The constant drip of a leaking bathtub faucet is very annoying. Unpleasant noise isn’t of course the only issue. Water gets wasted and the tub gets stained with all the minerals that the water carries with it.
If you happen to have a leaking faucet in your home or apartment, the only thing to do would be to get it fixed at the earliest or have a bathroom renovation. Here are a few suggestions on fixing leaking bathtub faucets.
1. As they say, first things first. Stop the water supply to the bathtub.
2. Unscrew the handle of the faucet just to loosen it.
You will be able to see how the faucet is held together by the screw.
There may be a plate covering the screw, in which case take out the plate to reach the screw. Since screws come in two type, Philips or flat, have two types of screw drivers on hand to loosen the screws.
3. Leaking faucets are mainly caused by damaged or worn out washers.
So take a look at the washers to see if they need to be changed. And if they should be replaced, determine their sizes.You should be able to buy a replacement washer at your local hardware store.
4. Replace the old washer with the new. Then re assemble the faucet by putting everything back together. And do ensure that you do not tighten too much.
5. Switch on the water supply and turn on the bathroom faucet to check if the water is still leaking. Also, take a close look at the handle to check if water is leaking through it. If it is, then tighten the handle further.
6. If on opening up the faucet the washer is found undamaged, then a loosened faucet could be causing the leak. Tighten the faucet using an adjustable wrench, taking care not to make it too tight. Stop when the leak ceases or when the faucet does not tighten any further.
7. In case the leak isn’t due to a damaged washer or a loose faucet and you cannot determine the cause, the best thing to do would be to call a plumber.
8. If you have managed to stop the leak then it would be safer to carry out some tests.
9. Turn the faucet on and wait for a while – since it takes a while for any leaks to make their appearance. Leaks tend to grwo larger with the passage of time.
10. Turn on both the cold and the hot taps one at a time. If things still look good after a while, you may be almost certain that the leak is gone.
11. Inspect the area around the handles and the area where the faucet connects with the bath tub for any leaks.
Faucet repairs must always be immediately inspected otherwise the problem becomes worse.