Every now and then, the bathtub faucet must be replaced. Whether it's malfunctioning or the bathtub is in need of an aesthetic upgrade, this project can be completed easily especially if you have our guide to help you along.
Check out our 10 easy steps for how to spruce up your bathtub with a new faucet.
Tools and Materials Needed To Replace Bathtub Faucet
- Plumber’s tape
- Faucet set
- Pipe cutter
1. Shut Off the Water Supply
For a safe and efficient job, start by turning off the hot and cold water supply. Find the shut-off valves for your bathtub and turn them clockwise to shut the water off.
2. Drain the Water
With the water supply turned off, drain any remaining water in the pipes by opening the faucet and allowing the water to drain out completely.
3. Remove the Old Faucet
When the water is completely drained out of the faucet, you can begin disassembling it. Start by removing any decorative caps and cover and unscrewing the nuts and bolts that keep the faucet in place. Once everything is unscrewed, pull the faucet gently away from the wall.
4. Clean the Installation Area
With the faucet removed, the installation area must be cleaned in preparation for the new faucet. Remove any debris and plumber’s tape from the area to give you a clean canvas for the installation of the new faucet.
5. Prepare the New Faucet
Locate the packaging that contains the new faucet and be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for the specifics of installing the faucet. You may need to put together certain components of the faucet prior to installing it into the wall, as per the instructions. Make sure the new faucet is ready to go for the installation.
6. Apply Plumber’s Tape
Grab your plumber’s tape and apply it to the threads of the water supply outlets. For a secure hold, ensure that you apply several layers. The plumber’s tape will provide a watertight seal that will make the installation easier and without extra leaks.
7. Install the New Faucet
Now that the plumber’s tape is in place, begin the installation of the faucet. Be sure to align it with the water supply outlets pushing it into place with a gentle force. Secure the screws or nuts that come to the new faucet tightly to the wall.
8. Connect the Water Supply Lines
Once the new faucet is installed, you will need to connect it to the water supply lines. Be careful to match the hot and cold connections appropriately to provide a convenient and smooth bathing experience. Tighten the connections using your adjustable wrench.
9. Test for Leaks
After connecting the water connections, you will need to test the quality of your work by checking for leaks. Open the shut-off valves by turning them counter-clockwise. Then turn on the faucet and check for leaks around the new faucet. If you find that it is leaking, turn it off and tighten the connections with your wrench or apply some plumber’s tape.
10. Reinstall the Decorative Parts
If you had to take off any decorative parts, you can reattach them after you’ve confirmed that there are no more leaks. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to minimize any chances of damage.
Call Erica’s Plumbing Today
Phew! That was quite the process. If you want to simplify the job even further, give us a call and allow one of our expert plumbers to install your Bathtub Faucet for you. Call us today at (561) 559-5282.
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