How To Fix a Leaking Shower head

Have a drip coming from the showerhead? There’s nothing more irritating than the sound of dripping water falling from the highest point in your bathroom every time you go near it. Here at Gold Coast Shower Screens, we know exactly how important it is for every part of your shower to work seamlessly. It isn't just the noise that’ll haunt you. The knowledge that buckets of fresh water are escaping down the drain costing you money every day is sure to add to your frustration. In this article, we're going to walk you through the process of getting your leaking shower head fixed even if you have very little DIY experience. Have a go at following these steps to get it sorted right now!

1. Turn Off The Water Supply

First things first. You need to find your mains water supply and turn it off. You don’t want to be fishing around the shower and taking things apart while the water pressure is on. Even with the mains off, you should keep a towel or two next to you as there’s bound to be some water trapped in some of the components you’ll be taking apart.

2. Clean The Showerhead

One of the most common issues causing a leak in the showerhead is a build-up of dirt and grime that causes blockage and collections of water. Remove the head and set it down. You’ll need to create an effective cleaning solution to give the inside a powerful clean. If you don’t want to go out and buy a purpose designed solution, you can create your own. Mix distilled white vinegar with some water and heat the mix in a pot. This creates an effective cleaning solution that is strong enough for the job but won't be destructive to any components of the head.  

Place your shower head inside the pot, ideally so that it’s completely submerged in the solution. Leave it for several minutes to let the solution work. Take it out and get to work trying to remove as much grime as you can from the surface, gaps, and seams. The is often best done with a toothbrush.

Step 3. Secure Using Tape

In most cases, the clean alone won’t reduce the problem to a satisfactory level, so the next step is to take a closer look at the O-ring or washer. This is the part of the head that is supposed to prevent water from leaking out. If it looks damaged, it might need to be replaced. If you have very little plumbing experience, this is a task better left to a professional.  

This simple diagram shows a typical shower head broken down into its most important parts:

If it looks undamaged, you can try applying some thread seal tape. You’ll need to use the tape to cover the threads located on the tip of the pipe stem or shower arm. This will help form a protective seal that should help prevent any threads from seizing and enabling a leak.

4. Re-attach The Showerhead And Turn On The Water

Fix the showerhead back on with your hands before securing it further with pliers. Once it’s back up, turn the mains water supply back on. Flick the shower on for a while before turning it off again. The thorough clean you have applied as well as the tape should have completely stopped the drip.

If there’s still water leaking from the showerhead and you believe it’s due to the lack of effective functionality from the washer, you might want to consider having an expert come to complete this repair. If your shower is very old, the washers may be very hard to find. In most cases, professionals will have the contacts required to source such old and discontinued parts.


Think it’s about time for a new shower all together? Sometimes this can be the ultimate answer to the problem! At Gold Coast Shower Screens, we offer a range of modern bathroom solutions including, state of the art showers, beautiful and practical screens and much more. Give us a call on 1300 199 480 to find out more and to get a free quote for any of our products.

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