Shower Head Dripping When Off
To fix a leaking shower head caused by clogging start by turning off the water supply to your shower head.
Shower head dripping when off. Remove the handle as shown in photos 1 and 2. Loosen and remove the handle screw. A faulty head gasket or ineffective connection between the showerhead and the flexible hose. The shower cartridge sits inside of the shower handle and controls the water volume temperature and may balance pressure.
Pull off the handle and set it aside. Your problem in fact is that your shower cartridge inside of your shower valve has gone bad. It s usually because of the wearing out of this part with age that can result in a shower head leaking and starting to drip. All of the washers associated with the shower stem should be removed and replaced at this point to optimise performance and save you backtracking if you happen to change the wrong one.
Turn off the water at the fixture shutoff valves or at your home s main valve. If the head is fixed on securely and hasn t been taken off for a while unscrew it using pliers or a crescent wrench. Fortunately the location of the leak usually points to the cause and repairs only take a few minutes. Check out the threads on the shower head for a tiny plastic washer or rubber o ring.
Then stick a toothpick into each hole of the faceplate to remove the loosened debris and scrub the faceplate clean with a stiff plastic brush. Next remove the shower head faceplate or the entire shower head from the rest of the shower fixture. If the handle sticks try heating it with a hair dryer set on hot. Repairing a leaking shower head that drips when turned off is more complicated but depending on the cause may also be solved without a plumber.
Two primary conditions cause a hand held shower to leak. Try soaking the shower head in vinegar. Once the shower is turned off and the shower diverter lever is pushed down excess water in the vertical shower standpipe inside the wall falls backward so most of the water drains into the tub through the tub spout. If you still can t get it off use a special handle puller an inexpensive tool available from plumbing parts distributors or home centers.
Fill a large container with white vinegar and immerse the faceplate or shower head in it for 8 hours. Locate and remove the washers and fit the new items. Make sure you check the valve stem seat at this point as if this is damaged the shower will continue to leak.