How to Stop a Shower Valve Drip

Tired of the constant drip coming from your shower faucet? You’ve tried tightening the handle as hard as you can, but it still drips. Read on to find out how to stop a shower valve drip.

If you have a 2 or 3 handle faucet, chances are you are in need of new shower valve washers. Replacing these is a fairly simple task for a DIYer.


Phillip screwdriver

Flat blade screwdriver

Needle nose pliers

Water pump pliers

Set of plumber’s sockets, for removing the valve stem.


To repair a leaking single handle shower faucet, check out Repairing Single Handle Shower Valve


If the faucet still leaks, continue reading on how to replace the valve seats.

Before start this job be sure to turn off the water main and drain the pressure from the lines.


Well, you have replaced the washers and find the faucet is still dripping. Then the issue is most likely that the seat that the washer presses against to stop the water, has gone bad.

Replacing the seat can be a little tricky because you are working inside the wall. With the correct tools and a little patience you can accomplish the job.

You will need the same basic tools as explained above. Plus the addition of a seat wrench. You can pick up a seat wrench at your local plumbing store where you purchase the seats.

For guidance on getting this done, check out the video below.


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  1. You have to replace the seats in the valves. Turn off the water, remove the handle, depending on design, remove it with either a 1/4 inch piece of key stock, If I recognize the faucet design, go to a quality plumbing shop, get the replacement seat. While you’re at it, take the handles with you for a rubber. Installation is reverse. Good luck.

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