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radioouman
Shower drips intermittently
radioouman

Hello,
I have an American Standard shower in my master bath. It was installed in 1975. It leaks intermittently and will drip for about a minute or so, then it will stop. The dripping wakes us both up in the middle of the night. I replaced the valves for both the hot and cold but now it seems to drip more frequently than before. I don't understand why it doesn't drip continuously, and why it is the only fixture in the house that leaks. Is there anything that I can do other than tear out the tile and drywall and install a new shower?

johnjh2o
Re: Shower drips intermittently
johnjh2o

If you have a large shower head it will drip after the water is turned off. It's the water that remains in the head draining.

radioouman
Re: Shower drips intermittently
radioouman

Sure, I expect that for a few minutes. However, it will stop dripping like it should, and then an hour later it will drip rapidly for about one minute and stop. Then an hour later it will do it again. It does it all day and all night.

dj1
Re: Shower drips intermittently
dj1

"I replaced the valves for both the hot and cold but now it seems to drip more frequently than before."

If there are seats in the back of the stems, you have to replace them too.

radioouman
Re: Shower drips intermittently
radioouman

I used the new seats that came with the kit when I installed the new valves.

dj1
Re: Shower drips intermittently
dj1

Without inspecting what you did and how you did it, it's hard to say why you have a drip.

- did you get the right OE stems or after market stems?
- did you thread the stems correctly?
- did you make sure the O ring was on the stem?
- did you check for a possible crack?

These are some of the questions you have to ask yourself.

radioouman
Re: Shower drips intermittently
radioouman

I used Danco replacement valves. The American Standard valves don't seem to be available (even from our local plumbing supply store). And yes, I installed the new valve seats.

I bought a set of o-rings for where the valve seats against the valve seat. I removed the Danco valves and replaced the o-rings. I also checked the valve seats and they were loose! I had tightened them so I don't know what happened. Anyway, I retightened them and reinstalled the valves with new o-rings and I don't have any leaks anymore. Thanks for the help!

dj1
Re: Shower drips intermittently
dj1

I don't like the after market brand you mentioned, but if OE parts are not available and you don't want to replace the faucet...well this brand has to do,

Many DIY overlook the importance of proper installation, as in your case, but I'm glad you found the problem on your own.

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