In case you don’t know it yet, water leaks account for almost 80% of water waste among households. A continuous drip from one of your fixtures will undoubtedly cost you a lot — hundreds of dollars on your utility bill. Not only that, a pool of water on your floor will also result to property damage and unwanted repair expenses. Needless to say, immediate repair of a leaking fixture or pipe is a must. For today, let us share with you our DIY guide how to fix a leaky bathtub faucet.
1. Prepare your tools and supplies. For this project, you’ll need a wrench, a pair of vice grip pliers, Philips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, plumber’s grease, jar gripper, Teflon tape, caulk and also a rag. If you have a hair dryer at home, you may also find it handy.
2. Before doing anything, make sure to turn the water supply valve off first. This should allow you to work on your bathtub without flooding the bathroom.
3. Afterward, turn the bathtub faucets on to drain the fixture of any remaining water.
4. Next, check the faucet handle. Look for the decorative caps that indicate hold or cold and then pry them off with a flathead screwdriver. Once you’re done, you should uncover screws that secure the faucet to the bathroom wall.
5. Get your Philips screwdriver and remove the screws on the faucet handles. If they won’t budge at all, use your hairdryer to loosen the screws. Heat them up and you’ll discover that they’ll be easier to remove later on.
6. Afterward, work on the collar and the trim from the bathroom wall. The trim is the decorative component that’s fitted around the faucet’s exterior, usually found behind the faucet handles. The collar, on the other hand, the collar is more of a tube-like component that’s fitted around the faucet parts. You can easily unscrew the collar with the use of a hairdryer, too.
7. Gather the detached parts in a container to prevent them from going down the drain. You will also use them later on when you re-assemble the faucet.
8. When you’re done, check on the faucet’s stem bonnet — the part that holds the stem in place. People refer to it as the packing nut or cartridge. Get the wrench and use it to turn the stem counterclockwise. If you don’t have a wrench, you can use a vice grip instead.
9. Now get the seat wrench and insert it into the hole where the faucet was once installed. You can stick it all the way in because it has an elongated head. Once it touches the sea, turn it counterclockwise. The seat is the component that connects the faucet to the pipe.
10. After that, inspect the parts that you have removed from the assembly. Look out for damaged components and replace them. To ensure that you’ll use the correct replacement, take the old, worn-out parts to the plumbing supply shop. Doing so should give you a reference of the exact parts that you should buy.
11. Once you have the correct parts, replace those that are inside the faucet stem bonnet first. Replace the old washers with new ones and remember to grease them first before putting them in place.
12. Also check the seat washer. If that’s damaged or worn out as well, remove and replace it. Do so by unscrewing the washer screw and then peeling off the rubber washer. Grease the replacement and then proceed with the installation. Secure the faucet seat with your seat wrench and then tighten it with your hands.
13. When you’re done, grease the new bonnet washer and install it. Do the same thing with the packing nut. Don’t forget to grease the stem threads before inserting it into the bonnet.
14. If the bonnet needs to be replaced as well, you should apply joint compound onto the threads first. Afterward, put it into place then tighten with your vice grip or wrench.
15. Check on the faucet trim, collar, handle, faucet screw as well as the insert. If these are also damaged, replace them, too. Remember to secure the connections to avoid leaks.
16. When you’re done, turn the water supply valve back on and test the faucet. Hopefully, the faucet won’t leak this time.
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