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A leaking bathtub faucet can be irritating and increase your water bills over time, in addition to leaving a stain in your bathtub. You'll likely only need to replace 1 part, and then you're good to go.

This is a plumbing repair you can complete yourself with professional plumber help on Video Chat A Pro. With a few basic tools and tips from a plumber, you can save time and money while fixing your leaky bathtub faucet today.

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A leaky bathtub faucet is not only annoying, but it also wastes water and causes higher utility bills. However, fixing a leaky bathtub faucet is a relatively simple task that can be completed with professional help from a plumber. The first step is to turn off the water supply to the faucet. Then, remove the handle by unscrewing it, and remove the trim plate. Next, take out the cartridge or valve stem and inspect it for damage or wear. If it appears to be damaged, replace it with a new one. Reassemble the faucet by reversing the steps taken to disassemble it and turn on the water supply. Finally, test the faucet to ensure the leak has been fixed. Sounds easy enough, let's see how you do.

Plumbers Can Tell You Why Your Tub Faucet is Leaking

A common reason for a leaking tub shower faucet is an old washer that needs to be replaced. When you talk to a plumber on Video Chat a Pro, you will be advised to first shut off the water supply. There may not be a shut-off valve to turn the water off to the bathtub or shower. When there is not a valve you will have to turn off the water supply to your whole house near the water meter.

You can fix the leaky valve by following these steps:

Then check for damaged seals or worn-out gaskets before putting everything back together again in its original position.

It's also essential to ensure that all threaded parts are tightened properly.

Show a Plumber to Fix a Leaky Single Handle Bathtub Faucet

If your bathtub faucet is leaking, here are a few ways you can fix it:

1. Check the handle. Most handles have a screw on the inside that controls the flow of water through the spout.
If this screw is loose or missing, water will leak out around the base of the handle when it is turned on. Tighten the screw or replace it with a new one if necessary.`

2. Replace worn washers. Sometimes just replacing washers can fix a leaking faucet — especially if it is worn or corroded.

Remove them with pliers and replace them with new ones from your local hardware store (or use some plumber's putty as an alternative).

3. Replace the stem. If the washers or screws did not fix the problem, it might be time to replace the stem.

Remove all the parts from the faucet by unscrewing them from their respective places (use a wrench if necessary). Once they are removed, take them with you to your local hardware store so that they can help you find an exact replacement for your old one.

Once you have replaced the washer and checked and replaced the seat as necessary, you can put everything back in place and turn the water on to make sure the faucet is no longer leaking. Talk to a plumber at Video Chat a Pro if you need extra guidance on repairing a leaking tub faucet or if you need help locating a plumber in your area.

How to fix a leaking bathtub faucet

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  1. Check Your Faucet For Leaks
  2. Replace The O-Rings
  3. Replace The Valve Cartridge

If none of the above fixes your dripping faucet, it's time to replace the valve cartridge inside your faucet head (the top half that screws onto the stem).

-This is usually an easy DIY project if you have some plumbing experience and access to tools like pipe wrenches and adjustable crescent wrenches.

If you need help fixing your leaky bathtub faucet, We offer video chat services with plumbers to connect people who want to fix the plumbing in their homes. Plumbers can see your leaky bathtub faucet to give step-by-step instructions to replace a valve cartridge in an older bathtub faucet.

Tips for plumbing

There are many things to consider when it comes to plumbing. The following tips can help you to avoid common problems and also help you to deal with them if they do occur.

If you have a leaky faucet and your water bill seems abnormal, it may be time to change the aerator. This part filters particles from the water stream before it leaves the faucet and gets into the drain.

If you live in an area with cold winters, don't forget to turn off all outside faucets when they're not in use.

Fixtures like sprinklers and hose bibs can freeze during winter if left on. You need to ensure that these fixtures are turned off so they do not burst during freezing temperatures.

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DIY plumbing advice

If you're looking for some DIY plumbing advice, we have a few tips to help you get started on the right foot.

Like anything else, plumbing is a skill that can be learned and improved with practice. Here are some of our favorite plumbing tips and advice to help get you started:

  1. If you tackle DIY plumbing projects, it's best to invest in high-quality tools and equipment, so you don't end up damaging pipes or breaking fittings during installation.
  2. Use Teflon tape when installing new faucets or fixtures. This thin plastic tape helps seal threads on pipe fittings and valves, so leaks don't occur later on down the road when water pressure is increased through those pipes. It's cheap insurance against leaks.
  3. Always use plumber’s putty when installing a drain to create a good seal.

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