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Why won't my bath tub stop running? Is there any way to manually shut off the water supply to the bath tub individually? PLEASE HELP!!!

Hi Everyone. I'm writing this in the hope that somebody out there can help me with a SERIOUS problem I'm having with a bath tub in my house. The facet of the tub will not keep the water line sealed and, because of that, the tub will not stop running water continuously! When I try to stop the water by shutting off the faucet, the water slows as I close the faucet and sometimes (with LOTS of effect) stops the water totally. But whenever I let go of the faucet knob, the water starts up again (first slow, then faster and faster until it's at top flow speed). Can anyone tell me why this is happening and how I can stop it? More immediately, can someone tell me if there is any way to shut off the water supply to the tub individually, so that it can stop filling up and running until I can get it fixed permanently? If so, can you please tell me how to do it? I am not exactly sure what make and model the bath tub is, but I'm fairly certain that it's an older type and it uses a single knob faucet (which you turn left for hot water, right for cold water, pull out to start the water flow, and push in to stop it). I don't see any compartments or access hatches around the tub (at least not in plane sight). I have shut off the main water supply to the house, but I don't know when I'll be able to get the tub fixed professionally (if that will be necessary), and leaving the water off in the entire house is really not an acceptable long-term solution. If anyone out there can offer me some useful advice or assistance with this I will be EXTREMELY grateful. PLEASE give me a reply if you can. Thank You.

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Call a plumber! The seals inside the faucet have failed. Instead of wasting all that water, and paying for a huge water bill, have a plumber fix it. And if you're a renter, call your landlord, and demand its repair.

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try turning the water line off from the outside to stop flow to the whole house till you get this fixed.

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Thanks so much for your reply! I truly appreciate it. I already shut off the main water for the house, but this is not an acceptable long-term solution and I don't know when I'll be able to get it professionally fixed if that will be necessary. Is there any possible way to shut off the bath tub locally?
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the water valve to the tub unfortunately is usually behind the wall. you should be able to shut it off from a valve in your basement. you will to call a plumber though.

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Thanks so much for your reply! I truly appreciate it. My house doesn't have a basement, but it has a closet where the water heater, pipes, etc. are stored. Will there be a shut-off valve specifically for the bath tub in there?
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I'm not sure exactly but it should be there.
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I don't think specifically for the tub. it's usually a main valve for the entire house. under your sink there are valves just for them or the toilet has one too. the thing with the tub it's usually behind the wall so you need to stop all the water
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