bathtub faucet and shower valves with running water

10 Easy Steps To Replace Shower Valves

bathtub faucet and shower valves with running waterNobody likes a leaking faucet. All that precious water running down the drain with you unable to stop it.

Changing a shower valve might seem like rocket science. It doesn’t have to be that way. At Captain Plumber, we care about you. We are ready to guide you through any plumbing challenge you may face.

That is why we’ve outlined 10 easy-to-follow steps for changing your shower valve. You’d need to have a few tools handy before changing that valve and some of them include:

  • Allen wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Hacksaws
  • Pliers
  • Utility knife

You’re good to go if you already have these in your toolbox. If you’re not sure you’d be able to successfully replace your shower valve, we are just a call away.

Here are 10 steps to changing your shower valve

  1. Turn Off Water Supply using the water stops. If you can’t find your shower’s water stops, turn off the water supply to the entire house till you’re done.
  2. Plug Your Shower Drain completely with a cloth. This prevents you from losing screws and other tiny components that may easily fall down the drain.
  3. Unscrew Your Shower Handle using a screwdriver and take it off the stem handle. Keep both the handle and screws in an easily accessible place for coupling later.
  4. Remove Trim Plate by unscrewing the screws on both sides of the trim plate and peeling off the wall. Keep both the screws and plate aside till you’re ready to screw them back on.
  5. Create An Access Hole by enlarging the hole behind the trim plate so you can easily reach the valve embedded in the wall.
  6. Remove Your Shower Valve’s Clip located on top of the valve using needle-nose pliers. Keep the metal clip aside in an easily accessible place.
  7. Remove The Shower Valve by firmly clasping the metal edge of the valve cartridge using a plier, and pulling it back and out till it comes loose.
  8. Insert The New Shower Valve into the vacant slot and slide gently in till it can’t go in anymore. Make sure the new valve cartridge is the same type as the one being replaced.
  9. Turn On Water Supply by loosening the water stops previously tightened. Turn on the water supply to the entire house if you turned it off before.
  10. Replace The Trim Plate over the access hole and screw it back in place using a screwdriver. Screw on the shower handle and turn it on to make sure it works.

Replacing a damaged shower valve does not need to drain your purse. You can either do it yourself or hire a professional plumber to get the job done.

Our skilled team of experienced plumbers at Captain Plumber is one of the best you’d find anywhere.

What are you waiting for then? We’re just a phone call away! Contact us today for a free consultation on your plumbing needs.