Showerheads can last for years, they do eventually start to look grotty and dated, and most of the older models were designed before saving water was even a consideration.
If your showerhead has been around since Elvis was still alive, then it’s time to get a new one.
A basic water-saving one will cost upwards of $20 and they only take about 10 minutes to install.
It doesn’t need any specialised plumbing tools, just a shifting spanner, utility knife and wire brush.
TIP If your showerhead doesn’t come with a reel of plumber’s tape, buy one for about $1, from hardware stores.
Replace a showerhead
Removing the old apparatus and fitting a new one takes minutes and gives an old bathroom an instant lift. Most plumbing jobs have to be carried out by a qualified professional, but simple tasks like this one are fine for anyone to DIY.
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Remove the old showerhead using a shifter to loosen and unscrew it from the pipe in the wall, taking care not to wrench the pipes. TIP Spray WD-40 on the thread first
Clean the thread with a utility knife. Remove the old flange and clean the tiles around the hole, then use a wire brush to remove any remaining debris from the thread of the showerhead pipe.
Position the new flange then wind two turns of plumber’s tape onto the thread in a clockwise direction. Wind on the nut and secure with a shifter, but don’t over-tighten.