Stop a Drip in the Shower
Drip, drip, drip—it’s annoying and it wastes water. First, shut off the water at the main line. Unscrew the showerhead by hand or with a crescent wrench; keep a towel handy for excess water. Remove the washer or O-ring. Replace if damaged. After removing rubber parts, clean the showerhead to remove mold and mineral deposits: In a pot, mix 3 cups white vinegar in 4–5 cups water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and gently drop in the showerhead. Soak for 30 minutes, then remove and scrub with an old toothbrush; rinse. Wrap pipe-stem threads with a thin strip of Teflon pipe-thread tape. Reattach the showerhead by hand, using pliers on the last turn; do not over-tighten. Turn on water at the main. Check for drips.