pop up diverter on spout

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Roscoe Riley, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Roscoe Riley

    Roscoe Riley New Member

    Dec 21, 2008
    When our tub plumbing was new about 7 years ago, the shower diverter would disengage and pop back up by itself when the water was turned off.
    For some time now, it needs to be pulled up by hand to make the water come out of the spout again.

    From what I've been reading here, the standard procedure is to replace the entire spout, but these are Grohe Seabury satin nickel finish fixtures ($$$$) and pulling up the little knob sure seems like a real viable alternative to the expense and effort of replacing the entire spout.

    Is there no maintenance that can be done to free up the diverter?
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    You might try soaking it in vinegar...that would disolve mineral deposits. Are there any user replaceable parts listed on the Grohe website? Not sure how that may come apart, if at all.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Grohe parts are replaceable, although you probably have to get them from Grohe directly.
  5. Roscoe Riley

    Roscoe Riley New Member

    Dec 21, 2008
    Would you suggest my trying to take what I have apart and trying to clean off whatever buildup I find, or isn't that likely to be successful?
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