3 Handle Tub and Shower Faucet
3 Handle Tub and Shower Faucet
The three handle tub and shower faucet allows you to control the shower and bath water supply individually on one another. There is a knob or handle for the hot and cold taps above the bathtub, and the third handle which placed in the middle will then direct the flow of water towards the shower head. This means that you will need to have a diverter in place in order to make sure that when you use the third handle, the water supply is able to reach the shower. This type of tub and shower faucet is convenient if you use both the bathtub and the shower on a regular basis.
How It Works
With this equipment, you have a series of valves which provide water to the faucet. The main valves are those which manage the hot and cold system, and these are very much alike to the ones on regular tubs and showers. The main difference is the third handle, which controls a valve that directs the flow of water. This valve, called a diverter valve, can sometimes look like a ball with a hole drilled in the center. When the lever moves the valve, this hole lines up with either the shower or the tub spout, and water travels through the hole from the water supply to the shower or tub.
Problems with the Three Handle Tub and Shower Faucet
The major problem with the 3 handle system is that it relies a diverter valve to direct the water to travel to the desired location, either the shower or the tub. This diverter could sometimes become corroded due to shower leaks and other problems, and you may discover that the valve becomes stiffer over time. The seals on the valve may also become damaged, and this can cause leakage and water issue behind the wall. In order to repair this valve, it is necessary to strip the faucet from the wall and take out the diverter, replacing it completely with a new one. Apart from this, the three handle tub and shower faucet only suffers the same problems as any usual faucet, such as loose washers or loose pipe joints.
Fixing Leaking Three Handle Tub and Shower Faucet
Dripping handle tub shower faucet is pretty annoying, it caused water waste as well as energy waste if there’s something wrong with your hot tap handle, that will cost you a lot at the end of the month. Or the opposite might happen, you’re trying to relax in the bathtub only to face the annoyance of beads of water hitting you on the head. Fixing it on your own is rather easy as the estimate cost for professional repair is about $250 including travel charge whereas DIY can save you up to 100 bucks. The 3-handle configuration is probably the most common, and is relatively easy to repair. Follow the steps below on how to repair tub and shower faucet diverter and within an hour.
Step 1 – Turn off the water supply
Make sure to turn off the main water valve for the houses. After shutting off the supply of water, turn the hot and cold faucet handle to the open position to drain the faucet.
Step 2 – Remove the Knob
Remove the diverter handle, which is probably located in the middle of the three knobs. Use a gear puller to wrench it right out of the wall. Then take your utility blade to cut out the old caulk that remains in the wall.
Step 3 – Take out the Diverter Valve
Take the valve out of the diverter handle. Use a wrench to unscrew a front and back bolt. Use some cleaning fluid to clean any residue inside the valve that causing the blockage of water. If needed, replace the rubber washers around the valve.
Step 4 – Reinstall the Valve Handle
Once the valve has been cleaned out and replaced with new washers, reinsert it in the handle, use the wrench to secure the bolts and reinsert the handle in the wall. Use your caulk gun to apply new caulk around the handle to keep it protected from water. Connect the water supply again to make sure all things run as usual.