How To Fix A Hole Around The Shower Head

How To Fix A Hole Around The Shower Head

Gaps around the showerhead are pretty common but a nuisance nonetheless. They’re especially common when you replace the old showerhead with a new one but don’t redo the tile to match the new trim kit. Or, maybe the hole in the drywall was simply cut too big when the shower stall was put in. 

While it might not be a big deal for some folks, a wobbly showerhead can be a bother for others. There are a couple of ways you can go about fixing the hole allowing your showerhead to wobble, some easier than others. We’re here to review these methods, so keep reading to learn more!

How Do You Fix A Gap Between The Shower Head And Wall?

Fixing the gap between the showerhead and the wall is surprisingly simple in most cases. While you could replace the tiling around the showerhead (if applicable), that can be quite the project. So, here are a few alternative solutions to tinkering with the tiling. 

Use Grout Or Caulk

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Caulk and grout are staples in kitchen and bathroom fixture installations. They create a watertight seal between sinks and countertops, faucets and sink decks, etc. So, why not use it to correct the issue between the shower head and the wall?

In some cases, using grout can make things look worse, but it works wonders in other cases. For example, if you have black grout and white tile, the grout creates an eye-catching contrast, which can make things worse when you apply the grout to correct the problem. 

If you decide to use grout, make sure you choose a color that matches the rest of your shower. Otherwise, it’ll stick out like a sore thumb. Or, if you decide to use caulk, you might be able to find one that matches your grout. Many grout companies also sell coordinating caulk colors, so if you know the brand and color of the grout, you can probably find a matching color. 

If your shower setup is all-white (the tiling and grout), you could use a white waterproof silicone caulk. Choose a kitchen and bath sealant, as these products are designed specifically for this type of application, so they’ll last longer (and look better).

Now – if the gap around the showerhead is relatively large, caulk or grout might be tricky to apply. This method works best when the hole is fairly minor, maybe half an inch or less. Simply apply the caulk or grout around the showerhead, covering the gap. 

Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding application and dry time. 

Use Expansion Foam

Expansion foam is another option for securing a loose shower head. This is an excellent option if you need to secure the shower head but plan to cover the foam with an escutcheon. 

Before applying expansion foam to the gap, cover the hole’s edges with masking tape. This prevents excess expansion foam from sticking to the area around the shower arm. 

Squeeze the foam into the gap, then allow it to form a puffy ring around the shower arm. Allow it to cure completely, then trim away the excess. Only trim as much as you need to fit the trim plate back on. 

Buy A New Flange Or Escutcheon

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Sometimes, caulk, grout, and foam simply won’t cut it. The gap might be too big, making the application process too tricky. So, scratch that method and consider buying a new flange or escutcheon. This is also a great option if the grout and tile are contrasting colors. 

Most shower manufacturers offer varying flanges and escutcheons for scenarios such as these. You should be able to find a style and finish that matches the rest of the trim kit. Alternatively, you could choose a different style altogether with the same finish for a coordinated look. 

Before buying the replacement, verify that the new flange is interchangeable with the old one or compatible with the shower arm. Larger covers for gaps around the shower arm range in sizing, with 2 ½ inch, 3-inch, and 3 ½ inch options. 

Once you receive the new flange or escutcheon, remove the old one from the shower arm. Slide the replacement snugly into its spot, then reassemble the shower. 

You can always do a custom cover if you can’t find a flange that works with your shower setup. Some companies offer this type of thing, where you choose the size you need based on the gap and diameter of the shower arm. 

If you go this route, you might have to spray paint the disc to match your shower setup. 

Redo The Tiling

Plumber Fixing Shower Head

You could redo the tiling if you want to fix the issue once and for all (until you buy a new showerhead). This might be the better option if there’s a substantial gap around the shower arm and caulk, grout, foam, or a new flange/escutcheon won’t work. 

The particular process this project entails depends on the type of tile you have in your shower, so some projects might be trickier than others. 

Since you’re fitting the tiling around a round shower arm, it might require some fancy trimming to fit the tiles, but it’s doable. If you have leftover tiling and grout from the shower lying around, this project will be much simpler since you don’t have to find an exact match for each. 

Trimming tiles can be tricky, so make sure you follow the correct safety precautions surrounding power tools and tiles. You might be able to get the tiles cut at a local home improvement store, but if they don’t offer the service, they may offer tile cutter rentals.