There’s nothing that could be more frustrating than to see no water coming out of the bathtub faucet and shower when you want a happy bath in the morning or before going to sleep. Also, there could be slow water running from the faucet and shower at times.
Well, multiple reasons could stop the water flow of the bathtub, faucet, and shower. The possible reasons might include not paying your water bills, leakage in the water supply line, and blocks in the shower and faucet line due to debris and grimes.
Thankfully, you may troubleshoot these problems at home with simple DIY projects without any helps from the plumbers. It will save a huge amount for you.
No Water Coming Out Of Bathtub Faucet and Shower: The Reasons Explained
It can be scary when you see water not coming out of the faucet while you are in the bathtub or right under the shower. Firstly, the water supply line may not have proper pressure to deliver the water through the bathtub faucet and shower. Also, there might be a blockage in the water supply line of the shower and the faucet.
So, you might ask, “Why is there no water coming out of my bathtub faucet? We will discuss it in the following sections for your better understanding. After that, we will also show how to deal with the problem.
Inspect the shower and faucet of your home
Don’t get panicked when you don’t see any water delivery from the shower and bathtub faucet in your bathroom. The problem might be with the main water supply line of your home. Hence, we suggest you closely inspect the other faucets, such as kitchen faucets, to see if water runs through them.
If you see no water running from any or most taps of your house, the problem could be with your main water supply line. It often happens if the supply line has leakage. So, check for any possible leaks and try to fix them if there are any.
You should look for the following things first:
- Leakage in the main water supply line
- Pooling water signs
- Recent signs of water damage around the ceilings or walls
If you see such issues, you should call for a plumber and allow him to inspect it closely. Once he can detect the exact issue, you can start fixing it. You need to be ready to pay a hefty cost for fixing the leaky water supply line since the cost may vary anywhere from #150 to $4000. The cost will depend on the damage level and how much fixing the supply line requires.
If you see water running perfectly through the other faucets at home, you should turn on the hot water faucet. If you see hot water not coming out of it, the problem is probably with the water heater. If it is also working properly, you need to step further and find the possible problem of water not running off the bathtub faucet and shower.
Inspect the water flow valve
When you see all faucets in your home running properly except the shower and faucets in your bathroom, you need to look at the faucet and its water flow valve for possible problems. Possibly something has blocked the faucet’s water supply valve, and so, it has stopped working. At times, someone may have accidentally turned off the valve, and so, you would see water not coming out of the faucet.
To insect the valve, you need to locate it first. You should find it right under the sink of your bathroom. The water flow valve may sometimes be located in the basement, underneath the bathroom. Once you locate the valve, see if it is turned off or not. If it is switched off, turn it on, and you should see water running through the shower and bathtub faucet.
If water doesn’t run into the faucet and shower even after turning off the valve, the water supply line of your bathroom may be leaky. Then, you need to fix it. Also, at times, the knob of the bathroom water supply line can be turned off occasionally. You should check it and turn on the knob to ensure that the supply line is working appropriately.
Check the showerhead of the bathroom:
When you find that the water supply line and flow valve are working appropriately, the problem might be with the showerhead of the bathroom. At times, rust build-up and mineral deposits might block the showerhead so water won’t run through the shower.
The best sign of a rusty or blocked showerhead is the gradual decrease of water flow through the shower. It happens mostly if your water supply line has hard water or you haven’t cleaned the showerhead for a long time.
To inspect the showerhead, you need to pry it off the shower pipe. You can do it by twisting the showerhead against the shower pipe. At times, rust and residual build-up around the showerhead might stop it from moving as it gets stuck. You should drape the stuck shower head with an old piece of cloth and twist it to pry it off safely.
If it still doesn’t come off, you can use a wrench to remove the showerhead with further inconveniences. Once you have removed the showerhead, inspect its inside and the attached pipe.
Hard water residue:
Many regions have excessive hard water, and over the period, it might stop the bathroom faucet from working properly. Since hard water contains multiple minerals in high amounts, it gradually develops residues around the showerhead and bathtub faucet. Thus, the faucet gets blocked, and you won’t see water running through it.
What’s more, hard water residues will develop around the hot water side of the faucet than the cold waterside. It happens because minerals usually react with hot water more than cold water. The mineral deposit develops gradually and restricts the water flow. When you don’t treat the hard water residual development for a long time, it will finally block the water flow, and you will see no water coming out of your bathtub faucet.
How to Fix No Water Coming Out Of Faucets
You need to fix it when you see no water in the bathtub faucet. You should pry off the faucet from the bathtub using a screwdriver. For this, shut off the water supply line and valve to stop the overflow. Also, disconnect the cold and hot water supply valves for safety purposes.
Locate the nuts that hold the faucet against the bathtub and remove them safely. If it has any plastic cap, remove it too. Once you have accessed the bathtub faucet, check for any residual build-up and clean it off properly. You should do the same for the showerhead if it doesn’t work.
When you have removed the nuts from the faucet, you can easily take them off the bathtub to remove the residues and remount them.
We understand the disappointment of seeing no water coming out of the bathtub faucet and shower when you are set for a calming shower. Fortunately, you can fix the problem and see water coming from the shower quickly with the suggestions mentioned above.
You should start by inspecting the home water supply line and then check the showerhead and faucet for residual build-up. You can quickly fix the hard water and grime development inside the faucet and showerhead. But, for any possible leaks in the main water supply line, you should consult a plumber to deal with it.
I am James Martin, An professional plumber with more than 16 years of experience. The main purpose of my writing is to share my experiences of helping others. Be with me and explore bathroom plumbing, installation, cleanness ideas, and many more.
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I live in a 12unit apartment. Two apartments have water coming out the shower but not the tub. Changed the diverter and tried everything. With the diverter off water comes through fine
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