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Dripping Shower Head: It’s Not About the Shower Head

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It’s a common scenario many homeowners face: You notice your shower head has started to drip and despite replacing the shower head, the drip continues. This was exactly the situation a recent client of ours called in about. After noticing their shower head was dripping, the homeowner decided to swap out the shower head, only to find the drip continued. This is a common misconception about plumbing fixtures – that the external hardware (like a shower head or tub spout) is the culprit behind leaks and drips, when it’s not. 

The truth is, a dripping shower head or tub spout is often symptomatic of a problem with the valve or cartridge within the wall, and not the external fixtures themselves. The valve and cartridge are crucial for controlling the flow and temperature of water in your shower, but over time, they can wear out or become damaged, leading to leaks.

Dripping Shower Head: It’s Not About the Shower Head

Why the Valve and Cartridge Matter

The valve and cartridge are the heart of your shower’s plumbing system. They regulate water flow and temperature, for a comfortable and efficient shower experience. When they malfunction, water can seep through, leaving you with a persistent drip or leak, regardless of a new shower head or tub spout.

Dripping Shower Head: It’s Not About the Shower Head
Dripping Shower Head: It’s Not About the Shower Head
Dripping Shower Head: It’s Not About the Shower Head

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I fix a dripping shower head by just replacing the shower head?  

A: Replacing the shower head might seem like a quick fix, but it often doesn’t address the root cause of the drip. If your shower head is dripping, it’s likely an issue with the valve or cartridge.

Q: How do I know if my shower valve or cartridge needs to be replaced?  

A: Signs that your valve or cartridge may need replacing include a dripping shower head or tub spout, difficulty in adjusting water temperature or a shower that won’t turn off completely.

Q: Is replacing a shower valve or cartridge something I can do myself?  

A: While some homeowners may feel comfortable tackling this project, it can involve complex plumbing work. If you’re not confident in your plumbing skills, it’s best to call a professional.

Q: How often should shower valves and cartridges be replaced?  

A: There’s no set timeframe for replacing these components as their lifespan can vary based on water quality and usage. However, if you start experiencing issues like dripping or leaking, it’s time to inspect them.

Q: Can a dripping shower head increase my water bill?  

A: Absolutely. Even a slow drip can waste a significant amount of water over time, leading to an increase in your water bill. Addressing the issue promptly can help save water and money.

At Instant Plumbing and Rooter, we understand the intricacies of home plumbing systems. If you’re experiencing a persistent drip in your shower, it’s likely time to look beyond the shower head and consider the valve or cartridge. Our team of experts is here to help diagnose and solve your plumbing issues, ensuring your shower runs smoothly again.

About Us

Instant Plumbing and Rooter LLC is a family-owned and operated plumbing business in Phoenix, AZ. We’re a family of reliable professionals that use the latest techniques for dependable plumbing services. Since 2001, we have been taking care of our community’s plumbing needs promptly and professionally.

Through our work, we aim to change the perception of plumbers in our community. Our goal is to make homeowners like you more informed, as well as show others that being a plumber is not just about unclogging toilets.

A plumber brings hygiene, sanitation, and comfort to everyone, and that’s what we’re here to help you with.

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