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Shower head leak checkThe average household could save more than 2,300 gallons per year by installing a water-efficient showerhead. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, households will also save energy.

Simple Fixes for a Leaky Showerhead

Shower leaks commonly occur where the showerhead attaches to the shower pipe. This type of leak may cause water to drip or spray from the back of the showerhead. Here are some simple ways to keep your showerhead from leaking, while delivering maximum performance:

  • Remove the showerhead and soak it in vinegar to remove mineral buildup; recommended once a year.
  • Replace the washer or “O” ring inside the showerhead to create a tighter connection.
  • Apply Teflon tape or plumbers putty to the thread of the shower pipe stem before reinstalling the showerhead to prevent leaks

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For more detailed instructions on showerhead maintenance, call (415) 551-3000 or email to order the Practical Plumbing Handbook, a do-it-yourself guide to water-saving plumbing fixture maintenance and repair.

If you think you have a more serious leak or problem, please contact a plumbing professional. Or, if you’re a renter, be sure to report any suspected leaks to your landlord or property manager.

As a general rule, showerheads that were manufactured and installed before 1994 should be replaced. Older models could be using more than three times the amount of water. We can provide customers with free efficient showerheads, available for pick-up at the customer service office or by participating in a free in- home Water Wise Evaluation.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has partnered with manufacturers to make it easier to identify water efficient fixtures and devices that meet performance standards. Look for products with the WaterSense ® logo at a hardware store near you to save money and water!


Last updated: 3/25/2013 9:49:47 AM