How To Fix A Leak In Your Shower Faucet

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Sometimes a leak can develop in your shower faucets, not the shower head. A leak in your shower faucet is generally caused by a worn-out washer in the shower stem of your shower head. You can fix this issue on your own. You can even take advantage of plumbing tools rental if you don't have everything you need.

#1 Turn Off the Water

The first thing you want to do is turn off the water to your house. You can turn off the water to your house by turning off the water at the water main. After you turn off the water, turn the faucet on and allow any water that is built up in the pipes to drain out before you start working on the faucet.

You may want to keep a bucket and towels on hand to clean up and control any additional water that flows out of the faucets. You want to have a dry work environment.

#2 Take Off the Faucet

Next, you need to take the faucet off. Most faucets for showers either have one knob to control the water temperature or two knobs. If your shower faucet has two knobs, you are going to need to take off both knobs and fix the washers on both of them.

To take off the knobs you are going to need to use a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the valves in place. Then, take of the handles or knobs that control your faucet. Under the knobs, you should see two nuts. You are going to want to use your crescent wrench to unscrew one of the bolts. This will allow you access to the shower stem. Set the bolts aside somewhere safe.

#3 Replace The Washers

Now you need to take the washers off and replace them. The washers are small rubber circles that can cause your faucet to leak when the rubber gets old and starts to break down. Your faucet is going to have multiple washers inside of it. There are multiple washers inside of the stem of the shower. You are going to want to remove the seat washer at the end of the shower stem as well as the packing washers, located in the center of the stem. Even if all of the washers do not look old, you are going to want to replace them all.

#4 Clean The Pipes

Clean the faucet and all pipes with a mixture of vinegar and water. This will get rid of mineral deposits that are on the pipes. This will help keep the shower stem in good shape.

Finally, put everything back together. Put the nut back in place, then put the shower knobs and handle back in place and reattach all of the screws. 

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