A handheld showerhead is in fashion. Most people these days prefer to install it in their bathrooms instead of the regular shower head and for many reasons. The most common reason is convenience.
This kind of shower head makes bathing easier, and you can use the handheld shower head for pleasure. It feels great. With this, you can direct hot water to every part of your body that a regular shower head cannot be focused on. If you prefer this version, you got to know how to install it.
Finding a model that attaches easily to your shower arm will not be a problem. This guide can help you learn the basics of how to install handheld shower head.
Uninstall the old Showerhead
Turn off the water at the mains before you begin the project. The old showerhead will need removal before you proceed with the installation of the new unit. Use an adjustable wrench for this task.
You can also use the channel-type pliers to remove the old showerhead. All you need to do is turn the showerhead but in a counterclockwise direction to loosen it for easier removal.
Prepare the Shower arm
As a preparation measure for the shower head installation, you should begin by cleaning the threads on your shower’s shower arm. The cleaning may involve the removal of the plumber’s tape, old pipe compound, or mineral deposits.
Any of the things mentioned above can interfere with the quality of the installation and can reduce the general effectiveness of the results. Therefore, make sure they are scratched off completely but careful not to destroy the shower arm.
After it is all cleaned up nice and perfectly, use a new plumber’s tape to wrap the shower arm threads about five times in a clockwise direction. The purpose of the tape is to seal the new shower head fitting more steadfastly and to prevent it from leaking at the connection. The tape should not overlap the threaded area.
Therefore, you should keep it precisely in the threaded area so that they do not show when the new showerhead unit is installed. Similarly, make sure that the tape goes in the same direction as the shower head would go when being attached to the shower arm.
In this case, apply the tape in a clockwise direction so that when you tighten the shower head, it does not remove the tape or get deterred by it.
Installing the shower head holder
Some showerhead holders have a preinstalled rubber washer for an extra leak-free seal. It should be seated nicely inside the threads before you proceed with the installation. That is when you can now begin to tighten the holder of the shower head.
Begin by hand, going on a clockwise direction until your hand cannot tighten it anymore. Then tighten it more with the use of an adjustable wrench and pliers.
To protect the finish from possible scratch from the pliers or wrench, you should cover the fitting with a cloth before tightening it or before you put on the wrench or pliers.
Installing the shower head hose
Here, you need to begin by knowing where each side of the hose goes. A hose can have same fittings on the two sides or even completely different fittings on either side. Therefore, you need to be sure which side is which. The hex nut side should be attached to the showerhead holder.
On the other hand, the smooth colonial but side is supposed to be attached to the hand shower. If you reverse the sides, the showerhead will not dock in the shower head holder. You can avoid such errors by first taking the time to understand the structure of the entire system.
When you purchase the set, it comes with two hose washers. Begin by putting one washer inside the hex nut and use your hands to tighten the hose onto the base of the threads of the shower holder.
When your hands cannot tighten it any further, use the adjustable wrench to tighten the hex nut more. Just make sure you do not tighten it too much. To finish the process, place the other washer in the threads of the conical nut. Tighten the hose onto the base of the hand shower with your hand.
Fitting the showerhead
At this stage, the handheld showerhead can either be fitted on the end of the shower arm. Or you can screw on to a bracket that is mounted on the wall. The installation method depends on the model.
Screw the bottom of your handheld showerhead on to the shower arm. Tighten it with your hand until it is tight and until your hands cannot tighten it anymore.
Attach the flexible shower hose to the cross T and tighten it with by our hands. You should make sure that the head is tightly fixed so that no water pressure can eject it out of the hose.
Similarly, you need to test if there are any leaks. You can run a leaking test by turning on the water at the faucet and closely checking if there are any leaks.
If the bottom of the handheld showerhead leaks at the point of connection to the threaded shower arm, use an adjustable wrench to tighten the connection carefully.
You can also use channel-type pliers in the place of an adjustable wrench. You should also use a piece of heavy cloth or leather to cover the finish before tightening. This will help protect the finish.
Installing a handheld showerhead may seem difficult, but it is not such a complex task. You just need to understand the whole system and how it works before you install handheld shower head. Some units come with a manual that can guide you into doing it right.
Take your time to go through the manual to see if there is something that you did not already know. If you are not sure you can do it right, you should get an expert. Since they are more skilled, knowledgeable, or experienced, they are always in a better position to do it better, but at a price that you should be ready to pay.