Low-volume showerheads

By timing your shower to less than five minutes and installing low-flow showerheads, you can save water. The older the showerhead, the more water it uses. New showerheads deliver 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Older fixtures can deliver as high as eight gallons per minute. Pressures have been adjusted to the low-flow fixtures to deliver as good a shower as the higher flow showerheads.

Check your showerhead. If it is leaking or the flow rate is more than three gallons per minute, you should replace it with a low-flow version (2.5 gallons per minute maximum). To fix a leaky showerhead or to install a new showerhead, you need an adjustable wrench or pliers and joint sealer or tape.

Now follow these steps:

  1. Use the adjustable wrench to remove the old showerhead.
  2. Clean the threads to remove the old joint sealer.
  3. Apply joint sealer or tape, using package instructions.
  4. Use the adjustable wrench to install the showerhead. Use a cloth between the showerhead and the jaws of the wrench to avoid scratching your fixture.
  5. Turn the water supply on and test the showerhead.