There is no denying that a leaky or dripping shower head is not only irritating but also costly. Beyond this annoying continuous drip, a leaky shower wastes hundreds of gallon water. It can be worse if your hot water shower side is leaking because it doesn’t only waste the water but also significant energy. The water heater continually operates to warm the water in the shower.
In other words, a hot, long shower is enough to calm your stressed nerves, but a dripping shower head can ruin the pleasure you’re supposed to have after a tiring day. I had to face this problem a lot when I moved to my new home. I was told that there were minor plumbing issues and the dripping faucet was one of them. Later those minor leaks cost me much more than what I’d expected; however, I learned my lesson.
That means before dripping shower head causes more plumbing issues, consider trying DIY fixes. Shower leaks mostly begin with dripping faucets and unfortunately determining what causes the leaks is hard until you find the breakage in the main shower line. Therefore, I always attempt to fix both the head and faucet before calling an expert.
So before you shell out big bucks on something that might be an easy fix, let’s go through some simple methods you can try to fix a dripping shower head.
This is one of the most common problems that many people often face; it is usually caused by a buildup of mineral deposits in the holes within the shower head. A cheap and simple fix doesn’t take much time.
Shut off the water supply to the shower head: You need to turn off the shower at the knob first to inspect or replace the shower head. If you haven’t cleaned your shower for a long time, the minerals deposit may build up and block the holes. It is a good idea to shut off the valve to your bathroom directly instead of cutting off the main supply.
Replacing the Rubber Washer
If it is not mineral deposits, the problem might be with your rubber washer. If your washer has worn out over time, it starts cracking, and that is where water starts seeping out through the cracks, resulting in a dripping shower head. Replacing the washer can help you solve this problem.
Shut off your water supply and determine whether the shower head is dripping from the hot-water valve or cold-water valve (if you have a compression faucet).
Precautions to take while fixing a Dripping Showerhead
Overall, water drizzling from your shower head indicates that there is something wrong with the shower valve. There are cases when inner seals of a shower head are worn out, or sometimes they become clogged or corded because of the mineral deposits. Cleaning or replacing a shower head is extremely easy if you follow the givens steps; plus, it will save a lot of money that a plumber will charge you.