Modern bathrooms often feature a bathtub that also operates as a shower, depending on how you switch the water flow. You step into the bathtub one day, turn on the water, switch on the shower – and nothing happens. The water was running out of the bathtub faucet without issue so you know there's no problem in your water line. What went wrong?
There are a couple of potential reasons why the water came out of your bathtub but not the showerhead. One of the reasons is an easy do-it-yourself fix while another will require a call to the plumber, like the ones at Roto-Rooter.
Clean the Showerhead
Soap scum and hair can clog up a bathtub drain, but what could clog up a showerhead that is positioned above you? If you have hard water, the minerals in the water can slowly clog the showerhead overtime. Eventually, the head is so clogged that no water can come out when you flip the switch to shower.
You can either remove the showerhead and clean it remotely or clean the head where it stands. Fill up a baggie full of a demineralization solution, which are found in hardware stores, and use a rubber band to tightly secure the baggie to the showerhead. Allow the solution to sit overnight.
The next day, remove the baggie, dispose of the solution, and check the shower. If the water is running out of the shower head, leave the water running for five minutes to ensure that all of the solution is out of the head before you try to take a shower. If no water is running, continue on with your troubleshooting.
Do you switch between the bathtub and shower using a switch or knob on the bathtub faucet? There is a diverter inside the faucet that is activated by the switch. When the switch turns one way, the diverter closes off the water supply to the bathtub and sends the water towards the shower. Turn the switch back and the diverter opens and allows water into the bathtub.
A broken diverter can fail to close and keep sending the water to the bathtub. You will need to replace your bathtub faucet. If you have do-it-yourself plumbing experience, head to the hardware store for a new faucet and follow the included installation instructions. If you don't have experience, call in a professional plumbing services provider.
You might feel silly calling a plumber in for such a seemingly simple task. But an incorrectly installed faucet can cause water to leak behind your bathtub where it can cause mold and rotting. Improper installation can also fail to fix the diverter issue and still leave you without a shower. Leave the job to the professionals if you don't feel confident about completing the job yourself.Share
30 November 2015
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