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Leaky Shower Faucet Fix Cost

Leaky Shower Faucet Fix Cost

National average
$250
(shower faucet repair replacing all small parts and seals, and clearing sediment build-up)
Low: $45

(simple shower faucet repair, such as washers or tightening nuts, no complications)

High: $500

(complete shower faucet repair replacing all small parts, and repairing shower valve)

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Leaky Shower Faucet Fix Cost

National average
$250
(shower faucet repair replacing all small parts and seals, and clearing sediment build-up)
Low: $45

(simple shower faucet repair, such as washers or tightening nuts, no complications)

High: $500

(complete shower faucet repair replacing all small parts, and repairing shower valve)

Cost to fix a leaky shower faucet varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from plumbers in your city.

The average cost to fix a leaky shower faucet is $250.

How Much Does It Cost to Fix a Leaky Shower Faucet?

You may have noticed that you have a leaky shower faucet. At first glance, it may appear to just be an annoyance but upon further research, you will realize it is also a costly and wasteful problem. Promptly repairing a leaky shower faucet is a prudent decision to make.

Leaky shower faucets can be caused by a plethora of problems. These issues can be related to tiny parts such as washers or shower faucet gaskets 1, all the way up to the shower valve or cartridge. Costs will significantly impacted by what type and brand of faucet you have. However, the average cost to fix a leaky shower faucet ranges from $150-$350, with the average homeowner spending around $250 on typical repairs such as replacing all small parts, such as washers, tightening nuts and shower faucet gaskets 1, replacing seals and clearing sediment build-up.

Leaky Shower Faucet Repair

Leaky shower faucet repair costs
National average cost$250
Average range$150-$350
Minimum cost$45
Maximum cost$500


Repair Costs by Broken Piece

Several parts of a shower may be to blame when it’s leaking. Differences in the types of faucets, valves, and shower heads govern the cost to fix a leaky shower due to both degree of difficulty, as well as the typical problems each type experiences.

Shower Faucet Repair Costs

There are several parts that can become eroded, broken, or worn out. Here are some common shower faucet repairs:

Type of shower faucetTypical problemsCost to fix
Compression FaucetWasher erosion$45 - $200

Disk faucet

(single and double-handled)

Single-handled: washers

Double-handled: o-rings

and stems

$45 - $250
Two-handled faucetWasher erosion$55 - $215

Three-handled/

diverter faucets

Diverter valve replacement$57 - $242

Cartridge faucet

or one-handled

O-ring replacement$65 - $220


Shower Valve Repair Costs

The shower valve is a larger repair as it is typically more expensive to purchase parts, as well as being a more time-consuming project. There are 3 common shower valves:

Type of shower valveTypical problemsCost to fix
Pressure balance valveAffects water flow$550 - $800
Ball valve

Worn or rotted rings, washers, valve seat, or springs

$950 - $1,100
Thermostatic 2 valve

Replace thermostatic cartridge

$950 - $1,100


Shower Head Repair Costs

The shower head is the actual piece where the water for your shower leaves the pipes. Prevalent complications include:

Type of shower headTypical problemsCost to fix
Rain showerheadWater holes clogged$45 - $200
Handheld shower headWorn or rotted head gasket 1

$65 - $220


Labor Costs to Fix a Shower Faucet

When you are dealing with plumbing, it is always wise to hire a professional. Many times the problem turns out to be bigger than you thought and could cost you more in the long run. There are no leaking shower faucet repairs that can be done without taking apart the faucet. This means you will need to know quite a bit about rebuilding it. If you opt to replace most of the parts, such as washers, o-rings, seals, etc. it should take a professional around 2-3 hours to complete the job. Hourly rates for plumbers vary from state to state, but the average is $45-$200. Some contractors may have minimum fees so a smaller repair could cost you almost as much as a larger one. Minimums may start at $50-$100.

When selecting a professional, take into account the level 3 of experience he has. Be aware that apprentices and journeymen may not have enough experience for complex fixes. Also, look for recommendations and testimonials of satisfied customers. The distance you are from the plumber can also impact the cost. It is best to hire someone closer to avoid a trip cost, which can be as much as $150 or more.

