Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How to Repair A Leaking Shower Faucet?

Leaks in your Bathroom hose shower faucet not only wastes water, it also increases your water bill. Addressing the problem and repairing it as soon as possible is wise and earth-friendly. A leaking shower faucet is generally a sign that a part is worn out and needs to be replaced. The washers or seals are under pressure as water flows through them so it is normal that they typically wear out over time. With basic knowledge and tools, you can do the fixing yourself. Follow these steps:
  • Locate the water heater at your house then shut off the water valves.
  • Go back to the bathroom, turn on the shower faucet and drain the excess water out.
  • Depending on the type of shower faucet you have, you may work on one or two valves. In this example, I'm showing a two-valve shower faucet whose washers need to be replaced. Unscrew the screws that hold the handle/knob off the shower faucet and take them both off (hot and cold).
  • Once the handle or knob is off, take the water guard off.
  • Unscrew the nut that is holding the stem in its place.Unscrew the shower stem in a counterclockwise direction.
  • Replace the rubber washer on the shower stem located at the end that goes into the pipe.
  • Replace the packing washer found at the middle section of the shower stem.
  • Clean any debris from the pipe and put the parts together in reverse order. Recaulk around the faucet guard to protect your wall from damage.
Tips & Warnings
  1. It's best to replace all the gaskets and seals at one time
  2. If you are not very familiar with replacement parts for your shower faucet, go to a hardware store to ask for assistance in finding the parts you need.
  3. If you are not sure how to do the repair yourself, ask a professional to do the job.
  4. If you have a gas water heater, you may need to relight the water heater pilot. Also, avoid taking more than two hours in your repair to prevent the water heater tank from damage.


  1. Leaks in showers usually means one of three things: a fault within the drain itself, a leak in the shower floor, or otherwise a leak under the cement in the floor. Whatever the cause, the leak needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later.

    1. Thanks for sharing your amazing tips and ideas.

  2. For a shower faucet that is dripping or leaking, If it is Moen, replacing the cartridge can solve the problem.  It is easy. Thanks!
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