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Old 08-04-2010, 08:50 PM   #1
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No water at tub

Owner of rental unit calls to tell me the renter is complaining that he has no water to the tub, cold nor hot. I'm on another job but go over later that day and sure enough there is NO water coming from either the HOT nor COLD water sides. This is an old style with two handles into one spigot into the tub-NO shower. Kicker here: The sink in the same room has water, hot and cold. The toilet works just fine. The kitchen sink works just fine. Can't get under duplex (other side is fine) as it is too low, or I'm too big, take your choice. I can see the pipes going to the bath area. Old galvanized. Both lines come from the kitchen area straight to the tub. There is a "T" in both lines which go to the bath sink. I removed the stem/washer assemblies of the tub one side at the time, had my son turn the main line on slow/just a little--nothing comes out. Then I remove both stem/washer assemblies which should be a straight shot from both supply lines and out the seat areas--NO water. Could there be some type of blockage in the lines after they "Tee" off for the bath sink? Weird that it would be both lines. I'm thinking about attaching an air line to the stub for the tub spout, putting maybe 40# of air into the system with the main line off and both outside faucets open. Maybe blow out something in those lines? Still odd that it is both lines at the same time. Any suggestions? David


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Old 08-05-2010, 07:39 AM   #2
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Sounds like the tub faucet body itself is clogged with debris from the old galvanized lines.
Try cleaning it out with a coat hanger wire with the water OFF. Twist and poke the wire around, and then turn the water off and on to flush it out.
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:07 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Mike Swearingen View Post
Sounds like the tub faucet body itself is clogged with debris from the old galvanized lines.
The debris could have come from either the hot or cold lines and mixed in the valve body. I would replace the galvy with copper back to the where the lav lines tee off and put in a new tub valve also. Hopefully you can cut the galvy close to the tees, unscrew the piece, thread in a copper male adapter, and go from there. Blowing out the lines may cause debris to lodge elsewhere and is a temporary fix at best.
Piece o' cake.

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Old 08-05-2010, 05:16 PM   #5
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Hopefully you can cut the galvy close to the tees, unscrew the piece, thread in a copper male adapter
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I'd use PEX
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