If you’re experiencing problems with your shower in Sebree, KY, it may be due to a bad shower diverter valve. A defective diverter valve can cause water to flow in all directions instead of just the one you want. If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, it’s time to replace your shower diverter valve.

1. The Bathtub Is Leaking

If your shower diverter valve fails, you’ll also notice moisture and water buildup around the bathtub and under the tub floor. The bathtub is often located next to the shower and accessible from the same shower head. Check for a defective valve if there’s a leak in or under your tub, and call a professional plumber for help.

2. Decreased Water Pressure

When your shower diverter valve isn’t working properly, the water pressure from the shower will be very low. This valve regulates the water flow to direct it to the desired sprayer(s). If you don’t have the right amount of pressure, it will be hard to take a shower as the water will not be strong enough to rinse off.

3. Trouble Switching the Water From the Tub to the Showerhead

Another common issue with shower diverter valves is that the diverter valve may feel too stiff to switch from the tub to the showerhead or vice versa. If you find the diverter valve hard to move, check the gasket and seal around it. A loose gasket can cause the valve to resist moving in either direction.

4. A Noisy Shower Diverter

If this valve starts to make noise while running, it’s time to replace it. If the noise is a clicking sound or continuous tapping, it may indicate that the control valve is under pressure. This can cause it to get stuck and not work properly.

If you think that your shower diverter valve may be defective, or you need preventive maintenance to keep your HVAC and plumbing running smoothly, call us at E&M Heating, Plumbing & Air Conditioning. We’re a full-service company serving the Sebree, KY area.

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