Shower Tap - Changing Gasket
If the shower fitting drips, one of the seals is usually defective. Most of them can be changed with little effort.
1. Locate the Broken Seal
A shower usually has gaskets at five different locations. One or two are directly in the connection between fittings and the wall. If these seals are defective, dripping directly on the fittings.
If the water drips on the connections of the shower hose, then one of the two seals is damaged there. The next is installed directly in the shower head. Here, the water comes out of the side of the head when it is broken. If, on the other hand, the shower drips when the tap is closed, the cartridges are affected.
2. Changing the seals on the shower hose
The sealing washers in the shower hose are the easiest to change. The hose can be easily removed by hand or a pipe wrench. In the end pieces are each a rubber disc. Often these are not damaged at all, but only calcified.
3. Removing and Inspecting the Gasket
Use a small screwdriver to pry out the rubber bushes. If there are no cracks or damage, it is sufficient if these are decalcified in a vinegar solution, including the hose fittings. When refitting, apply sealing grease (Vaseline in an emergency) to the rubber rings and screw everything back together.
4. Expose the gasket on the shower head.
If the shower splashes sideways out of the shower head, the rubber ring on the shower head is broken or calcified. Here dismantle the head and unscrew the perforated screen. As a rule, this is fastened to the shower head with a screw. Often this is covered with a cap, which can be removed with a small screwdriver.
The sieve can be unscrewed and the seal is exposed. If this is only calcified or slipped, but intact, it can also be repaired. If a new seal is required, it is difficult to get a suitable replacement part. Because these are often not standardized.
5. Only change other seals with blocked-off water
If water leaks directly to the fittings of the fittings on the wall, the faucet must be removed. This only works if the water is shut off. This is done either centrally in the bathroom - insofar as there is a shut-off valve - or at the main tap in the basement.
Subsequently, the shower fitting can be easily removed with a wrench. The two seals are in turn directly in the glands. Cleaning or changing takes place according to the same pattern as for the shower hose.
6. Uncover the cartridges in a two-handle fitting
If the shower drips out of the head when the taps are closed, the seals in the cartridges are defective. When repairing the cartridges, it is also important that the water supply is switched off. Thereafter, the cartridges can be exposed by pulling the handles from the shower fitting. Sometimes these are additionally secured to the handles with a small screw under a cover.
Then the cartridges can be unscrewed with a wrench. The seals are located in the lower part of the cartridges. These can in turn be checked for damage or calcification and can be repaired or replaced if necessary.
7. Remove the cartridge from the single-lever mixer
A single-lever mixer has only one cartridge, which can be removed differently than with a two-handle mixer. The cartridge is located directly under the lever, which can be disassembled. Then the cartridge is exposed and can be pulled upwards. Then follow the usual controls and cleanings.
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