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 NO water to shower head
Author: MattCzar (MI)

I have delta shower system and am not getting any water to the shower head.
I have taken our the orginal assembly from the valve and replaced it will a new one.
I have water getting to the valve, but nothing to the shower head.
My valve does not have any external shut off valves.

Any help would be appreciated.

MC

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: RWP (SD)

When the shower head is removed is there water going there then?
Is this something that recently happened?

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

Remove the cover plate pull the plug out of the bottom of the brass and see if this mixer port is fouled by debris.use a hollow brass plug to recap this area.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: MattCzar (MI)

yes when I took out the assemble there was a lot of water. I also put it back on and turned the house supply back on to test it...there is water getting to the valve.
There has been a very very very small bit of water to drip out of the shower head. (I have taken the head off now.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: MattCzar (MI)

No this is the first time trying to get the shower working. The plumbing was in when I bought the house.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: sum (FL)

The inspector you hired when you bought the house did not catch that? No water coming out of shower head seem a pretty obvious and standard thing to check for.



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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

the valve body may still be fouled.try to run a coat hanger wire up the shower riser with that cap off.this area is a mixer on older delta and the small riser hole can become fouled.I would remove the valve tub spout plug/cap and then try to blow on the shower arm.If air blows freely then the port is clear.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: MattCzar (MI)

The shower was not in operation when the house was inspected.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: hj (AZ)

If the house was not occupied the water supply may have been turned off.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: MattCzar (MI)

I have taken the essemble out and released all the water. I poured water down the shower head arm to see if water would come out the valve...it didn't...not sure if it should???

I put a hang down the shower head arm about half way still no water out the valve??

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: MattCzar (MI)

I have water running to the value - just no getting to the shower. I only have a shower head, no tub. I also have checked the valve is in properly up is up.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

Matt?again.the water moves through the lower part of the brass of the older delta to move upward.blow with the plug removed.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: MattCzar (MI)

I used an air compressor to blow our the valve and still nothing. Also I poured water down the arm of the shower head and nothing can through the valve.

I'm wondering if the soldering to the shower head might have bleed into the pipe and has it blocked...is that a possiblity? If so any way of fixing without cutting pipes?

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: hj (AZ)

quote; the valve is in properly up is up.

That is probably your problem. When the valve is installed properly, the water goes DOWN first then up, and the chamber at the bottom is probably fouled. I am not sure how your valve can be drained of the debris, because it depends on HOW the lower opening was capped/plugged.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: LemonPlumber (FL)

delta used a1/4 port inside the 5/8" back of the valve body.the best way to clear is to remove the lower tub spout plug /cap.insert a 3/8"tap from the bottom opening upward and stress remove the thin brass barrel.please see the delta web site and look at the older 1500/1700 series valve body break downs to understand why you need to break loose and where.I have posted the delta valve body here at the site before and you might find it searching delta valve body in the purple box above..

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: Paul48 (CT)

Lemon.........You might save the man a few DAYS if you could locate that posting.Do you reallize how many postings across how many years will come up?It then requires opening and reading each one.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: hj (AZ)

and do you REALLY think the person would have ANY idea what Lemon was saying if he did find that referenced item.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: Paul48 (CT)

Sorry.......Lost my mind for a minute.Imagine the frustration after finally finding it.

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 Re: NO water to shower head
Author: paddyc (KS)

Is it a lo-flow shower head? If so, it needs a minimum of 7 psi to operate.

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