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Old 05-23-2010, 10:10 PM   #1
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My shower head leaks when tub faucet is running?


My shower head sprays lightly even when the bathtub faucet is running. I bought a new bathtub faucet that has the pull up valve that diverts water to the shower head hoping it would solve the problem but it didn't. The bathtub faucet when pulled up will divert water to the shower head when it's pulled up like it's supposed to but even when it's down the shower head will still spray water. Does anybody know why this or how this could be happening? Any help on this would be great.

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Did 'whoever plumbed the shower' use pex for the tub spout?

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I agree the tub fill spout is constricted, could be that PEX was used.

One fix is to put a shut off on the shower arm. There are chromed push button valves made for this purpose.
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On many systems the pipe up to the shower head is open all the time. The pull up lever on the tub spout or at the faucet knobs relies on gravity to keep the water down. If the water is turned on all the way or there is a restriction in the spout (or maybe a little before), then some water will divert up to the shower.

If you buy one of those chromed push button shower head in line valves, check to be sure it indeed shuts off the water completely. Some don't, to keep you reminded that you should turn off the faucet knobs when you are done.
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Good possibility the diverter is defective.
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