When To Replace Tub Faucets

If your bathtub faucet is old and corroded, it’s time to replace it. Replacing the spout, handles and stems is an easy DIY project that will make your bathtub look and function better. The cost of replacing a tub faucet depends on your location and the model of the faucet. It generally includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.

Replacing The Spout

If your replace tub faucet has broken or has become too difficult to operate, it might be time for a replacement. Look for a replacement kit that comes with handles, stems and a new spout. First, find the set-screw (Photo A) or screw that secures the spout to the water pipe. It’s usually hidden on the underside of the spout, near the wall. Use a wrench or appropriate screwdriver based on the type of screw to loosen the setscrew.

Once the spout is free, wrap a cloth around it to protect the metal and then grip the spout with a pipe wrench or locking pliers. Turn the wrench counterclockwise to loosen the spout from the water pipe, and then slide the spout off the pipe. If you’re unsure about the size of the old spout, it’s important to measure from the pipe to the end of the nipple, which is the part of the spout that attaches to the water pipe. If the spout is too long, you may need to use an adapter to make it fit.

Replacing The Handles

If your bathtub faucet handle has become rusted or broken, it might be time for a replacement. Replacing it is a quick and easy task that can add some pizzazz to your bathroom. If you have a single-handle system, the first step is to remove the handle from the valve. This can be done by unscrewing the set screw or pulling out the decorative cap that’s under the handle.

Next, unscrew the trim plate that covers the hole in the wall leading to the valve body. It’s also called an escutcheon plate. Once the escutcheon plate is removed, wrap Teflon tape around the base of your faucet stem and slide the new handle onto it. You can then screw the new handle into place with a screw supplied with your new faucet. If you have a double-handle shower faucet, the installation is similar. Just be sure that your new handles are compatible with the shower valve you’re replacing, so they work properly.

Replacing The Faucet

Replace tub faucet  can be a quick way to update your bath space. The new spout and handles will make the sink look more modern, while adding to your home’s overall style. Before starting to replace your tub faucet, shut off the water supply to the house to prevent the pipes from spraying. You will also need to clean the wall or the tub surface to get ready for the new spout.

You will need to remove the handle stems and replace them with a new threaded stem. Whether you have two handles or one, this is a simple process that requires only the use of a flathead screwdriver to pry up on each side of the index cover and unscrew it from the handle. Then, feed the threaded end of the stem into the hole where the old stems were previously installed and turn it clockwise until it is secure and snug. Be careful not to over-tighten the stem, as this can cause damage to the pipes. Repeat the procedure with each handle.

Replacing The Pipe

A dripping tub faucet often indicates there is a problem with the spout. Some spouts twist directly onto the pipe, while others slip on and have a set screw that holds them in place. If your spout is a slip-on style, simply remove the screw and the spout will come off with ease. If your spout is a threaded model, you’ll need to loosen the nut and then pull it free of the stem.

Once the spout is off of the pipe, you’ll need to replace it with a new one. Look for a style that attaches to the pipe near the wall using copper threads and turns clockwise.


Once the new spout is attached, use caulk around the base of the spout to fill in any gaps and seal it against the wall. This will stop water from leaking into the wall and will keep your faucet working properly. If your spout is threaded, apply some PTFE thread sealing tape to the threads.