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My shower is dripping even with the tap turned off, causing the pump to intermittently turn on every minute or do. 
 

I’ve photographed where it’s dripping from, which is a join in the assembly in the part where you would hold the shower head. Anyone know if there’s a way of tightening things up?

 

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Have you checked if the o rings need replacing?

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I say this because we have the same shower, and I once unscrewed the head to shake excess water out, then when we used the shower on our next trip I couldn't understand why the water kept spurting and dribbling from the joint in the arm. I later found the o ring in my jacket pocket... 😳 Perhaps yours has worn out and needs replacing?

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If it is dripping from the handset with the tap turned off correctly it suggests a problem with the tap / ceramic cartridge because water should not be passing the tap to the shower head. To test this remove the shower head completely and see if water drips out of the hose. 

 

Frank

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Thanks Susan. 
 

was yours leaking from the same place? I can’t get to separate it at the point it’s leaking from. I can unscrew the the shower head but that is further up. There is a black o ring when removing the shower head. Be surprised if it’s worn as the shower has only been used 3 times. 
 

I did once find this washer in the shower tray but never discovered where it had come from...


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It’s not uncommon, that some hours after using the shower, there is a sudden short duration dripping. It appears to be water escaping from the air admittance ports on the Ecocamel type shower heads

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I *think* it was from where you screw the shower arm and head onto the hose, I just know that when I replaced the missing part found in my pocket, the dripping stopped. That's all I can remember, sorry. And yes, it was a washer, not an o ring, sorry. All I know is that we've had no trouble since, and we've used the shower plenty of times.

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Well what should be a relaxing afternoon in the caravan is turning into rather a frustrating one. Even turning the pump off doesn’t stop the dripping. 
 

I’ve stripped down the shower head assembly and I think I’ve found where that white washer should go...


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I think the washer sits inside the end of the hose where the shower head screws into. Although it doesn’t look it, this is filled with water and is slowly dripping out...

 

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I’ve taken the hose off the tap and water is dripping out.


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I can hear lots of dripping inside the enclosure under the tap where the soap tray is, so there must also be a leak where the mains water pipe attaches to the tap

 

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and I can see it running out underneath...

 

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I can break the sealant on the enclosure and unscrew it, but instead it might have to be a warranty repair as the van is only 18 months old. 
 

 

 

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Was the van fully winterised when not in use over the winter? Is it possible that the tap has frozen over recently?

 

Frank

 

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I guess that could be possible Frank. 
I’ll have to decide whether to have a go at removing the enclosure to inspect the pipework connection, or leave it for the dealer to do it as a warranty repair. 

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Don’t mess with it, it’s under warranty, make use of the warranty.

Experience is something you acquire after you have an urgent need for it.

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1 hour ago, Mr Plodd said:

Don’t mess with it, it’s under warranty, make use of the warranty.

I know what you mean, but if it’s just a pipe that’s come away then I can sort that, Saves having to collect the caravan from storage, take to dealers, collect and return to storage etc. 

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16 hours ago, Mr Plodd said:

Don’t mess with it, it’s under warranty, make use of the warranty.

I know what you mean, but if it’s just a pipe that’s come away then I can sort that, Saves having to collect the caravan from storage, take to dealers, collect and return to storage etc. 

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Just phoned the approved service centre I use, they say they are swamped with frost damage failures of the vector shower tap so unlikely to be classed as a warranty repair.

 

They are happy for me to dismantle the shower tap area to inspect and send them a video, without it compromising the warranty. 

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We'll, good luck sorting what is clearly a bigger problem than just a missing washer.

 

Common sense and economics have to be considered with these matters. We've just used the Whale watermaster service kit to sort out the problem of the inlet leaking water into the van under the front bench; doing so seems to have stopped the leak. Strictly speaking it's still under its 3 year guarantee, but the cost of dragging car plus van to a service centre, versus the cost of the kit mailed to us, was a no brainer.

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I am with Mr Plodd, the caravan is under warranty so the dealer should sort it. If you touch it you are breaching the terms of the warranty and may find a claim turned down. 

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Removed the shower tap enclosure today, all very easy,

 

Unscrewed the shower hose from the tap, and pulled the caps off the screw covers and removed the screws. The sealant simply gave way and the enclosure was free but I couldn't move it away much as there was no slack on the pipes...

 

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Pipes ran through a cut out in the shower wall and underneath the bathroom sink worktop, behind a bit of decorative chipboard...

 

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Two screws held that on, and once removed I could access the push fit connectors where the pipes connected to the bathroom sink tap. Once removed I put a towel and a plastic tub underneath to collect any water, and disconnected the push fit connectors...

 

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 I could then feed the pipes back through the shower wall and remove the whole assembly...

 

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Unscrewing the black plastic nut meant I could wriggle the tap out of the enclosure..

 

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I'll take the tap and pipes to the service centre and buy whatever replacement parts are needed. I doubt they will be in stock anywhere but when they are it will be an easy refit. 

 

Certainly quicker than booking my caravan in with the dealer, dropping it off and then collecting etc, and they would say it was a freezing issue and not covered by warranty, charging me labour.  And at least now I have knowledge of the shower assembly incase I have any future problems.

 

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I'm in the same situation and done exactly as you have before I even joined this forum.  My tap is leaking from the base internally into the cabinet and coming back out through the small hole.  My question is can we take the actual tap apart and try and fix ourselves with a cartridge or a rubber washer?  I read that possibly the top red/blue part may pop out so the tap can be taken apart?

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21 minutes ago, Bob Hunter said:

I'm in the same situation and done exactly as you have before I even joined this forum.  My tap is leaking from the base internally into the cabinet and coming back out through the small hole.  My question is can we take the actual tap apart and try and fix ourselves with a cartridge or a rubber washer?  I read that possibly the top red/blue part may pop out so the tap can be taken apart?

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Yes you can take the tap apart to replace the cartridge.

 

Frank

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There are loads of people with this very same problem. I've got a new tap and shower on order from my dealer as a warranty claim.

 

As a temporary fix I have fitted John Guest 12mm isolation/shut off valves to isolate the shower.

I also bought lengths of extra pipe to extend the current pipework, this made fitting the valves easier as the connections were obstructed and hard to get to.

 

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Someone else on here posted a link to a video that helps dismantle the tap to change the cartridge, I haven't tried this yet..

 

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I believe this is the cartridge, and you need to prise off the Swift logo cap with a flat screwdriver and undo the screw to start dismantling the tap..

 

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Great info. I'll try and get the tap apart today. The top seems very fiddly and I wasn't sure if it was supposed to pop off.

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New cartridge fitted and still leaking, bit of a nightmare dismantling, especially removing the black ring that keeps the cartridge in, even harder to get it back on!  At least the cartridge was less than a fiver.

 

I guess I need a new tap now - does this look like the right one?

 

Sprite 590TD 2017

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1 hour ago, Bob Hunter said:

New cartridge fitted and still leaking, bit of a nightmare dismantling, especially removing the black ring that keeps the cartridge in, even harder to get it back on!  At least the cartridge was less than a fiver.

 

I guess I need a new tap now - does this look like the right one?

 

Sprite 590TD 2017

 

Thats a shame, If your shower is ok (mine is leaking) then you might just be able to replace the tap on it's own. I can't guarantee these will fit, they are just what I found when searching...

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