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07:30PM | 08/23/04
Member Since: 08/22/04
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This is my very first post, and I tried to find an answer before posting. I could find other posts about my question, but couldn't get to any answers so... here's my question..

There is water dripping from my shower head into my bathtub(it's a shower/tub combination). It's driving us crazy. Both faucets are turned off completely on the bathtub. Neither my husband and I know anything about plumbing. Please help.


Jim D

01:06AM | 08/25/04
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Lisajoy - hi, a couple questions here may help resolve this.

First - is the water dripping constantly, or does it quit after a period of time like, say, 30 minutes?

Second - have you had any work done to the plumbing anywhere else in the house, or was the water cut off and turned back on?

Third - is the water hot or cold?

Fourth - does your shower/tub combination use a diverter (a knob you turn, or a lever you raise/lower, or a rod you pull out) to change the water flow from the tub's spout to the shower head? If so, have you changed the diverter from one position to the other to see if the dripping now happens at the tub spout?

If the dripping is constant and just recently started, but there hasn't been any work done to the plumbing or the water hasn't been turned off, then I'd suspect a problem in the fixture - the cartridge (if used in your fixture) or the stems. The temperature of the dripping water should help determine which stem (hot or cold) may have a bad washer in it. If the diverter's normally left in the shower mode, switching it to tub mode is advised before trying to check the dripping water temperature. (The water in the shower piping needs to drain out.)

This is just a starting point for you - I hope it helps you some. Good luck! Jim D/West Point, VA

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