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How to remodel shower system and add a bathtub spout?

How to remodel shower system and add a bathtub spout?

When we are remodeling our bathrooms or upgrading our shower systems, we want to add a bathtub spout to our shower system. If we replace the entire shower system, it will waste not only money but also time. So how do we remodel our shower system and add a tub spout function without replacing the shower system? In this article, I will summarize two low-cost solutions based on the feedback given to us by customers.

Now we take STARBATH two function shower system as an example.
This dual function shower system include handheld shower head and rain shower head. Its shower valve is also two function shower valve which only support handheld shower head and rain shower head.
https://starbathus.com/products/starbath-shower-system-wall-mounted-12-inch-brushed-nickel

Solution 1:Adding a Bathtub Spout without Changing the Shower Valve

This no-replace shower valve is the lowest cost solution. We just need to add a tub spout and replace the original shower holder.

Steps:
1. Add a bathtub spout with diverter
https://starbathus.com/products/starbath-tub-spout-with-diverterbathtub spout with diverter

2. Replace the original shower holder (with diverter) with a new shower holder without diverter.
https://starbathus.com/products/starbath-shower-holdershower holder

The two interfaces of the original shower hose are the connected handheld shower head and the shower holder. After renovation, the two interfaces of the shower hose will be connected to the handheld shower head and the bath tub spout.
Shower system

Before and After

After the shower system is modified in this way, it can be used three functions: handheld shower head, rain shower head, and bathtub spout. When you switch the knob to open handheld shower head, you can choose whether the water flows from the handheld shower head or from the tub spout by controlling the diverter valve at the tub spout.

shower systemWater flows from the handheld shower head or the tub spout

Solution 2:Replacing the Shower Valve with a Tub Spout Function

Because the shower valve we are using now is only two functions (handheld shower head and rain shower head). If we want to add a new function: bathtub spout, then we need to replace the two-function shower valve with a three-function shower valve. In this way, the shower system can realize three functions: handheld shower head, rain shower head and tub spout.
three function shower system

The above two solutions are relatively cost-effective transformation solutions. If you have enough budget, you can also replace the entire shower system. If you have any questions about how to retrofit your shower system and add a tub spout, you can leave a comment below or contact us by email.

FAQ About Bath Tub Spout

Q: Why is my bathtub spout leaking?
A: There are several possible reason why your bathtub spout leaking. This could be due to a worn gasket or O-ring inside the spout, a loose connection, or a faulty diverter valve. If you a leaking problem, it's best to inspect the spout for any visible damage and consider replacing any worn parts.

Q: How do I fix a tub spout that isn't directing water to the shower head?
A: If you have a diverter in your tub spout and it isn't working properly, there are some troubleshooting steps you can take. First, make sure the diverter mechanism is clean and free of any debris that could impede its movement. If cleaning can't solve the problem, the diverter valve may need to be replaced. If you have any doubts making repairs yourself, it's best to consult a professional plumber.

Q: Can I install a new tub spout without professional help?
A: Installing a new bathtub spout can usually be done without professional help, especially if you have basic plumbing knowledge. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions for installation. If you have any doubts with the installation process, it's best to consult a professional plumber.

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