There are many simple things in life that we all take for granted.  Having light at the flick of a switch, information at the click of a mouse, and a nice hot shower to name a few.  When these relatively simple conveniences do not function as we wish, we are reminded once again as to how nice they make our lives.  In the case of the hot shower, there are a few things that can go wrong.  The most common problem is that they simply do not shut off all the way and leak or drip a little.  This will not be cause for too much concern, as it doesn't affect your hot shower in any way.  The most annoying problem always has to do with the balancing spindle.  The balancing spindle is located inside your shower valve along with the on/off cartridge. Depending on what manufacturer you have, it is either all one piece with the cartridge, or it is separate from the cartridge.   Companies such as Delta and Moen incorporate the balancing spindle right along with the on/off mechanism.  Other companies such as Kohler, American Standard and Pegasus, have balancing units that can be taken out and replaced separately.  

The function of the balancing spindle is to prevent those dreaded toilet flush, scalding shower scenarios.  On earlier tub/shower valves, when the cold water had a pressure drop, from a flushed toilet for example, the temperature could potentially become scalding.  This is because the ratio of hot and cold gets thrown off due to the lack of cold water feeding the valve briefly.  A newer pressure balanced tub/shower valve will not allow this situation to happen.  It has an internal "spindle" that can freely glide back and forth, and compensate for any pressure differentials.  Eventually, just like anything else plumbing related, this spindle can go bad, and usually get stuck. When it gets stuck or goes bad, one of two things usually happens; there will either be little to no water coming out of the valve, or it will vibrate your pipes so bad you will think there is a jackhammer going off somewhere in your house. 

If your shower is not performing the way you'd like, or it is performing a little too well (making music in the walls), give us a call so you can start enjoying your shower once again!


12/05/2011 16:00

Those jackhammer pipes are the worst sounds, especially if they start happening in the middle of the night. No reason to put up with it! Call a professional and get it taken care of quickly.

03/25/2013 23:43

I have to agree with you there! You don't have to put up with it people, give your local plumber a call

12/15/2011 05:01

Leak and drip on our faucets or shower needs repair or replacement. What if there is a sound like a jackhammer going of somewhere in your house I think it is not funny and this is the time to call a professional to fix it.

01/30/2012 06:54

I have done lots of plumbing work at home. Some work are easy it you can try you can o it.

02/16/2012 02:21

If you are facing the problem of jackhammer or water is not coming out of your bathroom tap it's time to call the plumber and resolve the issue as soon as possible.As the problem is resolved you can again enjoy your shower.

04/28/2012 06:05

What do actual cost of new chrome jackhammer.

06/22/2012 03:25

Thanks for the nice blog. It was very useful for me. Keep sharing such ideas in the future as well.


It is an inspiring blog post. The issue handles very nicely. I really appreciate the communication skill of yours.

12/17/2012 17:51

Small bits of content which are explained in details, helps me understand the topic, thank you!

12/25/2012 23:38

Thanks for your Informative post!!!! Valve are the most Sensitive thing to handle in Plumbing.. Keep sharing your Informations..

02/05/2013 14:06

This is really amazing post. i simply loved reading this post. it really helps me to increase my knowledge.

02/06/2013 17:15

This article content is very interesting to comprehend with. The discussion on balancing spindle is very helpful for every household to clearly understand since most of the bathroom scenarios, balancing spindle is the most annoying problem. If you think you got any problems in regards to the "balancing act" as what the author would say it, always ask for help only to professional and licensed plumbers in your town to deliver an effective and quality service.

02/13/2013 13:36

its just full of important information from which we can learn a lot. thanks for sharin with us.


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