Why Is The Bathtub Faucet Leaking?

In many bathroom plumbing systems, water pours from the bathtub faucet as soon as the water is turned on. But a simple switch or tab should transfer that water over to the shower when you need it. You expect it to transfer over completely to your showerhead, which is why it’s confusing when water continues to drip from the bathtub’s spout.

What’s the cause of this issue? And what can you do? While the answer may vary, a professional plumber is the best person to call for an accurate diagnosis. Let’s take a look at a couple of possibilities.

Possible Causes of A Faucet Leak

  • Faulty Diverter – When you pull up on a lever to get the water flow to transfer to the showerhead, you are pulling up on the diverter. This blocks water from moving out of the spout, redirecting it to the showerhead. A faulty diverter is actually quite common. A plumber can fix this without too much trouble, although it usually requires replacing the bathtub spout.
  • Corroded Threads – The threads inside of the spout may be worn away, allowing water to leak out, bypassing the diverter. This problem typically also requires a replacement spout.

How To Fix The Leak

You could find a replacement spout at the local hardware store. However, it’s possible that the new spout will not fit over the old pipe. If the threads on the pipe have stripped away, for example, it will take some effort. You may need to extend or replace part of the pipe, and that’s something that’s better left to a professional.

We strongly recommend calling a professional plumber for all of your bathroom plumbing needs. Plumbers can quickly diagnose the issue, and they can make sure you get the most cost-effective repair—one that will last for years to come.

For bathroom plumbing services in San Dimas, CA, call Ace Pelizon Plumbing today. World class service is just around the corner!

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