By Kerry Hale

How To Replace a Shower Hose

  • Friday 23 June 2023
  • 5 minute read

If your shower hose looks worse for wear or has started to leak, it could be time for an upgrade.

Replacing your shower hose can improve your shower’s look and performance without a complete bathroom makeover.

Changing a shower hose is easy with our helpful step-by-step guide. Read on to find out how to find the right shower hose, disconnect your old hose and fit a new one.

Choosing the right shower hose

Shower hoses might look the same to the untrained eye, but the cones on the ends can differ, affecting how the hose fits onto your riser or bracket. If you buy the wrong size, it will be tricky to install and could cause your showerhead to slip during showering.

However, all Mira shower hoses have a universal fit, making them compatible with all our showers and most other brands. Plus, their high-flow design means replacing your hose improves showering performance.

At Mira, we offer a range of durable shower hoses in various lengths and materials, including the Mira Logic metal hose and the Mira Response plastic hose. Explore our full range of shower hoses to update your bathroom fittings today.

Step-by-step guide to changing a shower hose

Follow our step-by-step guide to learn how to change a shower hose and what you’ll need for a successful DIY installation.

What you’ll need

  • A replacement shower hose
  • A towel
  • A rag (optional)
  • Pliers (optional)
  • Two new washers (optional)

1. Prepare the area

Ensure your shower is turned off and the area is dry to prevent slipping and help you get a better grip on the parts you’re working with. We recommend laying down a towel to absorb water that might drip out while you work. Make sure this covers the plughole to prevent losing any small parts down the drain.

2. Disconnect the old shower hose

Remove the showerhead from the holder and unscrew it anti-clockwise. If the connection is tight, you may need to use a pair of pliers with a rag wrapped around the hose joints to prevent damage. Take care not to lose the hose washer. If it’s in good condition, you can reuse it. Then, disconnect the hose from the water outlet, unscrewing it anti-clockwise, ensuring you keep the washer safe. Some residual water may pour out of the hose at this stage.

3. Fit the new shower hose

Put the washer into the end of the new shower hose that connects to the water outlet, then screw it on clockwise. It only needs to be hand-tight, so no tools should be required. Do the same at the other end of the hose to connect it to the showerhead.

4. Test your new hose and check for leaks

Turn the water on and let it run for a few minutes to test the shower. If there are leaks, tighten the fittings slightly using pliers. Avoid over-tightening, as this could break the washer or damage the thread.

How to clean a shower hose

When you’ve installed a new shower hose, keep it clean to prolong its lifespan. Like showerheads, shower hoses can suffer from a build-up of limescale.

Keep limescale at bay using the same method used to descale your shower head. If the water flow decreases, this could mean limescale is starting to build up in your shower hose, so disconnect the hose and submerge it in white vinegar. Leave it to soak for 30 minutes, then use an old toothbrush to remove loose limescale and grime.

Questions about shower hoses

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about shower hoses here, including whether they are universal fittings and if they can be shortened.

Are shower hoses universal?

Mira shower hoses are universal and compatible with all our showers and many other brands. They come in various lengths, making finding the right option for your bathroom easy. We recommend measuring the inner diameter of your current shower hose to ensure the new hose matches these dimensions.

Can you shorten a shower hose?

You can shorten a shower hose using clips, although this may affect performance. We recommend choosing a shorter shower hose instead. At Mira, we stock two lengths: 1.25m and 1.75m.

Need more advice on choosing the right bathroom fittings? Explore our shower hose buying guide for expert tips and more information about the products available at Mira.

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