The Issue Of Water Coming Out Of The Shower Head 

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Have you ever had the experience of water escaping from your shower head as you were filling your bathtub in Salt Lake City?  If your tub and shower are linked, and the plumbing is in good working condition, just one area of the tub or shower should activate and operate at a time. If the issue is not resolved, you may spend more on your water bill and lose water pressure from your shower head as time goes on.

When filling the bathtub, why is water coming out of the shower head?

The most frequent reason for shower head leaks when filling the bathtub is a problem with the diverter valves, which are responsible for diverting water from the bathtub tap to the shower head and back.

There is a lever on the nozzle of your tub that is used to switch the water source and ensures that water begins flowing out of your shower head when you pull it. So, if water escapes without you pressing the handle, it’s a sign that your shower diverter valve is not working.

The valve operates on the premise of diverting or redirecting water such that it goes to the shower head rather than down to the tub faucet.

To stop the water from flowing out of the pipe, we need to turn the diverter within the tube, which prevents it from flowing out of the tube by pulling the knob on the tub’s faucet. The diverter may wear down over time, leading to water spilling out of both sections simultaneously.

One piece of advice that might help you protect your diverter and guarantee it continues to work correctly is to redirect water flow to the bathtub spout after you’ve completed showering before turning off the faucet.

To resolve this issue, unscrew the valve and clean and clear any build-up that may be preventing the diverter from operating correctly.

Shower Diverter Valve Repair

This is a simple issue that can be resolved quickly. If you’re not sure you can do it yourself, we suggest hiring an experienced plumber to perform it for you.

To begin, remove the cover from the tub’s faucet. You should be able to access the diverter valve after lifting the grip. Untwist the nut, as well as the washer and screw, of the shaft. After that, be sure to examine them and, if necessary, replace any that are worn out.

Remove any dirt or sludge from the valve with the tiny wire brush soaked in vinegar. First, install the dry valve and turn on the faucet to see whether water is still flowing out of the shower head when filling the bathtub.

If there is too much junk after you’ve checked it and need to remove it entirely or think it’s broken, you could need a new valve.


To summarize, you don’t need to be a professional to inspect and repair a problem in your bathtub. We discussed what causes this issue and how to resolve it in this post. However, if you have a more serious problem or issue, you should call a professional plumber who will come out and repair it for you.

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