Is your shower head leaking? If so, you’re not alone. A leaking shower head is easily one of the most common issues that can arise with a new (or used) shower head. Seeing as the culprit is usually a loose piece, it can actually be quite easy to fix. Start by following this series of steps.

First, you should determine where the leak is occurring. Your shower head depending on how complex it is could have several pieces. It’s a safe bet that the issue is close to where the leak is occurring.

Next, you should take the potential problem piece or pipe of the shower head and see if it can be strengthened tighter. If you leave the water running, the leak should fix itself immediately. However, you should NOT attempt to screw the piece too tight. Only attempt to screw the piece in further if it’s so loose a child could do it. If you’re feeling a lot of resistance, then it’s not likely to be the piece which is the problem.

If the piece isn’t loose, the next likely culprit is that a washer inside the piece may need to be replaced. It’s possible it has been dislodged or otherwise damaged in someway. Depending on the shower head, the type/size of washer can vary. My advice would be to take it with you to any hardware store and see what size they would recommend.

Finally, if you are still having issues, it may just be time for a new shower head. Shower head materials can wear down over time from the water, and there’s a reason no one buys a shower head for life. Fortunately, you can get a really good shower head for under $10. Check out my list of my top shower heads for some possible ideas.

Good luck!