Handling a Leaking Bath Faucet

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Leaking bath faucets can damage pipes, tubs, and incur high bills from water overuse, and need to be handled quickly. Repair your faucet effectively with help from a professionally licensed contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade, and I'm a contractor in the city of Los Angeles. Today I'm going to show you how to fix a leaking bath faucet. If you find that you have a drip or two coming from your spout here, it usually means that your shower valves are withering away and they need to be replaced. The first thing you want to do is you want to pop off the cover plate to the handle and you want to again, the first thing you want to do is you want to turn the water off at the main, out to the house because if you don't you're going to be drenched. And you want to undo the screw that's inside here, pull the handle off and you're going to go ahead and have to undo the extension ring. This thing is screwed on, just keep turning until it comes off, pull that off, pull off the escutcheon ring, set it to the side and then what you need to do is you need to find the right socket that undoes the actual valve itself and these come in a kit and they have all different sizes. You just find the one you want and what you want to do is just slightly turn. You want to turn that off until this set screw or set nut I should say comes off and then you want to take a pair of plier and you just gently want to pull this thing out. Basically you want to inspect these rubber pieces right here because once these start to wither away and wear down that's where you're going to get your leakage from. They do make kits to repair these but I find it just as easy to just replace the whole thing and again when you feel your drip you want to feel if it's hot or cold and that's going to give you the indication of which one you need to replace but if you're going to go as far as replacing one you may as well replace the other because I'm sure it's not too far behind the one that is leaking. So once you get this out, you can take it down to your local hardware store or plumbing supply place and pick up the proper one. If you're fortunate enough to know exactly what style model and brand faucets you have, you can go get it before you do all this but if you don't you're going to have to turn the water off, go down, get it and bring it back so just keep that in mind and you'll have your water off for a while. But basically to replace it you just get it back in there, then you take your nut, slip it back over, make sure it goes in straight so you don't bust the threads and take your tool and just tighten it back up, cinch it down pretty good, don't over tighten it and then go ahead and put your escutcheon ring back on, your extension piece, tighten that down good. Go ahead and just slip the handle back on, put your screw back in, make sure it's snug and put the cover plate back on and again I suggest you do both of them and then once you get that on, go out, turn your water back on and just check for leaks. And if you don't get any leaks coming out of your spigot, then you've done just a fine job and saved yourself quite a bit of money. That's pretty much how it is.

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