A leaking shower faucet is a source of annoyance and waste of a precious resource: water. We often keep delaying the repair of our leaking faucets because we need to call a plumber to do this task. Fortunately, we can easily repair our faucets ourselves. We just need the right tools, which are quite cheap, and the right information, which is described below. Shower faucets often fall in three categories: single control, two-control, and tree-control. Determine which faucet is already installed in your washroom and buy a replacement from any hardware store. Then, follow these 8 easy steps for repairing and replacing your shower faucet.
1. Turn off the water supply to the washroom from the main valve. This is very important because not doing so can damage the interior walls behind the water faucet.
2. Remove the trim cap by inserting a flathead screwdriver between the wall and the trim cap.
3. In the faucet handle, insert the screwdriver with one hand while holding the handle with the other. Rotate the screwdriver counterclockwise to remove the screw. Remove the other faucet handle(s) in the same way and pull the handles off the mount.
4. Insert the flathead screwdriver under the edge of the escutcheons and slowly pry the escutcheon away. Do the same procedure for the other escutcheon.
5. Find the retaining nut on the faucet post that is located inside the hole that was covered by the escutcheon. Use an adjustable wrench to remove it. now, pull the faucet post from the wall.
6. Insert the new faucet post into the right place and secure with the retaining nut.
7. Mount the new escutcheons and the new handle. Fasten the handles with the screws and place the new trim caps.
8. Turn on the main water valve and test the new shower faucet.