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Question DetailsAsked on 1/1/2017

When i turn my shower faucet all the way up wlth shower on, it stops flow from shower head.

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Sounds to me like a flow restrictor plate or ball is being pushed hard enough by the higher flow that it is blocking off flow entirely - had this happen to a WaterPik plastic shower head once.

I guess remotely possible that the faucet (if a cartridge or single-handle ball type) has an internal part out of place that is being pushed over the passageway the water is supposed to come through - I have seen this on Delta/Peerless single-handle faucets when the rubber insert seals get old and soft. Try turning all the way up on full cold, then full hot, then full midway - that would tell you if the problem is with only hot or cold water (which would mean the problem HAS to be in the faucet).

One other possibility - if you have a detachable shower head on a hose as well as a regular shower head (sort of like a kitchen sink with additional sprayer), sometimes the stutter valve that redirects the water to the handheld nozzle can jam under high pressure - blocking off water to the shower head and the nozzle. Sometimes working the on-off paddle or lever on the handheld nozzle will free this up, sometimes not.

Guess about all you can do yourself is, if the shower head will unscrew without mangling it or the shower head arm, is take it off and see if the water flows out of the arm full flow at full faucet setting - that would probably tell you whether the problem is in the faucet or the shower head. If so, try to see if there is a disc or ball plugging up in the shower head, or try a new one for typically about $20-50 for normal economy models.

Otherwise, Search the List for a well-rated and reviewed plumber.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


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