Need help performing a shower diverter repair ? Tips and Tricks To Save Time
The bathroom is a essential part of your home. Nothing makes a great morning like a hot shower. Over time like any other part of your home, your shower will need to be repaired or replaced.Having a leaking shower is never a pleasant experience, and it can turn not only your day, but also your entire bathroom into a complete disaster. Although there are many people who want to call a professional to deal with this, more often than not you can solve this problem on your own.As a matter of fact, if you do some research, understand the mechanism behind the shower diverter and what you have to do to fix it, you can deal with the problem quickly and without paying for a professional.
What are the things that you have to watch out for before attempting to perform a shower diverter repair?
1. Turn off the water. I know, it should be the first thing that comes into anyone’s mind, but you would be surprised by the amount of people who forget to do this. They believe that since they will not turn on the water from the valve, it won’t leak. The bad news? If you don’t turn off the water from the main supply, the leak that you have in your bathroom may turn into a flood. The water comes with more pressure than you think, and if the valve is loosened up, it will all come right out.
2. You don’t know what kind of three-valve shower you have. As you can imagine, there are many different kinds of systems out there. Before you try to follow a DIY project step by step, you should make sure that the valve you see in the picture is exactly the same as the valve that you have in your bathroom. Otherwise, you mind wake up without a diverter and without any idea on how to put it back.
3. Block the train. Chances are that your water pipe is just above your drain, and you will have to remove and replace a lot of small pieces and screws. The last thing you want to do is lose a couple of them down the drain. Now you have two issues: your drain might get clogged and you need to find another small piece to help you repair your shower.
How to get started?
1. Check how your spout is attached in order to know how to remove it. There are, of course, different models out there, but in most cases, the spout is attached with a small screw under it, in which case you can simply remove the screw with an Allen wrench. If this is not the case, then the spout is threaded to the main pipe, and all you have to do is to use a pipe wrench to take it off by rotating it.
2. If the pipe that you took off is threaded to the main pipe, you have to make sure the one you buy is identical, otherwise it may not fit properly. It’s always a good idea to the old one at the store with you, just to be sure that you are buying the right thing.
3. Depending on what type of spout you have, you now have to put back the screw using an Allen wrench, or to attach it to the main pipe with a pipe wrench. Turn on the main water supply again and enjoy a nice shower!
When to call a professional for a handle shower diverter repair?
Let’s be honest: as much as you want to save some bucks or simply you don’t want to get through the hassle of finding someone good, sometimes you just have to call a professional instead of doing on your own a shower diverter repair.
1. If it’s more than just a leak. If there are a few drops every time you turn on the water or you switch between the shower and the main pipe, it’s safe to attempt the shower diverter repair on your own. However, if there is constantly a leak there and it starts to look more like a flood, you may want to bring a professional.
2. If you don’t know how to unscrew the spout. There are some complicated types of spouts that are not easy to be unscrewed, and the last thing you want is to break it completely. In this case you may have to replace the entire piece, and it won’t come cheap.
3. If your house has insurance. In some instances, your insurance company won’t cover any damage if you don’t perform the repair with an authorized person. On the short term it may be easier for you to simply repair the shower diverter on your own, but on the long term you may find yourself in a bad situation if a flood starts from your bathroom.
4. If you live in a rented house. More often than not, you have to discuss with the landlord before you attempt to do any kind of DIY. You don’t want to lose your warranty deposit once he finds out that you attempted to do this on your own!
If you are good at DIY work and you are no stranger to a regular wrench, then small projects like this shouldn’t be an issue. By learning how to do a handle shower diverter repair on your own, you can save yourself a lot of time, effort and money in the future!
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