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Why Is My Shower Head Leaking?

Posted on August 9th, 2017

plumbing & a/c medicIs there a slow, steady drip coming out of your shower head? In addition to wasting significant amounts of water, this plumbing leak can also lead to rust and stains in your tub. Fortunately, this plumbing leak is fairly easy to fix — after you determine why it’s leaking.

Common Reasons Your Shower Head Is Leaking:

  1. The O-Ring or Washer is Worn – Remove the showerhead and inspect the threaded area where the o-ring and washer sit. If there is a leak around the threads, it can cause water to leak and drip out of the end of your shower head, even when it is off.  
  2. Mineral Deposits are Reducing Water Flow – If grit and calcium mineral deposits are blocking water from passing freely out of your shower head, you may experience a shower head drip. Take the shower head off and clean it to remove the minerals.
  3. The Shower Valve is Faulty – If the o-ring and washer look to be in good shape and the shower head is clean, but you are still having trouble with a leaky fixture, there may be a problem with your shower valve. This can mean that there is a problem with cartridge or diverter. In these cases, you may need a professional to take a look at your plumbing problem.

If you run into any problems with your home’s plumbing, do not hesitate to give our professional technicians a call. We are here to help you with all of your home plumbing needs, including those leaky shower heads, faucets, and toilets. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer or give us a call directly.

Contact our office by giving us a call at (602) 649-6435.

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