In a recent article we talked about diverter valves and how to determine if you can repair yours, or if it requires a replacement. At this point we are going to assume that you have determined you can repair your diverter valve. In this article we are going to provide you with the steps on how to do that yourself.
Step 1: Remove the Diverter Handle
This can simply be done by using a screwdriver and unscrewing the screw located in the centre of the handle.
Step 2: Remove Bonnet Nut
Next, remove the bonnet nut using an adjustable wrench.
Step 3: Unscrew The Stem Assembly
Using a deep set ratchet begin to unscrew the stem assembly from the wall. In some cases you may find you need to chip away at the mortar that is surround the nut in order to unscrew. Not to worry, that is fine.
Step 4: Replace Stem Washer
Remove the brass stem screw and replace the stem washer with one of the exact same size and spec. During this step if you notice that your stem screw has visible wear and tear you will want to also replace that at this time.
Step 5: Clean Retaining Nut
Unscrew the threaded spindle from the retaining nut. With the nut removed you want to clean it removing all sediment and lime build up. To do so dip a small wire brush in vinegar and scrub away.
Step 6: Reassemble
Lastly you want to coat all parts of the facet with grease and reassemble the diverter valve.
Let Caldwell Plumbing Help
Alternatively if you would like Caldwell Plumbing to assist with repairing your diverter valve please book an appointment with Caldwell Plumbing today or get a free online estimate. We provide plumbing service to Oshawa, Courtice, Bomanville, Uxbridge, Pickering, Ajax, and the rest of Durham Region.