What Is a Shower Diverter?

A shower diverter is a plumbing device that transfers the flow of water from the tub spout to the shower head. While there are many styles and brands, there are essentially two main types of shower diverters.


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The two types of shower diverters are tub spout diverters and manifold diverters. When a spout diverter is engaged, the water flows from the faucet to the spout, where it is redirected to the shower head. When a manifold diverter is used, the water is sent directly from the faucet to the shower head.

Identifying Spout Diverters

As the name suggests, a spout diverter is built into the main water supplying spout of the bathtub. It can easily be identified by the presence of a button, knob or lever on the tub spout. Tub spout diverters can easily be removed and replaced without having to shut off the water supply.

Identifying Manifold Diverters

A manifold diverter is part of the actual faucet hardware. On a three-handled fixture, it will be in the middle of the hot and cold water handles. This style can be removed and replaced without having to shut off the water supply. On a single-handle fixture, it will be a lever or knob usually located somewhere on the escutcheon. This style often requires a more advanced knowledge of plumbing to replace or repair.

About the Author

Based in Austin, Texas, David Clarke is a multi-talented professional who began his writing career in 2010. His informative articles span a variety of topics and have been published on various websites and blogs. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas State University.