How to Remove a Tub Spout
As a homeowner, there are several reasons why you might need to replace your bathtub spout. Your faucet might be old and corroded or you might need a style upgrade. At Kingston Brass, we design high-quality tub spouts. If you are remodeling your bathroom or replacing a worn-out bathtub spout, start your project by browsing our vast selection of tub spouts.
Once you have decided on the right tub spout for your needs, you will begin your project by removing the existing tub spout. If you are new to this process, our DIY steps below will walk you through how to remove your tub spout.
Step 1: Determine the Bathtub Spout Type
Before you can begin the process of removing a tub spout, you need to determine which type of spout you have. There are two common spout styles. One is a diverter, which features a lever or pull that allows you to switch your water flow from the tub faucet to the showerhead. The second type of bathtub faucet is a non-diverter. This is a minimalistic style that only allows for water to flow from the faucet itself. A non-diverter tub faucet is more commonly seen in clawfoot tubs and when the shower valve includes an integral diverter. When it comes to removal, the difference between a non-diverter and diverter only concerns which style of tub spout you purchase to replace the one you remove.
The most important factor in the removal of your bathtub faucet is the attachment style. Generally, most tub faucets are either slip-on or threaded. Slip-on involves a screw, commonly referred to as a setscrew, whereas a threaded faucet is screwed into the wall.
Step 2: Remove Your Tub Spout Based Upon Type
Once you determine what type of tub spout your bathroom features, you will want to follow the appropriate removal steps found below.
Removing a Slip-On Spout
- Start by looking for any caulking or sealant around the faucet. Utilize a knife or razor to remove the sealant.
- Next, find the screw that is holding the faucet into place. Generally, this screw will be located on the bottom of the spout. You will need to remove the screw by using the appropriate wrench. Most commonly, this will require an Allen wrench.
- After you remove the screw, pull the bathtub spout out from the wall.
- Now you are ready to replace the old faucet with a new bathtub spout.
Removing a Threaded Tub Spout
- If you have a threaded tub spout, you’re in luck. These bathtub spouts are extremely simple to remove. Using a large wrench, simply grab the faucet with the wrench and start turning it counterclockwise.
- Continue to loosen the tub spout until it comes free.
Replace Your Bathtub Spout Today
As you can see, replacing your bathtub spout is not a complex project. If you are looking for a simple DIY project that will improve both the aesthetics of your bathroom, as well as the functionality of the space, purchase a new bathtub spout through Kingston Brass today.