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Question DetailsAsked on 10/14/2015

a plumber replaced a valve in my shower the water in my kitchen faucet runs for 3 to 5 secs when turned off

when replacing my shower valve the kitchen faucet was left open. Now when I turn the water off in the kitchen the water continues to run for 3 to 5 seconds gradually going from on to off. Is there something I can do or should I contact the plumber?

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Couple of things that can do this, but I am guessing air in the sprayer or an under-sink water treatment unit, so air in the system is keeping the seal from closing fully in the faucet (which I would give 100:1 odds is a single-handle faucet). Try turning water full on in the faucet and let run full force through the sprayer (the detached spray head on a hose, assuming you have one) for 15 seconds or so, then run water through faucet itself (so it comes out the faucet spout) for about 15 seconds both on hot and on cold.

If that does not fix it, then probably you have a cartridge type single-handle faucet and when he drained the pipes to fix the shower some grit got in it that is causing the cartridge cylinder to not move to the closed position rapidly and did not flush out with the above measures. Kitchen faucet would have to be disassembled and cleaned, so minimum service charge by a plumber of typically $90-150 - and no, this would NOT be his fault, just something that happens at times when the water is turned off and lines drained for maintenance. Sometimes happens with washing machine and dishwasher water indlet valves sticking too.

A third possibility, somewhat common with single-handle fauceets like Delta/Peerless that use spring-loaded inlet gaskets - when you turn the water off and drain the pipe and get air into the lines, sometimes when you first use the faucet (with air in it) the gasket is not lubricated with water so it tears or changes shape, causing slow sealing or a continuous leak out the spout. Is a sign of old gaskets that probably would have gone out soo anyway from wear - about same cost as above cleaning to repair, plus about $5-10 faucet rebuild parts kit. Not a bad DIY job if you are into light plumbing, but you have to get the right kit the for faucet, which normally means shutting it off,, taking apart, and taking replaceable parts in to match up with available repair parts kits, which commonly include poarts for several models of faucets so come with various numbers of spare parts in each kti that fit a few similar models. Beware- kitchen faucets commonly do NOT use the same parts as same-manufacturer bathroom faucets - may be very similar but the O-ring dimensions and the length of the springs and spring-loaded seals are commonly different.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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