Repairing a Leaky Bathtub Faucet
The task of fixing a leaky bathtub faucet is not exactly a Herculean one and you can go about it without hiring a plumber.
Before you get to the main task of repairing the bathtub faucet, disconnect the main water supply pipe to avoid wastage of water. To disconnect the supply, turn the round knobs that are attached to the hoses, in the clockwise direction.
Once the water supply is cut off, you can proceed to the task of repairing the faucet. Dismantle the cabinet and the counter top where the faucet has been installed. Now remove the handle of the faucet by unscrewing it from the faucet. For this, you will need a screwdriver.
After the handle is removed, the valve stem should be unscrewed from the faucet. A wrench can be used for this purpose, and the nut–which is hexagonal in shape, should be removed by turning the wrench in the counterclockwise direction.
The next step is to check the valve for any cracks or signs of wear. If the valve stem has been damaged, then you must replace it. This can be easily purchase from any hardware store.
The rubber washer of the faucet should be checked as well–if it is worn out or damaged, then it needs to be replaced. After the new washer has been replaced, it should be secured to the faucet with the help of a screwdriver. A few drops of silicon grease will keep the washer in proper working condition.
Next, place a thin pipe thread and wind it around the perimeter of the stem thread. Apply pressure, and with the help of your finger push these into the faucet. Tighten the nut and bolt of the faucet with the help of a wrench. After the faucet handle has been replaced and the cap refitted, the water supply can be restored. You are finally done with the repair.
The next time you experience the same problem, you can solve it yourself without seeking professional help. You can also use the same method to repair other leaking faucets in the house. So roll up your sleeves and put an end to the continuous dripping of water.