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 Bathroom water
Author: tlovell214 (PA)

My son went to take a shower this morning and noticed the water wouldn't go on. So I went to check it out. We have running water, no problem everywhere else in the house. However the shower won't go on and the little piece you push in to get it to switch from bath to shower won't go in and stay in, so all you get is a tiny trickle of water coming out of the faucet. Also the hot water in the bathroom sink won't go on either. Cold water is fine in the sink. ?? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

have you shut the water off at any time lately?

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: tlovell214 (PA)

no, not at all. I just used the water from the tub faucet last night to fill out my baby's little tub and the water came out fine.

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

it seems to me that your pressure piping to your bathroom is run off the same line, and there is a blockage before the Tee.
If you can,shut off the water under your basin, take off the line from under your lav, and open it, having a pail to catch it.
If you have full flow, the problem is in your faucets. If not, it's in the line further back.

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: tlovell214 (PA)

I'll give that a try. I just thought it odd that the cold water to the sink works but nothing else.

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

Is it cold there?
Hot water pipes freeze before cold ones.
Do the pipes run by an outside wall? (they maybe frozen)
Are you able to follow the pipes down? or are they buried in a finished basement?

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

I'll be online for a little bit longer, so if you can, stay here and get back to me asap.

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: hj (AZ)

They are probably frozen. IF you get any water coming out of the faucet leave it turned on and at least one of them, hot or cold, should start flowing fairly soon. DO NOT leave the faucet on if you go away, because when it does thaw, you could flood the house.

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: tlovell214 (PA)

It is cold here, but not abnormally cold. It's been in the 20's and 30's and like I said the hot water everywhere else in the house works just fine. We have cold water coming out of the upstairs sink but can get no other water in the upstairs bathroom (other than a trickle).

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

are your bathroom pipes running next to an outside wall?

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: tlovell214 (PA)

not sure, how can I tell? But if pipes were frozen, wouldn't that effect the cold water to the sink too? If it's only the hot water pipe, then why would the cold not work in the shower either?

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

are you saying the cold in the shower does not work either?
Strange as it may sound, hot water will freeze faster than cold

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: tlovell214 (PA)

Yep that's what I am saying. I can't get any water to come out of the shower (other than a trickle at the faucet), I thought it might have something to do with the piece you push in to switch from faucet to shower because it won't stay in when you push it in, but then you would think I'd at least get water from the faucet. The sink in the same bathroom is where I get cold water but no hot.

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: Nayman's Drain Services (Non-US)

The diverter will not stay out/in unless there is water pressure to keep it in place


I'm off to work now. Hopefully one of the other guys can help you further



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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: tlovell214 (PA)

got ya. Ok. That explains that anyway

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: Wheelchair (IL)

Besides debris in the water line preventing the shower valve from working you have the hand/finger test. Working backwards, touch the pipes while the water is turned on. Feel any exposed pipes and work backwards to the water neater. Hot water pipes should not feel cold to the touch, until the pipe is frozen. The shower diverter only switches the available water from the spout to the showerhead.

Best Wishes



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 THANK YOU ALL
Author: tlovell214 (PA)

I want to thank everyone for your help. Spoke to my husband while he was at work. Turns out he turned the water off to the bathroom last night for something he was doing and forgot to put it back on. Problem solved. Thankfully that's all it was.



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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: hj (AZ)

ANYTHING below 32 degrees is "abnormally cold" when it comes to water pipes. You ARE describing a frozen hot water line, although it is possible for there to be other causes, but without being there we cannot even begin to guess what they could be.

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 Re: Bathroom water
Author: hj (AZ)

Your shower has a safety device, so that if EITHER the hot or cold does not work, the other one will not either.

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Author: hj (AZ)

Husbands turning off the hot water to a bathroom is NOT a normal problem and therefore it is not one we would consider until we tested your system and found the closed valve. IT is also unusual to even have a valve that could turn off one bathroom and not the entire house. To solve your problem, given the data we had, would have required a "crystal ball" which had just had its 1,000 hour tuneup.

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