5 Steps for Replacing a Shower Diverter Valve

A shower diverter valve, located within the faucet assembly, functions by redirecting water from your bath faucet to the shower head. If it wears out, you may experience water leaks. Water leaks are annoying for a number of reasons: they waste money because your water bill increases, they waste water, which isn’t necessary, and sometimes the noise can be bothersome. If you think that you need to replace your diverter valve, the following information should guide you through the process.  

Step 1: Remove the Shower Diverter Valve’s Knob

Start with unscrewing the knob or trying to remove it with a gear puller. Hopefully, this will work and you can move on to the next step. However, if the knob is really worn or corroded, and you don’t have a gear puller handy, you could try using a hammer on the back of knob. Doing so should help loosen the knob. You may have to do this repeatedly. Once you can remove the knob, you might need a wrench to help remove the metal sleeve tub, but, again, it depends on your knob and the shape it is in. After you do this, you should be ready for the next step.

Step 2: Lift Off the Existing Shower Diverter

To do this, spend a few moments analyzing how your diverter is attached. Most likely, you will be able to use a wrench to remove your unit.

Step 3: Install Your Replacement Shower Diverter

You should have the new diverter ready to go. If you still need to purchase one but are unsure of the make and type, you can always bring the old one to a home improvement store and show it to a knowledgeable salesperson, who should be able to assist you.

Once you have the new diverter on hand, you should be able to attach it very easily in the same place by using a screwdriver and/or wrench, dependent up on model.

Step 4: Put In the New Diverter Knob

When installing the new knob, be sure that you place it correctly. Take a minute to scrutinize its position and make sure the knob is pointing where it needs to. After doing so, just screw it in, perhaps using a wrench to secure the valve.

Step 5: Clean Up

After turning on your shower to ensure that everything is working smoothly (at this point, the bath faucet should not be leaking anymore), you want to clean up the caulking and tile. You can use new calking around diverter’s knob and plate area in order to prevent water from coming down to the diverter’s stem and ending up behind your shower walls.

So, now you have a new shower diverter valve in place and you didn’t have to pay someone else to do it. You have saved plenty of money and you will be able to repeat the process if needed or even show friends or family how to fix up their showers, and help them save money too!