Have you ever woken up in the morning, walked into your bathroom, and found that there’s water everywhere? You start to panic because it looks like a flood has happened. We have provided an effective solution for what you need to do when your shower won’t turn off.
The shower head is spraying water all over the place, but nothing happens when you try to turn off the tap. It may seem impossible at first glance, but don’t worry! There are some simple things before calling for help.
First of all, don’t panic. It may be a little tough to do, but panicking will only make things worse. You should close the door or window leading into your bathroom so that no more water seeps through and try to turn off other taps in your house if you have them on.
Tighten The Faucet Handle
If you can’t turn off the shower head simply by turning the handle, it might be possible that there is sand or dirt in your tap. This would stop water from flowing through and make things impossible to shut down.
The best thing to do here is to use a wrench (if you have one) or pliers (anything powerful enough will do). After securing the tap with these tools, try turning it on again. If the water flows, you’re good to go! If not, keep reading.
Second of all, there might be a leak. The main reason that your tap will never stop running is that it’s been leaking for so long that there isn’t enough pressure left in the pipes to shut down after use.
It sounds simple, but this could be anything from a build-up of soap scum or toothpaste residue stopping everything from working correctly and should be cleaned off before trying again.
All you need is some basic cleaner and paper towels wipe away any dirt or debris on your taps using these materials until they are clean once more (it shouldn’t take too long).
After wiping them dry with another towel, turn back onto the faucet handle and see if the water stops running!
Change The Cartridge
If you’ve tried to tighten the faucet handle and clean it but still can’t get your tap running again, there may be something wrong with the cartridge. This small piece of plastic or metal sits inside every modern tap system (yes even those in public bathrooms!), which pushes up against valves when you turn on to let water flow through correctly.
Sometimes this piece becomes damaged over time, usually by hard water deposits clogging it up so much that it stops working correctly. There are two solutions here: replace the entire cartridge for one designed specifically for your taps model; consult a plumber who should be able to do this quickly and easily!
Or try cleaning out all dirt first using the methods mentioned above before trying again. This might be enough to get your tap running again and save you some money.
ChangeThe Hot/Cold Assembly Pieces
The other main reason your tap won’t turn off is that the hot and cold water pipes have become disconnected from each other. This means that no matter which way you move the handle of your faucet, nothing will happen.
If this has happened to you, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a plumber as soon as possible they might be able to fix things for you on-site or at least send someone around quickly if needed.
However, there are some simple steps you can take here first before getting professional help:
First of all, close any taps leading into your house so that none more water comes through until everything is sorted out again (you don’t want another flood on top of what’s already happened).
Make sure that the hot and cold water taps are turned off at the mains this is usually located either under your sink or near to where you connect your washing machine.
Use something like a wrench (if you have one) or pliers (anything powerful enough will do) to secure both of these shut-off valves so no more water can come through them. If there isn’t already, make sure all other taps in your house are also closed!
Grab some tools, which should include screwdrivers for opening up any clips holding each tap together, along with another wrench/plier for securing it again afterward if needed.
Open up each tap by unscrewing everything inside using whatever tool best suits you until they’re open. Make sure you keep everything in a safe place, so it’s easy to put back together again later!
After this, try turning on the hot and cold taps at your mains one by one. If water flows through successfully, then you’re all good get someone to check that no more parts of either tap are damaged before closing them up again (e.g., using rubber washers or any other pieces which might have fallen out).
Keep an eye on both just in case anything goes wrong over time and fix as needed if required! However, if nothing happens when you turn each tap on individually: there is probably something wrong with the internal piping system leading towards your house from where they connect into the ground/mains supply pipe outside.
This is a much bigger job than replacing the cartridge and, as such, should be left to an experienced plumber. Don’t forget that if you’ve got another tap or two in your house which aren’t working either, it’s best to check those just in case!
