What is the point of a shower diverter?

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Let me explain what I mean. Most googling leads to tub related setups, but my setups do not include tubs.

Lately I have been seeing these diverters in many newer bathrooms(my own new one in SG, and one in India). What they have is one tap to control direction of flow (tap / Shower / Hand shower (if any) ), one to control the flow rate and temperature, and a little knob u need to pull, which I believe is the diverter. To turn on the shower, the first tap has to be appropriately turned, the flow tap has to be turned on, and THEN the diverter has to be pulled.

If the diverter is not pulled, regardless of the first tap, the water flows out of the tap. The diverter only stays in place until the flow tap is open, which means when you turn off the shower to soap up, the diverter releases, and all the water in the shower system releases down the tap.

This seems ridiculously wasteful and complicated to me (2 steps instead of 1 to turn on the shower). What is the point...

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[Summary]What is a Shower Diverter Valve? | DoItYourself.com A shower diverter valve is something that is used when you want to have more than one shower head in your shower. Many people like to have an overhead shower for the every day use and they also like

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What is a Shower Diverter Valve? | DoItYourself.com

A shower diverter valve is something that is used when you want to have more than one shower head in your shower. Many people like to have an overhead shower for the every day use and they also like to have a handheld shower that they can use to soap up and wash specific areas. A shower diverter valve allows you to do just that.

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Shower diverters are usually operated with a lever or a button to control which shower head the water will flow through. The principle is the same as the more common combination of shower heads and bathtub faucets....

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A shower diverter valve is something that is used when you want to have more than one shower head in your shower. Many people like to have an overhead shower for the every day use and they also like to have a handheld shower that they can use to soap up and wash specific areas. A shower diverter valve allows you to do just that.

Where it is Installed

The diverter valve is installed before your shower head. The second shower head or hand held unit is installed to the other side of the diverter.

How it Works

Each shower diverter valve works a little differently, but the concept is the same. There is usually a lever or a button that comes along with the diverter. When you press the lever to the right, you will allow the water to flow through the overhead shower (as an example) and if you press the lever to the left, the water will flow into the handheld shower.

How to Install

Installation is relatively simple. You need to remove the shower...

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Is your shower diverter working effectively or is water coming from both spout and shower head? Why does water leak through the faucet system after the shower diverter was replaced? This plumbing device comes in many different designs but essentially they all perform the same task. For solutions to shower diverter problems a user could always ask an Expert. Read some problems users have faced and how Experts have solved them.

Can a shower diverter replace the hot and cold water faucets in a bath tub?

The shower diverter diverts the flow of water from the tub to the shower. If the only two outlets are a shower head and tub spout then a conventional tub/shower valve will do the job and adding a diverter will serve no purpose. However, if the intention is to install a hand shower with shower head, a diverter will be needed.

How does a Grohe Parkfield tub/shower diverter work?

Case Details: The installation is new. When the diverter is pushed down water...

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Q: I have a bathtub/shower combination, and when I pull the knob on top of the spout to start the shower, only a little water comes out of the shower head while most of it comes out of the tub spout. Do I have a clog in the pipe or is this a water pressure problem?

A: Neither. You have a shower diverter problem. We’ve all been there; it’s like trying to wash your hair with an eyedropper while your feet get saturated.

The tub spout you have with the knob on the end of it is a shower diverter. The knob diverts water away from the tub spout and up to the shower head. In your case, the diverter needs to be replaced.

This repair is easy and inexpensive. If all goes well, there will be plenty of water coming out of the shower head in about 30 minutes.

Since the diverter is built into the tub spout, you must replace the entire spout. There are a variety of colors and finishes available at the home center starting at about $15.

First, you...

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Before you begin repairing the shower diverter, you need to know how to dismantle it properly. Never pull it out straight, or use hammers or hooks to remove it. All you need to do is use the appropriate gear, which is available in any hardware store and gently dismantle the piece. Once it is off, use a wrench to bend the metal tube behind the knob, and cut the caulk surrounding the metal plate. Doing so will provide you with a clear view of the diverter, following which, you may proceed with the repairs.

Fixing the Diverter

Determine the type of diverter valve that has been used. Most commonly the types used are gate, pull down, pull up, or rotating.Once all of this has been determined, remove the old valve to install a new one. In case of a rotating valve, you will need to unscrew the nut at the stem, and remove the entire valve assembly. And if it's a gate type valve, you will have to unscrew the threaded tub spout.This removal procedure is a job of a day's time....
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If you are looking for information about a shower diverter, the most likely reason is because your shower started leaking water, or the shower handheld head is not producing water at the desired pressure. This is often caused by a leaking or non-functional shower diverter, a humble valve that is responsible for water actually reaching your showerhead, and allowing you to have a shower.

What is A Shower Diverter?

Shower Diverter Contraption (credit: Afroswede)

Many homeowners choose a dual bathtub/shower combination for their bathroom, as it’s a great way to save space and still be able to enjoy a relaxing bath in the evening. A shower diverter is a plumbing valve used to divert water from one shower head or water output to another. You would, for example, use a hand shower diverter to direct the flow of water from a static overhead shower to a handheld shower head whose flow you can direct. It can also be used to divert water from a bath faucet to an overhead...

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Shower diverters are used to switch the water supply from the bathtub to an over-bath shower. A more complex type of diverter is used in luxury bathrooms to switch the water supply to sidejets.

What is a Shower Diverter?

A basic bathtub shower diverter is a complex bathtub faucet that has two water outlets. It is more complex, so it costs slightly more than a regular new bathroom faucet would.

Where Would You Use a Shower Diverter?

You would install one if you wanted to replace a faulty shower diverter you already had. Perhaps the diverter leaks when you switch the water supply over, or perhaps the supply does not switch over completely, so the bath faucet runs and all you get coming out of the shower is a trickle.

If you are installing a new bathroom then a shower diverter faucet on the bathtub is a low cost way of providing a shower facility.

If you are planning a wet room or a shower with optional body jets you will need a shower...

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When I use my shower, the water is coming out of the faucet below and the shower head. It seems that the faucet part isn't completely shutting all the way for the all of the water to flow to and through the showerhead. Anyone have any household tips that I can use where I don't have to take the faucet apart to fix or replace? Can I just adjust something inside the faucet or do I need to replace a gasket in there? Please advise?

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Having just repaired this same problem - it's not the diverter (spout) that's the problem it's the cartridge that controls the water. If it is a single unit (i.e. hot and cold on same control) you need to pop off the center of the control knob, unscrew the rest of the knob and behind that is the cartridge. It is relatively simple to remove and replace (there's a "U" clip that holds it on to the plumbing pipe). Just pull the u-clip up and pull the cartridge off. Take that to your nearest Home...

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A shower diverter directs water flow from the spout to the shower head. If water can't be completely diverted and is coming out of both the spout and the shower head at the same time, then the shower diverter is not working properly. The diverter is the center knob in a three-handle shower valve. This diverter can be removed and taken apart.

Pry off the screw cover plate on the center diverter handle; use a thin flat-head screwdriver to pry with. Remove the screw underneath the plate by turning it counterclockwise. Pull off the diverter handle. If the handle is stuck, try grasping it, and while pulling gently, tilt the handle from side to side a little to break it loose. If it still won’t come off, use an inexpensive faucet handle puller. These are available where plumbing repair parts are sold.

Remove the big round escutcheon and the hollow tube from behind the handle. Slowly spin them both counterclockwise while gently pulling toward you to remove them. If a small...

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