If your bathtub faucet is leaking, repairing it can help you save a lot of water. On this page you’ll learn the steps to follow so you can fix that leaky faucet without calling on a professional plumber.
Repairing a Leaky Bathtub Faucet
This isn’t an overwhelming task at all, so you don’t need to be afraid of taking it on by yourself.
- The first thing you need to do, before you even get started, is to shut off the main supply of water so you won’t make a mess and waste more water. You will see round handles attached to your water hoses. Turn these clockwise to disconnect the water supply. Now that you’ve shut off the water, it’s time to get started on the faucet repair. Take apart the countertop or cabinet where your faucet is located. Next, take off the faucet handle. Use a screwdriver to loosen and remove the screw holding the handle in place.
- Once the handle is out of the way, unscrew the valve stem from the main faucet. Use a wrench to remove the hexagonal nut, turning it counterclockwise to loosen it.
- Now you should inspect the valve for cracks or other signs of deterioration. A damaged valve stem will need to be replaced with a new one, which you can easily find at your local hardware store.
- Check the faucet’s rubber washer while you’re at it, and replace it if it is damaged or worn. Use a screwdriver the secure the new washer to the faucet and add 2 or 3 drops of silicon grease to keep the rubber washer working properly.
- Now take a thin pipe thread and twist it around the stem thread’s perimeter. Use your finger and firmly push on these to get them into the faucet. Use your wrench to tighten your nut and bolt. Replace the faucet handle, refitting the cap, and turn your water supply back on. Your repair job is finished!
If the same problem happens again, you will be able to fix it yourself without the aid of a plumber. This basic method also works for dripping faucets elsewhere in your house. So just get out your toolbox and free yourself from the annoyance of leaky faucets.