What is a Shower Diverter Valve?
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 head and install the diverter valve. Then you just reattach the shower head on one side and thread the end for the hand held shower on the other side.