How to Repair a Shower Valve

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Last post we provided broad ideas on how to repair a bathroom but today’s post specifically focuses on the shower valve.

Shower valves help in controlling the temperature and flow of water and if the valves have a problem then it leads to leaky showers.

We understand that it is annoying, wasteful and also increases your water bills. Shower valves which leak inside the wall are more concerning as they can cause rot, mould and structural problems.

The common reasons for the valve to leak or slow down the pressure of water are wearing down of inner seals and parts or clogging due to hard water deposits.

The rubber seals which control all this get worn down due to time and use causing the water to drip out!

If your shower faucet is dripping then you don’t need to replace it, it can be repaired single handed with the help of basic tools in less than an hour!

This post is to guide how can you repair valve of your shower and say bye-bye to the old and worn parts of the faucet!

Turn off water to the shower: You need to turn down the supply of water to the shower as you can repair the valve when water is still dripping. If you are unable to find the valve which supplies water to the shower then it is fine to turn off the water supply for the entire house for some time!

Reach till the valve: Valve cartridges uses O shaped rubber rings to control the flow of water, hence the next step is to reach to the valve.

You need to locate for the screw which might be situated under the handle or the cap which you can loosen using screw drivers and pliers to reach the valve.

You might have faucet with single handle, two handles or even three handles. But the basic rule remains the same and you need to pull out the handle to reach the valve.

Replacement of cartridge: The faucets with single handle have cartridge and O-shaped ring which is slipped over the cartridge. Once you remove the retainer clip placed at the top of cartridge housing, you would see this cartridge.

You just have to replace this cartridge with the new one (make sure you buy the one which is specific to the mode of your faucet) and then replace the retainer clip and re-assemble your faucet.

The faucets which are have two or three handles also have washer which also needs to be replaced along with the O-ring.

You first need to replace the washer and then swap the O-ring with the new one.

Make sure both the washer and O-ring are coated with petroleum jelly before application.

Re-assemble everything: After replacing the cartridge and tightening the locknut again with pliers, it’s time to re-assemble everything with the screws provided. A

ttach back the handle to the valve and tighten it up. Release the water supply and turn on all the taps so as to force out the air that may have rested inside because of stoppage of water supply.

Bingo! You did it!

Repair a Bathroom to Rent

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This is the first in a line of posts on rooms to repair in order to entice tenants to rent a living space at your rental property.

This post will focus on one of the most important rooms in a home, the bathroom.

Popular opinion is that the kitchen and the bathroom are the two most important rooms for selling a home and the same is true for renting a home.

You don’t have to go overboard in your repairs and remodel, unless the current condition of the bathroom is very poor. Just a few minor updates and upgrades will be enough to offer an appealing bathroom to potential tenants.

5 Steps to Repair a Bathroom to Rent

1) Toilet

The bare minimum repair for the toilet is to replace the toilet seat. You can purchase a new toilet seat at the hardware store for only a few dollars and assemble and attach it in just a few minutes. This minor upgrade can really change the look of an old toilet.

If the toilet has rust or foundation damage or is not working correctly, I recommend replacing the entire toilet. A new toilet is relatively inexpensive. If you can install it yourself, it will be even cheaper but it might be smart to hire a plumber if you have no previous plumbing experience.

You can find several tutorials and videos on how to install a toilet online or watch the video below:

2) Shower & Bathtub

A new shower and/or bathtub is a significant financial investment. Avoid this upgrade if possible and instead deep clean the tile grout and the basin.

You can replace faucets and showerheads too for a minor update that provides a little shine. A new faucet and showerhead shouldn’t cost more than $50 combined and both can be installed easily without the assistance of a professional.

Learn how to install showerheads and faucets.

3) Sink & Vanity

I recommend updating the vanity as it is a minor cost and will modernize the bathroom and appeal to younger renters.

If you can afford a dual sink vanity and there is space in the bathroom, this type of vanity is a very popular choice in 2017.

Similar to the shower, replace the faucet on the bathroom sink. The repair is a similar process.

4) Lighting

Install modern lighting in the bathroom and upgrade the lightbulbs to LED for superior lighting. LED bulbs are energy-efficient too which will reduce utility costs for you and the tenant.

If you have no previous experience with electrical installations and repairs, hire an electrician to install the new lighting fixtures. The potential injuries from electrocution are too dangerous to risk.

5) Ventilation

There needs to be ventilation in the bathroom either in the form of a fan or a window. Installing ventilation or a window are significant costs. Hopefully both are in place already but if not you will need to consult a contractor or HVAC service in order to ensure the bathroom is up to code.

If you complete these repairs your bathroom will be ready to show to tenants and you will increase the chance of finding a new renter quickly!