Today we are going to talk about how to repair a leaking bathtub faucet. Yep, after all the time we spent in the kitchen looking at all the various problems with our plumbing there, as well as some of our old appliances, (by the way, thanks to Austin Appliance Masters for helping us out with some of that stuff!), it’s time for us to move to another room in this old fixer-upper home of ours… the bathroom!
Now the first thing you want to do is fill the water and the water that’s dripping out right here, it’s cold. Alright so that tells me my leak is coming from the cold water side, which is a good thing to know. If it was hot, obviously, it would be coming from the hot water side and we would go about dealing with things in a similar way, but knowing where specifically the problem is helps a lot.
So traditionally when you are working with any kind of faucet, traditionally, if it’s plumbed right, the hot water is going to be on the left hand and the cold water is going to be on the right hand so that’s a general rule if it’s correctly now, just go and check your faucets and find out for yourself.
But in this case, it was plumbed correctly, I have felt the water and it’s cold water so I am going to be working on the right hand side here so first thing you want to do is go to your cut off valve, now there are usually two places in most homes where you can do this, one is out of the curb, you find where you meter is and you take a curb key and you go turn that off perpendicular and not in line with the waterline going to your house, the perpendicular crossways and that’s the off position.
There are several ways to do that, one is that you can just turn some faucet on in your house, go outside to the street, open up the curb lid if you will, the meter lid to the curb and then lift it up and then look at your meter, it will be spinning, the little red indicator will be spinning if it’s the old style, if it’s a new style, an electronic readout, you will have a digital readout where that’s happening and what you do, you take the curb key and turn it until it’s perpendicular so the little key itself is turned where the shutoff valve is perpendicular, crossways, to your line going to your house.
The other way is going inside of your home, sometimes it’s in the garage, sometimes it’s in the basement or sometimes it in the same closet where your hot water heater is, your water heater, and what you do, turn that valve perpendicular so it will be in line and so you just turn it either way, left or right, usually it’s up to turn it off, sometimes it’s down, whatever works, what turns the water off, then you want to come back into the bathroom or tub, somewhere it’s convenient and test that.