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A leaking bathtub faucet can be an irritating experience to handle. It will waste almost all your money paying water bills. Also, that constant leak can cause a great mess to your washroom. In minor cases, you can fix your leaking Faucet on your own. However, others can be too damaged such that you'll require a qualified plumber to repair them or replace them with a new one.
Learning how to repair a leaking bathtub faucet is an essential skill that you should have. Typically, leaking faucets are caused by worn-out washers that require replacement. This approach is quite straightforward; however, at other times, you may require to call a plumbing repair service provider for enhanced results.
Here is the step-by-step procedure for fixing your leaking faucet:
Before getting started, be sure that the water is turned off to the tub faucet. Also, ensure that your bathtub has a stopper in place and is filled about halfway with water. You'll need to put a towel on the floor if some water escapes from the housing once you're loosening it.
Remove the faucet cap by unscrewing it from the stem. Note that most bathtub faucets have plastic stems. This makes them easy to remove and replace.
You might find some dirt in your Faucet or pipes. Remove this debris using a towel or rag.
Using a pipe wrench, loosen each of the two pipe fittings on either side of the stem assembly. The size of your pipe wrench will depend on your Faucet's size and design. You can also use pliers to loosen these fittings if you do not have access to a pipe wrench. However, this is not recommended as it may cause damage to your plumbing system or make it difficult for you to put everything back together again once you have fixed the leaky bathtub faucet.
Replace all washers and seals with new ones purchased at home improvement stores. Do not use plumber's putty or silicone caulk as these are not meant for use on plumbing fixtures and may cause leaks again in time if they get wet repeatedly over time (the same way using duct tape on car tires causes them to wear down quickly). If you do not have replacement parts available locally, you know where to get them from a hardware store. Also, you can call your next plumber for replacement if it appears complicated.
Now that you have all the parts in front of you, it's time to assemble them. The first thing you need to do is put the faucet stem back on the tap. The stem will screw into the base of the tap, and make sure it is tight by turning it clockwise. Make sure that there are no leaks before moving on. Next, put the handle back on by screwing it clockwise until it is secure. Make sure that there are no leaks before moving on. Now take your new O-ring, place it over your replacement cartridge, and make sure everything fits properly before screwing everything together.
If everything fits properly, turn your water back on and test out your faucet again!
You don't have to struggle to fix your leaky Faucet. Mr. Rooter Plumbing is always ready to help you with all plumbing repair services, including your leaky bathtub faucet. We start by performing an intensive inspection of your bathtub and leave it functioning as a new one. Contact us or request an online estimate and get your leaky bathtub faucet fixed.