Sometimes, people who install shower heads make some errors along the way. In fact, installation mistakes are quite common. Luckily, most of the mistakes which are made during the installation of new shower heads may be fixed. However, before repairs may be undertaken, you’ll need to know exactly what you’ve done wrong.
Let’s look at 7 mistakes that people tend to make when they are installing new shower heads.
Using the Wrong Tools
If you don’t use the proper tools or you choose the wrong materials, you may negatively impact shower performance. This is why people who are going to install shower heads should have the correct tools and materials on hand.
Experts recommend adjustable strap wrenches, pliers of the channel style, pipe wrenches, drills, bits of tile and glass, mallets, screwdrivers, cloths for wiping down surfaces, utility knives and felt-tip pens. If you don’t own this stuff and you’re not keen on buying it all, consider borrowing it from a friend or neighbour. Without the right tools and materials, it’s really hard to get a professional result.
If you didn’t use any of these tools or materials while installing your shower head, it’s possible that it’s not installed correctly. Doing things over with the right tools may help to correct problems. It’s definitely worth a try.
Being Too Forceful During Installation
Sometimes, those who are taking away shower arms from their fittings apply excess force. If excess force is utilized, the threads of the fittings may be stripped. This is a bad thing and the new shower arm won’t fit snugly. Damage to fittings may cause minor leaks which happen behind the wall of the shower.
If you’re dealing with leaks, checking the threads of the fitting to see if they are intact, rather than stripped, may help you to figure out why slower leaks are happening. Usually, you’ll need to replace the fitting so that you have proper threads again. When you do a replacement, be gentle and avoid making the same mistake over again. It’s actually pretty easy to apply too much force, so making a point of being less forceful should improve results.
Purchasing Ill-fitting Parts and/or Accessories
It’s quite possible to pick up shower head components and accessories which don’t work with one another. There are a lot of parts and accessories on the market and it’s all too easy to make a mistake. If you’re having problems with shower performance, ill-fitting parts and/or accessories may be the culprit.
For example, if you’re interested in buying a sculptural and cutting-edge shower arm, you should ensure that it will fit the elbow fitting piece which rests behind the wall of the shower. Sometimes, extra parts or expensive modifications may be needed and it’s really best to avoid these hassles if you can.
Neglecting to Shut Off Main Water Line
If you’re new to household improvements and repairs, you may have neglected to shut off the main water line before installing your new shower head. This happens sometimes, usually because people lack experience with these sorts of home improvement tasks.
Always shut off the main water line before you begin the process of installing a shower head. You’ll find detailed instructions on how to locate and shut off this water line online. Typically, the main water line is found near the water meter of a home.
Choosing Incorrect Water Pressure
A lot of the time, adjusting water pressure isn’t mandatory during shower head installation. However, some people don’t realize this and they do adjust the water pressure, which means that they change them to incorrect levels.
If you have adjusted the water levels, you’ll benefit from changing them back. It’s actually not smart to leave the water pressure level too high, as doing so may damage piping and shower components. Conversely, if pressure is too low, you’re probably not enjoying your shower experience as much as you could be.
Over-tightening a New Shower Head
A new shower head will be attached to a gooseneck pipe. Some people over-tighten the shower head which attaches to this pipe. If you used more than one full turn after hand-tightening, you may have overdone things. If you over-tighten, you risk damage to your shower head.
Not Following Instructions Correctly
It’s vital to sit back and read instructions before you get to work. Although you may feel that you have a sense of what’s involved, many people make mistakes because they don’t take the time to read instructions and understand them.
If you’re having problems with a new showerhead, think about re-reading instructions. If you threw them out, consider looking for an online copy. Try to remember if you performed each step the way that you should have. Online videos and tutorials may also help you to get the job done right or to repair a botched job.
Choosing DIY Installation
Some people just aren’t handy and these are the types of people who would benefit from having new shower heads professionally installed. If your success rate with home improvements isn’t what it should be, you’ll find that choosing professional installation is well worth the investment. As well, if your shower head isn’t working well, paying a professional to fix it may save you a lot of time and hassle.
Choosing Low-quality Components
Sometimes, economy isn’t the answer. Those who chosen the cheapest new shower heads, tools and components may find that it’s harder to complete a successful installation!
Now that you know the top seven problems with DIY shower head installation, you’ve gained a deeper understanding of what can go wrong. If you have more questions about shower head installation, you’ll find that contacting a professional is the best way to get expert advice.
For example, a local plumber will understand how to perform these types of replacements without causing damage, leaks or improper water pressure levels. As we said at the start, almost any problem is fixable, as long as you are able to figure out which components are causing the problem.