What You'll Need

Here are the tools for fixing a shower head leak at the arm connection:

  • Adjustable wrenches or strap wrenches
  • Plumbers' joint compound or tape

Shower heads are subject to several problems. Leaks can occur where the head connects to the shower arm or between the shower head body and the swivel ball.

If the shower head arm connection leaks:

Step 1: Unscrew shower arm from pipe with strap wrenches. If you use different wrench, tape pipe to avoid scratching it.

Step 2: Clean arm threads and coat them with plumbers' joint compound or wrap plumbers' joint tape around them.

Step 3: Screw head back on and hand-tighten it. Remove any excess compound or tape.

If your issue lies with a leak at the swivel part of your shower head, check out the next section.

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