So instead of spending the whole day irritated, just call your trusted neighborhood plumber or try this DIY guide to put a stop to the leak! In case you are good with DIY plumbing, read on and use this as your reference.
1. Before working on your shower, you’ll have to turn the water supply valve off. If your shower doesn’t have its own valve, turn your main water supply off. Do this to prevent flooding your work area.
2. When you’ve already turned the water supply off, you’ll have to turn the shower on to relieve the remaining water inside the pipes. When there’s no more water flowing out of the shower, you may proceed with the repair.
3. Inspect the faucet assembly. Look for the decorative cap on the faucet handle and use a putty knife to pry it off. You may also use a flathead screwdriver or a similar tool that you have handy. After you remove the cap, use a screwdriver and loosen the screw.
4. Afterward, pull the faucet handle from the wall. If it won’t budge, you can use a handle puller that’s available from any plumbing shop. If your faucet has an escutcheon plate, it must go too.
5. Once the faucet handle has been removed successfully, a packing nut will be uncovered. Get a pair of pliers and remove the valve stem shaped like a hexagon.
6. Once you’re done, you should see a washer at the bottom of the valve stem. Inspect it to find out if it’s defective or worn out. Replace it with a new one if it is.
7. After replacing the washer, check the brass component where it’s supposed to be attached. Make sure that the washer fits properly to it. Turn the faucet on and check if the new washer solved the problem. If the fixture will still leak, the valve seat stem or the brass component is already damaged.
8. Grind the valve seat stem until it is smooth or just replace it. Make sure that you’ll replace it with the right one. You can bring the old, damaged seat to the shop to get the correct replacement part. After the replacement of the valve seat stem, clean the rest of the faucet assembly prior to re-installation.
9. Re-assemble the faucet parts one by one, taking time to grease the stem threads. When you’re done and all the connections are tight, turn the water supply valve on once again and test the faucet. This should hopefully resolve the leak problem. If you ever discover that your tub faucet is leaking as well, read our blog on how to fix a leaky tub faucet. It’s a helpful guide that you can use, too.
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