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Tackling Tub Spout Dilemmas: The Diverter Issue

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During a recent call, we repaired a common issue that many homeowners face with their tub and shower. Our client stated that when she pulled up the diverter on the tub spout, water continued to flow from the tub spout even while the shower was running. This scenario is a typical issue in many homes, where the diverter, responsible for directing water to either the tub spout or the shower head, fails to fully divert.

In most tub-shower combinations, the diverter is located on the tub spout itself. The diverter’s job is to switch the water flow from the tub spout to the shower head and back, ensuring a seamless transition between the two. However when the diverter doesn’t work properly, it can lead to water being wasted during your shower, and possibly low pressure at the shower head.

Tackling Tub Spout Dilemmas: The Diverter Issue
Tackling Tub Spout Dilemmas: The Diverter Issue
Tackling Tub Spout Dilemmas: The Diverter Issue
Tackling Tub Spout Dilemmas: The Diverter Issue

Understanding the Diverter’s Role and Solutions

The diverter plays an important role in the use of tub-shower combos, acting as the gatekeeper for water flow. When it fails, it’s usually due to wear and tear, mineral buildup or internal damage. Fortunately, this is often a fixable issue. Depending on the setup, the solution might involve cleaning the diverter, replacing the tub spout or adjusting the diverter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why does water still come out of the tub spout when I use the shower?  

A: This issue typically indicates a problem with the diverter, which may be failing to properly redirect the water flow from the tub spout to the shower head.

Q: Can I fix a faulty diverter on my own?  

A: In some cases, yes. If the diverter is on the tub spout, you might be able to replace the spout yourself. However, if the problem lies with the internal mechanism or a diverter lever, it might be best to consult a professional.

Q: How do I know if I need to replace the tub spout or the diverter?  

A: If cleaning the diverter doesn’t resolve the issue, replacement might be necessary. If the diverter is part of the tub spout, replacing the spout might solve the problem. Otherwise, the diverter mechanism itself may need attention.

Q: Is a leaking diverter a serious issue?  

A: While not immediately serious, a malfunctioning diverter can lead to water wastage and low shower water pressure. Over time, it could also contribute to wear and tear on your plumbing system.

Q: How often should I check the diverter for issues?  

A: It’s a good idea to inspect your diverter periodically, especially if you notice changes in water flow or pressure. Regular maintenance can help prevent problems before they start.

At Instant Plumbing and Rooter, we understand the nuances of plumbing systems and the importance of a fully functional tub and shower. If you’re experiencing issues with your diverter, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is equipped to diagnose and resolve a wide range of plumbing concerns, ensuring that your bathroom remains a place of comfort and efficiency.

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Through our work, we aim to change the perception of plumbers in our community. Our goal is to make homeowners like you more informed, as well as show others that being a plumber is not just about unclogging toilets.

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