A leaking bathtub faucet not only raises your water bill, it is a good indication that something may be wrong. If you are having a problem with a leaky faucet, here are a few materials that you will need as well as some steps to help guide you through the process.
Step 1 - Turn Off Water
Begin by turning off the water supply. You may need to shut off the water to the entire house if you do not have access to a valve for the bathtub.
Step 2 - Remove Hardware
Next, loosen the knobs and pry off the protective plate that is covering the area. You will most likely be able to get it off with the use of a screw driver but you may also need pliers. You should now be able to see the screws that are holding everything together. Remove the old washer as you may need to take it to the hardware store to find a replacement of the correct size.
Step 3 - Replace Hardware
Once you have found the washer that fits into the old spot, attach it to where you removed the old one. Then, replace the knobs back where they were and tighten the screws in place and make sure that they are secure. Check to be sure that everything is in place and that it is tightened.
Step 4 - Test Faucet
Now that you have replaced the washer, the leak should stop. Turn the water supply back on and test to make sure there are no leaks. If the leak has stopped, the washer was most likely the problem. If you still have an issue, you will want to use the wrench to tighten everything and make sure that it is on evenly. When you are tightening, you want to keep in mind that once the wrench stops, do not try to over tighten. This is a common problem and often causes broken faucets.
There are a few things that you want to keep in mind. First, you may want to cover your tub with plastic or tarp while you are working. Depending on how old the faucet is as well as how often you clean it, you will want to protect your tub from anything that may spill out. Also, be sure that while you are working with the tools you do not drop one. You may end up denting the tub or around it. If you find that these steps do not help the leak, you will want to contact a plumber immediately. The problem may be more serious and you will want to get it fixed before it gets too bad. Be sure to inform the plumber of all of the steps that you have taken so they know how to proceed.