A332 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2304 times:
... yeah, I have a question!
I have an older house I lease out and the tenant there is complaining that the faucet leaks a lot of water while the shower is going, thus reducing pressure to the shower head and the waste pouring down the drain.
Now... I'm no plumber... I've changed dishwashers a few times and done a few other tasks, but before I go removing this... how difficult of a job is it to replace this faucet? Tips... pointers...?
SAN787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
I'm an optimist, but I'd say very near impossible to fix it. It appears to be rather old, and likely is at the end of it's life. Being that it's such an old style, finding a replacement is going to be harder than finding an Airbus in Everett, WA. At least in the US, 99% of new tub & shower valve/trim setups are single handle...meaning the pressure and volume of water are controlled by the same valve and same handle. Especially with tiled walls, this is not going to be a low-cost repair. If this were a newer style where the tub spout and handles were seperate, you could attempt to replace the tub spout ($10) and see if that would resolve the problem, but I think this one's a little stickier than that. I'd be willing to bet the actual problem is that the diverter cartridge/valve inside the faucet is stripped/cracked/aged where it's allowing water to continue flowing through the spout instead of the pressure forcing it up to the showerhead.
If you're willing and able, this would make an opportune time to invest a little money in the bathroom...get rid of the tile (when you tear it out to install a new single handle shower valve), put in a 3-piece acrylic shower stall and get all new shower trim. Home improvements....ahh sooo fun, and sooo easy to go overboard.
FighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1462 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2266 times:
Quoting A332 (Thread starter): the faucet leaks a lot of water while the shower is going, thus reducing pressure to the shower head and the waste pouring down the drain.
As weird as it sounds I have the exact same faucet back home. And wouldn't you know it... it does the same thing. It's gotten so bad that the only way to make the faucet only stay on "tap" mode is to put something like a cloths pin in the space. I don't know what to do to fix it other then get a whole new faucet. We're planning on redoing our bathroom so the faucet will be replaced then.
ORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2241 times:
I'm not a plumber, but have some experience with faucets.
You can take the handles off, and replace the rubber washers on the valve stems. These are not at all expensive at your local hardware store. Personally, if I were doing this in a rental property, I'd go ahead and replace the stems and seats. You will need a couple special tools - one to remove the stems, (I forget what this tool is called) and you will also need a seat wrench. The tools will cost about 25 - 30 bucks total, and the stems run about 10 bucks each.
I bought the tools many years ago after becoming a homeowner - they've been a good investment.
There are complete repair kits available for this kind of faucet at Home Depot. Not expensive either. Or take this picture to the store with you (in this case Home Hardware or Rona would be better), they tell you exactly what to buy. Again, cheap and fast. However, if the saddle (or how is the proper word in English) is worn, you'll have to replace the whole shebang. Not cheap or easy.