Ask a plumber: Old shower valve is all washed up

April 2, 2015 12:01 AM

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Ask a plumber: Old shower valve is all washed up

Q: I have a very old shower stall. It has the original single-handle mixing valve that constantly leaks. I have not been able to find a plumber who wants to fix this valve. The last plumber who looked at it said parts are no longer available and it needs to be replaced with a new mixing valve. To do this will I have to open up the wall? Any other repair ideas I can explore to solve this issue?

A: A shower mixing valve is the main component in a shower’s plumbing system. But, just like any broken component, sometimes it may need to be replaced to solve the problem.

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