Diverter Repair and Installation

Diverters

Most single-handle shower faucets simply turn water on and off; a pull-up diverter valve on the spout determines whether water goes up or down. Some models, however, have a diverter built into the handle.

Getting the parts
You may be able to find repair parts in a kit for a specific faucet. If not, standard O-rings and washers may fit. In some cases the seal is made with brass parts and no washers; simple cleaning and light sanding may solve the problem.

A corroded diverter stem or one with a weak spring should be replaced. A plumbing-supplies store should be able to order it. Until you have the part, wrap duct tape around the handle of the diverter to keep it from pushing in too far. This will allow you to use the shower while waiting for the replacement part.

Checklist

Time
Less than an hour for most repairs

Tools
Screwdrivers, adjustable wrench, groove-joint pliers

Skills
Shutting off water, dismantling a faucet, installing small parts

Prep
Shut off the water, close the tub stopper, and place a rag in the tub to catch any loose parts

Materials
Repair kit for your faucet model, or O-rings and washers to match

Step 1

Shut off the water and turn the faucet on until the water stops flowing. Remove the handle and the escutcheon. Use groove-joint pliers or an adjustable wrench to remove the diverter unit.

Step 2

Remove and replace any worn rubber parts. If the diverter itself is worn, you may be able to buy a replacement.


Comments (2)
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latoshia.gordon wrote:

when sprout is turn on water run from shower head

5/25/2013 10:55:13 AM Report Abuse
jjasmith915 wrote:

I HAVE AN OLD BATHTUB DIVERTER THATS LEAKING APPROX. 1969 AMERICAN STANDARD IS THERE ANY HELP AS TO FIND A REPLACEMENT WITHOUT TEARING THE WALL APART. THANK YOU

12/30/2010 11:03:57 AM Report Abuse
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