How to Replace a Shower Flow Control Valve

What You'll Need
New shower flow control valve
Pipe wrench or a pair of pliers
Working gloves, overalls
Metal file
Adhesive or glue

There are many benefits to having a shower flow control valve in the bathroom. Make a point to regularly inspect pipes, shower heads, control valves, faucets and other bathroom components. It makes the shower works efficiently which is an important cost effective measure in the home.

Replace flow control valves in the bathroom if the water pressure coming from the shower head is too low. If the water is dirty or discolored, get different equipment as well. It is important to check for problems with the pipes or showerhead. They can equally bring about similar problems. If the source of poor flow of water is traced to the flow control, then it is easy to replace it.

Step 1: Buy New Flow Control Valve

To get the perfect shower flow control valve to fix in the bathroom, take the old one to the store to a hardware or home appliance store. Show the store assistant the old model so as to get an exact match.

There are different types of flow controls valves that can be installed in bathrooms. It is wise to buy the most efficient as it helps in conserving water usage at home. There are models that allow small, but high pressure quantities of water to pass through. They have the same effect only that they are more efficient in conserving water.

Step 2: Remove Old Control Valve

Start by turning of water supply from the main point. This disconnects water passage to the bathroom, turn off the faucets as well. Use the pipe wrench or pliers to loosen the grip between the old control valve, pipes and shower heads. Be careful not to damage any of these parts as they can be used again. Apply gentle but firm pressure until all pieces are loose.

Drain water from open pipes.

Step 3: Fix New Flow Control Valve

Clean the joints at which the pipe and the connect to the control valve. Use a rough surface such as metal file to remove debris or adhesive on the joints from previous connection. Take care not to interfere with metal treads on the connection points. Simply brush off unwanted particles and wipe the surface.

Step 4: Connect the Pieces

Start by placing the flow control valve on the point of connection found on the pipe. Make clockwise movements using hands to safely secure the two joints, secure them in place by using a pipe wrench or pliers. Use force to fasten them together. On the open end of the flow control valve, place the shower head in place. Make gentle and clockwise turns to fix it in the control valve. Pliers or pipe wrench can be used to fasten the joints.

Use adhesive to seal off the joints. This prevents water from leaking from such points.