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How to replace a shower hose

A step-by-step guide to replacing a shower hose

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Monday 9th August 2021

If your shower hose is looking a little worse for wear or it’s started to leak, resulting in a less powerful showering experience, then it could be time for an upgrade. Replacing your shower hose will improve both your shower’s look and functionality, without the need for a complete bathroom makeover. Luckily, it’s easy to change a shower hose, and it won’t take you long at all. Read on to find out how to disconnect your old hose, and how to fit a new one. Sometimes the method can vary depending on the model of your shower. If in doubt, visit Mira’s resources page or check your installation guide.

Choosing the right hose 

Shower hoses might all look the same to the untrained eye, but the cones on the ends can differ, which affects how the hose fits on to your riser or bracket. The wrong size will be difficult to fit, and a poor fit could cause your shower head to slip during showering. Getting the right size is a must and Mira shower hoses are designed to perfectly fit our showers. Get a shower hose from the original manufacturer if possible, or measure the inner diameter of your current shower hose to get a new hose that matches.

Preparation 

First of all, make sure your shower is turned off and the shower area is completely dry. Not only will this help to prevent any slipping, it will also help you to get a better grip on the parts you’re working with.  

It’s a good idea to lay down a towel or an old rag to absorb any water that might drip out while you’re working. Make sure this covers the plug hole to avoid the risk of losing any small parts down the drain, and to prevent any dirt or debris from falling in either.  

You will need 

  • A replacement shower hose 
  • A towel or rag (to lay down) 
  • Pliers (optional) 
  • An extra rag (optional) 
  • Two new washers (optional) 

Disconnect the old shower hose 

Start by disconnecting the hose from the showerhead: 

  • Remove the shower head from the holder.  
  • While grasping the hose to ensure it remains stationary, unscrew the showerhead in an anti-clockwise motion. A small amount of water might drip out at this point. 
  • If the connection is tight, you may need to use a pair of pliers, with a rag wrapped around the joints to prevent damage. 
  • Please be careful not to lose the hose washer. If it’s in good condition, you can reuse it. 

Then disconnect the hose from the shower/water outlet: 

  • Grasp the hose near to the point where it connects to the shower/water outlet. 
  • Place one hand on the shower/water outlet itself to prevent it being moved if the hose is difficult to turn. 
  • Unscrew the hose in an anti-clockwise motion, once again being aware that there may be residual water in the hose. 
  • Please be careful not to lose the washer. 

You’re now ready to fit the new shower hose. 

Fit the new shower hose 

The process of fitting a new shower hose is basically the same as disconnecting the hose, but in reverse: 

  • Put the washer into the end of the shower hose. 
  • Grasp the hose near to the point where it connects to the water outlet, and screw the hose back into place using a clockwise motion. This only needs to be hand tight, no tools should be required. 
  • Put the other washer into the other end of the hose. 
  • Grasp the hose to keep it stationary, and screw the shower head on in a clockwise motion.  
  • Turn the water on and let it run for a few minutes to test the shower. If there are any leaks, tighten the fittings slightly, but avoid over-tightening as this could break the washer. 

And there you have it, a new and replaced shower hose. 

How to care for your new shower hose 

Once you’ve installed a new shower hose, you’ll want to keep it clean and well-maintained to prolong its lifespan. Like shower heads, shower hoses can suffer from a build-up of limescale. Keep limescale at bay by using the same method that you use to descale your shower head. Keep your shower head pristine by wiping it regularly with a warm soapy cloth, and periodically, when you notice that limescale is starting to build up, submerge your shower hose in white vinegar. Leave it to soak for 30 minutes, then use an old toothbrush to remove loose limescale and grime. 

Mira shower hoses 

At Mira, we offer a range of durable and strong shower hoses in a choice of lengths. All Mira shower hoses have universal fit, so they not only fit the majority of Mira showers, but most other showers too. Plus, our high-flow design means that by simply replacing your hose you'll have a greater showering performance. 

  • Mira Logic 

The Mira Logic shower hose is a strong, double interlocked metal hose with stainless steel-clad sleeve. It’s available in two lengths: 1.25m and 1.75m.  

  • Mira Response 

The Mira Response is a chrome-effect plastic shower hose available in 1.25m and 1.75m lengths.  

  • Mira Response Smooth 

With a smooth surface, the 1.25m Mira Response Smooth makes cleaning even more straightforward.  

Explore our full range of shower hoses to enhance your showering experience.  

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