Installing your New Shower Diverter Valve

This website was built to give you all the best information for shower valves and how to replace the one in your shower or tub that may have not been working at its optimum for quite some time.  Here, you will find the most up-to-date information and distributors for the shower diverter valve.

What is a shower diverter valve and why would I need one?   This handy little valve is what allows you to have a standard shower head and a handheld shower to function on the same pipe. It gives your water pipe a new and separate outlet for the shower head and a hose.  You use a diverter valve to switch back and forth between the two. When the diverter valve is working correctly, you should have the same amount of water pressure whether you use the shower head or a hand-held.

A shower diverter valve is also used in standard bathtubs that also convert to a shower. The diverter valve is the knob on the bathtub faucet that you pull up or push down to change the flow of water from the shower head to the bathtub faucet. If you notice that your shower head or faucet begins to dribble when the other is in use, it may be time to replace your shower diverter valve.

Follow the step-by-step instructions below for installing your new shower diverter valve.

Step 1

First, you need to determine what type of diverter valve you already have for your tub or shower.  The gate type, which is the kind you’d find in the spout of a bath tub, is held in with water pressure.  It is the gadget on the spout that you pull up or push down to change the flow of water. A rotating valve type is usually located somewhere between the tub spout and the showerhead and works by rotation.

Step 2

You need to remove the old valve before installing the new one.  To remove the gate type valve, you simply unscrew the threaded tub spout.  To remove the rotating valve type, all you need to do is to unscrew the stem nut and remove the diverter valve assembly.

Step 3

Take the old valve that you just removed to your local hardware store or go online to find the new replacement valve.  There are usually some great deals online for these valves. It’s important that you choose the exact match of the replacement valve as they come in many sizes and shapes.

Step 4

You’ll need to wrap a layer or two of Teflon tape over the threads of the new spout stem or diverter assembly to keep the water from leaking from around the threads.

Step 5

Now you’re ready to install the new valve but be careful to not cross-thread the parts.

Whether you want a shower diverter valve to divert water in two directions or three, there is a part out there for your bathroom that can be completely easy and inexpensive to more of a glamorous and stylish piece for your designer shower or bath.

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