recently.

Fill up a plastic bag with white vinegar and place the showerhead in the bag. Secure the bag and let the showerhead sit in the solution for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the showerhead and scrub away at the deposits until the showerhead is fully cleaned.

Step 4: Screw the Showerhead Back On

Once you’ve checked the O-ring and cleaned your showerhead, it’s time to reattach it. Using your hands, screw the showerhead back on and turn it until it won’t turn anymore. Be careful when tightening it because if you turn the showerhead too hard, it could break.

Step 5: Turn Your Water Supply Back On

When your showerhead is reattached, turn your home’s water supply back on. Once the water supply is back on, run your shower for a few minutes and then turn it off. Is your showerhead still dripping? If so, it’s time to call our team at (803) 398-2090.

At Dr Rooter of Lexington, we know how frustrating it can be to deal with a dripping showerhead, which is why we offer extensive bathroom remodeling services. Whether you need a brand new bathtub or a showerhead replacement, we’re the team for the job. Contact us today to learn more about our bathroom plumbing services!