After continued use, a shower faucet may begin to leak water. This is not only a hassle, but it can waste water and increase bills. The problem is most likely due to a worn out or broken washer. Washers are under high pressure when the water is running, so it is normal for them to eventually wear out. You can stop a dripping shower faucet with a few basic tools.
Things You'll Need
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Phillips screwdriver
- Pipe wrench
- Rubber washer
- Packing washer
Turn off the water at the main shut-off valve. This is usually found near the water heater in the basement. Lift up the handle on the shower faucet to drain water out of the lines.
Remove the screws on the shower faucet handle with the appropriate type of screwdriver. Take the handle off the faucet. Loosen the screws in the escutcheon plate with a screwdriver and pull off the cover.
Loosen the nut securing the stem in place with a pipe wrench. Remove the shower stem by twisting it with a pipe wrench in a counterclockwise direction. Place a cloth over the stem to prevent damage.
Install a new rubber washer on the shower stem--the end that attaches to the pipe. Replace the packing washer, located in the center of the shower stem.
Wipe off any debris on the parts with a clean cloth. Reassemble the faucet in the reverse order you took it apart.
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