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Plumbing Leaks At Your Shower Head


shower headIf you have plumbing leaks coming from your shower head, determine whether the leak occurs when the shower valve is on or when it is off. That will give you direction on how to go about repairing it.

If your shower head leaks when the water is on , that is you have turned the water on to the shower, it is probably leaking at the connection at the shower arm. The shower arm is threaded at the end where is connects to the female fitting of the shower head. Unscrew the shower head at this connection and re-tape it. Wrap the threads three times with Teflon tape and screw the shower head back on.

If the shower head dribbles out of the end when the water is on, try removing the shower head and soaking it in some “CLR” or other product that dissolves minerals and scale. Otherwise, replace the shower head with a new one.

If your shower head leaks when the shower valves are off, you need to replace the shower cartridge, or stem and seats. This is a common job that will have to be repeated every few years depending on use and water hardness. Here is an article on  shower cartridge replacement.


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