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Old 12-11-2008, 04:49 PM   #1
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Had a plumber come in and run water to my plumbed soon to be basement bathroom. I told him to wait as I was on my way home to inspect. Wife beat me home and paid in full! Now I cannot reach him. ANYWAY...He ran water for sink, toilet and shower. All looks fine minus the water that is dripping at about one drip per hour from the pipe that is capped for the shower head. I assume I just need to tighten but the problem is and I do not know if it's related that since he left our water only gets warm at best. The water heater is set to warm which my wife had been begging me to turn down because water was too hot. Could this be something he did or is it a water heater problem? By the way, the pilot is lit and all seem fine to the naked novice eye.

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perhaps she asked him to turn it down and he went a bit overboard? turn it back up some.

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Old 12-11-2008, 05:24 PM   #3
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If there is a shower valve and it is off, then there should not be water dripping from the head cap.
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YOUR NEW SHOWER VALVE IS STILL ON THAT IS
CAUSING A COLD TO HOT WATER CROSSOVER
THATS WHY YOU HAVE WARM WATER IN THE HOUSE, ! !

IF THE LEAK IS COMING FROM A CAP OR STEEL NIPPLE, THATS OK IT PROVES THE PIPING THAT
IS GOING TO BE COVERED IS TIGHT,
SO YOU CAN CLOSE WALLS UP
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woah! that gave me a headache.... do you have to holler so loud?

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Thanks! Now how do I turn the valve off because it will not be drywalled for a week.
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What Mac said maybe the problem. However you said the water has been too hot, now cooler it might be the thermostat was going out and then quit or burnt the element out.
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I think Mac hit that nail right on the head.

That "crossover" Mac suggested is simply because the valve is open to both hot and cold water at the same time, then when you turn on a different shower, then cold water can flow into the hot water piping through that new basement shower valve. That will cool down your hot water, making your upstairs shower cooler.

Ask the plumber for all the documentation that came with your faucets and such. You may need them in future to order parts, determine repair procedures and such. For the time being, find out who made the faucet and get their customer service 1-800 number off their website.

Also, to be super sure of no leaks, put a paper towel under every soldered joint. That way, even if you only have a one drop per day leak somewhere, that drop will relax the embossing on the paper towel and it will dry flat at the spot where the paper got wet. That way you can tell there's a leak even if that towel dries by the time you next inspect them.

Instead of shutting the shower valve off completely, turn it all the way to either hot or cold. That will prevent the crossover, but still keep the shower arm piping under pressure to check for leaks at the soldered joints.

Mac: Shouldn't it be heaterOlogy and drainOlogy instead of heaterlogy and drainlogy. You might be a good plumber, but you'd starve to death as a professional speller.


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