It is important to get your faucets and fixtures serviced now and then, but wear and tear mean they will eventually need to be replaced. A leaky faucet can be really annoying to deal with, and the additional costs on your utility bills for the additional water use that went down the drain only add to the frustration.
The team at Instant Plumbing and Rooter is able to make repairs to most tub and shower faucets and fixtures, and when the time comes to replace them, we are able to help there as well.
Here are some of the most basic parts in a tub/shower that are found in most homes here in the Valley.
The Valve body is what is behind the wall of the shower. This is the part that the handle attaches to, to control the temperature and flow. In most valve bodies, there is a cartridge that may need to be changed out if you have a constant drip that won’t stop, or if the water will not shut off at all. This happened to me once when I was about 10 years old, we had a push-pull handle, pull to turn the water on, and push it in to shut it off. Well, I was pushing, and the water was still coming out of the bathtub spout. I quickly ran out of the bathroom, I let my dad know what was happening. He tried to get it to shut off, and it still wouldn’t work. We ended up shutting the water off to the whole house just to get the tub to stop wasting water. After about an hour a plumber came to the house, and changed out the cartridge, we were back in business, and I finally got to brush my teeth, haha.
This is the part we call Trim, it’s the pretty part of the shower. There are so many different brands, finishes and styles out there. The trim for your tub shower can match all the other fixtures in the bathroom, or it can be completely different, such as a statement piece for the room.
The shower neck is attached to a pipe in the wall that is attached to the valve body. This is why it is very important to not hang anything heavy on the shower neck, as it could cause a leak to happen in the wall. The shower head is attached, most of the time it’s screwed on to the shower neck.
The tub spout is also connected to the valve body by copper or PEX piping in the wall. The tub spout is used to fill the bathtub. There are 2 types of tub spouts. A diverter tub spout will have a lift rod on the top of it. When the rod is pulled up, the water will be diverted or blocked from coming out of the tub spout. The water will now only come out of the shower head. When the water is turned off, the diverter lift rod should automatically go down, and water should now be draining out the tub spout. If at any time you are lifting the diverter lift rod, and water is still coming out of the tub spout, it may be time for a new tub spout with diverter. The second type is a non-diverter tub spout. These are more common if there is a tub only, no shower head, or if there are 3 handles to control the tub shower, typically when there are 3 handles, the center handle is the diverter.
The waste and overflow is normally underneath the tub spout, about 3-5 inches. If the bathtub gets too full, the water will leak out through the waste and overflow, that is connected to the drain line, not allowing the water to get any higher than this point.