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How do I fix my leaky bath faucet?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19036points) December 29th, 2010

I think my cleaning must have knocked it the wrong way, because ever since they were last here it has been dripping A LOT! Always the hot water, too (grrrrr…).

So, how do I fix this?

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BarnacleBill's avatar

It depends on the type of faucet that you have. On most, there’s a rubber piece in there that wears out that must be replaced. This is usually caused by age, or by having too hot of a water setting on your water heater. Some faucets have ceramic inserts that need to be replaced, which can be trickier. If you rent, I would call your landlord.

BarnacleBill's avatar

The leak comes not from the spout but from the handles where you turn the water off and on.

If you have one handle for hot and one for cold, you should be able to take it apart and replace the gasket. If it’s a single handle, you need to call a plumber.

If you take it apart you need to shut the water off to the bathroom, or the turnoff valves to the tub or you will have water squirting out everywhere.

There are several good videos on YouTube that explain how to fix various types.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@BarnacleBill Huh. So then how come I can’t turn the handle any further?

BarnacleBill's avatar

It’s the seal created by the rubber piece that wears out. The handle turns the same as it always does, but inside the part that acts as a stopper to the water supply lines doesn’t block the water the way it should, hence the drip.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@papayalily if I were you I’d cook up something really nice, take a picture of that to post, and then invite @BarnacleBill, and have him bring tools.

It’s just a thought. It’s really intended to be helpful.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@papayalily There pretty simple to fix, as long as you know how to shut off the water lines.

BoBo1946's avatar

Call a plummer! Probably without saying, be sure to check with neighbors on recommendation…. you can get stuck.

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