How to Replace a Shower Head

So by now, you probably understand the benefits of going with a low flow shower head. i.e. one that where the water flow is 2.0 gallons per minute or lower. Yes, not only do you save lots of gallons of water, but also energy that would have heated the water. This in turn lowers your water and energy bill. Yes you get all that. But how do you replace that water guzzling shower head with a water efficient one, say one that is 1.5 gpm or less?

Worry not, it’s a simple process that can be completed by following these few steps:

How to Replace a Shower Head

Optional: small towel/rag and pliers/wrench

  • Twist off the existing showerhead; if you need pliers, first put a small towel over the showerhead for better grip and protection. Wrap teflon tape in a clockwise direction 5 or more times around the shower pipe.
  • Hand tighten your new showerhead onto the shower pipe as tight as possible.
  • Turn the water on and check for leaks; if leaking occurs, hand tightening again.
  • If leaking continues, use pliers to tighten; but first cover the showerhead with a small towel for better grip and protection.
  • Check again for leaks, and repeat above step as necessary.
  • If you need more help, watch Installing a Low-Flow Showerhead: A Sierra Club Green Tip

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