How to Fix a Leaking Ball Type Shower Valve
Ball-type valves were one of the most widely used types of shower valves. However, stopping leaks on this type of shower valve might be easier than you think. Our goal is that by the end of this article, you’ll feel confident enough to tackle this project on your own.
Remove The Handle
Remove handle. There will be a screw securing the handle–either under the plastic indicator button or on the neck of the handle. You can remove the indicator button by carefully prying it loose with a sharp blade or a very thin screwdriver. Otherwise, you can look around the base of the handle.
Remove the small cover button. Inside, you will find a set screw.
Loosen the set screw using an Allen (Hexagonal) wrench.
Remove the Plate
Remove the plate by unscrewing the 2 screws securing it.
Check to see if your valve is equipped with screwdriver stops. If it is, turn both valves in a clockwise direction until it stops.
If it’s not equipped with screwdriver stops, shut off the water supply at the water main. It is usually located somewhere in the front part of your house.
Pull Ball Assembly
Remove the dome cap and gently pull the entire ball assembly.
Replace Springs And Washers
You will see 2 round rubber washers.
Insert a small screwdriver and pull out the washers along with the springs under the washers.
Inspect all components. Replace both springs and washers. Re-assemble by reversing all of the above steps.
- With a rag, cover the tub or shower drain. This will prevent small parts from falling into your drain.
- Make sure that the water supply is closed.
- After replacing the appropriate parts, remove the shower head.
- Turn on both valves and let the water run for at least 30 seconds. This will flush debris from the lines.