Install a Showerhead: DIY


We discovered that our basement shower was wasting a lot of water. Our old shower head ran about 12.5 gallons a minute and could empty out our hot water heater in the time it takes to suds up and rinse down!

So, in order to make our home more eco-friendly, budget friendly and more friendly to the second person who takes a shower in the morning, we installed the Waterpik EcoFlow. It retails for about $49.99 (and we found a coupon for $5 off!). It has a flow rate of 1.5 gallons of water a minute and promises to save us $90 annually on our water bill.

Installing the shower head was easy. But first. Determine if you need to change your shower head by calculating the flow rate of your shower. First, get a 5 gallon bucket and set it under your shower head. Then set your timer for 30 seconds and turn on the shower. When the timer is up, turn off the water and see how much water is in the bucket. Multiply that by 2, to roughly estimate your shower heads flow rate. Most new shower heads have a flow rate of 2.5 gallons/minute, which is pretty good. But older shower heads can have a flow rate that is through the roof. Replace those immediately.

Here is what you need:

  • Adjustable wrench
  • New shower head
  • old showerhead
    Here is how your do it:
    Step one
    1. Check the underside of your shower head for small screws. Remove them. Then, use the wrench to remove your old shower head. Some shower heads actually unscrew by hand.
    Step two
    2. Once the old shower head is off it is time to put on the new one.
    Step three
    3. Most showerheads just screw right back on, but make sure you read the manufacturers instructions before installing.

    Our new showerhead is great. It works well and we don’t even notice that it uses less water. But we do notice we are saving money on our water bill.

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