Bath faucet won't shut off even with taps off - how to fix?

I live in a rented basement apartment. Lately, the bath faucet has been running water non-stop even tough the taps are forcibly shut off. I even took the handles off and tightened the gear with a wrench and still no fix. There is no access to the pipes without taking a tile wall down - is there any other solutions that may be possible? I have contacted the landlord, and am awaiting their response.

Asked By: screwball270 - 1/5/2008
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It depends on whether you have a faucet that has washers or one that is washerless. If it's an old faucet chances are it has washers but if it's newer than 15 years it may not. If you can get the mfr. and model number go to their website to find out which type. If washerless all you have to do is replace the cylinder... More
Answered By: rgchappell - 1/5/2008
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Wait until the landlord contacts you back and deduct the extra expense of the water bill from your rent.
Answered By: ginkgoblu - 1/5/2008
the faucet nedd new washrs or be replaced not the pipes
Answered By: pearl_hoff - 1/5/2008
Landlord should fix that. However if you have to, turn off the water outside. Take the guts of one of the faucets to the hardware store with you. There are kits with new washers and o-rings. Or individual parts... More
Answered By: Colt - 1/5/2008
Colt has it right. Shut off the main supply lie outside, dismantle the faucet and replace the washers/o-rings. No problem.
Answered By: cottagstan - 1/5/2008
My guess is the seats or seals are shot. Your landlord needs to get these fixed.
Answered By: Mark A - 1/5/2008
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