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Plumbing question - small leak

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    Plumbing question - small leak


    What can cause a bathroom sink or shower to leak drops with the water valves completely turn off?

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    Re: Plumbing question - small leak

    Valve needs to be rebuilt. You can buy rebuild kits. Pretty easy to install. I did it on my shower this past year. Just have to find out what model it is to get the correct kit. That's how it worked for my Delta shower valve anyways.

    Not hard to do. Shut off ball valve on supplying line. Pull out old parts. Put in new parts. Ta da.

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    Re: Plumbing question - small leak

    Yup. Valve is in the top assembly with the handle for temperature. Have to take the handle off and the cover plate to get at the valve assembly.

    For that sink... I'd probably just replace the whole faucet. That looks like a $40 faucet anyways.

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    Re: Plumbing question - small leak

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Yup. Valve is in the top assembly with the handle for temperature. Have to take the handle off and the cover plate to get at the valve assembly.

    For that sink... I'd probably just replace the whole faucet. That looks like a $40 faucet anyways.
    Solid advice on both counts. Thanks bud

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    Re: Plumbing question - small leak

    If its ground water you may have grit, that hangs up the valve from seating entirely

    Look in the bottom of your toilet tank and see whats there

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    Re: Plumbing question - small leak

    I just did that exact same repair on mine last week. Went to ace hardware and bought a rebuild kit and its all good now. Took about 30 minutes and that mostly double checking everything to make sure it was ok.
    Good advise on the ground water debris too. I have ground water and a pretty good filter system and i had some crap in my valve. Im sure it contributed to my valve failing to some extant but it was 20 years old and due for a rebuild.

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    Re: Plumbing question - small leak

    That shower valve sure looks like a Symmons Temptrol to me. If so, you need special tools to replace the valve seats. That may be worth ordering out for. If your house is like mine there is no shutoff for the shower and you have to cut water to the whole house. Pulling that valve apart and realizing you lack the tools or know how to get it back together and then telling your wife she can't use running water until you fix it is something of an inconvenience. .. Ask me how I know.

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    Re: Plumbing question - small leak

    Leaks always fix themselves. Or maybe....

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    Re: Plumbing question - small leak

    I ended up just replacing my simmons with a new one using compression fittings bolt on installation

    Not cheap but its been fine now for many years

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