Dripping, broken showerhead

A leaky faucet is not only annoying but is a pesky problem that raises your water bill. Before calling a plumber right away, try these DIY tips and see if you can fix the problem yourself and save some money in the process.

How to fix a leaky shower head

Step 1: Turn off the main water valve to the whole house.

Step 2: Carefully remove the shower head. Examine the washers and O-rings, if they are worn or in poor shape, replace them with new ones.

Step 3: Odds are the shower head needs to be cleaned. Allow it to soak for a few hours if possible in a mixture of vinegar and water. This mixture will remove soap scum and all germs and will increase the shower pressure.

Step 4: Once the replacements have been installed and the shower head has been cleaned, re-attach it and turn on the water.

Step 5: Be sure the leak has been fixed before putting away all of your tools.

How to fix a leaky shower faucet

Step 1: Turn off the main water valve to the whole house.

Step 2: Open (turn on) the faucet to allow the water to run out. This will make removing the handle less messy and easier to handle.

Step 3: Carefully remove the handle and replace the O-rings first, the gaskets second and the cartridge last. When removing the cartridge, pay attention to how it was attached in order to replace it properly and with ease.

Step 4: Re-attach the faucet handle and turn the water back on.

Step 5: As always, be sure to test it to make sure the leak has been properly fixed.