08:31AM | 06/20/07
Member Since: 06/19/07
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I recently had my bathtub converted to a walk-in shower by a general contractor.

I had a problem with random surging of water from the new showerhead from the outset. Water would spurt out of the showerhead at random as if someone quickly turned the water on off. The manufacturer replaced the cartridge three times and most recently sent a replacement for the piston.

The problem improved somewhat after the piston was replaced, in that, the volume of random surging water was less and it occurred less frequently. The contractor seems to feel that the faucet needs to be replaced but that would entail going back into the wall of my newly renovated bathroom which I am not about to do until I am certain that it will correct the problem.

I had a licensed plumber assess the situation and he also suggested changing the fixture. He also mentioned that the problem might be due to the bathroom being last on the system and the new types of valves are sensitive to fluctuating pressure causing the water surges. He mentioned that he could install something to correct the problem (I cannot recall what he called it – but remember he said that it functions like a loop). I should mention that we have well water and never had a problem with the existing shower and tub of 23 years.

The plumber took the faucet apart and inspected our tank and water pressure gauge. He changed the pressure gauge, as it was not working and tried to put a couple of pounds of pressure in the tank because it was on the low side around 40 pds.

Interestingly, after he left, the shower was fine – no surging of water. We did not use the shower for the remainder of the day. However, the next morning, the surging of water stopped and the shower started leaking heavy drops of water without stopping. What could the plumber have done to cause the character of the problem to change entirely? This leads me to believe that it is not the faucet fixture but something else. The new leak is perpetual like a ticking clock – unlike the random surges we were experiencing previously. Keep in mind that the shower had not been used since the day before when the plumber looked at it and checked the tank. In the morning I did run the dishwasher and the other bathroom, which backs up to the problem one was used.

Previously, I noticed some correlation between using water elsewhere in the house and the surging of water from the showerhead.

I explained the latest development to the plumber about the new leak and he was at a loss to explain why.

I need help! Can anyone figure out what is going on?


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