How to Fix a Leaky Bath Tub Faucet A Step-By-Step Guide

How to Fix a Leaky Bath Tub Faucet: A Step-By-Step Guide

If there’s one thing worse than a dripping faucet, it’s a leaking bath tub faucet. Not only is it irritating to listen to, but it can also be quite costly if you’re not careful. Fortunately, fixing a leaky bath tub faucet is not as difficult as you may think. By following a few simple steps, you can repair your faucet quickly and easily! This article will provide an in-depth step-by-step guide on how to fix a leaky bath tub faucet. We will cover the tools that you need, the steps involved in the repair process and some tips on how to prevent future leaks. Let’s get started!

Materials Needed

– Wrench or pliers
– Screwdriver
– New washers (2)
– Teflon tape
– Waterproof grease

Step One: Remove the Old Faucet

Before you can fix a leaky bathtub faucet, you will need to remove the old faucet. This can be done by turning off the water supply to the faucet and then removing the handle, escutcheon plate, and stem. Once these parts are removed, you will be able to access the packing nut and washer, which are likely the source of the leak.

Step Two: Install the New Faucet

To install the new faucet, you will need: a Phillips head screwdriver, a pair of adjustable pliers, Teflon tape, and a putty knife.

1. Begin by shutting off the water to your bathroom sink. There should be a shut-off valve under the sink; turn the handle to the right to shut off the water.

2. Use the Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the old faucet in place. Carefully lift the old faucet out of the sink and set it aside.

3. Wrap Teflon tape around the threads of the new faucet (this will help create a water-tight seal).

4. Use your hands to thread the new faucet into place (do not use the screwdriver for this, as you may strip the threads). Once tight, use the adjustable pliers to give it an extra half turn.

5. Turn on the water supply and test out your new faucet! If there are any leaks, simply tighten up the connection with your adjustable pliers until they stop.

Step Three: Test for Leaks

If you think your bathtub faucet is leaking, the best way to test it is to turn off the water supply at the shutoff valve. Once the water is turned off, open the faucet to release any remaining water in the lines. Then, place a bucket underneath the faucet and turn on the water supply. If you see water dripping from the faucet, then you know you have a leak.

Step Four: When to Call a Professional Plumber

If you have followed the previous steps and still cannot fix your leaky bathtub faucet, then it may be time to call a professional plumber. A professional plumber will be able to quickly identify the problem and provide a lasting solution.


Fixing a leaky bath tub faucet doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. By following our simple step-by-step guide, you can easily repair your leaky bath tub faucet in no time and at minimal cost. Be sure to turn off the main water supply before beginning any repairs and make sure that all tools are readily available. With these tips in mind, fixing a leaky bath tub faucet should be an easy job!

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