Water to shower head problem

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by RozWazowski, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. RozWazowski

    RozWazowski New Member

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    I don't know anything about plumbing. I just moved into a new place and when you turn the shower on there is a lot of water that still comes out of the faucet. Can I fix this myself and how?

    The tub has separate hot and cold knobs with a third knob in the middle that turns on the shower head.

    If this has already been addressed, can someone direct me to the thread OR explain it in simple terms. :)

    Thank you!
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    That third knob is for the divertor. Generally, you can find repair stems for them. But, you'll have to identify the brand and model. A picture may help.

    From a long-term resale and safety standpoint, it would be better to replace the system with a new valve that meets the current anti-scald rules. It is okay to repair the old one from a code standpoint, though.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote;From a long-term resale and safety standpoint, it would be better to replace the system with a new valve that meets the current anti-scald rules. It is okay to repair the old one from a code standpoint

    From a resale standpoint, I do not know many people who would prefer the looks of a "remodel plate" in the bathroom over a three valve diverter, although the one I use, because it is part of a single valve faucet does not look like a handyman job.. Repairing or replacing the diverter would be immensely cheaper, also.
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Some new homeowners, especially if they have children, and if the home inspector points it out, will ding the property if it doesn't have the currently required anti-scald type of shower valve. Some remodel plates look better than others.
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