The 5 Different Showerhead Types and Basic Installation

You want to install a new shower head, but you don’t know exactly what you want. Sometimes, it’s a simple project where you remove the shower head with a wrench and replace it with a new head within less than 20 minutes.

Other times, you’ll find that the new head doesn’t fit exactly right, or that you wanted something a little different than what you purchased.

Before you begin with changing shower heads, it’s important to decide what type you would like:

  • Single-function: These are standard, basic, everyday heads. This are uncomplicated and provide the same spray time after time.
  • Multi-function: Homeowners that like diversity will find that the multi-function head is ideal. This shower head offers rain shower, hard pulses of water perfect for relieving muscle tension and a variety of other settings.
  • Hand Showers: Removable. Hand showers are a great way to wash and allow for movement versatility when washing. These heads can be mounted and removed to act like a normal shower head and a hand shower when needed.

These are the main shower head options you’ll find. However, there are also more luxurious options available that will require either a new shower installation or a luxury shower. These options include:

  • Rain: Normally located on the ceiling of the shower, rain shower heads produce a rain effect when showering and are static. These heads are often accompanied with a normal showerhead.
  • Body Sprays: Located in the walls of the shower. These sprays shoot out streams of water horizontally and are always accompanied with a traditional shower head for the utmost in convenience and comfort.

Installing rain or body spray heads can be a huge undertaking that may require professional assistance to ensure a proper installation.

Replacing Normal Showerheads

It’s important that you read shower head reviews before making your purchase. You want to ensure that your desired head is easy to install and that buyers didn’t have to modify their current setup to accommodate the new shower head.

Tools You’ll Need

There aren’t many tools you’ll need to take off a showerhead. You’ll need the following:

  • Channel-locking pliers.
  • Teflon tape

Removing the Old Showerhead

Removal is simple, just follow these steps:

  1. Using the pliers, turn the showerhead counter-clockwise.
  2. Remove the showerhead.
  3. Dry the threads on the shower arm.

This is all you need to do to successfully remove the showerhead. You’ll want to pay close attention to the amount of pressure you use when unscrewing the showerhead. If too much pressure is applied to the shower arm (the protruding metal piece that the head attaches to), it can break.

Installing the New Showerhead

Once the head is off, you’ll basically be following the above steps but in reverse. Installation requires you to

  1. Place the Teflon tape around the threads that are found on the shower arm.
  2. Thread the new showerhead by turning it clockwise. This can be done with your hands.
  3. Finish tightening with the pliers.

Using Teflon tape is essential because it will prevent water from leaking out of the threads that keep the shower head in place.

After you have successfully installed the new showerhead, you’ll want to turn on the water and test it to make sure that there are no apparent leaks. When the water is on, you’ll want to inspect the shower arm where the head connects to spot leaks. In the event that a leak occurs, you’ll want to shut off the water and repeat the steps above while ensuring the shower arm and head have threads that are fully dry.

Adding additional Teflon tape is often all that’s needed for a snug, no-drip fit.

That’s it. That is how simple it is to install a single- or multi-function showerhead. You can now install your new showerhead within 10 minutes as long as the old head comes off easily.

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