If you have a shower-tub combination in your bathroom, the shower diverter valve is what allows you to divert the water back and forth between the tub faucet and the showerhead. Though they are typically very simple devices, shower diverters may malfunction and need replacing once in a while. Fortunately, our team at Best Plumbing is here to explain everything a Seattle homeowner needs to know about diverters, whether it involves picking the right new valve or fixing the one you already have.
The water pipe that connects to your tub faucet also extends vertically to your showerhead. When the diverter valve is open, water flows directly through the faucet and into the tub. However, when you want to take a shower, you lift the knob or lever to close the diverter valve. This creates pressure, forcing the water flow upward and out of the showerhead.
If water comes out of both your tub faucet and showerhead when you activate the diverter, then there is something impeding its function. Over time, diverter valves can become worn out or clogged by sediment. If this happens, the valve will not close completely, and so some water will continue to flow out of the tub faucet even when the diverter is activated.
If your shower diverter valve is not functioning properly, contact Best Plumbing! We can help you clean, repair, or replace your shower diverter. Just give us a call to schedule a consultation in the Seattle or Bellevue area.
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It’s important to descale your system at least every two years. When you heat water, you leave dissolved solids behind. This creates a build-up over time in your water heater that can lead to lost efficiency and flow. It can even cause your water heater to overheat and then you could have to call in an emergency plumber for potentially costly repairs.
A System Descaler: This consists of a pump, a bucket, and some hoses.
Descaling Solution: A food-safe, biodegradable cleaning solution.
The Proper Valves: You must have the proper valves connected to your water heater in order to complete this process. If you do not have valves installed on your tankless water heater, be sure to give Best Plumbing or your local plumber a call.
If you are worried about completing these steps on your own, do not have the proper tools, or have any other plumbing concerns, contact Best Plumbing today. We are happy to assist you however we can.
There are a number of reasons you may need to replace a part of the plumbing system in your home or the pipes that connect out to the main road on your property. Though this may seem like a big project to take on, our experts at Best Plumbing are here to help you every step of the way. Here are a couple of the most common reasons you might need to have your home’s plumbing replaced.
Over time, pipes can become corroded. If your plumbing is not working well you might have some sort of build-up in your pipes. It could be rust, or it could be debris both from your home and the local sewer system.
If a pipe is leaking, you will likely need to have at least a portion of your sewer pipes replaced. If the leak is occurring within your home, you will want to have it dealt with as soon as possible. Leaking pipes can cause flooding, which can result in costly damage to floors and home furnishings.
Most people prefer to turn on their shower and see a rush of pressurized water. If the water pressure in your home is not as strong as it should be, you might need to have your pipes inspected and replaced.
If you are worried about the sewer line or pipes near your Seattle area home, contact Best Plumbing. Our plumbing experts have years of experience conducting a variety of plumbing projects including camera inspections, pipe replacements, and new pipe installations. If something is wrong with your plumbing, we usually start with a camera inspection. This allows our team to diagnose the issue correctly from the start. Give us a call today to learn more, or come visit our Seattle showroom.