How much does it cost to fix a leaking shower?

We understand that dealing with a leaking shower can be a frustrating and costly experience. That's why we are here to provide you with all the information you need to know about fixing a leaking shower, so you can make informed decisions and avoid unnecessary expenses. In this article, we will provide comprehensive information on how much it costs to fix a leaking shower and how to do it yourself to save money.

The cost of fixing a leaking shower can vary depending on the type and severity of the leak. According to our experience as a qualified plumber, the cost to fix a leaking shower tap ranges from $60 to $140, while installing a new showerhead costs between $80 and $250. It's important to note that the cost of installing a new showerhead will depend on the type of showerhead your bathroom has and the quality of the finish you desire.

How can you fix a leaking shower yourself?

If you have a leaking shower, there are some DIY fixes you can try before calling a plumber. However, it's important to note that attempting DIY repairs can sometimes make the problem worse, resulting in more expensive repairs. In 90% of cases, it is best to call AWP plumbing before attempting anything, as you'll likely land yourself in more hot water (excuse the pun) paying to fix your mistakes.

Here are some of the simple DIY fixes you can try:

Replace the washer

A worn-out washer is one of the most common causes of a leaking shower tap. To replace the washer, turn off the water supply to the shower, remove the tap handle, and replace the washer. This fix can cost as little as a few dollars.

Replace the O-ring

Another common cause of a leaking showerhead is a damaged O-ring. To replace the O-ring, turn off the water supply to the shower, remove the showerhead, and replace the O-ring. This fix can also cost just a few dollars.

Replace the cartridge

If the above fixes do not work, you may need to replace the cartridge. To replace the cartridge, turn off the water supply to the shower, remove the tap handle, and replace the cartridge. This fix can cost between $50 and $100, depending on the type of cartridge your shower uses.

When to call a plumber

While DIY fixes can save you money, there are times when it's best to call a professional plumber. Here are some signs that you need to call a plumber:

Persistent leaking

If the leaking persists after you've attempted DIY fixes, it's time to call a plumber. A professional plumber will be able to diagnose the problem and provide an effective solution.

Low water pressure

If the water pressure in your shower is low, it may indicate a more serious issue that requires urgent attention. Hiring a skilled plumber to diagnose the root cause of the low water pressure is highly recommended to ensure a proper solution is provided.

Strange noises

If you hear weird sounds coming from your shower, like whistling or banging, it's a clear indication that something is not right. Don't ignore these noises, as they could be signs of a serious issue. Instead, it's best to consult AWP Plumbing on 0407 267 592 as we will accurately diagnose the problem and provide an effective solution.


A leaking shower can be a frustrating problem to deal with, but it doesn't have to be. Following the steps outlined in this guide, you can quickly and easily fix a leaking shower. If you have followed these steps and your shower is still leaking, it may be time to call us on 0407 267 592. A professional plumber has the experience and tools required to fix even the most complicated leaks.

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