How to Install Your Waterpik® Shower Head

Tools You May Need

Adjustable wrench

You may need an adjustable wrench or pliers to remove the old shower head.

Cloth or towel for cleaning

To avoid scratching the finish, you can use a cloth or towel.

For some models that use a slide bar or strip, a level and masking tape help ensure proper installation.

Step 1. Remove the Old Shower Head

Remove old shower head

Unscrew the old shower head, turning counterclockwise

If it is difficult to remove, try using the wrench or pliers. To avoid scratching the finish, wrap your cloth around the pliers. Review our How to Remove an Old Shower Head support article for more tips.

Remove old washers from shower pipe

After removing the old shower head, check for washers in the shower pipe using a pencil or screwdriver (do not use your fingers).

Step 2. Clean Shower Pipe

Clean old pipe tape from shower pipe

Clean any remaining putty or tape from the pipe threads.

Step 3. Connect Your Waterpik® Shower Head

Install new shower head

Screw the new shower head onto the shower pipe, turning in a clockwise direction.

Hand tighten the connection until it is snug, but do not to overtighten. Unless otherwise instructed by the manual that came with your shower head, do not use plumber's tape or putty.

If the shower head has a hose, connect the included shower bracket to the pipe, then attach the shower hose to the bracket and shower head.

Installation Tips:

Check washers in threaded connection

Always check that washer is in place in the threaded connection of the new shower head.

Shower hose tags with connection intructions

If the shower head includes a hose, tags tell you where to connect the ends to the bracket and the shower head.

Troubleshooting Tips

Turn on the shower head to test the spray. If the water does not flow or there are leaks, see the following tips.

Test shower head for leaks

If there is no water flow, confirm that the previous shower washer is not in the shower pipe. Use a pencil or screwdriver to check as shown in Step 1 above.

If there are any leaks, turn off the water and check our Tips for Leaks information.

Tips for Leaks:

Tighten shower head connections

Tighten Connections
Hand tighten the connections and ensure they are snug. You may use the wrench with cloth on the connection to the pipe, but do not overtighten.

Remove Old Pipe Tape
If the leak is at the shower pipe, old tape or putty can interfere with the connection.

Seal With Bar Soap
If the leak is at the shower pipe, grate bar soap across the shower pipe threads to act as a sealant.

Re-test shower spray

One More Test
Test again. If there are no new leaks, you can now enjoy your shower head!

Shower Head Installation Resources

For detailed instructions for all shower head types, check our videos or manuals.

If you have any questions, please contact our customer service team.

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