How to Fix a Leaking Shower Faucet Set

A dripping shower is mostly caused by worn rubber washers, gaskets, or seals and corrosion/clogging of the inner parts in the valve. You may be tempted to crank hard or tighten the handle to stop leaking. Well, it will work temporarily, but unfortunately, it only makes things worse because over-tightening the handle will damage the valve. Nonetheless, you will end up spending more money replacing the shower faucet instead of fixing the worn-out part.

If you have a leaking shower is advisable to fix it immediately because it increases your water and electricity bill especially for those who are using compression faucets. In addition, continuous leaking into the wall can damage the wall structure which also adds to the expense of repairing the faulty bathtub faucet set. To avoid unnecessary expenses in the long run, you can DIY to fix a leaking bathtub faucet set by following the step-by-step guide below.

Leaking Shower Faucet Set

 

Required Materials and Tools

  • Pocketknife• Handle puller/Needle nose pliers
  • Adjustable wrench/A deep well socket wrench
  • Cartridge
  • Plumber seal/grease
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver

How to Fix a Single-Handle Shower Faucet

In case you have a single-handle shower faucet set that has been dripping for a while it is high time or advisable to fix it. You need to replace the old cartridge with an identical new one. While shopping for a new one don’t confuse it with the compression cartridge or take the old cartridge to your local hardware store to find the right model or match.

Step 1: Turn off your water valve

First, before you begin to repair the leaking bathtub faucet, turn off your water valve for an easy time while working and eliminate the hazard. The shut-off valve is mostly in the bathroom or near the shower. Or you may shut it off from the basement or in the room next to your bathroom if it is not near the bathtub.

Step 2: Remove your shower handle

After turning off the water valve, pry off the handle cap using the small pocket knife to expose the internal handle screw. With the 4-in-1 screwdriver, choose the screwdriver that perfectly fits into the screw head and then carefully turn the screw counter-clockwise to loosen it. Pull out it and set it aside. If it has more than one screw, ensure you remove all of them. Or heat the handle with a hairdryer set to high heat to remove the handle in case it does not come off after unscrewing it.

Step 3: Remove the faceplate

The metal behind the handle is the faceplate. Unscrew the screws that secure the faceplate, pull it off and set it aside.

Step 4: Pull the Shower Valve

The shower valve is the part that connects to the shower handle with a metal sleeve that covers the end of the valve. The sleeve is known as the escutcheon. If the escutcheon is screwed, unscrew it. When you are done twist it counterclockwise to stem loose and pull it out carefully.

Step 5: Remove the Locking Clip

Some valves may lack or have a locking clip. Locking clips is a metal rod located on the top of the valve. If yours has a locking clip, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull it out and set it aside.

Step 6: Drive the Deep Well Socket Wrench to slide over the Cartridge inside

A cartridge is a long cylinder with a metal rod sticking out of the top if you do not know how it looks like. Then, use the adjustable wrench and slide it over the cartridge inside the valve. Ensure it grips the cartridge and then turn it counter-clockwise to loosen it slowly until it feels free. Carefully pull the cartridge from inside the valve by hand or needle-nose pliers.

Step 7: Install/Replace a new cartridge into the valve

Take the new cartridge and slide it inside the empty valve. Then, insert the deep well socket over the cartridge and turn it clockwise to secure the cartridge in the valve. When you are done, replace the valve sleeve, faceplate, and shower handle that you previously set them aside back into place. Don’t forget to put back the locking clip when replacing the cartridge if your valve had one.

Step 8: Test your shower.

Turn your water valve back on for water to come out to confirm if it works correctly without the annoying drip drip drip! Before turning off the shower ensure your bathtub shower set does not leak and if it persists call a professional plumber to fix it.

Leaking Shower Faucet Set

How to Fix 2-Handle Faucet/Compression Faucet

When it comes to the 2-handle faucet you need to disassemble and replace the defective washers and seals. This is because leakage occurs when a rubber seal or washer wears out over time, allowing water to seep between movable metal parts. Therefore, you need to replace the worn-out parts with the new ones which include O-rings, washers, and plumbing seals. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Confirm which handle Faucet is causing the Leak.

Feel the water leaking spouting out of the showerhead. If it’s warm, you know that the leak is coming from the hot-water valve. If it is cold, the leak is probably coming from the cold-water valve. If both sides are leaking replace the washer on the second side if the leak doesn’t go away after you replace the first washer.

Step 2: Turn off your water valve

Before you begin to repair the leaking bathtub faucet, turn off your water valve for an easy time while working and eliminate the hazard. The shut-off valve is mostly in the bathroom or near the shower. Or you may shut it off from the basement or in the room next to your bathroom if it is not near the bathtub.

Employ Step 2-7 before replacing the O-rings and Washer from How to Fix a Single-Handle Shower Faucet

Step 8: Remove the old rubber washer and install a new rubber washer.

Unlike in single-hand faucet, in Compression faucet we will replace the worn-out parts instead of replacing the old cartridge with the new one. Therefore, ensure you use a replacement rubber washer of the same size as the old one and properly fits. Or, you can buy a kit that has a variety of washer sizes in it. Then, use needle-nose pliers to pull the old O-ring from around the valve and discard the old washer. Press the new rubber O-ring washer over the valve to replace the old one while ensuring it is lined in the exact place. Don’t forget to coat the new washer in heat-proof faucet grease to improve the seal.

Step 9: Replace your metal stem, faceplate, and shower handle.

Replace the valve sleeve, faceplate, and shower handle that you previously set them aside back into place. Don’t forget to put back the locking clip when replacing the cartridge if your valve had one.

Step 10: Test your shower.

Turn your water valve back on for water to come out to confirm if it works correctly without the annoying drip drip drip! Before turning off the shower ensure your bathtub shower set does not leak and if it persists call a professional plumber to fix it.

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STEPHANIE TAIT IS A MOTHER OF TWO, CURRENTLY LIVING IN SALEM, OREGON. AFTER WALKING AWAY FROM A SUCCESSFUL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS SHE LAUNCHED HER PERSONAL BRAND, FOR WHICH SHE IS NOW A FULL TIME AUTHOR, SPEAKER, AND BLOGGER, SHARING HER UNIQUE STYLE OF WHIMSICAL PHOTOJOURNALISM PAIRED WITH HER HUMOROUS AND HEARTFELT MUSINGS ON LIFE, FAITH, PAIN, AND PARENTHOOD.

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