Prep-work for Shower Faucet Repair

Before calling a plumber you will want to be prepared.

  • Try to pinpoint the type of leak you have. This can help to make certain the plumber has the parts necessary to fix the problem in one visit.
  • Do not present the problem as an emergency unless it is. As many businesses charge extra for emergencies, you will end up paying more. Costs for weekends or nights can be an additional premium charge of $50 to $100 per hour and/or a $150 flat fee.
  • Inspect all of the plumbing-related items around your house before making the appointment. It is less expensive to get everything done in one visit. If you also have a running toilet or need to fix a dripping tub faucet, now is the time to do it.
  • Remove all items from the shower or tub area. This is a great time to throw away unwanted or unusable items. Most plumbers charge by the hour so this will cut down on the amount of time you are billed for.
  • Turn off the water supply to the faucet. In most situations, the contractor will do this, but if you are experiencing a significant amount of water leakage, you may want to do this right away until the faucet can be fixed.
  • Have towels available for excess water. When removing the faucet, there may be a spray that comes up from the water pressure build up and make a mess. In addition, if there is sediment build-up, it may end up on the shower floor. Towels will contain this so clean-up is easier.

Cost Factors When Repairing a Shower Faucet

The average cost of shower faucet repair does not take into consideration several different areas that could influence the repair cost. Additional or decreased cost could occur due to the following:

  • The type of repair required depends on what is being replaced. Obviously, small replacement parts may cost less, at $50-$55 for labor, while large projects, such as a valve replacement, can cost as much as $750. The source of the leak will also impact the cost.
  • The age of your leaking shower faucet can be a factor as well. For an older faucet, parts may be more expensive and you may need multiple parts. This can increase your costs by $30-$150.
  • The availability of the parts. High demand parts or older parts may be more difficult to obtain. This can often result in a higher cost and add $10-$50 or more.
  • If the problem is deeper than the faucet, a plumber may be needed. For instance, if you hire a handyman to repair the faucet, but when he removes the faucet he discovers a leak behind the wall, you will need a plumber. Depending on the leak, you may end up with a bill of $200-$1,000. In addition, you may have water damage to drywall 4, flooring, and outdoor siding. These types of repairs can escalate depending on if you need water removal, if wood has rotted, or if mold has grown. Costs range from $1,400 to as much as $5,000.

Common Shower Leak Repairs Cost

As most of these common problems involve taking apart the faucet, you may pay a similar price for each of them. This might be a good time to have all of the essential parts replaced at once to avoid more costs later. Many contractors charge a minimum or trip fee of $150, so if the repair is quite simple and straightforward, you might end up paying only that minimum fee.

ProblemSolutionCost
Corroded or low quality washersReplace washers$45 - $200
Loose nutsTighten or replace nuts$45 - $200
Rotted o-rings or shower faucet gaskets 1

Replace o-rings or shower faucet gaskets 1

$50 - 220
Inlet and outlet seals wear outInstall new inlet/outlet seals

$65 - $235 or minimum charge / trip fee

Sediment build upTake apart entire faucet and remove all sediment build up

$70 - $250 or minimum charge / trip fee


Repair vs. Replace a Leaky Shower Faucet

While you may be thinking about just having your faucet repaired, it is always prudent to compare the cost of repair with the cost of replacement. Many times, you will see a vast difference between the two, but the pros of replacement may far outweigh the cost difference.

OptionProsCons

Repair

$45-$250

Less expensive

No design problems

Does not normally require any tile or wall repairs

Certain faucet types may not be repairable

More work and mess

No warranty on old faucet

New leaks may appear in the future if not well repaired

Replace

$450-$720

Opportunity to upgrade

Warranty on new faucet

Warranty on work if you use a professional

Newer faucet systems are easier to repair for future problems

More costly

May impact bath design

New supports may be needed in the wall

Tile and/or wall may need to be replaced


Enhancements and Improvement Costs

Aerator

If repairing an existing faucet, you can install an aerator to reduce the flow of water to provide a more energy-efficient water flow. The cost for an aerator is $5-$10 plus installation.

