Shower And Kitchen Faucet Problem

Old 07-23-07, 10:10 AM
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Question Shower And Kitchen Faucet Problem

What would cause water to also come out of the spray nozzle when a kitchen faucet is turned on full? Also in our bathroom, water comes out the showerhead when the faucet is turned on high.
Old 07-23-07, 10:24 AM
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Your kitchen faucet problem could be the diverter valve buried in the "guts" of the faucet or it could be the thumb (finger) valve on the sprayer is crudded up with mineral deposits and not closing completely. A new sprayer head is less than ten dollars (unless you have a fancy model) and can be changed in less than five minutes.

The bathroom problem is a bit more puzzling. It could be the water pressure (maybe?) or more likely the diverter assembly. Do you have a "button" on the tub spout that you pull up for shower or do you have a handle in the wall that you turn for shower?
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In cases where you have high city water pressure and no pressure reducing valve, that problem in the tub/shower can happen. It has to me. Another cause is if the tub spout's nipple is say 1/2 inch and it has rusted closed some and makes it so all the water can't get out the tub spout, so it picks going up the shower pipe as well. IF the cause is high water pressure you can get a pressure reducing valve installed in your house.

Or to cover both bases - and more cheaper - You can by this small inline shutoff valve, made specifically for shower head locations (sold in my big box store by the shower heads and shower arms), that when you unscrew your shower head off the chrome shower arm sticking out the wall, you can screw on this little t-handle shut off valve (also chrome to match). Then after you tighten that on, you screw your shower head back on, to the end of that. Then you have the option to turn off that little valve when trying to fill the tub so you don't have water from the shower head splattering down into the tub or on you if you are in it.

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