What Causes Leaking Shower Heads- And How to Fix It?

What Causes Leaking Shower Heads- And How to Fix It?

Everyone loves enjoyable and pleasurable shower experiences, but what happens when there is a leak in the shower head?

It is often difficult to note when there is a leak in the shower head because it’s located behind the curtains, glass partitions, or other areas where dripping water is deemed normal. It’s quite hard to detect and so can continue for a very long time.

As the world delves towards finding lasting solutions to unhealthy climate and environmental changes, we must also play our parts by ensuring that the shower heads we use are in good shape. A leaking shower head or faucet is considered one of the great ways to waste water.

The earlier you tackle leaking shower heads, the better for the environment.

How can you do this?

There are several ways a leaking shower head can be handled. But before we go into that, let’s look at the major reasons why shower heads leak

Why do shower heads leak?

Water from the faucets situated on the wall (it is just below the shower head) flows in an upward direction through the shower head. The water pressure is then directed to the shower head from the tube-like faucet through the diverter valve.

The leak could be as a result of one or more factors. If your shower head leaks constantly even when you turn off the faucet, then the faucet could have issues. If this problem persists, then the shower head could develop faults as well.

But if the water keeps dripping for a while even after the faucet is turned off, then suddenly stops, then there is a problem with the shower head.

Now that we know what could cause potential leaks, let’s look at ways to fix leaking shower heads.

How to fix a leaking shower head

a. Unclogging

This is one of the best ways to fix shower heads. As time goes by, shower heads begin to accumulate lime and some other mineral deposits, which could lead to hole clogging. The first sign of this is when the shower head keeps dripping water after the faucet is turned off, then suddenly stops.

This is most likely caused by the shower head unable to drain water easily. You’d also notice that there is a weak water flow.

The best thing to do is to turn off the water supply and observe the shower head. Find out what is clogging it, and respond adequately.

b. Change the cartridge valve

The cartridge valve is situated between the water faucets. It is the arm handle that goes back and forth (from hot to cold), and also starts water flow. Turn off the water and replace it immediately once you note the problem.

c. Change the worn rubber washer

Your shower head could also lead as a result of the worn rubber washer. With time, it could begin to crack and allow water seep through, thus leading to tiny drops of water. Changing the washer as soon as the problem is noted will fix the problem.