I have a traditional two handled (one hot and one cold and they are separate) bath faucet. I recently had it reseated and the washers replaced, however, what I noticed was that immediately after shut off, there is still water coming out of the faucet, but slowly after a 3-5 minutes there eventually will not be any water dripping out of the faucet. All my other faucets in the bathroom do not drip at all immediately after shut off. I can't figure out why. I really want to understand if this is normal or whether this is fixable. It's annoying to me now because every time I use the bath I tend to stare at the faucet until it stops dripping.

This picture looks very similar to my bath faucet.

  • Does it matter whether it's just the hot or just the cold? – wax eagle Jun 6 '13 at 13:37
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    After you shut it off, Turn the diverter to shower and back. Does the water flow out all at once and stop? – Chris Cudmore Jun 6 '13 at 13:46
  • @waxeagle I've tried to turn on/off both the cold/hot tap individually I didn't know any difference in the amount of water dripping out of the spout. I also felt the temperature it was always cold. – Jeff Jun 7 '13 at 11:52
  • The diverter is that little stick on the faucet. Give it a tug and see if it drains faster. – Chris Cudmore Jun 7 '13 at 13:35
  • @ChrisCudmore sorry I knew I didn't find the right picture last time so here you go. Again mine don't have the diverter. renovationd.com.au/images/betis_bath.jpg – Jeff Jun 7 '13 at 13:38

I have an American Standard Cadet 2-handle faucet which does precisely the same thing. And don't feel lonely, I do the same as you too. lol I bet the final pesky dripping has to do with the associated residual layer of water on the inside of the pipes after the handles are turned off. Just like an upended ketchup bottle which is empty enough to no longer squirt, but left inverted will eventually cease dripping once gravity has removed the layer of ketchup from the inside surfaces. I realize this is opinion, however I've pondered the pesky drips while sitting in my tub many, many times over the years. That's pretty personal experience...

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