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Have you begun to notice that your shower head has a dripping issue long after you’ve turned it off? This often first becomes annoying to homeowners due to the sound of dripping water, but many don’t realize that it can also present a significant cost increase and may even result in water damage if not contained.

At Whipple Plumbing, we can help with this and all similar plumbing repair areas. Here are some basic reasons why the shower head might be leaking, plus what you can do about it.

Worn Seal

A standard shower head contains both washers and O-rings, which are designed to provide a watertight seal so water doesn’t leak out. But like many seals, these can break or harden (if they’re rubber) over a long period of time and with lots of water passing through them.

If you find this is the issue, simply bring your broken seal to a hardware store and get a new one that matches it. If you aren’t sure which seal to get, ask a professional at the store. Then simply install the new seal.

Clogged Holes

Another common reason why shower heads become clogged is a simple buildup of mineral deposits in the holes of the head. This is most common in homes with hard water, or water that contains a number of various minerals that have not been purified out of it.

When too many holes get clogged, water may start to leak at the base of the handle or pipe. To remove mineral deposits, simply wrap a bag filled with vinegar around the shower head and allow it to sit for several hours or overnight. The following day, scrub it with a brush to make sure all residue is gone.

Handle Issues

In some other cases, the handle itself is the reason for the leak. This is most common in compression faucets, which use a separate handle for hot and cold water temperatures – the seal behind these kinds of faucets can break a bit more easily than other seals.

If this happens to you, you can determine which handle is causing the issue by feeling the temperature of the water. From there, remove the proper handle, remove the nut, and replace the broken seal with a new one in the same manner as our first section described.

For more on the reasons why your shower head might leak and what you can do to stop it, or to learn about any of our other plumbing repair services, speak to the pros at Whipple Plumbing today.