Shower diverters play a crucial role in directing water flow and enhancing the functionality of your showering experience. Whether you want to switch between a showerhead and a handheld sprayer, control the water temperature, or manage multiple shower outlets, understanding shower diverters is essential.
In this article, we will explore what you need to know about shower diverters, including their functionality and various options available.
What is a Shower Diverter?
A shower diverter is a valve that controls the flow of water in a shower system. It diverts water from one outlet to another, allowing you to switch between different showering options. Commonly, shower diverters are used to toggle between a fixed showerhead and a handheld showerhead, but they can also control other shower features like body sprays or rain showerheads.
Types of Shower Diverters:
Three-Way Diverter Valve: This type of diverter allows you to switch the water flow between two shower outlets, typically a showerhead and a handheld sprayer. It has three ports: one for the on/off water supply and the other outlets are to direct water to different shower components. Our 3-hole thermostatic valve always offers two outlets (for shower and hand shower) which means both can be opened simultaneously without the use of a diverter. But if you need a third outlet, a diverter can be used.
Two-Way Diverter Valve: A two-way diverter valve enables you to switch between two shower outlets, usually a showerhead and a bath spout. It has two ports: one for the water supply and another to control the water flow between the two outlets. Our 2-hole thermostatic valves has one outlet so a diverter helps to provide an additional outlet if needed.
Shower diverters can operate using different mechanisms, each with its own advantages:
1. Toggle Diverter: This type of diverter features a lever or a knob that you manually adjust to switch the water flow. You turn the lever or knob to redirect the water to the desired outlet.
2. Push-Pull Diverter: A push-pull diverter has a button or lever that you push or pull to divert the water flow. This mechanism is often found in bath spouts or handheld showerheads.
3. Diverter Cartridge: Some shower systems use a diverter cartridge, which is a component within a shower valve. This cartridge is operated by turning the handle or lever to direct water to different shower outlets.
Integrated Diverter Systems:
Certain shower systems come with built-in diverters that control multiple shower functions. These systems include thermostatic valves or digital shower controls that allow you to set and adjust water temperature, flow rate, and divert water between various shower outlets—all from a single control panel.
Understanding shower diverters is essential for customising your shower experience and maximizing the functionality of your bathroom. By considering the options available and seeking professional guidance when needed, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable showering experience tailored to your preferences.