If all else fails and none of these methods work, then it might be time for a new shower head they’re cheap enough now and often come with different spray settings, so there is bound to be one that suits your needs well (and looks good too).
Repair A Ball Shower Faucet
Another widespread reason why your shower won’t turn off is that the ball assembly inside has become clogged up and will therefore no longer work.
This piece essentially acts as a gate, stopping water from coming through until you move it to either side using the handle of your tap. There are two ways this might have happened:
One possibility is that hard water deposits (from things like limescale or calcium build-up) have built up over time so much that they block it completely; another option could be any dirt that came loose while you were cleaning out the cartridge above and accidentally got stuck in here too!
It’s also possible for these gates themselves to wear down after repeated use although most last at least several years before anything goes wrong.
However, don’t worry as these can easily be replaced with a new one it’s unnecessary to replace the whole tap again unless you really want to (and even then, this part is usually very cheap).
So what do you need to fix your ball shower faucet? Firstly make sure that all other taps leading into your house are turned off at the mains before doing anything else; also, ensure nobody has any soap or shampoo on their hands which could accidentally lead to someone turning them back on during repair!
Again, close up any open taps using whatever tools best suit you, along with another wrench/plier just in case of emergencies later down the line. Be extra careful when handling sharp objects like screwdrivers, so you don’t injure yourself by accident.
You should also consider wearing gloves to avoid any cuts or scratches which might occur; otherwise, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water afterward!
Unscrew the cover of each tap using whatever tool helps best (usually a screwdriver for this part), then remove them carefully, making sure not to drop anything into the space within that needs holding back again later on.
Keep all parts in one place, so they’re easily accessible once put back together, just like when cleaning out the cartridge earlier. If there isn’t already, check whether everything is spotless inside before continuing onto putting it all back together again especially if dirt was what initially caused your shower to stop working correctly here originally!
Make use of cotton buds dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove any residue that’s leftover thoroughly this will make the next step much more effortless.
Each of these pieces should come off quickly, with either a screwdriver or simply by turning themselves anticlockwise if not already detached from everything else via whatever means they were initially put together previously.
Keep all parts separate so you can tell which goes where when it comes to putting it back together again later on (for your shower tap(s) to work correctly).
If there are no instructions included with the replacement part, note how each piece was attached before taking it apart and try sticking to similar methods when reassembling afterward; otherwise, look online for possible tutorials.
Follow what worked best last time instead of trying anything too complicated, or you could risk making things worse! Take care when reattaching the handle to ensure it is in the same place as before so that everything fits back together again where necessary afterward.
If this doesn’t work correctly, then your shower won’t turn off properly and might even start leaking for some reason unless they are already damaged beyond repair, it’s unlikely but possible.
This would mean having to replace them entirely if nothing else works out instead of just repairing these alone; therefore, take extra special care with every step during the installation process here; otherwise, you’ll have more problems on top of what you’re currently trying to fix!
Once fully assembled again, test all parts by turning each tap on individually (leaving the others turned off) to ensure they work properly. If there is still a problem here, then it’s likely that you’ve missed something along the way this might mean not screwing on one of these bits tightly enough or forgetting some other minor detail that could be fixed with further investigation.
Try taking everything apart again and checking whether anything looks out of place before trying once more; if all else fails at this point, try looking online for even more answers as someone else might have already had the same issue.
It can be frustrating when your shower won’t turn off. Fortunately, you can do a few things with the help of this guide on what you need to do when your shower won’t turn off to fix this problem before it becomes more severe and requires an expensive replacement of the whole unit.
From figuring out where the leak is coming from or repairing just one small component instead of replacing the entire thing, we hope that these tips will help keep your bathroom nice and tidy without costing too much money in repairs.
If something doesn’t work out as planned with any part during installation, then take special care so as not to make matters worse for yourself here otherwise, give us a call if all else fails because our team would love to hear about what went wrong so they can better assist you moving forward with whatever issues may arise.