Help! How Do You Figure Out What Type Of Tub Spout You Have?

Chances are pretty good you know there are a lot of different choices to consider when it comes to bathroom tubs. Did you know there are a lot of different tub spouts to consider as well? For example, do you want a diverter or non-diverter spout? Do you want one made out of brass, or how about chrome? If you are remodeling your bathroom or having some plumbing work done, it can be helpful to learn more about different bath tub spouts.

Diverter Tub Spouts

Water is allowed to flow upward to create pressure for a shower. This is the most common type used in homes. It has a button to divert the water from the shower to a bath.

Non-diverter Tub Spout

This type is the opposite of the diverter-type spout because it doesn't have an adjustment for a shower. It is useful for any bathtub that doesn't have a shower such as with an antique bath or pedestal bathtubs.

Slip-on Spouts

You will need to check underneath the spout using a flashlight while the spout is still attached to the wall. If you see a set screw you have a slip-on unit. This type is manufactured to 'slip' into a half copper pipe and doesn't require any threads. The copper pipe needs to be smooth for this type of spout.

Threaded Tub Spout

There is not a set sort of screw in the threaded tub spout. It can be removed by twisting it counter-clockwise. This can have either a rear-end spout, front-end threaded spout or telescoping spout.

Rear-end Spouts: This threaded type can be attached with a stub-out nipple. It can be attached on the wall end of the spout. It is used in remodeling and new construction jobs.

Front-end Type: This doesn't have a set screw and will twist off either the nipple or pipe. It is useful in a tub valve with or without a shower diverter.

 Telescoping Spout Type: Adjustments are easily made with the telescoping spout and can also attach to a nipple. You need to loosen or tighten the nipple inside the spout. The depth needed can be adjusted with a few turns left or right.

These suggestions should help you diagnose which type of tub spout you have in your home. If you are unsure of the procedures, it might be best to call in a team of professionals, such as a plumber at Valley Rooter Ltd, to do the job for you.