3 Things to Know about Shower and Tub Valve Repairs

Posted on: 21 August 2018


When you notice a leak in your bathroom shower or tub, one of the culprits is likely the valve. You may notice a leak during your shower or bath coming directly from the underside of the valve or from around the casing. If this is the case, you'll need to repair the valve itself. Here are three things you need to know about the shower and tub valve repairs you are facing and how to do them as efficiently as possible.

1. Rubber Seating

One of the first things you will need for a shower and tub valve repair is rubber seating. In many cases, the rubber seating may be the issue causing the leak. You can buy the seating in many styles, but the key point is to get the seating that fits the size or the make and model of the valve. If you don't know the make and model of the valve, remove the valve and take it with you to the hardware or home improvement store. They can narrow down the right rubber seating kit for you and get you everything you need to replace the seating you have.

2. O-Rings

There is a misconception among some homeowners that in order to replace the valve or make valve repairs you will only need the seating and the valve. You will also need the o-ring for the seating. The o-ring works as a barrier and seal in much the same way as a washer would in traditional plumbing and pipework. The o-ring will fit directly around the rubber seating to give a firm seal under and around the valve itself. The o-ring will need to be purchased based on the circumference size of the rubber seating and can be purchased along with the rubber seating as well.

3. Valve Kits

You may find that your local home improvement store has valve repair kits. These kits will have everything you need to repair the valve based on either the make and model of the valve or the size of the valve. The kits will contain the seal, rubber seating, o-ring, and other parts that may be necessary for your specific needs. These kits are an ideal option if you have a minor repair. You will still need the tools such as wrenches.

These three things about shower and tub valve repairs deal with basic repairs that most homeowners can make. If you find the leak is too large, or you can't locate the exact source of the leak, contact your local bathroom or plumbing contractor. They can offer a consultation and help you with the valve repairs or valve replacement you need.