Why Does My Shower Head Drip?

Why Does My Shower Head Drip?

The constant dripping of a shower head is enough to drive anyone crazy. Aside from its annoying nature, dripping water can cause unnecessary limescale buildup, leaving marks and damage in its wake. For that reason, it’s important to get to the root of the problem as swiftly as possible. But what is it that’s causing your shower head to drip? Well, it could be a number of things.

Damaged rubber seal in the shower head

If your shower head is dripping when in use then this is likely the result of a damaged rubber o-ring, or seal in the shower head. For example, if you have water running through the shower at full flow, but have water dripping from the side of the head, then you most likely need new rubber seals. This is a relatively simple task to undertake, depending on the make and model of your shower. 

After disassembling the shower head, you might notice limescale buildup on or next to the seal. Sometimes these deposits can dislodge the seal and nothing more is needed than descaling the shower head and reassembling it. If the seal is split, damaged or deteriorating, then the only route of action is to replace it. 

Compromised washers in the shower control

On the other hand, if your shower is constantly dripping when switched off, you most likely have water escaping through the shower controls. When shower valves are closed, there should be a water tight seal, meaning no water can get through the control to the shower head. 

Shower controls often have several washers, gaskets and o-rings depending on make and model. In some instances it is possible to have a professional dismantle the controls and replace those seals that are damaged. However, sometimes the smoothest point of action is to replace the controls. 

Browse our shower controls here, or our shower heads here.

If you would like further advice, or to discuss the best replacements for your shower heads or shower controls, please get in touch with one of the team on 01202 650900

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