How to Stop a Dripping Shower Faucet

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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
  • Cloth
  • 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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