How to Fix a Shower Faucet

water dripping from faucetA faulty shower faucet can be such a nuisance, with the cringe-y noise, enduring drips that may quickly shoot up your utility bill, and the dry rot or mold that forms around the bathroom wall with the leak. This makes it important to replace the old shower faucet with a new unit.

But first, what are some causes of a damaged or leaky faucet?

Causes of a Leaky Faucet

  • Water pressure

If you observe that the shower faucet drips water when the handle moves a certain way, then you may be dealing with water pressure problems, leading to the leak.

  • Faulty Cartridge

A cartridge-style faucet is found in faucets with two handles, one for cold and one for hot water. The valve on each handle spot controlling the flow of water into the faucet is the cartridge, and damage to the cartridge may cause the faulty faucet.

  • Broken Washers

Washers undergo a lot of friction, which could cause them to wear out, leading to leaking of the shower faucet. It may also be that the washer was not installed properly or is the wrong size.

How to Fix a Shower Faucet

You can learn how to fix a shower faucet yourself or you can hire a plumbing service for faucet repair. There are two kinds of shower faucets:

  • The Single Handle Shower Faucet
  • The Two-handle Shower Faucet

Single Handle Shower Faucet

  1. Turn the shower off and take out the handle
  2. Also, take out the escutcheon plate. This is so that you can get through to the shower valve.
  3. Get a plier and, with it, loosen the locking nut and pull the cartridge from the valve’s center.
  4. Next, push a new rubber seat along with a spring into the valve by putting it on the end of a pencil and pushing it in. Repeat this for all the other seats.
  5. In the existing valve, put in the new cartridge
  6. Then get the O-ring, slip over the cartridge, and, with the pliers, tighten the locknut.
  7. Fix a new escutcheon plate over the valve and screw it until it is tightly held in place.
  8. Put the new handle onto the valve and then turn on the water.
  9. Adjust the water temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and finally, install a temperature limit so that the valve does not scald.

Two-Handle Shower Faucet

  1. Start by extracting the cover cap to reveal the screw
  2. Once you have the screw in sight, take it out, along with the handle.
  3. Next, go to the faucet stem, loosen it and take it out of the valve body.
  4. Then put the new parts one after the other. These include the O-rings, flat washers, faucet washers, and seals. Don’t forget to take out the screw first before putting it in the washer.
  5. Replace the faucet stem; lubricate linear grooves using plumber’s grease.
  6. Replace the handle and test the valve by running the water. Afterward, plug trim to the wall.

If it is all too much for you, you can simply find a plumber near you, like Captain Plumber, to fix your shower faucet.

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.