A bathtub is an important place as it is used for both physical and mental cleansing. Thus, there is no doubt that you should check the bathtub spout frequently.
Then, if your bathtub spout does show any signs of bad conditions, you should replace it with the new one. And of course, you can do it yourself with our instructions about how to remove and replace a bathtub spout.
In this article, there are many useful pieces of information:
- The signs showing the right time when you should replace the new bathtub spout
- How to distinguish between types of bathtub spouts
- A brief guideline on the removal and replacement process of bathtub spouts
- A demonstration video
When the Bathtub Spout should be Replaced
Cleansing, both physically and emotionally, is an essential part of our daily life. Bathtub, therefore, becomes one of the most important things in the bathroom. However, bathtubs may meet several problems due to the broken-down spout.
The first problem that should be listed is clogged spouts. Clogged spouts appear when a mass of dust is stuck in the spout, making the water unable to flow out into the bathtub.
Secondly, the bathtub spout may be broken down or cracked. Obviously, with such problems, there will be water leakage. To detect this problem, the easiest way is to turn off the spout and plug the drain stopper in. Then, wait for some hours. If they are in those conditions, the level of water will be higher.
Thirdly, another problem that is quite similar to the second one – water leakage when the diverter of the spout can’t function properly. To be more specific, this happens without the channeling up to the showerhead but continuing to flow out of the spout.
Last but not least, there might be a chance of mildew and mold in and around the spouts, which can be a good habitat for the growth of bacteria, resulting in allergic reactions or skin-related problems.
If your bathtub spout is in such conditions, it is highly recommended that you replace it with the new one for better sanitation.
How to Remove and Replace A Bathtub Spout
To do this process, the foremost thing is to identify the type of your bathtub spout. There are two main types, which are slip-on and threaded spouts.
The main difference between these two types lies in the setscrew. The slip-on spout has a setscrew; meanwhile, the threaded spouts do not feature this and they just turn off the nipple or the pipe.
The easiest way to detect each type is to find a small screw under the cap, which is located on the underside of the spout.
What’s more, the threaded spouts are divided into:
- The front-end threaded tub spout: It includes a valve and may have a shower diverter or not.
- The rear-end threaded tub spout (also known as a wall-end threaded tub spout): It is usually used in modern houses with a shower diverter.
However, do not worry much! They are removed and replaced in almost the same way as each other.
For both types of spouts, everything you need to have is really simple and can be bought at any plumbing store.
Here is the checklist:
- A new bathtub spout
- A utility knife or a putty knife
- Pump pliers
- A hex wrench
- Thread seal tapes
- Silicone caulk
- Sandpaper (if necessary)
- Torch (if necessary)
Very basic, right?
With these things, you can remove and replace a bathtub spout yourself.
As there is a difference between slip-on and threaded spouts, the steps to remove and replace them are different.
However, before doing any plumbings, remember to turn off the bathtub valve or the main water supply vain for sure.
Besides that, use the utility knife or putty life to remove the caulk around the finish on the spout.
How to remove and replace a slip-on bathtub spout
Step 1: Find somewhere around the wall the setscrew. You may have to use the torch to locate it as it is quite small.
Step 2: Remove the screw with a hex wrench (You may find that there are other screw heads like Phillips-head or flat-head, and thus, you should you the correlative screwdriver).
Side note: Put a rag over the drain before unfastening the screw, in case it falls down and gets lost in the drain of the bathtub.
Step 3: When the screw is loosened, pull the spout out of the nipple.
Step 4: Make sure that you buy the same length as the old bathtub spout. If the new spout is shorter than the old one, an extra adapter is what you need to make it fit. In contrast, with a new longer spout, you can leave a little bit of the pipe.
Step 5: Clean the pipe coming out of the wall with rags. If there happen to be any burrs or spots, use the sandpaper to smooth the pipe.
Step 6: Wrap the nipple with thread seal tape and slide the new spout onto the pipe until it reaches the wall. Remember to check if the opening point has been straight down.
Step 7: Tighten the setscrew and check if the spout has been properly operated.
How to remove and replace a threaded bathtub spout
Step 1: Taking out the old spout with a pipe wrench. It is really a piece of cake, as what you need to do is placing the wrench around the spout and twisting it off counterclockwise to unthread.
Step 2: Check the new spout whether it is suitable with the stub-out pipe. (It is highly recommended that you take the old one to the stores and ask the manufacturers so that the new spout can match with the old one).
Step 3: Apply 4 – 6 covers of thread seal tape around the threads.
Step 4: Put on some silicone caulk around the edge where the spout and the wall meet.
Step 5: Tighten the spout to the pipe coming from the wall slowly until it is snug so that it is not crossed.
Step 6: Clean the excess caulk and check the operation of the new spout.
As said at the beginning, here is a demonstration video about bathtub spout replacement that will help you a lot:
The removal and replacement of the bathtub spout are really easy with our clear instructions. In fact, all of the steps can be summarised into determining the type of the bathtub spout, removing it with a wrench and applying the new one onto the pipe.
We hope that with our guidelines on how to remove and replace a bathtub spout, you can do it yourself without having to call the plumber.
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And now, thanks for reading and hope that you will succeed!