Fixing that leaky bathtub faucet

05-12-2021

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If you’re concerned about that leak in your bathtub faucet, you can be sure fixing it is pretty easy. It only takes a couple of hours and you will save money if you do it yourself. The most important thing is to repair it quickly because the longer you take to do it, the more money you will lose by wasting water.

The first thing to do is check the faucet to find out what type of faucet it is. Most faucets have a small knob at the top that pulls out into the shower position. This type of tap is called a compression valve tap. Here we will show you how to repair this type of faucet with a water leak.


TOOLS YOU WILL NEED

Replacement Bathtub Faucet Stem
Replacement handle for bathtub faucet
Washers, Screws, and Bolts
Adjustable spanner and socket wrench
Multi-bit screwdriver
Cleaning cloth or sponge

The first step is to turn off the water in the bathroom or not turn it off completely from the main water supply, usually located in your basement.

Make sure to turn on the bathtub faucet and let all the water run out before you begin.
Remove the faucet handle and decorative bracket. Loosen the screws on the center tap cover, and after loosening, remove the screws. Take the faucet out of the wall.

Replace the faucet handle and then test your new bathtub faucet. Is the leak gone? If the answer is yes, this is it! Otherwise, if the leak persists, you will have to move next to the faucet stem.


HOW TO FIX THE TAP STEM:

The rubber washer on top of the faucet stem? It’s called a seat washer and it’s designed to stop any flow of water. Over time, it can wear out. If it appears solidified or worn, you must replace the washer or replace the entire stem. Tip: You can remove the stem from the faucet and take it to your local hardware store when you buy the replacement to make sure you are buying the correct one.

You will need to make sure to remove any old corrosion, dried caulk, or rust before fitting the new faucet stem. The faucet stem is what goes up or down when you turn the handle. If it is corroded or rusted, this could be preventing it from closing completely. Replacing the stem, or the main seat washer on top should solve the leakage problem.

Use an adjustable wrench to loosen the bolts and then remove the stem from the faucet. The bolts can be in the faucet stem or the wall. Install your new faucet stem, using new bolts.

The faucet leak should disappear with this simple adjustment. Add new caulk around the newly installed faucet stem and around the decorative cap that holds the faucet handle. Let the putty dry in 3 to 24 hours.

If you need some help just contact us. We are Tubs and Tops Houston.


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