Do you have a leaky faucet? Do you want to replace your tub’s spout? Have you been wanting to for a while but don’t know where to start? If you answered yes to these questions, then look no further.
From removing bath drains to removing bath spouts, we see to it that you’re able to renovate and improve the quality of your home yourself. Below, you can read about how to remove your bathtub spout.
When Should You Consider Replacing Your Spout?
There are many reasons as to why you should consider replacing the spout of you bathtub. The most common reason is that it is leaking; however, there are times when a spout wears and the diverter can no longer divert water to either the showerhead or the spout.
Water damage can also be caused to your walls due to the cracking and wearing of the section that connects the pipe to the spout. When this part of your piping system becomes worn, it can severely damage the interior of your walls. And let’s be honest, a water-stained wall does not look good.
Another reason that you may want to consider replacing your spout is if the finish on it can wear off and corrode. If this happens, you could also fix your finish while you update some of your batthroom’s other fixtures.
Which Spout Do You Have?
A tub spout is essentially the pillow cover of your bathroom’s piping system. It covers the pipe in the wall which releases water when you want to run a bath, and it protects the inner walls of you shower from the possible water damage which would occur from leakage without the spout.
If you want to remove your bathtub spout, then first you need to know which kind of sprout you have. There’s the regular tub spout, and there’s also the tub spout with a diverter. So, let’s start with the regular tub spout.
You know that you have a regular tub spout if there is no diverter on the top of your spout. The diverter is a knob which, as the name suggests, diverts the water from either the spout to run a bath, or to the shower head to start a shower.
There is another subcategory of spouts that will determine how you remove it: threaded spouts and slip-on spouts. The best way for you to determine which spout you have is to grab a flashlight and look beneath it. Is there a small screw under the spout? If there is, they that means you have a slip-on screw. If not, however, then you have a threaded spout.
How To Remove The Spout
Naturally, you might not know where to start if you’re planning to remove this part of your tub; however, it is actually a project that costs relatively little and is quick to do. You won’t even need to buy any particular plumbing tools to remove it! By hiring a professional, you’re essentially wasting time and money to have someone else do a job that you can perform easily.
The Slip-On Tub Spout
Step One:The caulk
The first thing you need to do when you begin to remove the spout of your bathtub is to remove the caulking from around your spout. You can use a screwdriver to perform this step. After you remove it, you should be able to tell if there was a gap between your spout and the wall. If you have a gap, then there’s no need to worry because your new spout will cover the hole.
Step Two: Remove the Spout
This is actually a lot easier than it sounds. All you have to do is take your screwdriver and insert it into the spout, itself. Twist your screwdriver in a counterclockwise rotation and eventually, the spout will unthread and be removed. If you want to replace your spout after removing it, then you can follow the next few steps.
Step Three: Get Your Tubing Cutter
Now that you’ve removed your spout, there should be a tube leftover that usually has water running from it. From here, you’ll want to get out your tubing cutter and strip it until it’s only about three or four inches in length.
Step Four: Tidy it Up
Your pipe is probably dirty with dust, grime, and caulking. If so, then find some steel wool that you have laying around your house and scrub your pipe until it’s clean. Once you’ve done this, you shouldn’t have any sharp edges or pieces of crust left on the pipe.
Step Five: Grease
Now you can begin installing the new spout. The first step to this is to apply a coat of silicone grease to your existing pipe. This will allow the new spout to be adjusted and installed more easily.
Step Six: Slide on the New Spout
If you’ve done everything correctly, you should have a clean and greased pipe. The only thing left for you to do is to slide the new spout on your pipe. Tighten the set screw so that it remains in place in the future, and so that you won’t have any water leakage. Voila! You have a new threaded spout.
The Threaded Tub Spout
If you do not have a set screw on the bottom of your spout, then you have a threaded tub spout. Here’s how to can remove the threaded tub spout.
Step One: Get Your Wrench
You’ll need your wrench in this moment because you need to get a good grasp of the tub spout. Once you get a good grip, you can turn it in a counterclockwise rotation so that it loosens up. When it’s loosened completely, then you can remove it. Yes, it’s really as easy as taking a wrench and removing it. If you want to install a new threaded wrench, then you can keep reading.
Step Two: Check the Length
If you haven’t bought a new spout, then make sure you take the measurements of your old one so that you can replace it more simply. If, however, you have already bought a new spout and it’s not the same size as the old one, then you’ll have to adjust the length of your pipe. To shorten it, all you really have to do is take out a pipe cutting and shave a few inches.
Step Three: Sealing Tape
For this step, you need to make sure that you have PTFE thread sealing tape. If you do, then you can wrap it around your pipe between four to six times.
Step Four: Caulking
Caulking is an essential step to pretty much any renovations you’ll do with your bathroom. Apply silicone caulking between the wall and the pipe because this prevents the majority of water leakages.
Step Five: Thread
Now, you’re ready to thread your new spout onto the pipe. You should do this slowly because you want to ensure that you don’t cross threads. Tighten until it’s in place and in line with other fixtures.
If you’re in a position where you need to have your spout removes because of wear or leakage, then you can do it yourself by following this guide. If you have any suggestions or comments, then feel free to leave them below!