There are many types of shower heads out there, since starting PureShowers.co.uk in 2007 we have helped thousands of customers fit shower filters onto their showers. So believe us when we say we have seen it all and we have fitted shower filters on to every single type of shower head you can think of! In this article we're going to give you simple step by step instructions on how to turn your existing rainfall shower head into a rainfall shower filter. So you can continue to benefit from a large and luxurious shower head, but also have the added knowledge that the water you're luxuriating under is filtered and free from chemicals, scale and other harmful chemicals.
Rainfall shower heads are one of the least popular shower heads, yet in our opinion, they give one of the most luxurious and wonderful shower experiences. They probably are not as popular as the standard hand held shower head because of a few factors; 1) They are a lot more expensive than a standard shower head, 2) It's hard to convert a standard shower that has a hose into a rainfall shower head, but it's easy to convert a rainfall shower head into a handheld hose type shower configuration, 3) Generally they need to be installed at the point of when a shower is being built or remodelled, so generally you will see rainfall shower heads only in new builds or where a home owner has decided to remodel an old tired shower.
What Exactly is a Rainfall Shower Head?
All rainfall shower heads have a couple of things in common:
1) They generally are round or square and have quite a large circumference. The larger the circumference the more shower nozzles are embedded in the face of the shower head. Which means the more 'rain drops' we are enveloped in when showering.
2) They always are fitted onto a shower pipe that is either coming direction from the ceiling or from the wall, like in the pictures below:
Rainfall Shower Head Ceiling Mounted
Rainfall Shower Head Wall Mounted
How To Install a Shower Filter onto a Rainfall Shower Head
Step 1: Measure and then measure again!
This is probably the most important step! So please read this part twice! As we can see from the images above rainfall shower heads are always attached to a shower pipe. Usually they are placed above our heads with enough room for us to comfortably stand underneath them and we won't knock our heads. Now, consider this, if you are a very tall person and when you stand under your rainfall shower head right now if you are nearly touching the shower head then installing a shower filter onto that rainfall shower head is going to be a problem.
You see, when you install a shower filter onto the shower head, you will be installing an In-Line Shower Filter, which means that the rainfall shower head itself will be lowered by the height of the shower filter body itself.
When customers ask us what type of shower filter they should get for their rainfall shower head, we generally point to the 8 Stage Luxury Shower Filter that's because it looks great - but also because of all or our shower filters this has the shortest height. Take a look at the dimensions here:
If you look at the height of this in-line shower filter for a rainfall shower head you can see that it is 4.5cm + 5cm. So you will need stand in the shower as it is right now and make sure that there is at least 10 cms between the top of your head right now and the rainfall shower head before you can even think about installing a shower filter onto your rainfall shower head!
Step 2: Remove the existing shower head entirely from the shower pipe. Showing just the threads.
What are the threads I hear you ask? Well, that's the fancy name for the grooves that are on the pipe which allows two 'threaded' pipes to come together to create a connection.
Be doubly sure actually remove the entire shower head components from the shower pipe.
Sometimes customers will e-mail us and tell us that they have removed the entire fixed shower head from the pipe, but in fact they have forgotten to remove the angle joint and the shower pipe will look like this :
When the fixed shower head is completely removed from the pipe, the pipe will show just the threads and it will look like this :
Step 3: Wrap some Teflon tape / plumbers tape around the threads.
What's Teflon Tape (otherwise known as Plumbers Tape), I hear you asking? Well - it's that white plasticity rubbery type of tape that everyone has probably seen in your dads or your granddad's shed (you probably didn't even know what it was when you saw it!). It looks like a normal roll of tape, but isn't sticky at all and is used to stop leaks and create super water tight joins when joining two pipes together.
Here's a picture:
With any new type of shower head or plumbing joint, it is always a good idea to wrap Teflon tape around the threads so that when the shower head is screwed onto the pipe. The tape actually gets into the grooves of the threads between the shower pipe and the shower head, then it makes a really tight water proof seal that is impossible for pesky drips and leaks to occur.
Here's a video from You Tube about how to wrap that sucker on your threads :
Step 4: Attach The Shower Filter to the Pipe
Now that you have removed the old rainfall shower head and wrapped some Teflon tape around the threads. You now need to install the actual shower shower itself. It is installed 'in-line' with the old rainfall shower head - that's why it's called an in-line shower filter. All you need to do is align the 'female' / top of the shower filter with the threads of the pipe and then you can start to twist the top pipe of the shower filter onto the pipe. The actual inlet pipe of the shower filter will twist independently of the whole shower filter body, so you don't need to keep spinning the whole thing.
Once it is securely attached to the shower pipe you should go onto the next step.
Step 5: Attach your existing Rainfall Shower Head onto the Shower Filter
Now you're nearly done.
This step is really easy because it is just the reverse step of when you took of the shower head from the pipe in the first place.
All you need to do is screw the rainfall shower head onto the 'male' / bottom end of the shower filter.
Just like you did in step 4 align the two threads (in this case female and male) and then turn the whole shower head in an anti-clockwise direction and screw the shower head up into the shower filter.
(If you want, you can also put some Teflon tape onto the male threads of the shower filter to make sure there aren't any leaks).
Once it has been turned quite a few rotations and the shower head is completely secure and attached to the shower filter you should run some water through the shower filter for a few minutes to flush out the shower filter cartridges and settle the filter medium inside.
There you have it! You've successfully turned your old rainfall shower head into a rainfall shower filter. Now you will be showering in a cascade of luxurious filtered shower water that feels like you're taking a shower under the cleanest clearest water that probably actually is cleaner than real rain water!