Handle Replacement Only

Some shower faucets and trim allow for handle replacement only. This will make your shower look upgraded. Standard trim kits cost $25-$60 plus installation.

Adding a New Shower Head

Adding a handheld showerhead or rain showerhead can enhance your shower experience. For a new handheld shower head, you should expect to pay $50-$150 plus installation. A rain shower head will run $20-$200 plus installation.

Replace Caulking

Replacing caulking 5 goes a long way towards making the shower and faucets look new. This is a very inexpensive way to dress up your shower area. To have your old caulk 5 removed and new installed, expect to pay $100-$150​.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • To repair a leaky shower faucet, you will not need a permit. However, if the job becomes bigger a permit will often be required. Your plumber will be able to advise you on whether a permit is necessary for the work he is doing. Average cost for a permit is $75.
  • If you are using a licensed and insured plumber, you can rest assured he/she is trained in shower faucet repair. However, if you have hired a handyman, you may be working with someone who does not have the training or knowledge necessary to do the job. To find someone you know will do a good job, you can check out the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association and the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
  • It may be less costly to fix a dripping tub faucet versus a dripping shower faucet. The difference can be $50-$100.
  • If your faucets aren't that old, check out the warranty as it may cover repairs.
  • DIY may be cheaper, but will leave you with the mess, clean-up, and no warranty. In addition, problems that crop up may be outside the scope of your ability.

FAQ

  • Can a dripping faucet increase the water bill?

A dripping faucet can waste up to 17 gallons of water a day at one drip per second. This equates to about $30 a month extra on your water bill.

  • How much does a plumber charge to replace a shower cartridge?

Including the cost of the cartridge and the installation, you can expect to pay $550-$1,100.

  • How do I fix a dripping shower faucet?

Fixing a dripping shower faucet involves taking apart the faucet to replace washers, o-rings, nuts, seals, and/or valves.

  • Should I replace shower valve?

Shower valves affect the amount of water pressure you get from hot and cold water. If you are having a problem with pressure, it could be your shower valve.

  • Are shower valves universal?

Most shower valves are exclusive to a particular brand so they are not universal.

  • How do you fix a leaky single-handle shower faucet?

For a single-handle shower faucet, you will need to take it apart, then clean the cartridge with vinegar and replace the o-rings and rubber gaskets 1 with new ones.

  • How do you fix a leaky 3-handle shower faucet?

First, remove the hot and cold water handles. Next, remove the flange plate. Finally, take off the faucet stem and replace any washers or seats that are worn.

  • Why does my shower head drip after I turn it off?

Most likely, the holes in the shower head are clogged with sediment. You can soak the head in a mixture of vinegar and water to remove the sediment.

  • Why does my shower head leak when the bath faucet is running?

This is most often due to a problem with the diverter. The diverter is what makes the water come out of the tub faucet versus the shower faucet.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Gaskets: A seal that fills the space between two or more surfaces that are joined together, allowing a tight seal even when the surfaces do not fit against each other perfectly
glossary term picture Thermostat 2 Thermostatic: A device that senses and regulates temperature by turning heating and cooling devices on and off
3 Level: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped.
glossary term picture Sheetrock 4 Drywall: Type of plasterboard, commonly used to build walls and ceilings, composed of gypsum that is layered between sheets of heavy paper
glossary term picture Caulking 5 Caulking: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant

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Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Anchorage, AK
+35%
Ashland, NH
+22%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bellevue, WA
+13%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Boise, ID
-11%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Cape Coral, FL
-9%
Cedar Rapids, IA
+6%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corona, CA
+19%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Elmhurst, NY
+35%
Fairfield, CA
+5%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Greenville, SC
-12%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntsville, AL
-17%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, KS
+16%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Oconomowoc, WI
+16%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Palm Bay, FL
-16%
Pearl, MS
-13%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Portland, OR
+11%
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