A leaking shower faucet is one major problem facing a number of homesteads. A shower faucet leak generally occurs when a washer or a rubber seal wear out over a period of time. This allows water to permeate between the movable parts. A leaking shower faucet can cost you a lot of money when it comes to your monthly water bills.
However, you should again not spend extra money looking for professional plumbers to help you fix the problem. What you only need to do is following the simple steps involved to get it done by yourself. On that note, in the following discussion, we are going to look at how to fix a leaky shower faucet. And at the end, you will get a nice video tutorial on how to fix a leaky shower faucet.
Advice for fixing leaky shower faucet
If you turn off your shower faucet and still water keeps trickling from the shower head, the most probable thing you will do is to turn over the handle as hard as possible to ensure it is closed. Woefully, this may only make the situation even worse. Always ensure that your handle if cranked all the way off but don’t overtighten it, this lead to the spoiling of the valve.
Additionally, when fixing your shower faucet make sure you place some rags in the shower floor or tub over the drain and below the faucet to protect the surfaces and importantly prevent small and important parts from being drained off. Importantly, ensure you turn off the water supply before opening the shower valve. In most of the homesteads, the shutoff valve is normally located in the basement or near the shower in the bathroom. If at all you can’t find the shower shut off valve, then alternatively turn off the water supply in the whole house.
Step by step fixing a leaky shower faucet
Fixing a leaky shower faucet generally involves deconstructing the units and supersede the defective seals and washers. The steps involved are as follows.
- Ensure your water valves are turned off if not already off
The water valves are usually located in the bathroom in the basement or near the shower. If at all you cannot locate our bathroom water valve, turn off the main water valve for the entire house which is usually located outside in front of your building. This is to ensure that there is no flow of water while repairing your shower faucet. You can also take a precaution by covering the drain with rags so that you cannot accidentally drop some small parts down in it. Try to turn your shower on and off to confirm whether the water still comes out.
- Remove the shower faucet
Before carrying out this step, ensure you have all the necessary tools to help you remove the faucet easily and safely without spoiling other parts. You can use a pliers or wrench. Start by opening the bathroom sink faucet so that any water from the nearby pipes can all be drained out. You can now safely remove the faucet. Be careful not to damage the material or scratch the finish.
- Replace the faucet washers
These are usually located inside the faucet. Remove the ring from the faucet so that you can replace them. The faucet washers, seals, O-rings and flat washers at the stem end can be purchased at a home improvement store or hardware. Ensure all the rubber gaskets that you have replaced fit properly and crucially they do not move while in the faucet.
- Reattach the shower faucet
This basically involves reversing the entire procedure involved in fixing a leaky shower faucet. Before reattaching it back, ensure you lubricate the threads using the recommended plumber’s grease. You can then use pliers or wrench to tighten it in the valve body to its original position.
- Make sure the shower faucet is no longer leaking
It starts by temporarily putting the handles back and then turning on the water supply in your home and test the valve if it’s still leaking. If it’s working properly, finish reconstructing and then finally using a tub caulk seal the trim to the wall. If it’s still leaking, you can contact a professional plumber to help you sort the issue out.
Now watch the video tutorial on how to fix a leaky shower faucet.