What to Do When a Faucet Won’t Turn Off

Imagine taking a leisurely shower and just enjoying the hot water after a long day at work. Unless you have children. Then imagine taking a 30 second shower and rushing to get out before one of them starts screaming bloody murder because his sibling took away Laughing Elmo.
You rinse off, and reach out to shut off the water… except it doesn’t shut off at all. How is this possible? You keep turning and turning the shower knob, but the water stream is still coming out, full blast.

What are you going to do now?

How to Fix a Faucet That Won’t Turn Off  in 4 Steps

Bathtub Faucet Won’t Turn Off

If the problem is with the bathtub faucet and your bathtub faucet or shower knob won’t turn off, follow these step-by-step directions.

Step 1. Shut off the water supply. The valve will be located near where your home’s water heater is installed.

Step 2. Take pictures of the faucet and handles. This will make it easier to find replacement parts at a hardware store (or to tell a plumber over the phone, exactly what it is you need).

Step 3. Disassemble the faucet. Once you purchase replacement parts, use a Phillips screwdriver to take off the leaky faucet.

Step 4. Replace the valves that go behind the wall. If you have a single knob faucet, there’s a small valve behind the wall. Use a wrench to pull them out and replace them with the newly purchased parts. Click here for a video tutorial.

Sink Faucet Won’t Turn Off

If your hot water faucet won’t turn off or sink handle won’t turn off the water, follow these step-by-step directions.

Step 1. Check the water temperature. Knowing whether it’s hot or cold will help you narrow down which handle will have to be replaced.

Step 2. Shut off the water supply. You already know the drill with this one. Let everyone in your home know you’re doing this beforehand, so someone is not left freaking out if they’re using a bathroom elsewhere in the house.

Step 3. Unscrew the handles. If you were able to figure out whether it’s the cold or the hot one, only unscrew the culprit. You can use a screwdriver to pop off the top of the knob, and a wrench to unscrew the cartridge nut below. For a video tutorial on how to do this, click here. If you have a single handle faucet, you can watch this video tutorial.

Step 4. Replace the faulty parts. These tiny valves can be replaced the same way the bathtub ones can be replaced (please refer to the section, above).

Turn the water supply to your home back on and test the faucets. If you are still having issues with the faucets not turning off, you’re going to have to call a plumber.

Plumbing Services in South Florida

If you have any plumbing issues, let us help you. We provide services in Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie, and we can get your leaky faucet back to its original working condition in no time.

Broward: (954) 800-2858
Palm Beach: (561) 701-8274
St. Lucie: (772) 879-5656

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