Failure of shower diverter valves and bathtub spouts can cause frustration when it comes to bathroom plumbing. The diverter valve or spout could leak, fail to shut off or not direct the water flow towards the showerhead. Most issues can be solved without the need to call a plumber. This blog will explore some tricks and tips to troubleshoot faulty shower diverter valves or bathtub spouts.
- Identifying The Problem The initial step to troubleshooting involves identifying the issue. A faulty diverter is the likely cause of a bathtub spout that drips or leaks when the shower is running. No water is coming out of your showerhead? It could be due to a clogged or defective diverter valve. If both the spout AND the showerhead are leaking simultaneously, then the problem is with the spout.
- Look for obstructions Mineral deposits or debris may clog the diverter or spout, causing the water to flow slowly. You can fix the problem by removing the diverter valve or spout, and cleaning them with lime or vinegar. You can use a small toothbrush to scrub off any buildup.
- Replacing the diverter-valve In the event that the diverter-valve is faulty, it might need to be changed. This will require you to turn off water to your shower, remove the diverter valve and replace it with a new one. The replacement diverter should be the same size and form as the original.
- Replacing the spout may be required if the problem lies with the spout. The process is fairly simple and involves the removal of the old spout before installing a replacement. It’s important to make sure that the new spout has the same dimensions and shape as the previous one. To prevent leaks, you might need to tape the threads with plumber’s adhesive.
- Hire a plumber When troubleshooting has failed and you are unable to resolve the problem yourself, it is time to hire a plumber. They’ll be equipped with the right tools and knowledge to fix the issue quickly.
With the right tools, you can easily troubleshoot the problem and fix it. You should identify the problem and check for obstructions. Replace the diverter valve, or spout, if necessary, and contact a plumber in the event that all else fails. You can get your shower to run smoothly by following these tricks and tips.