Low-flow shower head

DIY: Converting to a Low-Flow Shower Head

This article is going to cover an exceptionally easy DIY project.  I’m going to do some swapping of shower heads.  I’ll be changing out one standard-flow shower head for a low-flow shower head.

Changing out a shower head is probably one of the easiest DIY projects one can do in their house.  It’s inexpensive, easy, and the changes can be drastic.

Low-Flow Shower Head

What’s provoking me to change shower heads, again?  I’ve already made one swap and you can read about it.  My kids are old enough now that they take showers…long showers. We try to help them keep an eye on the time but sometimes lose track of how long they’ve been in the shower.  Plus, we try to teach them about ecology and being wise with the resources we’ve been given.

Almost three and a half years ago, I posted this video:

At the time, I converted the shower in the master bathroom to a low-flow Delta faucet. Now, my plans are to take that shower head and move it to my kids’ shower (at 1.5GPM) and install a slightly nicer shower head for us in the master bathroom (at 2.0GPM).   I have purchased and will install the Delta 75554 shower head featured at Amazon below.

This low-flow shower head still qualifies as one of the Water Sense shower heads at 2.0 GPM.

We are getting the larger shower head for two primary reasons:  my wife needs a little more water to rinse out the shampoo and, sometimes, a good shower just hits the spot.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Your eco-friendly shower head.  I gave slightly more than the price above from Amazon.
  2. Some teflon tape (an affiliate link to Amazon).  After you remove the old shower head, you’ll want the teflon tape to wrap around the threads of the pipe coming from the wall.  The tape acts as a dry sealant around the threads to keep all the water coming out of your shower head.
  3. A pair of pliers.  Although these should only be on with hand tension, many people really tighten the shower head.  By doing this you run the risk of damaging the plumbing in your walls.

Rather than type out the process for installing the shower head, let me include an updated video for the installation and swapping of the two shower heads.

Conclusion

If everyone in the house takes a 10 minute shower, each day, we reduce the water usage  by 0.5 GPM for half of the showers–a ten gallon savings of water.  But our children often take longer showers than we do.  So, by saving at least 10 gallons per day, we save 3650 gallons (approximately) each year.  We’ve saved a lot of water (in gallons) by making this change.

Leave any comments or questions below!  I’d love to help however I can.

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