Is your shower faucet not giving you enough hot water or has started leaking? Your shower faucet has probably undergone wear and tear. Know how to repair a shower faucet, with this article.

Shower Faucet Repair

A significant part of our daily lives, showers help us to perform our basic necessities of keeping ourselves clean. While you enjoy and relax with the shower delivering you nonstop supply of water, there is hard work done by the home plumbing system comprising of pipes and valves that carries all the water which we require in the bathroom. As such, even a miniscule defect or leakage in the water system can cause an immediate rupture to our relaxation. Further, with time, pipes and valves are subject to wear and tear. This includes shower faucets as well which are used on a regular basis, thereby causing leakage or even break down. Thus, replacing or fixing a damaged shower faucet is highly essential. For you cannot call a plumber every time your bathroom faces a problem as these minor problems can be easily sorted out by yourself with some knowledge on plumbing and fixing. Now that your shower isn’t providing the right amount of hot water or is suffering from water leakage, you need not call up the plumber instantly to get it repaired. Follow the instructions listed in the following lines to repair shower faucet even if you lack the basic mechanical skills of repairing such tools.
How To Repair A Shower Faucet
Materials Required
  • Replacement Parts (washers and/or faucet handles)
  • Old Cloths or Rags
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Flat-head or Phillips-head Screwdriver
  • Cut off the supply of water to the shower. In case your water system connection does not have a cut off knob for that specific shower, then you will have to cut off supply of water from the entire house.
  • Open up the shower faucets and allow the water to drain through the pipes totally. Doing so will reduce or eliminate the risk of water from splashing or pouring out while you are repairing the shower.
  • Open up the shower faucet handle by unscrewing the screw on the handle. Generally, a clear and attractive cover is placed on the screw to prevent it from wear and tear while water is being splashed on the shower. Use a flat-head screwdriver to slowly and smoothly remove the screw from the handle.
  • Use the appropriate screwdriver to loosen the screw and open up the faucet handle.
  • Most of the times, showers leak because of worn out or damaged rubber washers. In case your shower has undergone such a problem, then you will have to remove the worn-out or damaged washer and replace it with a new one.
  • However, if the washer of your shower is in good condition, then check out the faucet parts to see whether they need to be tautened or not. If this is the case, then tighten the faucet using a modifiable wrench.
  • In case the handle of the shower also requires replacement, replace with a new one.
  • After you are done with repairing the shower faucet, turn on the water supply to see if the leaking problem has been sorted out or not. In case the shower is still leaking, open up the shower and see whether the washer has been placed at the right position or not. Otherwise, you can tighten the faucet a little more.
  • If the shower faucet has been broken, then remove the entire part of the shower faucet and take it to a plumbing store to buy the appropriate replacement parts.
  • Fix up a new shower faucet. In case no information or guide has been provided with the substitute parts, then set up the new shower faucet in the same manner as you did with your old shower faucet. With the help of the old screw holes, replace the new shower faucet firmly.
  • After you have set up your new shower faucet, turn on the water supply and see whether the washer has been placed in the right position or not. In case of any leakage, check the washer and replace with a new one, if required.
These easy instructions on how to repair a shower faucet must have instilled some information on fixing small issues at home all by yourself. Now if you come across any such difficulty in future, you know what exactly you need to do, right!

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