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How to Fix a Leaking Shower Head

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    LESLIE: Philip in Alaska’s up next. And you find The Money Pit on KENI in Alaska and your shower’s got something going on with it. Tell us what’s happening.

    PHILIP: Yes. I’ve got a rain forest shower head in my shower.

    TOM: OK.

    PHILIP: And every time I use it, it continues to drip for hours afterward.

    TOM: Well, that’s not the showerhead. That’s the … that’s the diverter. The valve for the shower is leaking a bit. It’s not shutting all the way and that’s why it’s dripping. So you need to replace the shower valve and that will stop the dripping problem.

    PHILIP: Well, I was told that the pipe that comes over at the top of the shower has residual water in it after I shut the valve off.

    LESLIE: Yeah, but that wouldn’t drip for hours and hours I don’t think.

    TOM: Yeah. That would only drip for a couple of minutes. That would empty out pretty quickly. If it’s dripping for hours and hours, there’s a steady …

    PHILIP: (overlapping voices) Well, the shower head holds a gallon of water. (laughing)

    TOM: That’s OK. There’s a steady stream of water coming out?

    PHILIP: Yes. And then it just drips.

    TOM: Well, the problem is that the valve is letting that water get through.

    PHILIP: OK.

    TOM: And so, you need to replace the shower valve and that will stop that. Alright, Philip?

    PHILIP: Oh. Hey, I appreciate it.

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