Can I Change My Showerhead?

Bathroom remodels are notoriously expensive. But more than half of those expenses come from outsourcing work. That’s a lot of money out the window just to have some strangers in your house. 

Basic household plumbing isn’t as scary as it seems, and changing your own shower head is a skill you can master. Roll up those sleeves and get ready. We’re about to tell you everything you need to know to swap out your shower head and update your bathroom all by yourself. 

Changing your shower head isn’t much harder than screwing in a light bulb. Any tools you need can be found at your local hardware store. 

Let’s break this task down step by step. 

Step 1: Remove the Old Shower Head

Removing old gold showerhead

Before you pull out your tool belt, try just unscrewing your shower head by hand. (Remember: It’s righty-tighty / lefty-loosey). If you’re lucky, you might be able to remove the shower head without any tools at all. 

If not, all you need is a pair of pliers, a wrench, and a hand towel. 

Wrap the shower arm with a hand towel so you don’t scratch it. Then use your pliers to grip the arm, and use the wrench to unscrew the shower head. Easy-peasy. 

Step 2: Install Your New Smart Showerhead

Hand putting hai showerhead handle into it's docking place

The whole point of installing new bathroom fixtures is to make your bathroom as beautiful and relaxing as possible. So once you’ve removed your old shower head, clean off any grime, rust, or plumber’s tape before installing the new head. 

You don’t need any special tools for this. A toothbrush and some water will generally do the trick. If your shower arm is really gross, you can freshen it up with vinegar and baking soda

Once you’ve gotten your shower nice and clean, screw on the new head. Turn the water on to test your connection, and use plumber’s tape to seal any leaks. 

Types of Shower Heads

The shower head you choose will be based on your shower’s current set-up. Although you can change a lot of your bathroom fixtures, the way your shower arm is configured may limit your DIY options. 

Standard shower heads are wall mounted, with the shower head at the base of the arm. But if you have a hand held shower head and the arm is located at the base of the hand-held piece, you’ll only be able to replace it with another hand held shower head. And if you have a ceiling-mounted fixture, you’d have to replace it with something like a rain shower or mister that is meant to be ceiling-mounted. 

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The Satisfaction of a Job Well Done

When you tackle a job you’d previously thought only a professional could do, it feels good. But there are many other reasons to love changing out your shower head. 

Replacing your bathroom fixtures lets you update the look and feel of your shower without breaking the bank. 

And if you’ve been dealing with the steady drip-drip-drip of a leaky faucet—which the EPA estimates wastes 500 gallons of water per year—replacing your shower head can actually help the environment. 

This DIY project is even easier when you invest in hai. We’ve \\designed a seal that screws easily onto most shower arms without the need for plumber’s tape. Say goodbye to outdated faucet heads and cumbersome installations, and hai to a stress-free installation and a new, smart shower head