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Bathtub Spout leaking water heavily

bestdeal 3,973 690 December 11, 2015 at 08:58 AM
See the picture, water leaking comes from sprout pointed by the blue arrow.

If tight the faucet handle using a rubber glove with force, the water dripping will be significantly slow.

What causes the problem? The plumber just changed the cartridge inside hot water handle few months ago, it's just leaking again now.

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The 1st thing I think of is water leaking inside the wall, why did you use the blue tape? I think the tape would force the water to the wrong side of the wall. Call in the plumber this work should be under warranty.
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It might be time to tear out the whole tub and shower surround. There are some good budget replacement options.

The blue tape makes no sense to me either. If water is only coming out of the spout as it's supposed to, either the replacement valve is bad already (worn washers etc, possibly related to over tightening or water conditions) or the part in the wall the valve fits into has worn so much it can't stop the water. It's also possible the replacement wasn't quite the right size.
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the valve is screwed up, not closing completely. Likely due to age or deposits. Replace it all.
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If you own or are buying the house, remember your home owner insurance will pay for anything above your deductible.
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thanks everyone, will ask plumber tonight.
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If you own or are buying the house, remember your home owner insurance will pay for anything above your deductible.
Homeowners insurance will likely not cover the replacement aged plumbing. Only the damage caused by the water leak. Filing a claim will shoot OP's premiums up substantially. Its is not a good idea to file low dollar claims.
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Homeowners insurance will likely not cover the replacement aged plumbing. Only the damage caused by the water leak. Filing a claim will shoot OP's premiums up substantially. Its is not a good idea to file low dollar claims.
Even then, a surprising number of policies actually exclude water leaks.
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ive replaced the knob stems before and the water spout just screws on. some spouts have a plastic adapter ring that goes on the pipe first before the water spout. this might be whats broken and why its leaking at the water spout. as for the left water knob the stem needs to be replaced. they cost about $10 at lowes. the water spout with plastic adapter is about $10 too. if you have the stem replaced get all 3 done and the backstops/seats inside the pipe. a backstop/seat is a metal ring that screws inside the pipe and the rubber gasket on the back of the stem tightens against to shut off the water and stop drips. both the stem and backstops/seats require a tool each that can be purchased at lowes/home depot for a couple of dollars.

i originally had 2 baths done by a plumber and it was rather pricey. then i did some homework and got all the matching parts and shut off the water and went after it. have replaced them in one shower twice.

note that the following as just examples and you will have to find what brand of faucet you have and get the matching brand parts.

tub spout and plumb pack (plastic adapter) [lowes.com]

tub/shower valve stem [lowes.com]

you/plumber can re-string a stem in the threads, but its just better to replace it and be done with it.

alternatively instead of buying everything separately and costing more you can buy a kit that has just about everything. notice the little brass rings ont he left, those are the backstops that go inside the pipe for the gasket on the backside of the stem to close against.

tub/shower installation kit [lowes.com]

ask around if family, friends, neighbors have this set you can barrow before you buy

shower stem tool set
[lowes.com]

backstop/seat tool [lowes.com]

save old parts and left over new parts for next time - about every 10 or so years the stems need to be replaced.

also, one part bleach and 2 parts water will do wonders on mildew.
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Homeowners insurance will likely not cover the replacement aged plumbing. Only the damage caused by the water leak. Filing a claim will shoot OP's premiums up substantially. Its is not a good idea to file low dollar claims.
I admit sometimes I do not read the whole post [reference Last Known Good Configuration] I promise to do a better job of that, I want to improve my numbers. Thanks for trying to keep me on the strait and narrow.

However I wonder why fenderman's opinions would have more value than my opinions do [reference Home Owners Insurance] I mean really what is insurance if you never use it?Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) In my opinion its a hole to throw money in and never get anything back out.

Possible values of this particular instance was introduced to the conversation by fenderman but how can he have an opinion without seeing the total damages inside the wall and floor. Only the OP can decide if this would warrant an insurance claim, All I did was remind the OP that insurance could be an option.

We had the back fence get blown over in a storm two years, we filed a claim and paid the deductible, our insurance paid the rest. Yes that would not be an example of a low dollar claim. Our insurance premium has not gone up.
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I admit sometimes I do not read the whole post [reference Last Known Good Configuration] I promise to do a better job of that, I want to improve my numbers. Thanks for trying to keep me on the strait and narrow.

However I wonder why fenderman's opinions would have more value than my opinions do [reference Home Owners Insurance] I mean really what is insurance if you never use it?Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) In my opinion its a hole to throw money in and never get anything back out.

Possible values of this particular instance was introduced to the conversation by fenderman but how can he have an opinion without seeing the total damages inside the wall and floor. Only the OP can decide if this would warrant an insurance claim, All I did was remind the OP that insurance could be an option.

We had the back fence get blown over in a storm two years, we filed a claim and paid the deductible, our insurance paid the rest. Yes that would not be an example of a low dollar claim. Our insurance premium has not gone up.
A single example of a claim with no increase is not indicative of insurance carrier practices. More importantly, this is NOT something that would be covered. Homeowners insurance is not a home warranty. Again you failed to read the op. There is no indication of damage to the structure inside the wall. Insurance companies generally take every opportunity to raise your rates. A claim will also make it more difficult to move to a new carrier as they will charge more based on a prior claim. It is no a good idea to file small dollar claims.
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Thanks, everybody.

The plumber will replace the whole shower system today, with a new single hot/cold water control knob. May be easy for me to change the cartridge by myself in the future.
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Thanks, everybody.

The plumber will replace the whole shower system today, with a new single hot/cold water control knob. May be easy for me to change the cartridge by myself in the future.
cartridges can do weird things like thumping and whistling. you might want to read up on them.
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Thanks, everybody.

The plumber will replace the whole shower system today, with a new single hot/cold water control knob. May be easy for me to change the cartridge by myself in the future.
That's the best option. Much less recurring maintenance and better temperature regulation.
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cartridges can do weird things like thumping and whistling. you might want to read up on them.
The newer scald preventing valves are pretty reliable. A lot of potential problems with them are actually caused by other issues in your water system. There are o-rings and springs that can wear.
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