Last night I ran the water for my bath, but when I tried to turn it off,
the cold water turned off just like normal, but the hot water valve
wouldn't turn off all the way. We ended up having to turn off the hot
water supply under the tub, and the water supply from the water heater
that goes to the tub before the water quit flowing from the hot water valve.
We called a plumber and he's supposed to come later today to fix it, but
I wanted to ask people here what they though the problem might be, and
how much you think a fair price is to fix.
After the plumber comes and he finds and fixes the problem I'll at least
have an idea of what to expect.
Expect to pay for a service call at the plumbers going rate ... the likely
problem is a worn/failed washer and seat or o-ring in the faucet - you don't
say how old it is . Parts could run from basically zip to $30 - $40 bucks if
it's a cartridge type faucet .
I wouldn't expect a failure in that short of time ... qualifier - a lot
depends on who is using it and how much use it gets . Probably a cartridge
or o-ring type , I don't think washer type faucets are very common any more
When I lived in my first house with single faucets with washers, I was
changing them quite often and it is not unusual to have a shut off valve
that does not shut off properly as these are infrequently used and can
freeze up. These type repairs are good for DIY'ers to learn.
I had a recent problem with a leaky drain pipe under the bathroom sink.
While the plumber was here, I had him also fix some other items. The
total cost was about $600, so I would estimate yours to cost about $150.
That seems to me to be rather high, so your plumber may cost less. But
when you are desperate, it is worth it!
On Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:14:05 -0600, Muggles wrote:
It looks like you have two problems:
1) Failure of the tub hot water valve.
2) Failure of the hot water cut-off valve under the tub.
Are you all-copper or plastic? The parts will probably be under $50, but a
lot of the labour costs depend on how cramped the workspace is, and if the
plumber needs to fire up a torch without setting anything on fire. You
might consider replacing the other valves with new ones while everything is
opened up to save on what it costs to re-do the wall after, if the wall
needs to be opened up. (i.e. reduce the probable cost in the future when
the cold water valve eventually fails.)
I could turn off the hot water valve under the tub, but when I turned it
completely off it had a tiny leak, so I had to un-turn it about a third
of a turn and it stopped leaking.
Everything under the tub is new connections, and there's a nice access
through the wall to get to the connections, too. It's covered with
something that looks like an AC vent, so that just pops out to access
the plumbing under the tub that's right there as far as reaching it goes.
Thanks. I checked around here and a journeyman plumber costs $135 @hr.
I took a look at my sink and unplugged it myself. Now if I could do
some carpenter work I'd save a bundle on building a room onto our
On 1/19/2017 8:09 PM, email@example.com wrote:
Well ... the plumber came and he said it was some weird brand of tub
faucet and he couldn't get it off!!
So, I finally found the date and name of the plumber business that put
the faucet on and we're calling them tomorrow.
To be continued ...
On 1/20/2017 6:39 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The service call was $104. The plumber thinks the other company who
installed it originally cross threaded the hot water faucet, and that's
why he couldn't get it off. Now, we have the original company who
installed the faucet coming Monday after, some time between noon and
5pm. THEY installed it, so they should know how to take it out and fix
it. Right? LOL
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