When your shower faucet repair causes drips continuously even after turning it off, it may be asking for a closer attention. Don’t fret just as yet. You don’t always have to look for a plumber when your faucet leaks. A faucet repair can be very well performed by you-- if you are only patient and keen enough about its needs.
Now, if you are up for the challenge, here are the steps on how to go through the faucet repair:
First, you have to shut the water supply. Check for a cut-off valve. If you don’t have one, you can turn the gate valve or the main valve of the water supply for the entire house. It’s not going to take long anyway.
Then, open the faucet and let the water drain. When it’s done, look for the faucet handle’s screw and pry it off with a flat-head screw driver. Get the appropriate screwdriver to finally loosen and remove the handle of the faucet. Usually, leaks are caused by damaged or worn out rubber washers. So, if this is your shower’s case, all you have to do is replace it with a new one. However, if your washer does not need to be replaced, check whether all the faucet parts are properly tightened. If not, use a wrench to tighten them.
After doing either forms of shower faucet repair, replace the handle and turn the supply back on. Watch out for the leak that was there prior to the repair. If it is still dripping, check the washer’s size and make sure it is the right one, or, try to tighten the parts of the faucet some more.
In other instances, your faucet might be totally broken and needs a replacement. What you must do is remove all the faucet’s parts and take them to the plumbing supplies store to get the correct replacement items. They usually go with instructions so you can simply follow them during installation. However, if there is no repair guide, just install the new shower faucet by tracing where the old one was. Screw holes are there and you will just have to fit each part where it belongs. After you are done with the attaching, turn the water supply back on and check whether the shower faucet repair you performed was successful. If your faucet is now leak-free, then congratulations! You have just done a great plumbing job!
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