Installing a handheld showerhead is a low cost, relatively simple project that can result in happier and healthier household members and lower water usage, which can lead to money in the bank over the long term. With a little preparation and the right tools, the efforts and cost of a plumber’s services can be avoided. And, with the large variety of showerheads introduced to the market each year, this minimal expense project can be well worth a yearly upgrade.
A massaging showerhead is simply a detachable, handheld showerhead with a variety of pulsating selections. Dial to your individual likings or comfort needs and change at random. Handheld showerheads can be removed from their wall position and directed to a muscle that needs a massage, used for little one’s baths and shower, aid in directing water to a specific area, help those needing assistance in the shower or simply used to clean and rinse shower corners.
Changing a showerhead can be accomplished with a strap or open-end wrench, a large towel, a cloth rag, and Teflon tape. With a little elbow grease and about thirty minutes you can change the showerhead as follows:
- Shut off the water to the shower.
- Place a large towel on the floor under the showerhead to soak up leaks and prevent cracked tile or fiberglass if something should drop.
- To avoid scratches in the finish, place a small cloth rag over the current showerhead where it connects to the wall pipe.
- Using a strap or open-end wrench, turn the connection counterclockwise until the showerhead is loose.
- Untwist the showerhead and remove it.
- Wrap the thread of the shower arm (the wall pipe) with Teflon tape. This will guarantee a good fit with the new showerhead.
- Screw the new shower head to the wall pipe and tighten with a wrench. Do not over-tighten the connection as it can crack the new handheld showerhead.
- Turn the water on and try each setting of the massager.
- If a leak appears at the connection, simply shut off the water and tighten with the wrench.
To save money and water, consider updating all showerheads in showers that are over three years old. Current regulations mandate a water flow of no more than two and a half gallons of water per minute. There are available options that restrict water flow to two gallons of water per minute to save even more water and money, and some models include an on/off valve to eliminate water during soaping or scrubbing.
In addition, if children or older adults will utilize the shower, an anti-scald protection fitting may be helpful. The fitting installs between the wall pipe and the showerhead and will prevent overly hot water from flowing through and causing harm. Some current massage showerhead models have this fitting built-in so look carefully when shopping.
Consider your options upon purchase and try to make all the household occupants happy. After installation know that your time and effort is a help to the environment as well as a help to maintaining a healthy bank account.