How Do You Fix a Leaky Bathtub Spout?

To fix a leaky bathtub spout, pull out the handle insert, remove the faucet handle, replace the faucet washer, put back the handle and handle insert, and then turn on the water to test the spout. Shut off the water supply to the tub before you begin working.

  1. Remove the handle insert and faucet handle

    Shut off the water supply to the bathtub, and use a pocket knife to remove the handle insert from the faucet base in order to expose the handle screw. Loosen the handle screw, and remove the handle from the stem. If the handle does not come out after removing the screw, pour hot water over the handle to loosen the bond, and slide out the handle.

  2. Replace the washer

    Remove the old washer, and replace it with a new similar one. Place the faucet handle back onto the stem, secure the handle with handle screw, and replace the handle insert. Take caution not to overtighten the screw to allow easy opening of the water faucet.

  3. Test the spout

    Turn on the water supply to the tub, open and then close it the tap. If the spout still leaks, check the spout for the problem, and fix the problem or contact a plumber.